Unlike other European cities (such as Berlin) that have tonnes of activities to keep you busy, Milan is more subdued. But that is not to say it isn’t worth a visit. Italy is notorious for its prices and Milan is no expectation to this rule, with its reputation for fashion and designer shopping. Do not fear! There are still plenty of free/cheap must-dos and –sees:
- Visit the Duomo:
The 6th largest cathedral in the world and the 2nd largest in Italy, Duomo di Milano is an impressive piece of architecture. This must-see attracts many tourists (and pigeons), so get there early if you want to take pictures sans people.
- Pass through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
Conveniently this is located right next to the Duomo. The gallery is full of designer stores, such as Prada and Gucci (Milan = fashion). Be sure to pass through, even if you don’t wish (or can’t afford) anything, as it is still a beautiful building. When you get there look up.
- Wander around the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano:
Yes, that does say cemetery. But this is no ordinary graveyard. Family tombs in never ending rows with spectacular (and mostly creepy) even designs fill the grounds. Try spot the Last Supper tomb at the back of the cemetery. Only in Milan, eh?
- Be in the moment at ‘The Last Supper’:
Perhaps one of Milan’s most famous attractions. Granted, this isn’t free and is booked up months in advance, but if you can spare the cash I would recommend booking a visit. Taking photos of the wall mural isn’t allowed, so learn to just be and appreciate this work of art.
- Eat. :
Italy food is infamous, so pull up and chair and dig in. Pizza, pasta, gelato, bread…it is heaven.
Things to note:
- Milan gets a bad rep for disappointing travellers – but it can be a great trip if you explore.
- Extend your budget – unlike Prague, you can’t get by on the cheap.
- I recommend three days max in the city – you will get pretty bored if you stay longer.