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A day in Milan

3 Jan 2014  First visit to Milan, New Zealand family with two teenagers.
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Start with a half day Milan City Tour with The Last Supper (approximately 3.5 hours) to get your bearings, some historical perspectives on the city and tips of museums to go to. We used the Zani Viaggi Tour Agency at Foro Bonarparte which had good content. This was a bus cum gentle walking tour. Book ahead for a morning session if possible. You will have to make your way to the start point which is the agency office at Foro Bonarparte. The closest metro stops are Cairolli (red line) or Lanza (green line).

Tour itineraries of Milan seem to be very similar and it takes you around the perimeter of the old city walls by bus at various points. Stops are at the Teatro la Scala which also houses a small but fabulous museum, the Galleri Vittorio Emannuel the oldest and extremely spectacular shopping arcade in Milan, and the Cathedral or Duomo nearby. The Duomo has wonderful atmosphere and some of the most beautiful glass windows I have seen. There is also a walk around the Sforza Palace courtyard. Note that the palace itself houses several museums for those interested which you could return to later.

The last stop on the tour is to The Last Supper in an old Franciscan monastery next to an old Gothic church. This seemed to be optional when you purchase your ticket but I would say this is the highlight of the trip and not to be missed. Take the opportunity to wander into the church before the bus leaves - there are some hidden gems in there to discover. Drop off point is back at Foro Bonarpate.

Lunchtime! If you are into a bit of shopping as well, head to the street with international flags where you will have plenty of choices.These cafes have both open air and inside seating, and are better priced than the ones in the Galleria. Options after lunch would be to pick one of the museums nearby to explore for a couple of hours or so - go back to the Sforza Palace museums or head towards the Museum of Modern Art at the Duomo square. We chose the later as there was an Andy Warhol exhibition we wanted to visit.

Stop for some gelato and then end the day in the high fashion shopping quarter around the Duomo square. This is a pedestrian only area which has all the international designer fashion houses represented. Shops close about 8pm in summer, the museums about 4.30 pm but check the times.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Milan
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Milan City Tour with Last Supper

    Half day tour of Milan city that takes you to most of the key places. Reasonable value for money.

  • 2. Last Supper Tickets

  • 3. Sforza Castle (and museum)

    The historical Szorfa family seat which is now also a museum housing some really good collections. If you are a history buff, plan to spend at least half a day.

  • 4. Museo del Novecento
    Museo del Novecento, Milan, Lombardy

    Located opposite the Duomo and a great place to shelter from the sun for a few hours in summer.

  • 5. Cathedral (Duomo)
    Duomo di Milano, Milan, Lombardy

    Gothic cathedral in the middle of Milan - one of the city's main attractions. The stained glass windows are awesome. May have a queue to get in but worth the wait.