A weekend in Milan: the most iconic cultural places to visit
How much time do you need to visit Milan? 2 to 3 days is the perfect time to visit all Milan top attractions
Milan must-see: Milan Duomo Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Gallerie d’Italia, Sforza Castle, Teatro alla Scala Museum, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Science and Technology Museum and Leonardo Da Vinci (Leonardo 3) Museum
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With its pictoresque streets and lively neighborhoods, Milan is a city not to be missed not only for fashion lovers, but also for those who wish to spend a cultural weekend in one of Italy’s most iconic city, visiting important museums and cultural institutions, such as Milan Duomo Cathedral, Gallerie d’Italia, the Ambrosiana Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Technology and Leonardo Da Vinci Museum (Leonardo 3).
If you wish to visit and live Milan like a local, strolling around and spending your weekend like Milanese people do, in this article you will find just the right advices for you.
Start from Milan Duomo Cathedral, not only one of the most important and impressive Catholic church in the world, but also a reference point for all those who live in Milan, that love to hang around Milan Cathedral square during their free-time, or go up to its rooftop terraces, from which you can admire one of the best panoramic views of the city.
Once you have taken in the delights of Milan Duomo Cathedral, head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and marvel at its intricate glass ceiling and luxury shops. Just a couple of steps away from here are two hidden gems, a real must-see. The first one is Gallerie d’Italia, a point of reference in the cultural life of the territory, that hosts very important temporary exhibitions thanks to the collaboration of major national and international cultural institution. The second one is the Teatro alla Scala Museum, that will give you an intriguing behind-the-scenes insight into the history of this center of performing arts. Another major place of culture and beauty in Milan is the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, with its 24 rooms full of masterpieces, such as The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio and The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael.
If you’re traveling with kids (but also if you are not), a museum not to be missed is Milan’s Science and Technology Museum, whose collection includes machines, planes, cars, and ships, as well a huge variety of models built following Leonardo da Vinci’s original designs. And for Leonardo Da Vinci lovers, Milan has another reference point: the Leonardo Da Vinci (Leonardo 3) Museum, a worldwide first with more than 200 interactive 3D reconstructions, accessible for all ages.
SPECIAL PROMOTION: it is possible to purchase a Milan Travel Card to have free access to all public transportation, discounts in Milan best museums, top attractions and restaurants at the price of 13,50 € (for 24h), 18,50 € (for 48h) and 21€ (for 3days), click here for more information >
You can also buy some special combo tickets, that already include entrance tickets to many museum, such as:
- MilanoCard + Duomo Cathedral: starting from € 32 (more information here >)
- MilanoCard 3 days + Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: € 33 (more information here >)
- MilanoCard 3 days + Leonardo Da Vinci Museum: € 32 (more information here >)
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In between one of Milan’s best museum and the other, do not forget to stop for a lunch, aperitivo or dinner in a real Milanese bar or restaurant. If you buy the Milan Travel Card, you will have access to an exclusive insider’s guide that will allow you to taste typical cuisine (but also many other Italian specialties). Buy now your Milan Travel Card and access immediately the exclusive guide >