With plenty of things to do in Milan, one shouldn’t think its all about fashion models and runways. This city in Northern Italy features many things to do and see when it comes to art, history, architecture and much much more. Did you know that Milan is the second most populous city in Italy?

Nearly every celebrity and anyone who is anyone has visited Milan, but did you know that its also a great and budget-friendly place to visit for the everyday traveler? There are some awesome underground street artists and amazing street art around Milan as well. So yes, there are plenty things to do in Milan, that will interest people with all kinds of interests!

10  Things to do in Milan

1. Duomo Cathedral

things to do in milanThe Duomo Cathedral is the center of Milan – with literally all roads leading from it. You probably wont miss it, but it is definitely a must-visit, when it comes to the things to do in Milan. One of the largest churches in Europe, it is an architectural wonder. The view from the roof is simply amazing, and the golden “Little Madonna” is on the tallest spires, which you can see up close when up there.

2. Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

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photo from wikicommons. Bernardino Luini’s frescoes in the church

This is another lovely church, albeit much smaller, with amazing and inspiring artwork and architecture. It was originally attached to the most important female convent of the Benedictines in the city, Monastero Maggiore, which is now in use as an archaeological museum. Next to it is the L’Ultima Cena, and both are not to be missed!

3. L’Ultima Cena (The Last Supper)

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We all know what Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper is. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world, and something you must see when in Milan. You do have to make reservations for the tour well in advance. dining hall at the monastery of  Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan

4. Aperitivo bars

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These are perfect for the traveler. Drifting between bars, you can enjoy friends and a festive atmosphere, and partake of the numerous FREE platters, that usually include a wood slab with salami, cheese and olives on it. They are a really chilled and Italian place to hang out.

5. Canals in the Navigli

navigli-milano1This area of the city are an unexpected find. One of the two canals was even designed by Leonardo da Vinci. You can take a boat ride down these canals to see all sorts of cute shops, galleries and restaurants. This is the area with the best bars, which I mentioned un number four, and visiting is definitely a thing to do in Milan you wont want to miss.

6. Window shopping down Quadrilatero d’Oro is a truly fun event, Being the fashion capital of Italy, you will find all the high fashion displays including the elaborate window displays at places like Prada, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, and Valentino. Just to see these is a lot of fun

7. Parco Sempione

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This is a lush green park with lovely winding paths Surrounded by a castle (Castello Sforzesco), a museum (Triennale di Milano) and other beautiful buildings, restaurants and bars. A great place to unwind. This is one of the more relaxing things to do in Milan, so go check it out!

8. Castello Sforzesco

This is the castle I mentioned in number seven. It is a 15th century castle that served as the residence for the Duke’s family. There are numerous museums contained inside that cover a wide arrange of subjects. Definitely stop by for a visit, as its in a great location and you can see some other cool stuff while you’re there.

9. Ex Mauri is an excellent way to end an evening. A contemporary Venetian bar with quaint décor, it boasts a nice variety of seafood dishes that are very hearty.

10. Monumental Cemetery

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This is a cemetery for the wealthy dating back to the mid 1800’s. It is full of monuments, sculptures and abstract forms depicting each family’s own style. I highly recommend checking this place out, it is one of the coolest things to do in Milan, and in my opinion, offers the best statues and monuments there is.

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