activities and points of interest in Milan
Shopping in Milan
Milan is the shopping paradise par excellence in Italy, espacially in Via Montenapoleone. If you want to shop here you should bring your platinum credit card. But it is also worth a visit because there is beautiful architecture to admire and you can feel a bit like Pretty Woman (or Pretty Man).
on the other hand you can find something for a smaller budget in East Market. In the factory building in the Venture Design District you can find second-hand fashion, old records and antiques. There are food stalls and DJ music – perfect for an extended stroll.
Milan Cathedral & The Last Supper
If you visit Milan for the first time you should not miss the Milan Cathedral. It is the third largest in the world and impresses with its unusual Gothic architecture. From the roof you have a great view over the city and on clear days even up to the Alps (don’t worry, there is also an elevator!). Remember to dress appropriately – shoulders and knees should always be covered, otherwise you won’t get in.
Art lovers must also visit Santa Maria della Grazie because in this basilica you can admire “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. It’s worth booking a guided tour that will let you in on the secrets of this famous painting. Especially in spring and autumn, when Milan is the main tourist season, you should book your tickets online.
Chin-chin at the aperitif
No visit to Milan would be complete without an aperitif that was supposedly invented here and then conquered the world. You are spoilt for choice: Ramazotti, Campari, Americano or a typical Negroni sbagliato are on the city’s maps. For an aperitif, head to Piazza del Duomo or Navigli, a district with many bars and cafés along Milan’s many canals.
As prices are quite high, especially in Piazza del Duomo, it is worth finding a bar with a good “apericena”. Sending snacks and nibbles for an apertif has elevated Milan to an art form, and so you can get a whole buffet here for free with your cocktail – an Apericena.