The Duomo is the cathedral of Milan. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world.
The Sforza Castle (Castello sforzesco) was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections.
Go for a night out along the Navigli: constructed over hundreds of years, with input from da Vinci himself, Milan’s system of navigable and inter connected canals garanted the landlocked city more access to the outside world. Today, the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese are some of the only canals still visible. Along these canals, there has sprung up a torrent of bars, restaurants and cafés that thrum with activity on weekend nights.
Visit the Last Supper: perhaps one of the most famous paintings in the world, Leonard da Vinci’s The Last Supper has been infinitely reproduced, but no tote bag or mouse pad or even large-scale reproduction can adequately capture da Vinci’s emotionally charged mural. Unlike frescoes, which are painted on wet plaster and thus must be completed rather quickly, da Vinci used tempera paints on a dry wall, after sealing the stone with dried plaster and adding an undercoat of white lead to achieve greater luminosity.
Window shop in Milan Golden Triangle: you can’t visit the world’s fashion capital and not at least window shop. The best place to do so is the so-called “Golden Triangle,” an area that encompasses the Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. There, you will find all the luxury brands, both Italian such as Prada, Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana which first set up shop in Milan and foreign labels such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
Take part in the tradition of Aperitivo: this Italian style “Happy Hour” is considered to be an institution in Milan, and no visit would be complete with out partaking in this pre-dinner ritual. The tradition got its start in the late 19th century, when Gaspare Campari, intent on serving a drink that stimulated rather than spoiled the appetite, began serving his eponymous bitter aperitif. As more drinks were developed, more nibbles were added to the offerings; it’s common now to find bars with elaborate buffet spreads.