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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“The park covers an area of ​​approximately 40 acres along the route that, from the Duomo, leads to the Passo del Sempione through the Arco della Pace. Construction started in 1890 and it was designed by Emilio Alemagna to locate the pavilions of the 1906 International Expo and is now Milan’s park par excellence, much frequented by sports enthusiasts and families, especially on weekends. However, it is not only the green lung of the city but also a place that narrates the history of Milan's past. For example, the Ponte delle Sirenette is the bridge named after the four statues that characterize it. Constructed in the Dongo ironworks in 1842, it is believed to be the first metal bridge built in Italy and was positioned on what is now via Visconti di Modrone after the city’s ring of canals was covered. Another interesting story is that of the “acqua marcia”, the fountain which in olden times was considered a panacea for health thanks to its high sulphur content. By climbing the Torre Branca (108.60 m high), commissioned in 1932 by the municipality of Milan, visitors can get an amazing view of the city. The tower was designed by Gio Ponti and assembled in just two and a half months to inaugurate the fifth Triennial (1933). Another attraction located in the park is the Civic Aquarium, the only building left of those specifically constructed for the International Expo in 1906. After the restoration, completed in 2006, the interior space was designed to comprise didactic exhibition and research areas with numerous pools of fresh and marine water containing more than a hundred species of aquatic organisms. Last but not least, the park is also home to a rather special public library: it was awarded the Medaglia d'Oro at the tenth Trienniale in 1954 for its splendid architecture.”
  • 385 locals recommend
  • 19 Experiences
Museum
“Located not far from the Duomo, Milan’s Castello Sforzesco – built in the 15th century by Duke Francesco Sforza – was once one of the largest citadels in Europe. Today, it houses various museums and numerous important artworks and relics, but it is also nice to wander through its courtyards and drink in the sense of history. After you are done exploring the castle, walk out the back gate and straight into Parco Sempione, Milan’s “green lung” and one of the most beautiful parks in the city. There are a variety of events planned this year at the castle to honour da Vinci’s contribution to the destination, from frescoes to other beautiful adornments. ”
  • 380 locals recommend
  • 11 Experiences
Art Museum
“The Pinacoteca di Brera is a national gallery of ancient and modern art, located in the homonymous palace, one of the largest in Milan with over 24000 square meters.”
  • 160 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Neighbourhood
“Brera is historically the artist neighbourhood of Milan as it hosts the fine art academy and pinacoteca. Great for shopping and having a glass of wine on one of the terraces of the quaint pedestrian streets.”
  • 227 locals recommend
  • 30 Experiences
Church
“Here you can book, minimum one month before, the ticket to watch "The last supper" of Leaonardo Da Vinci”
  • 255 locals recommend
Art Museum
“overlooking Duomo, a wonderful art collection on three floors with a restaurant”
  • 121 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Colonne di San Lorenzo or Columns of San Lorenzo is a group of ancient Roman ruins, located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. In the evening is an hangout, and you can find a lot of pubs an restaurants.”
  • 201 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Italian Restaurant
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“Trendy place, basically just a canal where people sit with their drinks and look at the water. There are swans.”
  • 223 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Science Museum
“Museum with scale models of Leonardo Museum of science in an ancient monastery with scale models of airplanes and submarines by Leonardo da Vinci.”
  • 135 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Art Museum
“The Design museum of Milan. There is also a theatre and three bars and restaurants. Exhibitions range from design to art to fashion. Don’t miss the outdoor garden and the view from the cafe on the last floor.”
  • 131 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Opera House
“One of the most famous opera theatre. The best artists worldwide perform here.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Opera House
“Sumptuous 18th century theater, famous for its Italian opera and ballet, with museum and music library.”
  • 113 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Art Museum
“The Cenacle is a wall fresco obtained with a dry mixed technique on plaster by Leonardo da Vinci, dating back to 1495-1498 and preserved in the ex-Renaissance refectory of the convent adjacent to the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Church
“One of the most ancient churches in Milan, it was built by St. Ambrose in 379–386, in an area where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The first name of the church was in fact Basilica Martyrum. The church is mostly built in brickwork of different origins and colors, with parts of stone and white plastering. The current Romanesque church was begun around 1080.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Department Store
“All kinds of shops, unbearably full of people in the weekends and around Xmas, but hey if you like shopping this is the place, with all prices, from cheap to expensive.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Landmark
“The architecture alone is gorgeous here, it is one of the most beautiful and oldest active shopping malls in Italy. The actual shopping is mostly limited to those with fat wallets as the stores consist of Prada, Gucci, Versace, Luisa Spagnoli and Armani. The shopping district that expands from the Galleria and Duomo has many more afforadable stores and is still very beautiful to walk through.”
  • 64 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences