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Castello Sforzesco/Civici Musei del Castello

Attractions

After the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco is Milan's main attraction - not least because of its 12 mini-museums and archives running all the way from...

Piazza Castello
FreeMajor venue

Civico Museo di Storia Naturale

Attractions, Museums

Giovanni Ceruti's neo-classical building was put up in 1838 to house the collections left to the city by aristocrat Giuseppe de Cristoforis. It's a great...

Corso Venezia 55

Duomo

Attractions

Standing proudly on the piazza del Duomo, the third largest church in Christendom (outdone only by St Peter's in Rome and Seville's cathedral), the Duomo is...

Piazza del Duomo
FreeMajor venue

Feltrinelli International

Shops

This central outpost of one of Italy's leading book chains is one of the city's best stores for titles in English, including an excellent pick of travel...

Piazza Cavour 1

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Attractions, Shops

The magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II isn't known as il salotto di Milano (Milan's living room) for nothing. It connects piazza del Duomo with...

Between piazza del Duomo & piazza della Scala
FreeMajor venue

Giardini Pubblici

Attractions

As corso Venezia takes you away from the built-up areas of the city centre towards the built-up areas of its outskirts, you'll notice the green expanse of...

Il Salvagente

Critics' choice
Shops

Among Milan's best known and longest established outlets is Il Salvagente ('the lifesaver'), which has three floors of top stuff for men and women, all...

Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16

Kristina Ti

Shops

The best thing to come out of Turin since the Fiat Cinquecento, Kristina Ti's lingerie is delicate almost to the point of fragility. Apart from the almost...

Via Solferino 18

Mondadori

Shops

Opened in April 2007, this massive complex includes a café (open from 7am), internet points (€3/hr) and a tiny but fabulous corner reading room on the third...

Piazza del Duomo 1

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

Critics' choice
Museums

This impressive science and technology museum is a fitting tribute to Milan's revered former resident. One of the most fascinating halls here displays...

Via San Vittore 21

Planetario Ulrico Hoepli

Attractions

A gift to the city from publisher Ulrico Hoepli, this planetarium was built in 1930 by Pietro Portaluppi in faux-classical style. Projections take place in...

Corso Venezia 57

Pottery Café

Restaurants & cafés

Kids aged four and over can create colourful and cheerful ceramics in this café-cum-art lab while mum and dad relax over a cappuccino.

Via Solferino 3

Teatro del Buratto al Pime

Theatre

The season at this puppet theatre runs from October to March. Shows are in Italian.

Via Mosè Bianchi 94

Townhouse Galleria

Critics' choice
Hotels

Queen of the four-hotel Townhouse chain, seven-star Townhouse Galleria is located above the Prada shop in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. All rooms have a...

Via Silvio Pellico 8