What to see in Milan and surroundings in 5 days

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Milan is the Italian capital of fashion, nightlife, business and economy Italian. There are many things to see, in fact, after the Milan Cathedral and the Sforzesco Castle, after Piazza San Babila and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, there is still a lot to do in the Milanese city! The abundance and efficiency of public transport allow you to move from one point to another without problems and quickly, its favorable position also makes it perfect for a trip outside the city, without having to grind too many kilometers.

Here what to see in Milan and surroundings in 5 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Milan
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Start from one of the main points of Milan, Piazza Duomo. Absolutely visit the imposing Duomo inside and the terraces (every day 9: 00-19: 00. Duomo € 3,00, terraces from € 10,00 - here combined ticket skip the line)
Continue towards Piazza della Scala passing through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and its luxurious shops, to visit the museum of the Teatro alla Scala (every day 9: 00-17: 30).

Reach Via Santa Radegonda to have lunch with the famous Panzerotti di Luini, a historic Milanese restaurant (average cost per person € 5,00).
Head towards the Castello Sforzesco, admission to the gardens is free, for a fee the one to the museums where it is the Pietà Rondanini, a sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, is kept (every day 7: 00-19: 30, museums from € 5,00). Next to the castle there is the green heart of Milan, Parco Sempione, which also houses the Arco della Pace. From here in a moment you are at the Quadrilatero della Moda: via Montenapoleone and via delle Spighe, the most important streets of Milanese luxury shopping. Still on foot, he arrives in Piazza San Babila.

Returning to Piazza Duomo, walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, another shopping street, and stop for dinner at La Locanda del Gatto Rosso, with prices starting from € 30,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 3 min
  • Places visited: Duomo (€ 3,00), Duomo terraces (€ 14,00), Teatro alla Scala museum (€ 7,00), Castello Sforzesco museums (€ 5,00), Sempione Park (free), Quadrilatero della Moda ( free), Piazza San Babila (free), Corso Vittorio Emanuele (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Milan Cathedral and Terraces: entrance ticket to the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco and Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Lunch at Luini (Get directions), Dinner at La Locanda del Gatto (Get directions)

2 day

Reach the splendid Bosco Verticale, the chosen complex of two eco-sustainable buildings adorned with trees and plants most beautiful skyscraper in the world in 2014. Also enjoy a relaxing walk in its park, Parco Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano - BAM.
About 350 meters away is the most modern part of Milan, that of the Isola district with its Piazza Gae Aulenti, which has recently been redeveloped and houses the largest skyscraper in Italy. Not far away, just 8 minutes on foot, there is Corso Como, another important fashion and shopping street, with its shops, clubs and restaurants where you can have lunch, perhaps outdoors.

For the lunch break, we recommend Eataly Milano Smeraldo, with average prices of € 25,00.
Then head to the Cimitero Monumentale, it may seem like a particular place to visit but, apart from the splendid architecture, here you can pay homage to prominent Milanese figures such as Alessandro Manzoni or Gino Bramieri.
Reach then the Brera district, also known as the Milanese artists' quarter. Here you can visit the famous Pinacoteca di Brera (Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 15. Admission € 15,00, free on the first Sunday of the month).

At the end of the visit, enjoy a nice walk around the neighborhood and end the day with a dinner at Rosso Brera, a restaurant that offers Italian specialties and typical Milanese dishes, for an average cost of € 30,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Bosco Verticale and Parco Biblioteca degli Alberi Milan - BAM (free), Isola district and Piazza Gae Aulenti (free), Corso Como (free), Monumental Cemetery (free), Brera district (free), Brera Art Gallery (€ 15,00, )
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Lunch at Eataly Milano Smeraldo (Get directions), Dinner at Rosso Brera (Get directions)

3 day

On the third day you can immerse yourself in "old Milan" again.
The tour begins from the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano, where it is kept Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. The visit lasts 15 minutes, we recommend that you book it in advance and with a skip the line option (every day 10: 00-12: 00/15: 00-17: 55).
At the exit, in about 5/10 minutes you can reach the basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, a Roman church in whose crypt the relics of the Saint are exhibited (Mon - Sat 10: 00-12: 00 and 14: 30-18: 00, Sunday only 15: 00-17: 00).

For lunch we advise you to stay near the basilica and choose the Boccondivino restaurant (from € 30,00 per person) to then reach San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, seat of the Archaeological Museum in Milan (Tue-Sun 9: 00-17: 30).
Only 600 meters away you will find the Ambrosiana Art Gallery, whose library it houses the Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00).

You cannot say that you have visited Milan without having "tasted" the real nightlife, so the evening of the third day you must spend it in the Navigli area. You can reach it by taking the M2 from Cadorna towards Abbiategrasso, getting off at the Porta Genova station.
For dinner we recommend Ponte Rosso, a traditional restaurant with an average cost of € 50,00.
After dinner you can stroll through the streets of the neighborhood or along the Darsena and maybe choose one of the many places for a drink.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h
  • Places visited: Santa Maria delle Grazie and Last Supper (€ 15,00), Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (free), Archaeological Museum of Milan (€ 5,00), Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Library (€ 15,00), Navigli (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 120,00
  • Da Vinci's Last Supper: priority entrance and guided tour The Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie: guided tour of the Last Supper
  • Lunch at Boccondivino (Get directions), Dinner at Ponte Rosso (Get directions)

4 day

Dedicate this fourth day to the city of Monza, just 20 km from Milan. You can reach it easily thanks to the numerous direct trains which depart either from Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi station, taking between 15 and 20 minutes (ticket cost € 2,40).

Go to the historic center e reach the Civic Museums (Fri-Sun 10: 00-13: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00, Wed-Thu 15: 00-18: 00). Then head to the nearby Piazza Duomo with the homonymous basilica that it houses the Iron Crown and the Teodolinda Chapel. From here you can reach the Arengario (ancient town hall of Monza dating back to the th century, to be admired from the outside) and the famous Ponte dei Leoni (one of the historic bridges of Monza on the Lambro) along via Vittorio Emanuele II to the river.

For lunch, stop at La Cantina della Monaca, a few steps from the Ponte dei Leoni, the average prices are € 30,00.
After lunch, leave the historic center behind and reach the beautiful Monza Park and the Royal Villa. Take the afternoon to admire this majestic palace built between 1777 and 1780 and to explore the immense gardens (Tue-Sun 10: 00-19: 00).

If you want to stop for dinner in Monza, you can eat at the Derby Grill restaurant, just outside the gates of the Villa Reale, with an average cost of € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 40 km / 1 h by car including travel from / to Milan
  • Places visited: Civic Museums (€ 6,00), Piazza Duomo, Monza Cathedral - Corona Ferrea - Theodolinda Chapel (€ 8,00), Arengario (free), Ponte dei Leoni (free), Monza Park (free), Villa Royal (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Monza Segway Tour Segway tour of Monza and Brianza Park
  • Lunch at La Cantina della Monaca (Get directions), Dinner at Derby Grill (Get directions)

5 day

Fifth and last day in Milan, trip out of town to Como. You can reach the city comfortably by train with Trenord, starting from Cadorna or the Central Station, in about an hour. Ticket cost € 4,80 each way. To visit the pearls of the lake, we suggest a comfortable 1-day organized tour of Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna from Milan or a panoramic boat tour of Lake Como from Milan.

Reach Lungo Lario Trieste up to Piazza De Gasperi where you can take the funicular to Burnate. From a height of 715 meters you can admire the view of the lake and stroll in the alleys of the small village (funicular active 8: 00-21: 30, € 3,10 one way, € 5,70 return).
Back in the city, reach Piazza Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo del Broletto. Then go to Piazza San Fedele with the church of the same name and the bell tower.

In the Piazza San Fedele area, lunch at Il Solito Posto, with lake fish specialties (average cost € 25,00).
After lunch, go back to Lungo Lario to see the Monument of the Fallen and the Tempio Voltiano, the most visited museum in the city which houses the scientific instruments of Alessandro Volta.

If you stop for dinner in Como, near the seafront and with a beautiful view, there is the Lago Food & Co restaurant, average cost € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 167 km / 3 h 3 min by car including travel from / to Milan
  • Places visited: Brunate (funicular € 5,70 return), Piazza Duomo (free), Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (free), Palazzo del Broletto (free), Piazza San Fedele (free), Monument of the Fallen (€ 4,00 ), Volta Temple (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Como: 2-Hour Walking Tour Lake Como: Romantic Sailing Experience & Sunset From Milan: Lake Como Panoramic Boat Tour
  • Lunch at Il Solito Posto (Get directions), Dinner at Lago Food & Co (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Milan

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Milan it is certainly not an economic destination, is the city of luxury shops, glossy nightlife, worldliness. It is easy to get around by public transport and the costs are within the European average, the cost of living is higher than in other Italian cities, even if there are alternatives for all budgets.

  • starting from € 65,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • Segway tour 24, 48 or 72 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour guided tour of the Cathedral and the Terraces
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 585,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Milan: it can be visited all year round, although it is better to avoid the height of summer (July and August) and the coldest months (January and February) - find out more
  • from Malpensa you can reach the center with the Malpensa Express (full € 13,00), the urban line 73, from Linate with the Linate Shuttle (€ 5,00 single ride) or by taxi (one way € 100,00 per ride) .
  • it is advisable not to go too far from the center, there is a wide choice with ideal solutions for every budget
  • Getting around: the metro has four lines and is the best way. The cost varies according to the areas. The ordinary ticket is valid for 75 minutes and covers three zones for € 1,60. The cost goes up based on time and areas covered - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: day tickets, 3 days or 10 rides (starting from € 5,60 to go up, depending on the area), Milan Card for one, two or three days for unlimited access to public transport (bus, tram, passerby and metro) from € 11,00, Milano City Pass for public transport, attractions and discounts (from € 79,00 for 48 hours)

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