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visit Milan; what to do?

Mar 13th 2019 at 8:56 AM

here are some ideas on what to visit in Milan in one day , if you are passing through or simply if you want to meet it but take it in small doses.

 

1 - In the center

Let's say you start from the central station. You need just a few metro stops to get to the heart of the city and find yourself before your eyes one of the most photographed monuments in all of Europe: Milan Cathedral . After visiting it in long, wide and even high going up on the panoramic terrace, all you have to do is look around: you're in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. From there it goes beyond the arch and walk the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele , one of the most elegant "Milan salons". You will come out in Piazza della Scala , home of the famous Theater and Palazzo Marino, the Palazzo del Comune. From there go back and, from Piazza Duomo, the path that will lead you to Brera , one of the most beautiful districts of the city, begins.

 

2 - Brera

Once you have passed Piazza Cordusio and Via Broletto you will reach Piazza Carmine , one of those corners where Milan has always given me the impression of not even being her. And to look more like a small town, for once. The Brera district winds right behind the square and, in no time at all, you will come to the Pinacoteca , where a visit is absolutely a must.

 

After exploring the neighborhood, continue along Via Garibaldi and Corso Como , two streets that remain quiet during the day, almost dozing; in the evening, instead, they become the center of the most fashionable nightlife, including cocktails and discos. If you want to take a peek at the panorama of Milan with skyscrapers, extend your pace to Piazza Gae Aulenti , an architectural gem inaugurated in 2012.

 

3 - The Sforzesco Castle and the Sempione Park

 

 

Going back from via Garibaldi, do not continue on via Mercato but turn towards the Foro Bonaparte and you will soon find yourself in front of the entrance to the Sforzesco Castle , one of the symbols of the city and its history where, among Museums, Libraries and Archives you will have only the embarrassment of choice. Perhaps the time has come to take a relaxing break in the countryside: know that the Castle is located inside one of the most beautiful and famous parks in the city, Parco Sempione , frequented by the Milanese at any time, including lunch.

 

4 - Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Cenacle

At this point you are a stone's throw from one of the most popular destinations for tourists: the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Cenacolo Vinciano . Just keep in mind that if you want to admire this masterpiece you must absolutely book the visit: the guided tours are not held every day and only 25 people are allowed at a time. I advise you not to go there for the adventure because it is established that you would find yourself in endless rows.

 

Not far from Santa Maria delle Grazie, still on Corso Magenta, I suggest you visit another gem: the church of San Maurizio at the Maggiore Monastery , one of the most beautiful churches in the city, known as the "Sistine Chapel of Milan" for the extraordinary frescoes in its interior.

 

5 - The Navigli and the Columns of San Lorenzo

 

You are not far from the Duomo but at this point the weight of the day could begin to be felt. Get on a tram and rest for the time of the few stops that separate you from via Torino , one of the busiest (not to say chaotic) shopping streets in Milan. Go through it all (quiet, it's short) and you'll be just a few meters from one of the centers of the university nightlife, the one with the most relaxed atmosphere and where just a few euros are enough for a beer or an aperitif: you are in front of the famous Columns of San Lorenzo .

 

hope you'll enjoy yout trip ;)

 

cheers!

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