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One Day in Milan Italy Guide – How to plan the perfect day

This is a 24 hours in Milan Italy guide. Sometimes you only have a short amount of time to explore your travel destination. But you still want to make the best out of it.
My top tip: Be Flexible and enjoy the atmosphere. Don’t stress about having to see every single sight.
I usually like to pick one or two tourist attractions and use the rest of my time exploring the city by just wandering around.

Here is my recommendation for the perfect 24 hours in Milan Italy:

Top 12 Main Attractions Of Milan

To help you know what to expect when you visit Milan for the first time, here is a little overview of some of the main sights.

1. Milan Cathedral
Roman Catholic Church and Monument.

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Famous shopping gallery from the 19th century.

3. Castello Sforzesco
Medieval fortification.

4. Brera Academy
State-run public academy of fine arts.

5. Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
 Da Vinci Museum.

6. Santa Maria delle Grazie
Church with da Vinci’s Last Supper.

7. Teatro alla Scala
Magnificent opera house.

8. Royal Palace of Milan
Neoclassical palace and art museum.

9. Parco Sempione
Large city park in Milan.

10. Porta Sempione
City gate of Milan.

11. Naviglio Grande
Oldest Naviglio (canal) of Milan.

12. Sant’Ambrogio
One of the most ancient churches in Milan, built by St. Ambrose in 379–386.

One Day Itinerary For Milan


Breakfast in the G.B. Bar

The G.B. Bar has specialized mainly in Panini. They offer a huge selection with something for everyone. Together with orange juice or coffee, the perfect breakfast.

Climb the Duomo di Milano

The Duomo di Milano is probably the most famous sight in Milan. Climb up to the Duomo terrace for a great view of the city!

Visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Just a few meters from the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The shopping gallery from the 19th century is worth a visit especially for architecture fans or shopaholics.

Explore the Brera district

The trendy Brera district is known above all for its cafés, fashion, and art. Especially worth seeing is the art academy Pinacoteca di Brera. Both from the outside and the inside.

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Lunch at the Pizzeria Biagio or Luna Rossa

Of course, a traditional Italian pizzeria should not be missing on the recommendation list. That’s why there are two recommendations here that are worth a detour, the Biagio and the Luna Rossa.

Visit the Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione

For people who are interested in history and castles, a visit to the Castello Sforzesco is just the right thing. After the visit to the castle, you can relax in the adjacent Parco Sempione park. The Arco della Pace, another attraction, is also located at the end of the park.

Have a look at the famous Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci

Another highlight that can be admired in Milan is Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. This is located on the north wall of the church Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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Dinner Option 1: Rossini Restaurant Pizzeria

An Italian restaurant in the city center that offers everything from pizza to risotto to pasta. And all this in an incredibly charming ambiance.

Dinner Option 2: Osteria del Gnocco Fritto

Talking about charming ambiance, the Osteria del Gnocco Fritto is located on the canal Navigli Grande. Therefore it captivates beside great Italian dishes also with its location.

Dinner option 3: La Prosciutteria - Milano Navigli

The Prosciutteria is also located on the Navigli Grande. Here you can enjoy fine wine with mixed plates of prosciutto and other delicacies.

Aperitivo with Il vinaccio - vineria

If you want to join the Italian tradition of aperitivo, Il vinaccio, with four locations in Milan, is a good choice. The aperitivo is usually available from 7 pm to 9 pm. Here you can get a small selection of snacks with your (alcoholic) drink. Especially recommended is the wine bar directly at the Navigli Grande in the Ripa di Porta Ticinese.

Visit a performance at the Teatro alla Scala

If you have the opportunity, attend a performance in the largest opera house in Europe, the Teatro alla Scala. Performances usually start at 8 pm.

Stroll along the canals

End your day with a relaxing walk along the Naviglio Grande. Because not only Venice has romantic canals to offer.

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