Two days in Milan and how to spend them

Two days in Milan and how to spend them

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The Arch of Peace, or Arco della Pace
Arch of Peace

Milan and fashion go hand in hand – after all it’s considered as one of the important fashion capitals of the world! But Milan is just not limited to high fashion, it has its own unique character and is the perfect place to explore contemporary Italy.

Magnificent cathedrals, stunning architecture, and home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting, the charm of the city is inescapable. Great restaurants and bars, quaint cafes, and friendly locals – Milan is fun, vibrant, and will make you feel at home.

Milan is a small, pedestrian-friendly city, and all the major attractions are located close to one another. If you have two days in Milan, here is what you can do to make the most of your given time. Read on…

1. Duomo di Milano

Cathedral Duomo di Milano in Square Piazza Duomo
Cathedral Duomo di Milano

The first and foremost thing to do in Milan is to visit Duomo di Milano. The iconic cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Milan. This Gothic architectural masterpiece is made of pink white marble and is the highlight of the city. The outside is as majestic as from the inside. The view from the rooftop is beyond words, and so is the long queue to get up there. If you are pressed for time then try reaching early or just walk up the stairs. While the entry to the cathedral is free, there is a small admission fee to visit the roof.

City from the rooftop of Duomo Milan
Milan, view from the Duomo

Duomo timings – 9 AM  to 7 PM
Museum timings – 10 AM to 6 PM
Crypt timings – 11 AM to 5 PM

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2. The Last Supper painting

Sunny day at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Among many, The Last Supper is the most renowned painting in Milan that everyone wants to see! There is a long queue to catch a glimpse of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, and tickets sell like hotcakes, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance. The painting is located in Santa Maria delle Grazie church – one of the top Milan tourist attractions.

Church Timings – Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 AM to 7 PM

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3. La Scala Theatre

Main concert hall of Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala, opera house in Milan

At a short walkable distance from Duomo Cathedral, La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world! The tickets to the show are definitely expensive, so one can take a tour of the museum instead. While visiting Milan for two days, you must take a guided tour of this 200-year-old theater and learn about the stories associated with it.

Theatre Timings – 9 AM to 5 PM

4. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The shopping paradise - Must see places in Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – a shopaholics dream! Your Milan 2-day itinerary must include a visit to this massive and glamorous shopping arcade. Gucci, Prada, Versace, Giorgio Armani, all high-end fashion stores occupy a spot here. If your budget does not allow you to splurge, then visit this galleria for its marvelous architecture – it’s an experience in itself. 

Shop timings – 10 AM to 7/ 8 PM 
Restaurants and bar timings – 10/11 AM to 10 PM

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5. Parco Sempione and Sforzesco Castle

Aerial view of Sforza and beautiful Sempione park - Milan 2 day itinerary
Medieval Castle of Sforza

The ruling family of Sforza built this fortress during the 14th century and now this enormous citadel houses several museums and works of great legends like Canaletto and Michelangelo. Next to the castle is the beautiful Parco Sempione which happens to be the largest park of Milan. It’s a great place to unwind and relax your tired feet.

Grass lawn in Parco Sempione park with blue sky background
Arch of Peace gate view from Parco Sempione

Castle timings – 7 AM to 7:30 PM
Museum timings – Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM

6. Naviglio Grande 

Scenic Naviglio grand canal - must visit places in Milan
Naviglio grand canal

How to end a perfect day in Milan? Well, just head to the Navigli neighborhood and enjoy the evening. One of the most popular area of Milan, Naviglio Grande known as Navigli, is a canal district which brims with vibrant bars and restaurants. Make sure you get here early in the evening, as most of these places get full too soon. Your two days in Milan should definitely end on a good note, and this is the place to wrap up your journey.

Sunset on Via Dante, one of the major pedestrian avenues in Milan
The pedestrian street of Via Dante

While in Milan, do make the most of the aperitivo hour. As per Milanese tradition, just before dinner, the locals have a drink accompanied with some snacks. You order a drink and you get access to a scrumptious buffet of small bites. There are tons of places around the city to enjoy aperitivo and it is definitely one of Milan top things to do.

Aperitivo hour: 7 PM to 9 PM

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