If you want to discover the true character of Milan, do not stop at all the major attractions. On this page, we offer you a range of short themed itineraries to enjoy the city in an original way.
The Most Romantic Places
Who said that Milan is not a place for a romantic weekend? Go up on the roof of the Duomo, maybe at sundown: the view is always magnificent.
To say "I love you" to your partner, we also recommend the Navigli area, rich in nightlife and picturesque views, and the Orto Botanico di Brera, the most extraordinary outdoor museum of Milan.
Between the Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace, the Sempione Park is a great destination in the summer. In the chaos of the city, you will also find unexpected corners, full of charm and silence. Among these, we recommend Piazza San Fedele, between Palazzo Marino and the Church of Santa Maria della Scala, in the heart of the city. A kiss, here, will be even more romantic.
The Most Unusual Museums
If you like movies, do not miss the Interactive Museum of Cinema (Viale Fulvio Testi, 121), in the former Manifattura Tabacchi (tobacco factory): it will give you an unforgettably recreational experience. Villa Necchi Campiglio (Via Mozart, 14) is a classic example of the residence of the high Milanese industrial bourgeoisie, set in a lush garden.
To those who always have their eyes turned to the sky, we suggest the Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli (Corso Venezia, 57), the largest planetarium in Italy: they organize guided observations of the sky, themed conferences and shows for children and teenagers.
Alessandro Manzoni lived at number 1 in Via Morone. Here you can visit his house-museum: the study and bedroom are open to the public. The home of contemporary art is at the Gallerie d'Italia (Piazza della Scala, 5), a collection of about two hundred masterpieces of the nineteenth and twentieth century Italians - Hayez, Segantini, Telemaco Signorini and Previati, and many more. Last but not least, the Acquario Civico (Viale Gadio, 2). Housed in the Palazzina Liberty, near the Sempione Park, in its tanks swim fish, crustaceans and molluscs of fresh and salt water.
On the Footsteps of Leonardo
Don't say goodbye to Milan without having admired the Last Supper. The famous fresco is in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent (booking is essential!). If you want to further grasp the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, you also can not miss the National Museum of Science and Technology (Via San Vittore, 21): a gallery houses the collection of models of Leonardo's machines, the largest in the world.
If you want to enjoy the heart of the city, ascend the floors of La Rinascente, the most famous department store in Milan. A few steps away, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, another temple of Milanese luxury.