Places of Interest in Milan

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Milan and Lombardy...

Milan and the Lombardy region offer an immense variety of places to visit.

The Duomo: Milan's most famous Gothic Cathedral. It took 427 years to build and is the third largest church in the world. It is open to visitors from 07:00-19:00 every day. The Museo del Duomo houses many valuable items.

  • For information on the history of the Duomo from Wikipedia: Click here

Pinacoteca di Brera: This art gallery displays a collection that was formed by Napoleon. The artworks include Boccini's Riot in the Galleria, Fabriano's Valle Romita polyptych and Mantega's Dead Christ. There are also many other works from the Venetian Renaissance, Lombard Renaissance, Tuscan Renaissance and thirteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • For more information, see the Pinacoteca di Brera website: Click here

Basilica Sant'Ambrogio: This basilica, dedicated to Milan's Patron Saint, was founded by Saint Ambrose, but has been reconstructed many times since. There are many key architectural features of the basilica, such as the atrium, the serpent column and the golden altar.

The Last Supper (l'Ultima Cena, Il Cenacolo): One of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings is housed at the Brera gallery on the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie. As demand to see the painting is always high, it is necessary to book in advance.

  • For more information on The Last Supper from the Il Cenacolo website: Click here
  • Tel: 02 894 21146

Milan Pass

A 48-hour pass, which once purchased allows free travel on public transport, and free access to some of the museums and attractions in Milan.

The Lakes

Lake Como: The Lago di Como and surrounding area is famous for its natural scenery. The lakeside towns Bellagio, Varenna and Como also attract many tourists for their churches, villas, museums and boutiques.

Lake Garda: Tourists to Lake Garda can enjoy the scenery and medieval castles in Malcesine, Vallegio, Sirmione and Torri del Benaco. The area also attracts windsurfers and paragliders due to its favourable climate.

The Oltrepò Pavese Wine Region

Situated south of Milan, the Oltrepò Pavese is a hilly region of wine-producing countryside.  It is known for its scenery and Lombard castles as well as its wine-presses. It is popular with cyclists and walkers, as well as food and wine enthusiasts.

  • For more information about the Oltrepò Pavese: Click here (in Italian)