As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Milan has some of the best historical sites and artistic ambiance in all of Europe. If this is your first trip to Italy, you may be wondering what makes Milan different from other popular tourist locations in Europe. Aside from the delicious food and classic Italian atmosphere, Milan is home to some of the most treasured works of art and architectural sites on the planet. Here are some top must see, must do places and activities to indulge in during your stay.
The Last Supper
The famous Leonard DaVinci painting of The Last Supper is well known throughout the western world. It has been featured in numerous books and movies as well as made reference to in hundreds of stories and jokes. This particular painting is the pinnacle symbol of the Christian faith and its current home is in the city of Milan. The painting hangs within the walls of the Santa Maria della Grazie church and is available for viewing for a fairly reasonable fee.
Due to its massive popularity, tickets to see The Last Supper should be purchased ahead of time either online or through a local ticket tout. Your Milan city centre hotel may also have access to a spare ticket or two that they keep on reserve for guests that are unaware of the long waiting list. Once you have booked your ticket, you should arrive about 20 minutes before your scheduled viewing time to check-in and ensure your place. If you arrive late, your ticket may be sold to a patient patron that has been standing in line all day waiting for someone like you not you show-up. Please note that viewing dates and times are strictly adhered to. If you miss your allotted time, you will need to book the ticket again. You will need an official ID such as your passport to check-in. Ticket prices charged by Santa Maria della Grazie church are 6.50 euros for adults though extra ticketing fees may apply depending on whom you book your tickets through.
The Duomo Cathedral
The Duomo Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in all of Italy. Its unique structure is partially due to the 135 spires that sit upon and around the church’s roof. Be sure to bring a camera for some of the most interesting photographs in your repertoire.
Entrance to the church is free of charge. For around 2 Euros you will be able to access various regions of the cathedral including the crypt where numerous famous and powerful people have been buried over the years. One of the main reasons people come to visit the church is to ascend to the stunning rooftop where you will have a much better and more intimate view of the impressive and architecturally distinctive spires.
The cost to access the roof is quite a bit higher at 6 euros for those that wish to climb the stairs all the way to the top and 7 euros for those that prefer the ease of an electrical lift. The fee is generally worthwhile due to the stunning views of the Milan city centre.
Milan City Bus Tour
Another great way to see all of the sights in Milan is by purchasing tickets for the Milan City Bus Tour. The city tour is a convenient way to see multiple sites in one day. You can begin the tour at its original starting point and use your two day pass to get on and off at various sites along the way. Buses run from site to site every 45 minutes and cost around 20 euros per person per two-day pass. You can choose between the city center option and the outer ring option that will lead you to numerous shopping malls and local markets.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Milan City Centre Hotel content.