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Here’s what to do in Milan for a day

Milan for a day is for sure an excellent option if you are planning your Italian vacation. Getting to Milan from Florence, Venice or Rome is actually very easy thanks to the high speed train services. Of course there are plenty of things to do in the capital of fashion and through this article we try to highlight the not to be missed landmarks. Ready?

Milan for a day: what to do in the morning

It’s 9,00 am in the morning and you just had the best espresso ever at the bar of your hotel. It is now time to visit Piazza del Duomo. Catch the red line of the underground services and get off at “Duomo”.

Once you climb up the stairs you will find yourself in front of the majestic Duomo Cathedral. You can visit both the interior and the rooftop. The ticket office is on the right side of the church. Once you have experienced the beauty of this iconic example of gothic architecture it is time to move on the right side of the Piazza.

It should be around 11,30 am if you dedicated enough time to the Duomo and you are about to enter the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is one of the oldest shopping mall in the world and was built in 1877. Cross the galleria and take a few minutes to stare at its stunning rooftop. Then move to the other end of the building to visit Piazza della Scala. On you right there is Palazzo Marino, the headquarter of the Milan Municipality. On your left there’s the La Scala Opera House.

You now have two options. You can chose to visit the La Scala Museum or the Gallerie d’Italia Museum. I would suggest the latter unless you are an opera enthusiast. It should be around 1,00 pm when your visit to the museum is over. It’s lunchtime. Given that you are staying in the city for just a few hours I strongly suggest to have a quick lunch.

The best option in this area is Panzerotti Luini. A panzerotto is a sort of salted donut filled with mozzarella and tomato sauce. Do not worry about the long line in front of the store. The clerks there manage to run things very smoothly.

What to do in the afternoon in Milan

Ok you just had some of the most delicious food you have ever tasted followed by the after lunch espresso. Now catch again the red line and get off at Cairoli, the Sforza Castle awaits you.

The castle features an impressive tower re-built by architect Luca Beltrami between 1901 and 1905. The bas-relief on the tower represents the King Humbert the First.

Make sure to cross both of the courtyards of the castle. Then you will find yourself at the entrance of the Sempione park. Enjoy a walk through the park. In autumn it is very nice to enjoy the leaves changing colors.

Milan for a day: time for aperitivo

Once you crossed the whole park you will be at Piazza Sempione which features the massive Arch of Peace. It was built between 1807 and 1838. All around the arch and in the piazza there are plenty of bars where to have an aperitivo. Make sure to have a Spritz and enjoy the many food options that come with it.

It should be around 6,00 pm and your day in Milan is over. You are probably thinking that you should have had stayed for a couple of more days…

*Cover picture by Luca Bravo as available on

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