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One day in Milan: itinerary and advices

Are you passing through the capital of Lombardy and have little time available, but still want to visit the city? Here is a brief one-day itinerary in Milan that you can follow to discover some of its most famous places.

Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala

A visit to Milan must start from Piazza Duomo, the heart of the Lombard capital and one of its most famous places.

Here stands the famous church, the largest in Italy (San Pietro is located in the territory of the Vatican City). The entrance is free and you only have to pay a ticket if you want to go up to the terrace to admire the view of the city and the square from above.

Around Piazza Duomo, moreover, you will find some of the most symbolic places of Milan.

Enter the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to browse through the stores and luxury restaurants, stop in front of the Teatro della Scala, one of the most important theaters in Italy, and go to the Fashion District to stroll through the glittering windows of Via Montenapoleone.

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At this point you can head to the Brera district, one of the most elegant and characteristic of the city.

Here you will find the famous Pinacoteca.

It houses important Italian works of art, mainly from Lombardy and Veneto. Thanks to donations, however, the gallery has been enriched and now offers an exhibition that ranges from prehistoric to contemporary art. Among the many works preserved here are, for example, masterpieces by Mantegna, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto. One of the most famous paintings you can see is the Kiss by Francesco Hayez.

Probably if you spend only one day in Milan, you won’t be able to visit the Pinacoteca, but keep it in mind in case you have some time left.

In Brera there is also one of the most beautiful green corners of the city: the Orto Botanico.

Entrance is free and we suggest you take a half hour to take a relaxing walk among exotic and local plants, far from the chaos of the city.

Sforzesco Castle and Sempione Park

From the Brera district, in a few minutes, you can reach another of the symbols of Milan, the Castello Sforzesco.

The fortress was built by Francesco Sforza in the fifteenth century and over the ages has undergone numerous changes and transformations. Between the 16th and 18th centuries it was one of the main military citadels in Europe.

Today the structure houses several museums including an Art Gallery, an Archaeological Museum, a Museum of Ancient Art, the Pietà Rondanini – Michelangelo Museum, an archive and some libraries.

You certainly won’t have time to visit everything during your day in Milan, but you can walk through the courtyards of the fortress to admire its imposing structure.

From the Castle, then, you can move to Parco Sempione, one of the most famous green areas of the city, as well as one of the most loved by its inhabitants.

Paths, meadows and an artificial lake will make you forget for a moment that you are in the center!


At this point move to another of the most famous areas of the Lombard capital: the Navigli.

Among the canals, the alleys, the courtyards and the artists’ stores you will almost feel like you are not in Milan!

Look for the Vicolo dei Lavandai (Laundrymen’s Alley) and let yourself be captured by the atmosphere of the Cortile degli Artisti (Artists’ Courtyard): the Navigli are one of the most fascinating places in this city and we are sure they will capture your heart.

At this point you can end your day in Milan with an excellent happy hour: the Navigli are considered the heart of the city’s nightlife and the happy hour in Milan, you know, is a must!

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Visit Milan in one day with a food tour

We have recommended some steps to visit Milan in one day, but we also want to suggest an experience not to be missed to enjoy the city in an alternative way.

Participating in a food tour of Milan is an excellent opportunity to discover the city from a new and authentic point of view.

Not only will you have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous places accompanied by an expert guide, but you will also have the chance to enter the most popular restaurants and bars in Milan to taste traditional dishes and innovative delicacies.

We at Do Eat Better Experience propose 3 particular experiences:

  • The Tour of Pastries in Milan. In the city of panettone, a tour dedicated to gourmands is a must. The itinerary will take you between historic stores and luxurious modern pastry shops to taste the best pastries in the city.
  • The Gourmet Food Tour of Milan. The Milanese gastronomic scene is of the highest level and thanks to this guided tour you will get to know some of the most prestigious restaurants outside the usual tourist circuit.
  • The Milan Aperitif & Street Food Tour. Finally, an unmissable tour especially for young people! In the Navigli area, you will get to know all the ways in which aperitifs are enjoyed in Milan: from street food to the more classic cocktail accompanied by appetizers.


Our tours last about 3 hours and half. Once the tour is over, then, you will be ready to continue your one-day itinerary in Milan in freedom and you can say that you have discovered a unique side of a city too often considered cold and impersonal!

Tips for spending one day in Milan

Before concluding these tips of ours to visit Milan in one day, we want to leave you with three tips to enjoy your day to the fullest.

  • Leave your car outside the center and use the subway to reach Piazza Duomo. Milan is chaotic and busy and the historic center is a huge ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone). Moreover, the best way to enjoy the capital of Lombardy is by walking around it.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: you’ll be walking a lot.
  • To move better from one part of the city to another buy a public transport ticket valid for 24 hours: the cost is 7 Euro and will allow you to move freely on the subway, streetcars and buses.

We hope you find our advice useful.

We look forward to accompanying you on one of our gourmet tours!