Milan – the fashion capital – and not exactly the cheapest place to visit, all about glamour and luxe lifestyle. Armani, Gucci, Louis Vitton on every corner. But What else is there to do in Milan besides shopping? Exploring a ‘champagne’ city on beer money…
Here is a guid of the top free things to do in Milan.
Admire the Duomo
The Milan Catherdral, or Duomo, is one of the worlds largest cathedrals. Explore the piazza, taking in the buzz from the hustle and bustle created by locals and tourists alike. Take time to sit back and gaze at the Duomo’s stunning, gothic architecture.
Window Shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This magnificent, cross shaped, glass vaulted arcade is a popular meeting place in the city. Home to not only the grandest designer boutiques, but the home of some of the oldest shops and cafes. Although the shops may be way out of budget, it’s free to wander through the arcade and admire the floor mosaics and stunning architecture.
Chill out at Parco Sempione
Grab a panino and an espresso and head for Parco Sempione, the city’s largest park. Adjacent to the gardens of Sforza Castle. Take a stroll along the winding walkways. Lye on the grass and watch the world go by. This site frequently hosts free concerts and events also, so keep an eye out.
Opposite the park you’ll find the Arco Dellla Pace, ‘The Arch of Peace’. A beautiful stand out piece of architecture that is worth a visit.
Even though I work opposite this beautiful church and see it every day, it still hasn’t lost it’s wow factor. One of Milan’s visited and treasured attractions and the current home of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.
Not far from Garibaldi Station, and where I’m lucky enough to live, you’ll find Porta Nuova. The glass and steel district of Milam, built as a focal point for Expo. Sit at the beautiful fountain and crane your neck to look at the spire of the tallest building in the city. An area, even more beautiful at night time, when the fountain lights up with the colour of the rainbow. A great spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Wander through the grounds of the 15th century castle complex, a walk back in time and a great escape from the modern city life. Sit at the flowing fountain and toss a coin in for good luck.
Wander the canals, or sit in the sun and grab a gelato. A great atmosphere and a great people watching spot. If you go on a Saturday or Sunay there are cute market stalls. My favourite time to go is at sunset to see the pink skies illuminate the canals.
Have you ever visited Milan? Where did you enjoy visiting? If not, where would you like to visit if you ever make it to this Metropolitan City?