As a tourist, it is something else entirely. First of all, thanks to its three airports, it is convenient to reach; not to mention the fact that it overflows all year with cultural events, exhibitions, appointments with fashion and design and, if you are a lover of shopping, in Milan you will find shops of all types and for all budgets. And, if you insist on research, in addition to the classic Milan tourist stops, it offers an infinite amount of hidden corners and neighborhoods to be discovered. And speaking of tourist stops, here are some ideas on what do in milan tours in one day, if you are passing through or simply if you want to meet it but take it in small doses.
- In the center
Let’s say you start from the central station. You need just a few metros stops to get to the heart of the city and find yourself before your eyes one of the most photographed monuments in all of Europe: Milan Cathedral. After visiting it in long, wide and even high going up on the panoramic terrace, you just have to look around: you’re in one of the most beautiful squares in the city. From there, it goes beyond the arch and walks the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most elegant “Milan salons.” You will come out in Piazza Della Scala , home of the famous Theater and Palazzo Marino, the Palazzo del Comune. From there go back and, from Piazza Duomo, the path that will lead you to Brera , one of the most beautiful districts of the city, begins.
After Piazza Cordusio and Via Broletto you will arrive in Piazza Carmine, one of those corners where Milan has always given me the impression of not even being her and to look more like a village, for once. The Brera district winds right behind the square and, in no time at all, you will come to the Pinacoteca, where a visit is absolutely a must.
After exploring the neighborhood, continue along Via Garibaldi and Corso Como , two streets that remain quiet during the day, almost dozing; in the evening, instead, they become the center of the most fashionable nightlife, including cocktails and discos. If you want to take a sneak peek at the panorama of Milan with skyscrapers, extend your pace to Piazza Gae Aulenti , an architectural gem inaugurated in 2012.
- The Sforzesco Castle and the Sempione Park
Going back from via Garibaldi, do not continue on via Mercato but turn towards the Foro Bonaparte and you will soon find yourself in front of the entrance to the Sforzesco Castle, one of the symbols of the city and its history where, among Museums, Libraries and Archives you will have only the embarrassment of choice. Perhaps the time has come to take a relaxing break in the countryside: know that the Castle is located inside one of the most beautiful and famous parks in the city, Parco Sempione, frequented by the Milanese at any time, including lunch.