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Sights in Milan

Which sights in Milan should not be missed? Discover the best attractions, famous monuments, incredible museums and unique sights of Milan!

Top 10 sights in Milan

Most people think of Rome when planning a visit to Italy. It's a shame, because Milan has so much to offer. Unlike Rome, Milan is a compact city. All major attractions can be found in the centre of the city. With attractions such as Milan Cathedral (Duomo Santa Maria Nascente), Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' and Teatro alle Scala (La Scala), Milan features many interesting places in the field of culture, history and art. In the vibrant district of Brera you really get a taste of typical Italian atmosphere, the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local life. Visit authentic restaurants, nice bars, small boutiques and experience the Italian coffee culture. Many tourists come to Milan for shopping, for which the 19th century shopping gallery Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II should be at the top of your list. The building alone is more than impressive enough to visit. These are the top sights in Milan.

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral has been worked on for centuries. This gothic church is the eye-catcher of the city with 135 marble ornamental towers and more than 2200 statues. From the roof terrace you have a beautiful view over Milan. The Milan Cathedral is impressive inside and out. Take your time to see the many special statues and medieval treasures.

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

The main attraction of this former monastery is the mural 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci. Soon after its completion the painting fell into disrepair, but it has recently been restored and can now be seen again in all its glory. The Santa Maria delle Grazie is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tickets for 'The Last Supper' are usually scarce, so buy them well in advance.

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Museo Poldi-Pezzoli

Originally a private collection, this museum has a wealth of works of art by Italian, Dutch and Flemish artists. In addition to paintings, you'll see jewellery, carpets, glass, porcelain and a collection of historic sundials. Work by painters such as Botticelli, Pollaiolo, Michelangelo, Lippi and Boltraffio can also be admired in Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Combine a visit to the museum with a visit to Teatro alle Scala, which is within walking distance.

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La Scala

It is certainly not easy to get a ticket for a performance in the most famous opera house in the world. If you don't manage to get a ticket you can always visit the adjoining museum with its fine collection of musical instruments, posters and costumes.

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Pinacoteca di Brera

One of the most important and fascinating collections of Italian artists, including masters such as Rafael and Caravaggio, can be found in the Pinacoteca di Brera. Not only is the collection beautiful, the museum is also housed in an impressive baroque palace.

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Sforza Castle

This castle is located in the middle of the city and was the centre of power of the dukes of Milan. You can walk around for free in this complex with its four meter thick walls, moat, towers and drawbridges. In the museum you can see the last (and unfinished) work of Michelangelo.

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Cimitero Monumentale

On this cemetery north of the city centre you can see examples of Italian architecture. Quite bombastic tombs, some with a special history like that of Maria Maggi (Eva Péron).

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Shopping in Milan

Milan has a huge range of shops and shopping is a popular activity for many tourists. As the centre of the Italian fashion world, you can indulge in the latest creations. Window shopping alone is great here!

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San Siro Stadium

The two archrivals AC Milan and Inter Milan both play the San Siro Stadium. During a guided tour you will take a look behind the scenes and in the museum you will discover the many trophies won and legends that played here.

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Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica

The main attraction of the Museum of Science and Technology is the gallery dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. There are more than a hundred models, which were made on the basis of Da Vinci's drawings and sketches.

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