Describing the exterior of Milan’s most famous landmark as awe-inspiring is an understatement. And the Duomo gets even better when setting foot inside. The 14th-century cathedral is home to airy marble interiors and exquisite stained-glass windows, which were wisely placed in a crypt for safekeeping during the Second World War. Top tip – purchase your ticket online to skip the lines at the ticket office.
Despite being a true cultural mecca – with plenty of museums, restaurants, things to do and a booming fashion industry – Milan is a city that keeps its cards close to its chest. In fact, attractions in Milan don’t necessarily dazzle, aside from a few splashy signatures like the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco and the relatively recent spire-topped Unicredit skyscraper. But walk into the city’s stately palazzos (some of Milan's most beautiful buildings) and you’ll find treasure troves of Renaissance paintings. Or peek inside a former industrial warehouse and you’ll come across thoughtfully curated exhibitions of contemporary art and design.
Even Milan’s shiny new high-rises are emblematic of the city’s dynamism and forward-thinking approach to urban development. So yes, at first glance, it may not be the most conspicuous Italian city, but there’s plenty to discover if you scratch below the surface. Get a head start with our pick of the top seven must-see attractions in Milan.
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