Milan is much more than just shopping and food, it’s a place filled with deep history and it really is one of the top places to visit in Italy.

If you wanted to see the main highlights and learn more about the places you visit lots of local and international Italy tour opertors offer trips to Milan.

Alexandra DiBenigno spent three months living in this wonderful city and shares the best places you need to add to your Milian itinerary.

This list not only includes the most popular tourist sites, but also some lesser-known destinations as well.


1. Milan Cathedral

This cathedral (as seen in the image above) is stunning the highlight of Milan.

It is located in the heart of the shopping area and is a must see for any first time visitor. The area is always buzzing with action and the outside square is a great place to relax and take in the amazing surroundings. Sometimes famous artists will hold concerts in front of the cathedral - if you get lucky you might just visit at the right time.

You can enter the Cathedral to view inside whilst we also recommend going to walk on the roof - the views of Milan and the surrounding areas are spectacular. Entry prices are very cheap compared to similar tourist sights in Europe.


2. Sforza Castle 

Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle built in the 15th century and is just a short walk from the Milan Cathedral. There are multiple museums that tourists can peruse through, but the highlight of the site is just the sheer size of the castle. It’s definitely a must see for anybody who loves history. 


3. Monumental Cemetery of Milan

Monumental Cemetery Milan

Definitely not your usual hangout spot. I actually stumbled upon this location after mistaking it for a castle. Much to my surprise it was filled with thousands of gorgeous tombstones and monuments. Don’t be turned off by it’s “depressing” title, trust me this is a must see. 


4. Navigli

Navigli Milan

Navigli is an area of Milan that is famous for its long canals and incredible food.

Enjoy an aperitivo, drink a yummy spritz, and relax just like the Italians do. Make sure if you visit on a weekday to get there before 8 pm as most of the aperitivos will close at that time. 

Before departing for Milan be sure to learn some useful Italian travel phrases too so you can impress the locals.


5. Indro Montanelli Public Gardens

Indro Montanelli Public Gardens, Milan

The Indro Montanelli Public Gardens is another place I stumbled upon after becoming lost in the Montanelli area of Milan. It’s a wonderful park filled with fountains, delicious food carts, statues, and museums. I highly recommend visiting the area with your favorite book in hand to enjoy a day of relaxation. 


Plan a City Break to Milan

If you are looking for a city break destination you can't go wrong with Milan. From the iconic attractions, to parks, football teams to the amazing day trips from Milan, you will love visiting.

If you need more inspiration for a trip to Italy these pages willl help: 

By Alexandra DiBenigno