What to see in Milan and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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When you think of Milan, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is the city capital of fashion and shopping. It's true, Milan is really famous for its weeks dedicated to fashion and design and for the presence of many boutiques of famous designers. But it is much more than that! It offers a sublime mix of historic architecture and modern skyscrapers, such as the beautiful Duomo, the main attraction. But in the Lombard capital there is much more to discover, perhaps less scenic and immediate points of interest than in other Italian cities but which have nothing to envy. Plus, with a trip of less than two hours it's possible reach other Lombard cities and localities interesting to discover.

If you are thinking of spending some time in the Milanese city, here it is what to see in Milan and surroundings in 7 days.


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

1 day

Start your visit right from the symbol of Milan, the Duomo. The terraces are also worth a visit (open from 9:00 to 19:00).
A short distance away you can take Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and admire its architecture and trendy shops. Then reach Piazza dei Mercanti, one of the most characteristic squares in the city, once the heart of medieval life.

Lunch at the Al Mercante Restaurant (average cost € 35,00).
With a 10-minute walk you can reach the sforzesco castle, another symbol of Milan. Its gardens and museums housed inside can be visited. Behind the building extends the Sempione Park, one of the most famous parks in the city, where you can see the Arch of Peace.
Then walk to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper" is kept inside the Museum of the Last Supper (Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 to 19:00).

Reach the Cadorna station and take the M2 (green) metro towards Assago or Abbiategrasso, get off at Porta Genova and in 10 minutes you will be in the Navigli area. Dinner at the Moment, near the Naviglio Grande, with proposals starting from € 25,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,1 km / 1 h 15 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Duomo and Milan Cathedral (€ 2,00, terrace € 13,00), Vittorio Emanuele II gallery (free), Piazza Mercanti (free), Sforzesco Castle (€ 5,00), Sempione park (free), Arco della Pace (free), church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and cenacolo vinciano (€ 12,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Milan Cathedral and Terraces: Last Supper guided tour entrance ticket
  • Lunch at Ristorante Al Mercante (Get directions), Dinner at Momento (Get directions)

2 day

The first stop on the second day is the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore (open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 18:30, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00), one of the most important churches in the city, and the Columns of San Lorenzo. Here take bus 94 which will take you, after 5 stops, to the church of San Bernardino alle Ossa (open every day from 9:00 to 18:00, closed on Sundays), an extraordinary church with its surprising ossuary.
Head north and stop at the Teatro alla Scala. You can choose whether to book a guided tour of the Theater (from Monday to Sunday, only possible in the absence of shows or rehearsals), or a free visit to the Museum (every day from 9:00 to 17:30). For reasons of time, we recommend the second option.

After having lunch at Rosso Brera (menu starting from € 30,00), visit the famous Pinacoteca di Brera (open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:15), which houses masterpieces by the likes of Raphael, Caravaggio , Rubens and many others.

Your stop for the evening is the recently redeveloped Isola neighborhood that hosts the famous Bosco Verticale, the complex of two buildings elected in 2014 as the most beautiful skyscraper in the world. For dinner we recommend Bio.it Milano, with an average cost of € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore (free), Columns of San Lorenzo (free), church of San Bernardino alle Ossa (free), Teatro alla Scala (guided tour € 25,00 - museum entrance € 12,00), Brera Art Gallery (€ 12,00), Isola district and Bosco Verticale (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Brera district and guided experience in the Pinacoteca guided experience at La Scala Theater
  • Lunch at Rosso Brera (Get directions), Dinner at Bio.it Milan (Get directions)

3 day

The third day begins at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00), one of the most visited museums in Milan which also houses the Library with Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus.
At the end of the visit, head to the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00, Sunday from 15:00 to 17:00)

Stop for lunch at Bar Magenta (menu starting from € 15,00) and then visit the church of San Maurizio at the Monastero Maggiore (open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:30). From Cadorna station take the M1 metro and get off at San Babila, then reach the famous one via Montenapoleone, home of the luxury shopping in Milan. Satisfied your desire to shop, behind the Duomo of Milan, in the Palazzo dell'Arengario, the Museo del Novecento awaits you (open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30, on Mondays from 14:30 to 19:30 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays until 22:30 pm).

Take the M3 metro line (yellow) and dedicate your evening discovering the Brera district, also called the artists' quarter. Dinner in Bioesserì, restaurant and pizzeria (starting from € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (free), Archaeological Museum of Milan (€ 5,00), Ambrosiana art gallery (€ 15,00), Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (free), Fashion district (free), Museum of Novecento (€ 5,00), Brera district (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Milan: private city tour
  • Lunch at Bar Magenta (Get directions), Dinner at Bioesserì (Get directions)

4 day

For this day we recommend a visit to one of the symbols of the city, the San Siro Stadium, also known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The activity will fill your whole morning, as it includes the tour of the facility and the visit to the Museum (daily from 9:30 am to 17:00 pm or 18:00 pm).

Have lunch at Osteria Ippodromo, a few steps from the stadium (average cost of € 30,00).
From the nearby M5 stop (lilac) take the metro towards Bignami and get off at Monumentale (8 stops). Here is the Monumental Cemetery of Milan (open from 8:00 to 18:00, closed on non-holiday Mondays), the eternal resting place of famous people such as Alessandro Manzoni, Carlo Cattaneo and Salvatore Quasimodo.
Before evening, spare time to visit another important Milanese museum, the National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" (open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:00, Saturdays and holidays from 9:30 to 18:30).

For dinner you can choose Ponte Rosso (average cost of € 30,00) and spend the rest of the evening in the recently redeveloped Darsena area.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 12 km / 2 h 31 min
  • Places visited: San Siro Stadium (€ 18,00), Monumental Cemetery (free), National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" (€ 10,00), Dock (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Lunch at Osteria Ippodromo (Get directions), Dinner at Ponte Rosso Restaurant (Get directions)

5 day

Not far from Milan is Como, a town that rises on the shores of the homonymous lake. You can reach it either by car (A9 motorway, Lake Como exit) or by one of the numerous regional trains departing from the Central or Garibaldi station (€ 4,80 each way).

Reach the funicular station in Piazza De Gasperi and go up towards Brunate. In this small resort you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views over the city of Como and its lake. Take a walk in the alleys of the village, then return to Como and reach Piazza Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo del Broletto (which can only be visited internally for events and exhibitions). After the visit, go to Piazza San Fedele with the homonymous church and its bell tower.

For lunch we recommend Il Solito Posto (average cost of € 30,00).
Then go back to Lungo Lario and reach the Monument of the Fallen, with its panoramic terrace and the Volta Temple (Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00) dedicated to the research of Alessandro Volta from Como. The last stop is the splendid complex of Villa Olmo, with the main building of the villa and its gardens (the villa is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00, the park from 1 October to 4 April every day from 7:00 to 19:00; from 5 April to 30 September every day from 7:00 to 23:00).

Stop for dinner at the Il Tennis Restaurant (average cost of € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 99,6 km / 1 h 53 min by car including travel from / to Milan
  • Places visited: Como-Brunate cable car (€ 5,30 round trip), church of Santa Maria Assunta (free), Palazzo del Broletto (depending on the events), Basilica of San Fedele and Campanile (free), Monument of the Fallen (€ 4,00 , 4,00), Volta Temple (€ 15,00), Villa Olmo (€ )
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00
  • From Milan: Panoramic Boat Tour of Lake Como Lake Como: 3-hour tour by electric bike
  • Lunch at Il Solito Posto (Get directions), Dinner at Il Tennis Restaurant (Get directions)

6 day

Monza is a city that lends itself perfectly to being explored in one day. To reach it, we recommend that you take one of the many direct regional trains (€ 2,20 each way).

The first stop is the Torre Viscontea, dating back to 1800. The center of Monza contains all the main points of interest, the first in your itinerary are the Civic Museums (times subject to different variations, check the official website) with its extraordinary collection of works. Then reach the nearby Cathedral with the Museum (from Tuesday to Sunday from 9: to 18:00) and the chapel that houses the famous iron crown, used for centuries to crown the kings of Italy and which, according to tradition, contains one of the nails used to crucify Christ (Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00, can be visited only by reservation).

For lunch we recommend the Vineria dei Tintori (prices starting from € 30,00).
Then leave the center behind and arrive at the Villa di Monza with its beautiful park. Spend the afternoon here, visiting the villa and strolling through the immense park.

If you want to stop for dinner in the city you can choose the Derby Grill restaurant, just outside the gates of Villa Reale, with prices starting from € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 54,8 km / 1 h 27 min by car including travel from / to Milan
  • Places visited: Torre Viscontea (free), Civic Museums (€ 6,00), Duomo and Piazza Duomo (admission to the Museum € 8,00; Theodolinda Chapel € 8,00), Ponte dei Leoni (free), Monza Park (free ), Villa Reale (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 92,00
  • Monza Segway Tour Segway tour of Monza and Brianza Park
  • Lunch at Vineria dei Tintori (Get directions), Dinner at Derby Grill (Get directions)

7 day

Pavia is located 35 km south of Milan and is an excellent destination for a day trip. In addition, direct trains to the city leave every 30 minutes from Milan Central Station (round trip € 8,00).

All the points of interest that can be visited in one day are located in the historic center, starting from Piazza della Vittoria, the heart of the city. Here visit the Cathedral with its imposing dome of 92 meters (from 7:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:30, on Sundays from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00). Take via XX Settembre to reach the church of S. Maria del Carmine, dating back to the end of the fourteenth century. Next to it is Palazzo Malaspina, today the seat of the civic library.

Lunch at Gustò Pavia (average cost € 20,00), arrives at the Castle of Pavia, home of the Visconti and Sforza families. Today it houses the Civic Museums (every day from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Tuesdays) among which there is the Pinacoteca Malaspina with paintings by numerous artists (Tiepolo, Correggio and others).
From the Castle go towards Strada Nuova and then Corso Alberto where the University area is located, which is one of the oldest not only in Italy but also in Europe and which has hosted illustrious teachers such as Alessandro Volta and Ugo Foscolo.

For the evening, reach the characteristic Borgo Ticino and have dinner at Osteria della Malora (average cost € 40,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 89,4 km / 1 h 52 min by car including travel from / to Milan
  • Places visited: Piazza della Vittoria (free), Cathedral of Pavia (free), church of S. Maria del Carmine (free), Palazzo Malaspina (free), Pavia Castle (free), Civic Museums and Pinacoteca Malaspina (€ 10,00) , University and Civic Towers (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 78,00
  • Lunch at Gustò Pavia (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria della Malora (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Milan

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

While not excessive, if properly planned, the costs for a week in Milan are undoubtedly they can consider high. Much depends on the area where you decide to stay, the closer you get to the center, the higher the costs, but it is also possible to stay in peripheral areas and be able to easily reach the main points of interest. To further lower spending, you can choose not to always have lunch or dinner in restaurants, but sometimes even go to a fast food restaurant.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • science and technology Entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum Milan Pass: the best of the city in one ticket Milan Cathedral and Terraces: entrance ticket
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 640,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Milan: even if it can be visited all year round, spring and autumn are preferable, to avoid the sometimes very low winter temperatures and the summer heat - find out more
  • it is served by two international airports, Malpensa and Linate, there are bus services to the center (about € 10,00 each way per person). It is easily accessible by train from many other Italian cities. It is also well connected to bergamo orio al serio Airport.
  • Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala area, the most central but also the most expensive. Cheaper alternatives are the Central Station area and the Porta Romana area. If you are looking for nightlife, choose the Navigli district
  • Getting around: on foot in the center, to move over longer distances the subway (4 lines The new integrated fare system provides that the fare between two locations is calculated based on the number of zones in which you travel, the minimum fare that can be purchased is equal to 3 tariff zones at a cost of € 1,60) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: MilanoCard, allows you to travel for free on all urban transport and have free or discounted access to various attractions. 1 day € 11,00, 2 days € 17,00, 3 days € 19,00

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