Milan Travel Guide
Milan is a bustling metropolis and fashion capital in the north of Italy. It’s filled with gothic architecture, high-end shopping and Renaissance art.
The top sights to see include the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, which is home to some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work, and the Sforza Castle, which is an enormous medieval-era fortress filled with museums and artwork by the likes of da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Milan is one of the world’s top places for fashion and design, so no trip to the city is complete without doing a spot of shopping. Head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is a beautiful 19th-century arcade filled with high-end and boutique shops or the Quadrilatero, which is a luxury shopping district.
Brera is the best neighborhood to stay in as it’s just north of the Duomo Cathedral and is known for its artsy, bohemian atmosphere. Meanwhile, if you want to be in the heart of the action, stay in the centro storico, which is the historic city center. Here you’ll find the top tourist attractions right on your doorstep, although accommodations can be quite pricey.
The best time to visit Milan is in the spring (March-May) or the autumn (September-October) when temperatures are balmy and sunny. In the summer months (July and August) the city can get swelteringly hot.