Milan has the tendency to be overlooked and usually considered a layover city. Yet, whether you’re into art, fashion, food or history, the city has something for everyone. Below is how you can make the most of your day in Milan.
Ready, Set, 24 Hours in Milan Guide
Grab a quick croissant and cappuccino at the Gucci Café then head out to join a free walking tour. Free walking tours are a great way to get to know a city especially, on a budget. Frog Free Walking Tour Milano organizes a great tour that will take you by the highlights and last around two hours. The tours are completely free so if you feel your tour guide did a good job be sure to tip them. Then surely by now, you’ll be hungry which means it is time to grab a paninno.
Gucci Café – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Frog Free Walking Tours – Meeting point is in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
By now, you’ll be hungry which means it is time to grab a panini. Make sure to fuel up as you still have a bit more to do! After lunch head to the Last Supper. The Last Supper is easily one of the world’s most iconic paintings, its permanent home is a convent in Milan, Italy. Da Vinci painted the religious work directly on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495.
Tip: Tickets are mandatory and these sell out months in advance so do not put these off or you will miss your chance.
Pavé -Via Felice Casati 27 ( Lunch)
Taglio -Via Vigevano 10 (Lunch)
The Last Supper – Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2
Head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II the most beautiful shopping area I’ve ever seen. Here you will oh and ah at all the stunning Italian designers. Even if you don’t decide to splurge on some luxury Italian fashion you can splurge at CioccolatItaliani right down the block. I seriously had one of the best gelato’s of my life here.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Piazza del Duomo
CioccolatItaliani -Via San Raffaele 4
Of course, you can’t go to Milan and not have an Apertivo! Head to one of the below that overlook the Duomo for an aperitvo and to watch the sunset. Hopefully, you didn’t get too full at apertivo, because it is dinner time. Then Take one last stroll to the Duomo and take a swirl or two because, well you’re in MILAN!
Tip: When traveling in Italy you should always check if there is a coperto. The coperto [koh-PEHR-toh] is a per-person fee usually around 1-5 Euros and it means cover charge. When you get your bill sometimes waiters will try and pull one over on you and say tip is not included. When you are charged a coperto you do not need to pay you waiter, any more than the bill says.
Duomo 21– Piazza Duomo 21 (Rooftop Bar)
Terrazza Aperol– Piazza Duomo, corner Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Floor 2 (Rooftop Bar)
La Rinascente – Piazza del Duomo, Head to the very top (Rooftop Bar)
Gino’s 1928 – Via Giovanni Berchet (really great pasta)
Manuelina – (Recco style of focaccia)
Fresco & Cimmino – Via Ugo Foscolo 4 ( specializing in Neapolitan cuisine)