You have 72 hours in Milan? This short guide is dedicated to travellers like you, always searching for emotion. Briefly, we will allow you to discover the classic destinations, as well as the less famous places of Milan.
You can dedicate your first day in Milan to the heart of the city. The popular destinations are the Duomo, Teatro alla Scala opera house and the art exhibitions of the Palazzo Reale. For a chic lunch break, have a bite at one of the trendy cafes under the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Alternatively, go to the top floor of La Rinascente to enjoy delicious meals and the view over the Duomo's peaks.
In the afternoon, Milan's fantastic shopping awaits. Just a few minutes' walk from the Duomo is the famous "fashion quadrilateral" district, the most exclusive area of Milan, with the shop windows you've always dreamed of. Apart from Via Montenapoleone, don't forget to visit Via della Spiga, one of the most luxurious streets in the world.
Spend the morning in the Brera district, one of the most characteristic of Milan. What is there to see? The Pinacoteca di Brera, with paintings by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Mantegna, Rubens and the famous Kiss by Francesco Hayez. The Botanical Garden, a special place where green and silence reign. The National Library Braidense, an incredible collection of general character with over a half million volumes. Last but not least, the modern and contemporary art gallery Il Castello, in Via Brera 16.
The evening is to be spent entirely on the Navigli, the home of Milan's most exciting nightlife. On the Naviglio Grande, you can stay until the wee hours between places frequented by models, artists and university students.
In the morning, we recommend a visit to the National Museum of Science and Technology, an incredible exhibition dedicated to the ingenuity of mankind in history. The museum houses the largest collection of models made from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Before lunch, head to Santa Maria delle Grazie to ad-mire another one of Leonardo's masterpiece, the Cenacolo, the fresco of the Last Supper in the refectory of the church.
The Castello Sforzesco is the right place to end the day. Inside you can visit many museums, including the museum of ancient art with the Pieta' Rondanini by Michelangelo. To relax in the summer, choose the nearby Sempione Park, one of the largest green lungs of the city, frequented by citizens and tourists.