There are many places to visit in Milan, capital of the Italian region of Lombardy and known as the city of fashion. Perfect to spend a weekend, with an attractive historical center in which the Duomo square stands out with the jewel of the city, the cathedral, it is a city that we are sure, will not leave you indifferent. In addition to enjoying parks, monuments, shops, as a good Italian city, it has one of the best gastronomies in the world, another of the many reasons to travel to one of the fashion cities.
Located in northern Italy, if you have more days, you can approach the beautiful region of the lakes in which Lake Como or Lake Garda stands out, or take a train route through the Swiss Alps, considered two of the Best excursions in Milan.
Based on our trip to Milan and Bergamo in 4 days, we have made a list of what we believe are the10 most essential places to visit in Milan. We start!
1. Milan Cathedral
The Cathedral of Milan or the Duomo, one of the largest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world, is one of the most essential places to visit in Milan. This Gothic cathedral, which began to be built at the end of the 14th century and took five centuries to complete, stands out for its pink-white marble facade and for its terrace with towers and pinnacles with different statues.
Inside you can see the Statue of Bartholomew the Apostle and the Renaissance-style marble altar, where behind the altar a Nail of the Cross of Christ is kept.
You can also visit the Crypt, the Treasury, the Baptistery and under the cathedral the remains of the old church of Santa Tecla and the baptistery, another of the many reasons why not miss this interesting visit.
Our favorite place in the cathedral is the terrace, with incredible panoramic views of the city between statues and pinnacles. You can book here the entrance to the cathedral with access to the terrace without having to queue.
A good way to know the history of the city and curiosities is to book this visit with a guide in Spanish that passes through the main monuments of the city or this free tour of Milan Free !.
Visiting hours: every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2. Church Santa Maria delle Grazie
In the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, about 20 minutes walk from the Plaza del Duomo, is one of the masterpieces of art history. On the wall of the dining room of this former Dominican convent, the genius Leonardo da Vinci painted the fresco of The Last Supper, which highlights the figure that is to the right of Christ, with very feminine features, which could be Mary Magdalene , of which some theories say that she was the wife of Jesus, besides being one of the plot threads that Dan Brown used in his novel The Da Vinci Code.
The work has suffered the passage of time and the different wars that have caused it to deteriorate and even after a great restoration it is in a fragile state of conservation, so it limits access to few visits during the day.
To visit it, it is best to book tickets well in advance being a good option to book this visit in which a guide in Spanish who will explain the whole history of the fresco or this offer that also includes a guided tour in Spanish through the city.
Visiting time The Last Supper: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
10. Piazza Mercanti, one of the places to visit in Milan
From one of the streets that leave from the Plaza del Duomo you will reach Piazza Mercanti, a square with a commercial past that still recalls these times with the elegant old buildings that surround it.
Among the buildings it is worth mentioning the Palazzo della Ragione, with exhibitions that allow you to know the history of the city, the Loggia degli Osii, with a beautiful black and white marble facade, the VXI Century Water Well, located in the center of the square, the Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine, which was an old high school, the Gothic-style Casa dei Panigarola or the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, with its famous clock tower.
Map of the places to see in Milan essential
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