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Top 10 tourist attractions to visit in Milan

by Parastoo Sahebi
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There are lots of tourist attractions to visit in Milan, the fifth largest city in Europe and the second largest city in Italy. The city of Milan is known as the fashion capital of the world and the business center of Italy, and it has a special reputation in terms of clothing design and economy. In this unique city, you will see a combination of modernity and history.

The city of Milan was almost destroyed in the Second World War, but it was rebuilt years later and today it is known as one of the richest cities in Europe. Milan is geographically located in the north of Italy and near the Alps and has a humid subtropical climate and a moderate ocean. it has hot and humid summers and cold and foggy winters, and the best time to travel to this city is from April to May and from September to October, to the extent that it becomes crowded in the spring and autumn months.

In this article from Eligasht, we would like to briefly introduce some of the famous attractions of this city. Although Milan is a modern and lively city, contrary to its appearance, it has attractions full of peace; Stay with us to get to know the tourist attractions in Milan.

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1. Tourist attractions in Milan: Milan Cathedral (Il Duomo)

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, which the Milanese call Duomo “Il Duomo”, is one of the largest and most magnificent cathedrals in the world, with a maximum capacity of 40,000 people. This magnificent church has somehow become a symbol of the city of Milan and is one of the first tourist attractions in Milan that you should visit as soon as you arrive in this city.

The church dates back to the 14th century, although its facade was not completed until the early 1800s under Napoleon. The church is an example of the flamboyant Gothic style, with 135 carved stone spires atop its roof and it’s exterior decorated with 2,245 marble statues. Its dim interior also makes an interesting contrast with its bright and colorful exterior.

One of the interesting experiences that you can enjoy while visiting Milan Cathedral is walking on the roof of the church, which offers beautiful views of the city. There is an elevator inside the church that takes you to the roof, although you have to climb the last 73 steps to the dome platform on foot.


2. Tourist attractions in Milan: Monumental Cemetery

Monumental Cemetery is a strange and beautiful place and it is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Milan. The architecture and sculpture have joined hands to make the burial place of important citizens and famous people of Milan special and stylish. The statues you see on each tomb are completely different from each other. One is big and the other is small, one is strange and the other is ordinary, but all of them together have created an amazing collection.

This cemetery is closed on Mondays and you can visit it only until 6 pm on other days.

Tourists find it scary to walk in this cemetery because they think that the statues may come alive at any moment. The most statues you will see in this cemetery are Christ and Cupid. The tomb of “Arturo Toscanini” the conductor of the orchestra and “Alessandro Manzoni” the famous Italian poet is also in this cemetery.

This cemetery is 2.5 km away from the city center, but TripAdvisor tourists introduced this place as one of the most important Tourist attractions in Milan.


3. Tourist attractions in Milan: Sforzesco Castle

Those who love history, art, and culture must visit Sforzesco Castle. This castle belongs to the Sforzesco family and was built with the architecture of Leonardo da Vinci. Some paintings by da Vinci can be seen on the walls inside the castle. Sforzesco castle is among the best tourist attractions in Milan. Here they keep Michelangelo’s last work, the Pieta, which is half-finished and which death did not allow Michelangelo to complete. All these items plus knights’ clothes and shields, weapons, etc. are available for only 5 euros.

The entrance to the castle garden is free and you can freely wander around the garden for a nice day and take lots of photos of the castle exterior, but if you want to go to the museums you have to buy a ticket. It is also good to notice that Milan’s museums are free on the first Sunday of every month.

4. Tourist attractions in Milan: Sempione Park

This park is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Milan. This beautiful park near the Sforza Castle was built in the neoclassical style and has attractions such as the lake, the Arch of Peace, and the Roman-style amphitheater. In addition, various events and recreational activities are held in this park, and participation in these is recommended to everyone. Also, walking paths, a playground, and volleyball and basketball sports fields are among other entertainments in this park. To visit this unique park, you can visit every day from 6:30 am to 9 pm and note that walking in this park is free, but you have to pay the corresponding fee to use the facilities in this park.

Sempione Park

5. Tourist attractions in Milan: Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

The Gothic brick church of Santa Maria del Grazie, on Corso Maggiore, was begun around 1465, and its massive hexagonal dome was designed in the best Early Renaissance style by Bramante, one of the most influential architects of the Italian Renaissance. The church and its adjoining refectory, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, were badly damaged in World War II. during the restoration work, old paintings were exposed in the dome. At the end of the north aisle is the baroque chapel of the Madonna del Grazie, with the altar of the Madonna. The reason why most tourists visit Santa Maria del Grazie is to see the most famous work of Da Vinci, which is painted on the wall of the refectory of the former Dominican monastery. This church is among the top Tourist attractions in Milan.

6. Tourist attractions in Milan:  Opera at Teatro alla Scala

Considered the most prestigious opera house in the world, La Scala has been resounding with the music of all the great opera composers and singers, and its 2,800-seat theater is known (and feared) as the most demanding in Italy. In the same building is the Museo Teatro Alla Scala and you’ll find a collection of costumes from landmark shows and historical and personal memorabilia of the greats who have performed and whose works have been performed at La Scala, including Verdi, Rossini, and the Conductor Arturo Toscanini. If no rehearsal is in progress, the museum provides access to the interior of the opera house, one of the best Tourist attractions in Milan.


7. Tourist attractions in Milan: San Bernadino Church: Cemetery of skulls

The church of San Bernadino Alle Ossa is a church that has faded under the shadow of Milan Cathedral. The presence of this church in the center of the city and as one of the top tourist attractions in Milan is a strange event among the daily commotion of the people. If you are a fan of horror stories and movies, the interior of San Bernadino Church will bring thousands of horror stories to your mind. At first glance, the walls of the church, which are covered with human skulls, attract your attention. While you’re debating with yourself whether these skulls are real or man-made, you’ll find clues that convince you that what you’re seeing is a horrifying reality.

The interior walls of the church are covered with countless skeletons and skulls of the dead, which, according to available reports, belong to the victims of the plague in the past.

You must have also wondered why the bones were not buried in the cemetery. This issue goes back to the 13th century; When the cemetery adjacent to the church had no space to bury more dead, one of the altars of the San Bernadino Church was considered a place to keep the bones and skulls of the dead.

Among the best tourist attractions in Milan, this church is now easily accessible and many tourists visit the north of Milan every year. Visiting this altar is free, but a donation fund is located inside the building to cover the cost of maintaining the church.

8. Leonardo’s vineyard; A trip to Leonardo da Vinci’s resort

In order not to be an ordinary tourist, it is better to visit one of the strangest tourist attractions in Milan: The Leonardo da Vinci Garden.

If you are into art and the personal life of an artist like Leonardo da Vinci is interesting to you, be sure to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard in Milan as soon as possible. The records show that this great painter used the peaceful atmosphere of this vineyard to rest and walk while painting the Last Supper. This vineyard is right in front of the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie; Where Leonardo da Vinci’s important work, The Last Supper is located.

This vineyard was built about 500 years ago, but unfortunately, during the Second World War, a large part of the garden was destroyed. Every year, a large number of tourists come to Milan to visit the painting of the Last Supper, and at the same time, they will have the opportunity to see Da Vinci’s green paradise. Visiting this scenic area is possible by purchasing an entrance ticket, and this cost is totally worth such a trip in time.

9. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located in Piazza Duomo, was designed by Giuseppe Mangoni and built between 1865 and 1877. At that time, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery was the second largest shopping arcade in Europe and attracted everyone with its towering dome.

As one of the best tourist attractions in Milan. this magnificent gallery shows iron and glass industrial constructions in the 19th century, which can be considered the beginning of modern architecture in Italy. Even now, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a beautiful and lively place where locals gather for lunch or coffee in its beautiful cafes and browse its luxury shops.

10. Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti is one of the top tourist attractions in Milan. This square is one of the oldest squares in the city and shows tourists a perspective of life in Milan during the Middle Ages. Although this square has become a little smaller today compared to the past, the buildings around this square remain as they were centuries ago. During the Christmas holidays, this square turns into a Christmas market and becomes more alive and lively.

Final words

The city of Milan was destroyed by successive bombings in the Second World War, but after that Italy rebuilt this city and it became one of the richest cities in Europe. Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world and the keeper of Da Vinci’s hidden secrets, tourist attractions in Milan are full of art and creativity.

It is also exciting to walk in the city where artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Enrico, Giorgio Armani, and… lived. We might add that the world of fashion participates twice a year in Milan festivals to present its seasonal clothes. With all of these, Italy has gained a lot of wealth through the top Tourist attractions in Milan city.

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