Milan sightseeing: the top tourist attractions in Milan

Milan, besides being known for the fashion capital is also the financial and commercial center of Italy and is full of tourist attractions worth sightseeing.

The capital of the Lombardy region, Milan is a charming city that holds true treasures amidst museums and churches. It also attracts tourists in search of art, entertainment, shopping, and good food. To learn more about the city read Facts about Milan you should know and What to do in Milan.

Are you ready to check out what to see in Milan on your next adventure?

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Duomo

It’s impossible to go to Milan without visiting the largest Gothic church in Italy and the third largest in the world. The construction of this magnificent monument, Duomo, began in 1386 and was completed in  the 20th century.

Located in Piazza del Duomo, one of the main squares of Italy, the cathedral is famous for its many astonishing statues (3,500 to be exact) and the breathtaking stained-glass windows.

One of the nicest things you can do when visiting this attraction is walk on the roof of the cathedral. You’ll admire the statues from a different angle and check a perfect view of the city and the beautiful Alps.

It is also on the roofs that the Milanese feel closer to the most loved statue of the city: La Madonnina. A golden statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, placed in the highest point of the cathedral to watch the city.

With Veditalia you can have an English guided tour through the cathedral with our Duomo Cathedral and its Rooftops tour.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The charming Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located between the famous Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala, was built from 1865 and 1877, designed by Giuseppe Mengoni. This soaring iron-and-glass structure is known as the city’s fine drawing room.

This is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world, and it’s still known for its luxury shops and for being a construction that marks the beginning of modern architecture in Italy.

When visiting this attraction don’t forget to look down and admire the floor decorated with mosaics with the signs of the zodiac. To see this incredible monument and learn more about it, check out our tour Milan in One Day.

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The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie

Painted between 1494 and 1498 at the request of Ludovico il Moro, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Last Supper on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The church was founded along with the convent of the Dominicans in the late 15 century, at the same time when Leonardo da Vinci arrived at the city by invitation of the then Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza.

When you go to Santa Maria delle Grazie prepare yourself to see a magnificent place that reserves one of the most important works of Leonardo da Vinci. The church has an incredible structure and fascinates any tourist by the details of its stained glass, ceiling, and walls.

If you want to visit the famous paint check out our Art Tour & Last Supper and enjoy a stunning walking tour in Milan.

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Castello Sforzesco

The Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) was built originally as a fortress during the 14th century and later became home to the Sforza dynasty.

The castle has seven specialized museums, like the Museum of Ancient Art (Musei d’Arte Antica) which display early paleo-Christian sculptures and the Pinacoteca di Brera(Picture Gallery) that has more than 1,500 works of art painted between the 13th and 18th centuries.

To visit the iconic Sforzesco Castle, outside and inner yards, we have the perfect guided tour. Check out our Milan in One Day tour.

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Teatro alla Scala

La Scala has a reputation as the most prestigious opera house in the world. Designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the building follows the Neoclassical style and has been home for many authentic and wonderful ballet performances, concerts, recitals and opera since 1778.

If you want to discover Milan’s rich musical history while visiting one of the world’s leading Opera Theaters, check out our Duomo Cathedral & La Scala Theatre tour.

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Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

The Sant’Ambrogio Basilic (Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio), founded in 386, is named after its founder St. Ambrose which is the city’s patron saint. The gold altar, a 10th-century marble pulpit and the casing (paliotto) of the high altar, are a few of the masterpieces you find in this church.

You have the opportunity to see this monument in a unique and awesome way with our Rickshaw Tour + Duomo entrance ticket.

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Pinacoteca di Brera

If you’re a fan of art, then you’ll love Pinacoteca di Brera. This gallery is a world-class museum that has a lot of magnificent paintings that you can see in more than 40 rooms. Here you can find works of art by Italian painters like Caravaggio, Veronese, and Raphael.

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Visiting Milan sightseeing

Now that you know a little more about the main monuments of Milan, how about visiting those places with who knows it the better than anyone else? Veditalia offers 18 different tours that you can choose in Milan and keep in mind that you can contact us to customize your trip.