fun things to do in Milan

Fashion, food and football, if these are what spring to mind when you think of Milan, you’re in for a treat. Though it offers outstanding examples of all the above, there’s lots more to discover in Italy’s second capital.

From its best restaurants offering a slice of the refined culinary scene, including a certain restaurant that was given the seal of approval from Giorgio Armani himself to the dozens of adventurous things to also do with children, or for the adventurous travelers from zip lining, to hiking.

Milan has culture in bundles with more museums, galleries and great restaurants than you could visit in a year. It is also home to some outstanding works of art by some of the world’s most revered artists and thinkers.

Nowhere else can you walk into da Vinci’s vineyard and home, then move onto the extravagant Quadrilatero della Moda for the best shopping experience anywhere, to then go for aperitivo hour to the best rooftops showcasing all of Milan.

Immerse yourself in the culture and explore the city with these fun things to do in Milan!

1 – Window shop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

The Galleria is more than just a shopping arcade. A visit to this beloved Milanese building is one of the best things to do in Milan. It is a true icon of the city, and home to high-fashion boutiques such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vitton and some of the city’s oldest cafes.

This impressive iron and glass-roofed structure first opened in 1877 and is a popular meeting place for locals. Take time to stroll around and do a little window shopping or take a guided tour of the arcade.

2 – Stroll through the spires of the Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano, Italy

The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano occupies center stage in the city. It is the largest church in Italy, not including Vatican City, and can be found in the grand and historic Piazza del Duomo.

The Duomo’s first stone was laid in 1386 and it is built on top of a much older basilica that dates back to at least the 4th Century.

There are a number of impressive artworks to see inside the church. Visitors are able to tour the roof and grab a close-up view of its 135 highly-ornamented spires. This is a must-see when visiting Milan.

Learn how to book Duomo skip-the-line tickets.

3 – See da Vinci’s last supper at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Last Supper at Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is one of the most famous images in all of the western art. The painting is actually a mural in Milan’s church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie which was painted in about 1495.

Why not take a guided tour of the church and walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest artists. Skip the queue to learn how the mural was created and the effects that time has played on it. You should not miss this!

Read more about Las Supper tours.

Sold out? Learn how to book last-minute Last Supper tickets.

4 – See Scaligero Castle on a Lake Garda day trip

Lake Garda day trip from Milan

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is definitely worth a trip when visiting the country. Take a boat cruise around the peninsula of Sirmione and experience the tranquil blue waters and medieval villages.

The walled town of Sirmione is famous for its thermal springs and the 13th-century Scaligero Castle which guards the waterfront.

Visiting the picturesque Lake Garda is a great day trip from Milan. Why not get to know this popular Italian destination with a guided tour.

5 – Enjoy the best of Italian food at the best fine-dining restaurants

Best fine-dining restaurants in Milan
credit to Spazio Niko Romito

Dine inside the glamorous Spazio Niko Romito, a beautiful restaurant with views of the Duomo di Milano, offering delicious homemade pasta, meat cuts, and decadent desserts.

Celebrate a birthday or anniversary at Savini, and experience an elevated dining experience, in a beautiful ambiance, whether you’re going for dinner, or an afternoon tea break in between your sightseeing.

Enjoy the specialty of the house when you visit Giacomo, a fusion of English and French influence, known for its beef cuts and game.

6 – Cruise the sites on a bike tour

bike tour in Milan

Why not get a quick overview of the city’s highlights with a bike tour. Stop at Sforza Castle, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and La Scala theatre among others. Cruise the city and take in the ambiance with a knowledgeable local guide to show you around.

Learn the history of Milan that isn’t in the guidebooks and visit a few places away from the tourist trail. A bike tour is a must if you’re looking for a really fun thing to do in Milan!

7 – Feel the romance on a Lake Como day trip

Lake Como day trip from Milan, Italy

If you are staying in Milan, a day trip to nearby Lake Como should not be missed. Surrounded by hills and picturesque towns, Lake Como has long been a favorite weekend destination for the residents of Milan and a popular honeymoon destination.

The beautiful towns of Como, Bellagio and Tremezzo border Lake Como and are well worth a visit. Regular boat tours run between the towns in summer.

Read more about the best day trips from Milan.

8 – Study the masters at Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Pinacoteca di Brera is Milan’s leading public gallery and houses some of Italy’s most important historic artworks and masterpieces. The collection includes paintings by Caravaggio, Mantegna, Raphael and the Bellini brothers to name a few.

The building itself is an impressive 16th-century palazzo and former monastery. It is located next to the botanical gardens and observatory.

9 – Walk the grounds of Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco, Milan

The Castello Sforzesco is a large 15th-century fort in the center of Milan. It has had a number of different uses through the centuries and features interior decorations by da Vinci and Bramante.

There are a number of exhibits to visit in the castle complex including the Museum of Ancient Art and the museum of the Rondanini Pietà which is home to Michelangelo’s last sculpture. Entry into the grounds is free but there is a fee for the exhibits.

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At Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, you can become a part of the master’s artwork thanks to incredible 360-degree projections. Get up close to every brush stroke, or enjoy a VR experience that takes you on a journey through 8 artworks and their inspiration. This is art like you’ve never seen it before.

10 – See the Devil’s column at Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan

One of the oldest churches in Milan, the Basilica di Sant Ambrogio was constructed near the end of the 4th century by St. Ambrose. The church has some impressive ancient mosaics created between the 4th and 13th centuries.

There is a white marble column next to the church with two holes in it. Legend has it these were made by the Devil’s horns when he was unable to tempt St. Ambrose.

11 – Pay your respects at Monumental Cemetery

Monumental Cemetery, Milan

Visiting a cemetery may not seem like a fun thing to do on a trip to Milan but the Monumental cemetery is a little different. It is a peaceful, serene place to visit with some impressive monuments and works of art.

The Cemetery is the resting place of some of Milan’s most rich and powerful people. There are many highly-ornate statues and mausoleums and extravagant family tombs. Guided tours of the cemetery are available.

12 – Enter a room full of candles and music at a candlelight concert

Candlelight concerts in Milan

Add a Candlelit Concert to your list of evening activities to do in Milan, and enjoy the musical stylings of both contemporary music as well as classical music from an extremely talented group of musicians, performing inside a candlelit venue.

Listen to beautiful renditions of Queen’s greatest hits, various movie scores, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, as well as seasonal Christmas songs, and more.

With multiple candlelit concerts throughout Milan, you’re sure to find one that fits your musical preference.

13 – See a performance at Teatro Alla Scala & La Scala Museum

Teatro Alla Scala & La Scala Museum, Milan

La Scala Opera House has been a cultural center of Milan for over 200 years. It has hosted performances by the greatest singers and composers of the era. This grand but austere building is home to the prestigious La Scala Theatre Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra.

La scala museum has a collection of ornate and antique musical instruments, costumes, Commedia dell’Arte artifacts and portraits of La Scala’s most famous composers.

Read more about the La Scala Theatre tour.

14 – Experience the excitement of a Formula One race in Monza

Formula One races in Monza, Milan

Italy lives and breathes Ferrari, so when the Monza F1 Grand Prix rolls around every year, the city of Milan (just 30 minutes away) is injected with thrilling energy and a red Ferrari glow.

Generally held on the first weekend of September and lasting three days (practice, qualifying, and the race) the Monza Grand Prix is a vibrant festival of speed and sound, with drivers pushing their engines to the limit.

Whether you’re in Milan for the race or not, it’s worth taking a trip to Autodromo Nazionale Monza – Italy’s oldest permanent circuit – which has been hosting races since 1922.

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Ball pits, slime stations and mad scientists, the Chaos Lab has it all! This experiential outing is more than just a bit of fun and excitement, it’s an excellent way for kids to get hands-on science knowledge. Book your tickets and take them on this unforgettable adventure!

15 – See the frescoes of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Chiesa di San Maurizio, Monastero Maggiore, Milan

The Chiesa di San Maurizio has been called the “Sistine Chapel of Milan” due to its impressive interior decorations. Though it may look modest from the outside the church features extensive ornate frescoes and an imposing antique organ.

The Milan Archaeology Museum is next door to the Chiesa di San Maurizio in the Monastero Maggiore, which was once the cities largest convent.

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16 – Drink up the magnificent city sites at the best rooftops

Best rooftops in Milan
credit to The Roof Milano

Enjoy the highly coveted views of Milano from the sky, the perfect mix of cocktails and small plates, when you go to The Roof Milano. Meet up for a refreshing aperitif in the modern jungle that is Organics SkyGarden@Cielo. Get wide views of the city, as you’re surrounded by lush greenery and gardens.

Chill out on the 10th floor at Radio Rooftop Bar, arguably with one of the best views of the city, bringing an influence of New York and London to Milan. Enjoy the creations from the mixologists, as well as creative tapas.

Make your reservations at Terrazza Martini, and choose between two experiences to enjoy from the rooftop: a Martini Cocktail Experience or a Martini Observatory, both guaranteeing a fun time.

Drink up the surrounding views of the Milan historic center from The VIU Terrace, open to the public for an evening of carefully concocted drinks and delicious snacks.

17 – Admire Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan

Villa Necchi Campiglio is a sort of museum of furniture and design. It is an attractive art deco villa that stands as an example of the best works of the period. It rests calmly in the bustling center of Milan, disguised by its large gardens.

The Villa was once a private residence and has a swimming pool and tennis courts. Guided tours of this luxurious space are given from Wednesday through to Sunday.

18 – Indulge yourself on a food tour

food tours in Milan

In Milan, you will find some local dishes that may surprise you and expand your view of what Italian food includes. The saffron seasoned Rissotto alla Milanese is a popular food here as is La Cotoletta, breaded veal steaks.

Why not take a tour of some of the local eateries and be introduced to the people and flavors of the city. This is a must for foodies while in Milan.

19 – Explore the Brera District

Brera District, Milan

Brera is located in the historic center of Milan. It is the place to go for casual shopping and dining with its many cafes, restaurants and boutiques. It’s a fashionable Milanese neighborhood and has long been favored by artists and creative types giving it a unique bohemian feel.

Take a stroll or “passeggiata” through its narrow cobbled streets or take a guided tour to learn in-depth about the area.

20 – Walk in da Vinci’s footsteps at Leonardo’s Vineyard

Leonardo’s Vineyard, Milan

Leonardo’s Vineyard can be found on the grounds of the Casa degli Atellani. It was given to the artist in 1498 by the Duke of Milan to make him feel at home in the city.

The vineyard was one of da Vinci’s most prized possessions and has been restored to its original character.

Entry fees include a guided tour and access to the museum and surrounding gardens.

21 – Go ziplining at Bergamo Adventure Park

ziplining at Bergamo Adventure Park
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Fancy leaving the city for a forest adventure? Bergamo Adventure Park is just the place. Located in Roncola San Bernardo,  The park has zip lines, wooden walkways and Tibetan bridges suspended up in the trees.

It offers a series of courses for different abilities. The park is an hour from the center of Milan and just outside of Bergamo. This is great fun for all the family.

22 – Have an epic Swiss Alps day trip on Bernina Express

Bernina Express tours from Milan

Known to be one of the most awe-inspiring train rides in the world, the Bernina express won’t disappoint. The route traveled by these famous red trains is a certified Unesco World Heritage site due to its outstanding natural beauty. Travel the Bernina pass to the Swiss mountain town of St Moritz.

This is an absolute must if you want to see the best of the Northern Italian and Swiss landscape.

23 – Learn your kitesurf basics at Lake Como

kitesurfing in Lake Como

If you’ve been thinking about learning to kitesurf, begin your basic kite course at the stunning Lake Como. Master kitesurfing theory, practice technical flight concepts and safety techniques for full control and safety. Before venturing into the water, you’ll use a simulator for dry land practice.

Opt for the beginner course on a boat for focused instruction and absolute safety in Lake Como’s expansive waters.

24 – Do some people watching in Sempione Park

Sempione Park, Milan

Sempione Park is one of Milan’s main public parks and covers a huge 95 acres.

It is one of the largest green spaces in the city so it’s a great place to take a stroll and do some people-watching.

The park is opposite Sforza castle and the nearby Arch of Peace and contains a 108-meter high Iron tower — known as the Torre Branca, the Arena Civica and the public aquarium.

25 – See Milan’s oldest museum, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is not only Milan’s oldest museum but is also home to one of the finest collections of paintings in the world.

It has works by old masters such as da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raffaello and Botticelli to name a few.

The Ambrosiana library also houses the Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection anywhere of writings and sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is a must-see for art lovers.

26 – Gaze up at the Arco della Pace

Arco della Pace, Milan

The Arch of Peace was contrived in 1807 in Milan’s Napoleonic era. It was meant to be a grand entrance to the city that would greet people traveling the Alps route from Paris. It is inspired by the grand Arch of Settimo Severo in Rome and is constructed of granite and marble.

The Arch of Peace stands at the end of Corso Sempione. It sits near the site of a much older gate that was part of the city walls.

27 – Go kayaking at Idroscalo

kayaking at Idroscalo from Milan
credit to Idroscalo – Il mare di Milano

Idroscalo is a large artificial lake just outside the center of Milan. It is the go-to place for watersports in the area and hosts rowing competitions, kayaking, canoeing and water skiing. Originally built as a port for seaplanes, Idroscalo now has running paths, mountain bike tracks and climbing facilities.

There are bars and restaurants surrounding the lake and it also plays host to outdoor concerts through the summer months.

28 – Cool off at Milan’s waterparks

Milan’s waterparks
credit to Acquatica Park

When you’ve filled up on culture, art and history why not take some time out to visit one of Milan’s two waterparks! Acquatica Park is just outside the city center and has the most extreme attractions. If you like big drops and white knuckle slides this is for you.

Acquaworld has fewer slides but is a nice place for a more relaxing swim. Its wave pool, cascades and smaller slides are great for kids.

29 – See Juliet’s balcony on a Verona day trip

Verona day trip from Milan

For many of us, the city of Verona will always be remembered as the setting of Romeo and Juliet.

You can visit the house and small balcony that was said to inspire the story. The City has much more to offer though with a large Roman amphitheater, beautiful cobbled streets and medieval architecture.

The picturesque Adige River divides the city and is a great place to walk on a summer afternoon or sit and watch the people go by in Italy’s fair city.

30 – See modern Italian art at Gallerie d’Italia

Gallerie d’Italia modern art Milano
credit to Gallerie d’Italia

The Gallerie d’Italia displays modern works of art from the last two centuries mostly from the Milan and Lombardy region. There’s an extensive collection of works by sculptors and painters such as Antonio Canova and Francesco Hayez mostly covering the romantic and futurist periods.

Outside you will find Alessandro Manzoni’s garden with sculptures by Joan Miro, Gio Pomodoro and Pietro Cascella.

31 – Get inspired at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan

Pirelli HangarBicocca is a space for contemporary art in Milan. Situated in a former Pirelli tire factory, it includes almost 11,000 sq meters of exhibition space. This non-profit organization provides a place for the production and promotion of contemporary art.

It has three galleries and an educational area and is the permanent home of the Seven Heavenly Palaces by Anselm Kiefer. Entry is free when you book your reservation online.

32 – Go wild at Trennolandia

Trennolandia playground Milan
credit to Trennolandia

If you have younger kids to entertain while staying in Milan, Trennolandia might be just the thing. This large outdoor playground is the perfect place to blow off steam. It has a host of inflatables, climbing structures and games as well as a small train to ride on.

Trennolandia is just outside the city center and entry fees are very reasonable. There are shaded areas for adults to relax and food and drink machines on site.

33 – See the city from above on a hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride in Milan

For a truly unforgettable Milan experience why not try a hot air balloon ride. Float above the forests, lakes and medieval villages of the Lombardy countryside. Enjoy the rolling hillsides and panoramas in a unique voyage to where the wind takes you!

Try an early morning trip and see the best of the Italian northwest. To see the mist-covered vineyards at dawn is always a special occasion. Buon viaggio!

34 – See the remains of medieval Milan in Piazza dei Mercanti

Piazza dei Mercanti, Milan

The Piazza dei Mercanti or Merchant’s Square was once the very center of life in Milan and an important commercial center. It is no longer used as such but retains many medieval buildings and structures.

There are a number of fascinating Palazzos which once served as schools, the chamber of commerce and the city court. Piazza dei Mercanti can be found between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Cordusio.

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35 – See Italy’s greatest inventions at the Museum Of Science And Technology

Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, Milan
credit to Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

Nestled in the cloisters of a Renaissance monastery, the Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology offers a fascinating journey through time.

Founded in 1953, the gallery contains 170 historical models, antiques, and works of art, including the world’s largest permanent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.

Visitors can explore interactive exhibits on topics ranging from astronomy to particle physics, and marvel at steam trains and the only lunar rock fragment in Italy.

On weekends, enjoy a variety of activities, including guided tours and interactive workshops (mostly conducted in Italian).

36 – Check out Piazza Affari and L.O.V.E. sculpture

Piazza Affari, Milan

In Piazza degli Affari you can find the sobering Palazzo Mezzanotte, which is home to the Italian stock exchange. You will also find Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial L.O.V.E sculpture. The sculpture is a large marble hand giving a raised middle finger to all passers-by.

The acronym L.O.V.E stands for liberta, odio, vendetta, and eternita which translates as freedom, hatred, vendetta and eternity. The artist has declined to comment on the meaning behind the sculpture but it’s a great conversation starter.

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37 – Try the panzarotti at Panificio Luini

Panzarotti at Panificio Luini, Milan

Luini’s bakery is something of a Milanese institution. It has won various awards and is recognized with great fondness as a historic shop in the city. Luini’s is best known for its panzerotti, which are fried pastries stuffed with savory fillings.

Panzerotti are more commonly found in the Puglia district but were brought to Milan by Giuseppina Luini in the 1940s. You must try these when visiting Milan.

38 – Embark on a scenic jet boating experience in Lake Como

Jet boat tours in Lake Como from Milan
credit to Manawa

Take a Lake Como cruise to visit some of the lake’s most famous landmarks, such as the stunning Villa del Balbianello, which is nestled on a wooded promontory overlooking the lake. Rent a speedboat at the banks of Vassena and stop at the town of Bellagio, known for its charming cobbled streets and quaint shops, and the picturesque village of Varenna, with its colorful houses and impressive sights.

39 – See the postcard villages of Cinque Terre on a day trip

Cinque Terre day trip from Milan

Why not take a day trip out to the Ligurian seaside and see some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. Cinque Terre or five lands is a Unesco World Heritage Site which includes the cliffside villages of Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia.

Take a boat cruise on the Ligurian sea and view the picturesque Cinque Terre from the water. Explore the village of Monterosso and nearby beaches for a fantastic day out.

Hot tip: Read more about the best things to do in Cinque Terre.

40 – Discover da Vinci’s inventions at Leonardo3 Exhibition

Leonardo3 Exhibition, Milan

As well as being an accomplished artist, Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific inventor of great genius. The Leonardo 3 exhibition has recreated over 200 machines and models from da Vinci’s designs.

This interactive display showcases the artist’s designs for flying machines, lifting equipment, musical instruments, weapons and more. There are also digital reconstructions of his paintings. Check this out for a really fun thing to do in Milan!

41 – Visit the Italian Riviera with a Genoa & Portofino day trip

Genoa & Portofino day trip from Milan

See the highlights of the Italian Riviera with a day trip to the coastal towns of Genoa and Portofino. With so many things to do in Genoa, take a guided tour around the city and learn about its most famous citizens.

Travel on to the nearby fishing village of Portofino to explore its picturesque harbor and see the colorful array of buildings that line the shore. Portofino has long been a fashionable destination for the rich and famous. There is also a famous statue known as “Christ of the Abyss” sunk in the bay of San Fruttuoso close to the village.

42 – Have some fun at Europark Milano Idroscalo

Europark Milano Idroscalo
credit to Europark Milan

Europark Milano Idroscalo is a great place for some thrills and spills while staying in Milan. With rides, games and attractions for children of all ages, it’s a fun way to pass the day just outside the city center. The park has some larger white-knuckle rides for the more daring. It is located near Idroscalo lake.

With 35 attractions and rides including bowling, laser tag, games arcade and a Bavarian-style restaurant and Bierkeller there’s plenty to see and do.

43 – Take a whistlestop tour on a hop on hop off bus

bus tours in Milan

One of the best ways to see Milan is on the many open-top, double-decker buses. Travel the streets of the city with unobstructed views and get on and off as many times as you please.

The buses have audio commentary in eight languages so you can learn more about the cities many fascinating sites. Tickets can be purchased for one, two or three days making this a super cheap and convenient way to get around.

44 – Cheer the “Rossoneri” at San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium, Milan

San Siro is the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan, the cities two biggest football clubs. The stadium is one of the largest in Europe and has seating for 80,000 people. It has museums for both teams which exhibit shirts, memorabilia and photos from the stadium’s 100-year history.

Guided tours on non-match days give visitors the chance to visit the grounds, tiers and changing rooms. Not to be missed for football fans.

45 – Put your heads together to find all the sights in a fun scavenger game

scavenger games in Milan

Gather your friends, enjoy the city like a big playground, and don’t forget to stop for some pictures when you book a fun scavenger game in Milan.

Taking you to corners of the city that you may have missed before, a scavenger game invites you to download the game, follow the prompts to get the game on your phone, and then just follow the list of items to find.

From the details of the Teatro Alla Scala to running around Sempione Park, you’ll have a blast discovering Milan this way.

46 – Go cycling in Parco di Monza

Cycling in Parco di Monza, Milan
credit to Monza Turismo

Covering 688 hectares, Parco di Monza is the largest walled park in Europe and is also home to the historic Monza race track. This enormous park offers countless routes for cycling, walking and running. There are a few small cafes inside the park and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.

Even on its busiest days, Parco di Monza offers plenty of space to escape the bustling city. It is a short drive outside of Milan.

47 – See Mini Italy at Leolandia

Leolandia in Milan

Leolandia is one of Italy’s most popular theme parks aimed at the whole family. It has over 40 attractions and a large selection of rides for all ages. Its Mini Italy attraction has over 160 models of famous Italian buildings in Miniature.

There are also live performances, a farm, reptile house, water splash zone, aquarium and various pirate and American West-themed rides. Visiting Leolandia is a fun thing to do in Milan for all the family.

48 – Catch an exhibition at the Museo Delle Culture

Museo Delle Culture, Milan
credit to Museo Delle Culture

Milan’s Museum of Culture or Mudec is located in a restored factory building which is now a sleek and stylish center for the arts in the city. The building houses a museum with permanent exhibits and rooms for major exhibitions, an auditorium, bistro, gift shop and a kids learning area.

The museum displays an eclectic range of exhibits that cover diverse themes and cultures.

49 – Jump as high as you can at Zero-Gravity

Zero-Gravity, Milan
credit to Zero-Gravity

Zero-Gravity is a trampoline park with a bit of a difference. It is primarily a gym that gives classes on parkour freerunning, gymnastics and calisthenics. It is open to adults and children and it allows you to join in a class or just explore the courses by yourself.

If you’ve ever wanted to try parkour it is a great place to go to test your boundaries and acrobatic skills in a safe, cushioned environment.

50 – See the city forest at Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale, Milan

Bosco Verticale is two residential tower blocks in the Porta Nuova district of Milan. The towers support 900 different species of trees on their many staggered terraces. The project was designed as a way to regulate temperature fluctuation in the buildings and produce cleaner air in the city.

It is an interesting sight to see, nestled within the glass towers of metropolitan Milan and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

51 – Ride the Oblivion at Gardaland Amusement Park

Gardaland Amusement Park, Milan

If you find yourself craving some serious white knuckle roller-coaster action while staying in Milan, Gardaland is the place for you. The park’s largest roller-coaster, Oblivion, has a 180 ft vertical drop! There are also water rides, shows and a Peppa Pig Land for the little ones.

The Gardaland resort is also home to Legoland waterpark and Sea Life Aquarium so you will find plenty to keep you entertained.

52 – See the leopard sharks at Acquario Civico di Milano

Acquario Civico di Milano
credit to Acquario Civico di Milano

The Milan Aquarium was built in 1906 which makes it one of the oldest in Europe. It is home to over 100 species of aquatic organisms with a number of salt and freshwater tanks. The exhibition follows the path of water, and the lifeforms that inhabit it, from the mountain springs all the way to the sea.

The aquarium also has a prestigious library dedicated to marine biology that is open to the public.

53 – See automotive history at the Alfa Romeo museum

Alfa Romeo Museum, Milan
credit to Museo Storico Alfaromeo

In its 100-year history, Alfa Romeo has become an icon of Italian engineering. From its early years producing vehicles for motor racing and hardware for the Italian war effort to the slick and sophisticated luxury cars of today, It is always ahead of the pack.

Visit the museum of this quintessentially all-Italian brand and learn the history of its cars and the people who created them.

54 – Visit the planetarium at Giardini Indro Montanelli

Planetarium at Giardini Indro Montanelli, Milan
credit to Civico Planetario Ulrico Hoepli

Established in 1784, Giardino Indro Montanelli is Milan’s oldest public park. It was previously known as the public gardens but was renamed in honor of Journalist and writer Indro Montanelli in 2002.

As well as offering an important green space in the city, the park is home to Milan’s Planetarium and its Natural History Museum.

The Planetarium has a number of educational exhibits which offer a fascinating immersive experience in the heart of the city.

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55 – Enjoy the scenic Alps views and historical churches at Bergamo

Bergamo, Italy

Explore the Medieval charm and landmarks on a trip to the “High City” of Bergamo, only a short trip away. Escape for the day, as you walk through the city with a local guide showing you the history behind the city’s walls and the magnificent Palazzo Della Ragione.

Tour the inside of St. Maria Maggiore, or view the enticing scenery surrounding Bergamo of the Alps, and so much more.

Half-day tours from Milan start as low as $50 USD.

56 – Deep dive into Italian cuisine with a cooking class

cooking classes in Milan

The great miracle of Italian cooking is the ability to take humble ingredients and turn them into something sublime. Why not take a cooking class and learn the “correct” way to make fresh pasta, pizza and delicious Italian desserts.

Take a private lesson in a real Italian home with friendly, passionate and knowledgeable chefs. This is a must for all those who love Italian food.

57 – Discover the house museum of Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan

Museo Poldi Pezzoli houses the art of the great collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. The museum opened shortly after his death in 1881 and is located next to La Scala theatre. It comprises over 5000 varied pieces including paintings, sculptures, furniture, porcelain and weapons.

The collection covers a diverse array of objects spanning from antiquity to modern times. It is located in the collector’s former house which adds to the atmosphere of the exhibit.

58 – Take a boat trip on Lake Maggiore and see Isola Bella

Lake Maggiore boat tour to Isola Bella in Milan

Lake Maggiore is the second largest Lake in Italy and straddles the country’s border with Switzerland. There are many boat tours and excursions to take out onto the lake as well as charming towns in the surrounding area.

One of the most popular trips is to the small island of Isola Bella which has a beautiful 17th-century palazzo with elaborate gardens. It has been owned by the Borromeo Family since the 1600s.

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59 – Dine in style and see the city sights with ATMosfera

ATMosfera tram, Milan

What could be better than dining in a historic tram as you travel about the city? ATMosfera offers this opportunity. ATM is the public transport system of Milan and they have converted two of their carriages for mobile private dining.

The trams travel various routes and take in some of the cities major sites like the historic center and modern Porta Nuova district. Dining is by reservation only with the whole carriage also available for private events.

60 – See dragon bones on a Venice day trip

Venice day trip from Milan

If you are planning a long stay in Milan why not take a day trip to Venice? Italy’s great “City of Bridges” is only a 2-hour train ride from Milan. See the famous Rialto Bridge, Piazzo San Marco, the Grand Canal and the Bridge of Sighs.

Aside from the popular sights why not visit the Basilica of Santa Maria e San Donato. Behind the altar, you will see a number of large hanging bones said to belong to a dragon slain by Saint Donato. Fascinating stuff!

61 – Explore the waterways of Navigli

Navigli, Milan

What you may not know about Milan is that it used to have a network of canals running throughout the city. Historically they were used for transportation especially building supplies. Many have disappeared but a few remain and are known as the Navigli.

The Navigli offer a great place for a relaxing boat cruise. The surrounding areas are a popular meeting place to grab an aperitivo and do some shopping in the numerous boutiques.

62 – Experience a performance at Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo, Milan
credit to Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

The Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo is an important cultural venue in the city. It is home to the celebrated Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and Choir as well as the amateur orchestra Laverdi Per Tutti.

The auditorium has seating for 1,250 people and also puts on jazz, symphony and chamber music concerts. It is renowned for its excellent acoustics.

63 – Join the locals for aperitivo hour

Aperitifo in Milan, Italy
credit to Bar Basso

Taking time for an aperitivo is an essential part of the day for many Milanese. Usually enjoyed from 6 pm onwards, you can find many variations on the classic pre-dinner beverage. Some establishments supply only basic bar snacks to accompany the drink while others offer much fancier fare.

The classic Italian liqueur Campari was invented near Milan in the 1860s. It is often combined with prosecco and soda to create a popular cocktail known as a spritz.

Some of the places to enjoy aperitivo hour? Appreciate a classic drink and the swanky vibes inside Bar Basso, considered the first bar in Milan to make aperitivo hour accessible to the everyday Italian.

Try the next best cocktail at Radetzky, where the trained mixologists are ready to take your drink request, as well as dazzle you with a new favorite.

N’Ombra de Vin is a self-proclaimed “wine lovers” bar with wine cellars dating to the 15th century. Enjoy an expansive wine list of local libations as well as foreign ones, as you order from the bistro.

Mag Cafe opens its doors to visitors from all over into its intimate space with cozy chairs, warm lighting, and an amazing wine and cocktails list to drink from. It’s a “secret” place that most locals keep to themselves.

64 – Visit the red and blacks at Casa Milan

Casa Milan tours
credit to AC Milan

The AC Milan Museum at Casa Milan is a necessary stop for all football fans. The team was founded in 1899 and has since won 18 FIFA and UEFA cups.

The Museum at Casa Milan follows the team’s history and displays the club’s many trophies.

As well as a museum, Casa Milan also has a ticket office, store and restaurant. Learn the history of one of the world’s top clubs first hand.

65 – Eat your weight in Gelato

Gelato in Milan
credit to Il Massimo del Gelato

Well, it would be rude to visit Italy and not try all the ice cream, wouldn’t it! There are many great places around the city to stop and try the famed Gelato.

New and interesting flavors are created all the time but classics like stracciatella (chocolate chip), nocciola (hazelnut) and fragola (strawberry) are always available.

For some of the best classic yet innovative gelato in the city check out Il Massimo del Gelato and Terra Gelato. A world of flavors await!

66 – Ignite your senses with a wine tasting class

wine tastings in Milan

Italy produces more wine each year than any other country in the world. The many different varieties can be overwhelming. Why not take a wine tasting course to learn about the Italian wine regions and how the varying climates affect the wine.

Join a professional sommelier and learn to distinguish the tastes, aromas and processes that contribute to world-class wine.

Venture into the quaint countryside, not too far from Milan for some breathing room and incredible wine tastings at the Franciacorta region, with lunch.

67 – Dance the night away at the Old Fashion Club

Old Fashion Club Milan
credit to the Old Fashion Club

The Old Fashion Club is one of Milan’s most popular and oldest nightspots. It was first opened in 1933 and always moves with the times, playing a mix of popular music. The Old Fashion has a large outdoor area which is a great place to dance away those warm summer evenings.

It also has a restaurant which serves food from 11 pm until late including a type of ancient roman pizza called “pinsa”.

68 – Pamper yourself at QC Termemilano

QC Termemilano, Milan

Have you ever wanted to experience the baths of Ancient Rome? Well, a visit to QC Termemilano might just fit the bill. This spa has heated pools, saunas and steam rooms to enjoy. QC Termemilano also offers a number of relaxing treatments and themed rooms, one of which is set in an ex-city tram.

If you need a day of relaxation and recuperation QC Termemilano is the place to visit in Milan.

69 – Enjoy dinner and a show at Maison Milano

Maison Milano dinner and show, Milan

Maison Milano is a 4-star hotel in a great location near the Piazza del Duomo. It endeavors to keep the glamor and fun of the roaring twenties alive. The hotel restaurant offers fine dining and cabaret in elegant modern surroundings.

Expect a friendly atmosphere, great food and wild entertainment.

70 – Splash out on a shopping tour

shopping tours in Milan

Milan is the place to be for lovers of style! It is home to Italy’s fashion industry, as well as the twice-yearly clothes show Milan Fashion Week. Why not take a guided tour around the cities bustling fashion district and see where some of the world’s chicest clothes are born.

You can also jump on a bus tour to one of two major outlets near the city. Serravalle Outlet is just south of the city and has 240 stores including Gucci, Armani, Versace and many more. Foxtown Outlet is just over the border in Switzerland and offers discounts of up to 70% all year round.

71 – Try the Net Experience at Parco Avventura Corvetto

Parco Avventura Corvetto net experience
credit to Parco Avventura Milano Corvetto

Parco Avventura Corvetto is a tree-based adventure park on the outskirts of the city. It has a number of rope courses to explore and is suitable for all ages. It has five different courses, one of which is very challenging and suitable only for adults.

The Park also has a netted area for younger children of ages 2 and over to explore and join in the fun. This is a great day out near Milan.

72 – Coast around the city on a segway tour

segway tours in Milan

A segway tour is a great way to explore the streets of Milan. Visit the most popular sites of the city and have a fun segway experience at the same time. A knowledgeable guide will give you a brief segway lesson then show you around the city offering local insights and history.

You will pass major landmarks like La scala Opera House, Piazza del Duomo and Sforzesco Castle. This is a seriously fun thing to do in Milan!

73 – See the illusion of Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

Santa Maria Presso San Satiro, Milan

Santa Maria Presso San Satiro is a relatively small church in Milan that is deceptively large inside.

Its elaborate interior decorations include a shallow choir behind the altar that is painted with an optical illusion to appear much deeper. This is the work of renaissance architect and designer Donato Bramante and is a very early example of Trompe-l’œil.

Religious ceremonies occurred on the site for centuries before the current building was constructed and it contains an early medieval shrine to Satyrus.

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74 – See the historical Royal Palace

Royal Palace, Milan

For hundreds of years, the Royal Palace was the center of government in Milan. It has been looted, damaged and rebuilt many times in Milan’s turbulent and fascinating history.

It is now an important cultural center in the city which hosts regular exhibitions of art from around the world. It is located in the Piazza del Duomo in the very heart of Milan.

75 – Explore Piazza Gae Aulenti

Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan

Piazza Gae Aulenti represents the current face of Milan. It bridges the gap between the ancient and historic city and its super-modern financial district. The area has a multitude of shops, restaurants and bars within its contemporary glass-fronted buildings.

Piazza Gae Aulenti is a great place to visit on an evening with its lively atmosphere and a large number of clubs and bars.

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How to get to Milan?

Pre-book your airport transfer ahead of time, and remove an extra to-do item from your list!

With different options available to get into the city from Milan’s Malpensa Aiport, an airport transfer guarantees that someone will be waiting for you once you arrive, and head over to arrivals. Just look for your name, and then you’ll be on your way.

Where to stay in Milan?

Stay in ultimate luxury when you book your stay at AC Hotel Milano by Marriott, conveniently located near the Porta Garibaldi Station, and connections to different points in the city. Enjoy the city views of the financial district of Milan, and connections to the historic city center and all the sights.

Relish the beautiful interiors and enjoy the complimentary fresh breakfast at Hotel Canada before heading out for the day. With various sights within walking distance such as the bustling Navigli District and many metro stops nearby, you’ll have no problem making your way around Milano.

Milan Suite Hotel is the perfect lodging option for those looking for a budget hotel, while still offering excellent service, quality, and stylish rooms. Enjoy a variety of breakfast options from vegetarian options, gluten-free, American, Italian, and continental available and served every day at the main dining hall, with big windows, and beautiful decor.

Visiting Milan on a budget?

Take advantage of free walking tours in Milan, and take in the different sights as you learn about the city’s fascinating history and legends alongside a knowledgeable tour guide.

The Milan Pass is another great budget option, which offers heavily discounted entries into Milan’s best attractions, including unlimited transportation, and an easier way to plan your activities in Milan.

Where to go next?

Looking to see the other best places to visit in Italy? We got you covered!

If you don’t have time to travel through the canals in Venice, then consider it an activity to do in Bologna through the Finestra di Via Piella, and then afterward chow down on some Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese.

Fall in love with the gardens and villas surrounding the Centro Lago at Lake Como, or for the adventurous travelers, get out on the water either kayaking or paddleboarding. And if you’re heading west, don’t miss the chance to explore the rich history and cultural treasures of Turin, including the iconic Mole Antonelliana and the royal residences of the House of Savoy.

Florence is only a day trip away from Milano, providing the perfect escape, where you can explore the lovely Tuscan region of Italy on the train before walking the Ponte Vecchio.

Walk through the dozens of gardens and romantic corners of Verona, enticing the senses like nowhere else.

Explore all there is to see around Milan by looking into the different multi-day trips available, including a trip to the majestic Dolomites Mountains for epic nature adventures.

Final thoughts

Known globally as Italy’s economic, fashion, and culinary powerhouse, Milan also appeals to the inner romantic, history buff, and seeker of beauty with its impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, beautiful Brera district, and an evening enjoying a performance at the Teatro Alla Scala.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to explore the city and all the things to do in Milan.

Happy travels!

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