• Lifestyle

48 hours in Milan

Take a map and the timetable of public transports..and we'll let you know the city!

It's the capital of fashion and design that boasts an impressive list of heavy-hitting architecture, state of the art museums, and swanky locales.

Whether you're stopping through for 48 hours or settling in for a week of exploration, here are a few suggestions to kick start your trip to Milan. 

Big enough to make you feel in a metropolis, Milan is also small enough to get a real feel for all of the unique neighborhoods and local culture. Grab a map and your bearings on the metro system- it'll come in handy to better distinguish the different areas. 

Starting in the center, Milan's Cathedral (better known as the Duomo) is an astonishing testimony to faith, architecture, culture, and history. This large plaza is a typical meeting place and a kind of fulcrum around which the city revolves. Be sure to grab breakfast on the sky high Terrace at the Rinascente - we can't think of a better way to start the day off than with stunning views of the Duomo.

Back down on Earth, you'll find the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, one of the first shopping malls in the world featuring brands like Prada, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Borsalino, and more. Take a peek inside and get a taste of Milanese elegance even if you're not quite ready for the price tags. At the other end of the Gallery, take a moment to admire La Scala, one of the most prestigious theaters where you can catch a spectacle during your stay (highly recommended).

Next on the agenda, head to the QC Terme Spa located in the Porta Romana neighborhood for a bit of R&R. Indulge in a relaxing massage and a moment to slow things down in this one of a kind space that has even been known to host fashion shows from time to time… 

Nearby you can also check out the newly unveiled Fondazione Prada, a contemporary structure designed by OMA and Rem Koolhaas that caters to some impressive contemporary and classical art. Just don't forget to stop by Bar Luce, the cafe designed by Wes Anderson, for a bite to eat or a coffee. It's a bit like living in a film. 

If the spa and a visit to the Fondazione Prada aren't really your style, fear not. Swing over to the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, which was consecrated in 379… the roads there are full of local stores, cafes, and stunning architecture (on your way, check out the Torre Velasca near Missori- another iconic building built by Milanese architects BBPR).

Take your time to roam the charming streets where you can drop in to the Science and Technology Museum and maybe even a local market or two.  

Wandering south towards the Navigli, the waterways will have you feeling like you're in Venice. The canals in the city were once major lines of transportation and even carried the marble used to construct the Duomo right to the site.

While many have since become obsolete or covered, this neighborhood is known for streets hosting large crowds around happy hour and late into the night. Attracting all kinds of groups, it's the perfect place to grab a drink and bite to eat in company. Watch the sun set as you sip on a Negroni or better yet, a Negroni Sbagliato- the cocktail that was invented here in Milan, before dinner.

If you're looking to hit the town after the sun goes down, there are bars and clubs all throughout the city. Just pick your crowd and mingle late into the night. A more alternative group can be found in the Navigli neighborhood, eclectic and energetic in Porta Venezia, classy and cool in Brera, and easy and laid back in Isola. 

Take me here: 48 hours in Milan

On the same topic

Summertime in Pavia

A boat trip along the river Ticino, a walk in the shade of the city oases and parks
  • Lifestyle
Trip to the Pietra Corva Botanic Garden

Castles and Rice Paddies

A tour of Castles and Rice Paddies in search of a land of exquisite beauty
  • Lifestyle
Castles and Rice Paddies

Darsena Itinerary

Historical/cultural tour of the Navigli Milanesi.
  • Lifestyle
Itinerario della Darsena

Lake Garda and Brescia itinerary

Three days to make you fall in love with Brescia and its beautiful lakeside locations
  • Lifestyle
3 days in Lake Garda and Brescia

Monza in a weekend

From the Treasure of Theodelinda to the thrill of the Autodromo. Discover Monza in 48 hours: a twospeed city. With amazing masterpieces
  • Lifestyle
Monza in a weekend

The fountains and pools of Lombardy's cities

Reflections and plays of water in the fountains of Lombardy, works of art signed by famous architects and sculptors from every age
  • Lifestyle
Le fontane, specchi d’acqua delle città lombarde

Summertime in Lecco

When the days get warm, refresh yourself going to the lake or to the mountains: Lecco offers a lot of outdoor activities
  • Lifestyle
Have you tried cycling downhill?

Lap of the track at Monza ENI Circuit

Experience the thrill of champions at the Autodromo di Monza, the Temple of Speed. 
  • Lifestyle
Giro in pista Monza

A day out in milan on a shoestring

A few cheap suggestions for not to forgo the pleasures of the city
  • Lifestyle
A day out in Milan… on a shoestring

Milan from the Top

With its skyscrapers to challenge the dizzy heights of the Duomo and the surrounding mountains ...
  • Lifestyle
Torre Allianz

Tour of the Monza ENI Circuit

Take a tour of the most exclusive areas and the track of the Monza Circuit with the Autodromo guide
  • Lifestyle
Tour autodromo Monza

Picnic time in Lombardy

Sunshine, warmth, green grass and a delicious spread: it's the perfect time for a picnic in Lombardy
  • Lifestyle
Picnic time in Lombardy

Going shopping in Cremona is exciting!

Dai vita al commercio
  • Lifestyle
Going shopping in Cremona is exciting!

Paolo sarpi a little bit of china in milan

Oriental atmospheres, Asian deliciousness in this suggestive corner of China in Milan
  • Lifestyle
Paolo Sarpi: a little bit of China in Milan

Pavia in a weekend

On the trail of the Longobardi or among the cloisters of the University, without forgetting flavors and traditions
  • Lifestyle
Pavia in a weekend

Via torino milano

The road to reach the port of Milan is lined with ancient pavè. Follow it and you will not get lost!
  • Lifestyle
Via Torino, Milano

Como in a weekend

A mediaeval heart for the city that loves science and design with light. Discover Como in 48 hours. Without ever losing sight of the lake
  • Lifestyle
Como in a weekend

Ski area Valmalenco

More than 60 km of slopes make up the ski area of Alpe Palù, which is the calling card of Valmalenco.
  • Lifestyle
Ski area Valmalenco

inLombardia 杂志

  • Lifestyle
inLombardia 杂志

SPECIAL OPENING DAYS AT THE VIOLIN'S MUSEUM

  • Lifestyle
SPECIAL OPENING DAYS AT THE VIOLIN'S MUSEUM