If you are planning to go anywhere this summer, make your next trip to Italy! This country is full of the absolute bests of life—the best cities, the best food, and the best culture.
There are so many different cities to explore in Italy. But of all the different options that you could have, perhaps the best one to really make sure you squeeze at least a day trip into is Milan.
The city of Milan has been a prized jewel of Italy since 600 BC. Located in the northern part of the country, it is today the main financial hub for Italy. But it is also booming with history and culture, along with an extremely trendy fashion scene. Plus, we can not forget the significantly important museums and galleries that hold some of the greatest works of all time, like Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.
While you ideally would want to set yourself up in Milan for at least a week to explore it properly, sometimes you may just have to make do with a quick day trip instead. But not to fear, as we have come up with the ultimate to-do list for conquering Milan in a day and getting to truly experience all this wonderful city can offer.
First things first though, whether you are coming into Milan by plane or train, you will want to sort out your luggage storage in Milan. There is no time to waste and every minute counts when it comes to making the most of this city. So book your spot in advance online at a convenient location for you, drop it off when you arrive with zero fuss and spend the best day ever in one of Italy’s most gorgeous cities.
Here are all the things you should try to conquer in a day while in Milan.
1. Visit the Duomo
One of the best pieces of architecture in Milan is the Duomo. Don’t worry, it will not be hard to find at all. Located in Piazza del Duomo, the exterior of the building is a sight to marvel at in itself. In fact, nothing else in terms of buildings quite compares to this masterpiece.
Designed with elaborate columns and stunning marble floors, it feels like you are in an actual palace rather than just another cathedral. The roof itself even looks like an actual crown! Many people love to climb the staircase to the top to soak in the view. We recommend you do that too, especially to get that cardio burst in to start the day. Then you will not feel bad about all the gelato and pasta you indulge in later.
2. Walk to San Bernadino alle Ossa
After you soak in all that is the Duomo, your next stop is only seven minutes away by foot. This chapel is much more modest and is designed to have the opposite aesthetic as the Duomo. In fact, it is decorated with actual skulls and human bones! Along with too many crucifixes to count. A stop here will remind you of the haunting history of Milan.
3. Check Out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II
Next, it is time to get some serious shopping on. This historic shopping center is now filled with some of the most luxurious fashion labels in the world, including Versace, Armani, Prada, and Gucci. You really can shop until you drop here and is not even a ten-minute walk from the spook bone cathedral.
Even if you are just window shopping, this is such a significant spot for Milan and the true epicenter for it being a leading fashion icon on the global stage. Don’t be surprised when you see lots of glamorous people doing glamorous things here.
4. Tour the Sforzesco Castle
Build back in the 1300s, many iconic people have made their way through here. This includes Napolean, who actually had his army destroy it. But luckily this castle was able to be restored in the 1800s and now holds some of the most impressive art collections in the world. You will be in for such a treat walking through this stunning castle.
5. Explore the Navigli District
If you want to experience how locals truly live in Milan, then exploring the Navigli District is an absolute must. This is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Milan and there are too many hidden gems to even count that are just waiting to be discovered. This is a great place to end the day and grab dinner at a lively Italian restaurant.
These five things are really just the start of all there is to do in Milan. But if you only have time for a day trip, these are the five absolute must do’s—in addition to also eating your heart out when it comes to their pasta and gelato there!