Italy: What to do in Milan – 2-day itinerary

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary

Last updated: 09/08/2020

Located in northern Italy, Milan is a city full of history, culture, works of art and the capital of fashion. Check out a little more about this charming city that should be included in your itinerary through Italy.


Milan is the second most populous area in Italy, after Rome. Milan is a global city focused on arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism. The city is home to the Italian Stock Exchange and the headquarters of major national and international banks and companies.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Walking along Via Dante with Sforzesco Castle in the background

The city is a fashion and design capital of the world, well known for several international events and fairs. In addition, the city is home to numerous cultural institutions and universities and two major football clubs. It is in Milan that the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci “The Last Supper”, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Milan Duomo at night


Milan public transport is efficient and works well. Most of the city's attractions can be easily accessed via the metro. Check out the map below with the city's lines and stations so you can find your way around Milan.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Milan metro map. Figure: official website


We have separated all the suggestions from this post on the interactive map below to help you plan your visit to the city. We have separated the attractions in 2 colors: in blue, the suggestions of the first day and, in purple, those of the second day.



Milan Duomo is the name of Milan Cathedral, a beautiful Gothic church that was built over six centuries, between 1386 and 1965. The church has a capacity for 40 thousand people and has 4 side aisles. The Duomo has more Gothic-style statues than any other church in the world: they are 3400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 other figures variety decorating the place. One of the main attractions of the Duomo is the visit to its roofs. It is possible to see up close the architectural details of its spiers and have a beautiful view of Praça do Duomo. A simply unmissable tour!

Read more: Italy: Milan Duomo and its amazing rooftops

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
The beautiful Duomo in Milan


The beautiful Galeria Vittorio Emanuele II, located on the left when looking at the Duomo from the front, is one of the oldest shopping and restaurant galleries in the world. It was built between 1865 and 1877 in honor of the Italian king of the same name. The structure consists of two vaulted glass arcades that intersect in an octagon that covers the street that connects Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. The street is covered by an arched ceiling and cast iron that provides a stunning visual effect. The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome over 17 meters high. A legend says that turning three times with one heel on the testicles of the bull of the coat of arms of Turin, which is just below this dome, will bring luck. This practice caused damage to the mosaic, forming a hole in the place of the bull's genitals. See more information at Milan's official tourism website.

  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: open 24 hours – store opening times vary
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Entrance to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
an architectural beauty
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Following the ritual of the 3 laps with the heel


Opened in 1778, Teatro Alla Scala is one of the most famous theaters in the world and one of the most important opera and ballet houses on the planet. Most of Italy's greatest lyrical artists and many of the best singers from around the world have performed at the venue over the last 200 years. The theater also has an associated school, known as Academia de Teatro La Scala, which offers professional training in music, dance, performing arts and stage management. In addition to attending theater, ballet, music and opera performances, the theater has a museum which tells the glorious history of the theater and is open to visitors daily.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Teatro alla Scala. Photo: publicity


Founded in 1776, the Pinacoteca di Brera has one of the most incredible and remarkable collections of Italian paintings in the world. The art gallery is located in a beautiful building, the Palazzo di Brera. It has an incredible collection of works by Giambattista Pittoni, Andrea Mantegna, Bramantino, Rafael, Donato Bramante, Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio, among others. In addition to the beautiful works, there is also an Observatory and a Botanical Garden located behind the Pinacoteca.

  • Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Schedules: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am to 7:15pm / closed on Mondays
  • Entrance: € 10
  • Tip: Museum, Tour and Walking Tours – see more information in this link
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Beautiful architecture of the building that houses the Pinacoteca di Brera


The Ambrosiana Library is a historical library founded in 1609. It is here that the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Ambrosian art gallery. The name is a tribute to Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan. Among the 30,000 manuscripts in the collection, which range from Greek and Latin to Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopian, Turkish, and Persian, is the Muratorian fragment, from around AD 170, the first example of a biblical canon and an original copy ( illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci) from “De Divina Proporcione” by mathematician and father of modern accounting Luca Pacioli.

  • Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm / closed on Mondays
  • Pinacoteca entrance: € 15


The Royal Palace served as the administrative residence and administrative seat of the city for many centuries. Currently, it is used as a cultural center for exhibitions. On the first floor of the building is the magnificent “Sala delle Cariatidi”, which occupies the site of the former theater burned in 1776 and is the only room that survived heavy bombing in 1943, during the Second World War, when the Palace lost its most neoclassical interiors. After the war, a restoration process began that took place through a complex task of reconstructing the original furniture to allow a broader and more articulated historical and stylistic reading of court life.

  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: Monday from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm / Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm / Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Entrance: € 12
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Entrance to Palazzo Reale


Quadrilátero de Ouro or Quadrilátero da Moda is the most famous shopping district in the world. It comprises the area surrounding Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant'Andrea, Via della Spiga and Via Alessandro Manzoni. The place is synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and of course, money. The area is characterized by the presence of numerous boutiques and retail outlets that represent most of the world's major fashion brands.


Completed in 1784, this is the oldest public garden in Milan and covers an area of 172,000 m.2. In addition to beautiful green areas, the Public Garden also houses notable buildings such as the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano, founded in 1838, and the Milan Planetarium, founded in 1930.

  • Adresses:
    • Garden: Bastioni di Porta Venezia, 20121 Milan, Italy
    • Natural History Museum: Corso Venezia, 55, 20121 Milan, Italy
    • Planetarium: Corso Venezia, 57, 20121 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: 
    • Garden: daily from 6:30 am to 9 pm
    • Natural History Museum: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm / closed on Mondays
    • Planetarium: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm / Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm / Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Entrance:
    • Natural History Museum: €5
    • Planetarium: €5
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Giardini Pubblici. Photo: official website


Villa Reale Communal, also known as Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, is a mansion built between 1790 and 1796 by the architect Leopoldo Pollack, commissioned by Count Ludovico Barbiano Belgiojoso. The mansion's facade faces an English-style garden, also designed by Leopoldo Pollack. Since 1921, the building has housed the Milan Modern Art Gallery. The museum's collection features works by Francesco Filippini, Giuseppe Ferrari, Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Francesco Hayez, Giovanni Segantini , Giuseppe Pellizza Volpedo and Antonio Canova, among others.

  • Address: Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Schedules: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5:30pm (Thursday to 10:30pm) / closed on Mondays
  • Entrance: € 5



Sforzesco Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the ruins of a 14th century fortification, which was formerly the Visconti Castle. It was later renovated and expanded in the 16th and 17th centuries and became one of the largest palaces in Europe. During the Second World War, a bombing destroyed some areas of the castle, which were later rebuilt. Today, Sforzesco Castle houses several of the city's museums and art collections.

Read more: Italy: Sforzesco Castle in Milan

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Front of Sforzesco Castle


Sempione Park is our favorite in Milan. Founded in 1888 and with an area of 386 thousand m², it is located between the Sforzesco Castle and the beautiful Arco da Paz, a monument that recalls the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The park has a wide variety of plants and flowers, sculptures, as well as interesting attractions such as:

  • Civic Aquarium: This is the third oldest aquarium in Europe, founded in 1905 for the Milan World's Fair. There are over 100 different species on display. (Viale GB Gadio, 2, 20121 Milan, Italy)
  • La Triennale di Milano: This is an art and design museum founded in 1923, which offers many exhibitions focused on landscaping, design, urban planning, architecture and other topics. (Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milan, Italy)
  • white tower: Iron tower 109 meters high, which you can climb, between May and September, to have a panoramic view of Milan. (Viale Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milan, Italy)
  • civic arena: It is a multidisciplinary stadium opened in 1807. It currently hosts football and rugby matches, concerts and various cultural events. (Viale Giorgio Byron, 2, 20154 Milan, Italy)
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Arch of Peace


Once you have visited the Duomo, you will hardly consider visiting another church in the city. However, the Church of São Maurício, which dates from 1518, is worth a visit. Known as “Milan Cistine Chapel”, this church displays a large number of colorful and beautiful frescoes by Bernardino Luini. There's no way to regret the visit.

  • Address: Corso Magenta, 15, 20123 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:30 (in winter until 17:30)
  • Entrance: free
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
The beauty of the Church of San Maurizio. Photo:


The famous painting “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, also known as “Vincilian Cenacolo”, in Italian, is located in Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church. For those who don't know, “Last Supper” is not a painting, but a painting made by Leonardo da Vinci in wall of the old convent refectory, between the years 1494 to 1498. Access is made in small groups and it is necessary to book a time in advance, as tickets sell out quickly. If it's worth it? Certainly! We were delighted to be face to face with a masterpiece by da Vinci!

Read more: Italy: “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
In front of Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in Milan


Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci was founded in 1953 and is the Italy's largest science and technology museum. The excellent collection is divided into 7 departments: materials, transport, energy, communication, Leonardo da Vinci – Art and Science, new frontiers, and science for young people. We love the area dedicated to the great da Vinci, full of inventions of this genius. The transport area is fantastic, with aircraft, locomotives and many fascinating items.

  • Address: Via San Vittore, 21, 20123 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm / Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm / closed on Mondays
  • Entrance: €10 – buy online here

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Locomotives at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum



Football lovers should try to fit a game at the San Siro into their schedule! This is the name of Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan's main stadium and home to the big clubs Internazionale de Milan and AC Milan. It was founded in 1926, it hosted important matches of the 1990 World Cup and European Championship matches. We watched a match from the 2013 Italian championship and it was really cool. Seats are tighter than we expected, but it was very exciting. In addition to games, there is also a Museum, which tells the success story of the two clubs. It is also possible to take tours of the stadium. It is possible to do guided tours and private by the stadium (including in Portuguese), but it is mandatory to make reservations in advance.

  • Address: Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milan, Italy
  • Schedules: daily March to September 9:30am to 6pm / October to April 9:30am to 5pm (may vary on match days)
  • Prohibited
    • Museum + Tour: € 17
    • Museum only: € 7
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
After watching an Italian championship match with Balotelli and Robinho on the field
Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
View of the pillars of the San Siro

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
San Siro Museum


There are many guided tours, tours and excursions in and around Milan. Click on the picture for more information about the tour and prices.



MilanoCard, the tourist card that offers free public transport, discounts from 10% to 100% at select museums, access to private chauffeur services and much more. The card is available in 3 versions: 24h, 48h or 72h. see more information in this link.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Milano Card. Figure: disclosure


One thing you can't complain about in Italy is the amazing food! Pasta, ice cream, wines…With that in mind, we’ve put together a series of special gastronomic tips in the post “Italy: Tips for restaurants in Milan“.

Italy: What to do in Milan - 2 or 3 days itinerary
Delights of Nerino Dieci Trattoria


Lodging options abound in Milan! Below, check out varied options for all pockets and tastes. Take the opportunity to choose the option that best suits your profile and budget. We wrote a dedicated post about our accommodation in the city, close to the Sforzesco Castle.

Read more: Milan accommodation tip near Castello Sforzesco

Milan accommodation tip near Castello Sforzesco
One of the rooms in the hotel where we stayed | Photo: publicity

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