Milan getaway weekend guide

Are you an art lover? A football fan? Maybe a history explorer? Or you are a bit of everything? Then, grab your bag and head to Milan. This city will give you the pleasure to see and explore everything you want.

Milan area is served by three airports: Malpensa International Airport (MXP); the second largest airport in Italy: Linate Airport (LIN), used for domestic or European countries flights; and Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), located near city of Bergamo, which serves international flights from low cost airlines. These airports are well connected to the city of Milan via public transport, buses and trains. Airport taxis are available in front of the Arrivals area or you can book online private  airport transfer to Milan.

Milan Cathedral

The best place to start your journey is maybe the landmark of the city – Milan Cathedral located on Duomo square. Dedicated to St Mary, it took around six centuries for the cathedral to be completed. Its massive structure (5th largest church in the world and 2nd in Italy) includes mixture of almost every style in the world. The Cathedral was built in several architectural genres and differences can be easily spotted: from gothic to modern styles (the Cathedral was officially finished in 1805 but it is continually updating). If you come to visit this cathedral, don’t miss out to climb on the opened roof (first you’ll need to buy a ticket), which is famous for openwork pinnacles and spires, from where you can see some fascinating sculptures.

Museo del Novecento

If you want to see more than 400 works from the twentieth century, the best place to go is Museo del Novecento. Most of the works are Italian, but you can also find some stuff from other parts of the world. Here, you can find works from almost every artistic movement of the previous century: Abstractionism, Arte Povera, the Novecento Italiano, Post-Impressionism and Realism, landscape and monumental art.

Apart from this, you can also buy some classic books in the museum’s bookshop, and eat and drink in the restaurant-bar on the top floor, spectacularly looking at Piazza del Duomo. The rooms are chronologically ordered and you will additionally see plenty of comments about Italian history.

Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Another place that is worth visiting is the church and convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Build in the 15th century, the convent was almost completely destroyed during the World War II, but was soon restored. The most important thing that survived the war is perhaps the most discussed work of art, probably in whole world:  The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the most famous mural of Milan and one of the most iconic pictures in the world of art. Often damaged by its keepers, the picture remains to be one of the most spoken, debated and controversial works of art. You can find the picture hidden on a wall of the refectory of the church.

Parco Sempione

If you would like to enjoy in a relaxed stroll and experience the nature of Milan, the best place to go is the famous Parco Sempione. You will find it in the historic centre of the city, broadening on 386,000 m². Apart from the astonishing nature, here you can find Arena Civica, the public aquarium, and the Torre Branca tower.

  • Arena Civica is a stadium in neoclassical style, which hosts football matches, concerts, and all other kinds of events.
  • The public aquarium is home for over 100 different underwater lives
  • The Torre Branca tower is a panoramic tower made of iron from where you can see even the Alps

Parco Sempione has a large number of sculptures and free wireless.

San Siro (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza)

The football stadium is most famous for being the home of two of the world’s biggest football clubs: Inter Milan and AC Milan. If you are lucky, you can also enjoy in a concert of some of the biggest music stars today: Pearl Jam, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Rolling Stones, Muse are some of the names that have made unforgettable concerts here. Don’t forget to visit San Siro museum and see many of the things that legendary players once wore as well as the numerable trophies.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

You can’t visit Milan and skip buying some brand piece of clothing, even a simple scarf or a pair of gloves. If you want to see how a real shopping mall looks like, go to The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s biggest and oldest malls. Milan is the birthplace of fashion, thus it is no surprise that here you can find everything you have ever imagined. This shopping mall is renowned first of its architectural aspect for being made of two glass-vaulted arcades. The mall has got a lot of shops, restaurants and galleries.

Al Peck, Milan

After all that walking and sightseeing, you will definitely need something to eat and drink. The best place to relax after a long day is undoubtedly Al Peck – the paradise for all food and drink lovers. Spreading on three levels, this exquisite restaurant is often referred as the food equivalent of Louis Vuitton. It is not cheap, but you can taste some of the most delicious food and wine.