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A metropolis full of elegance and joie de vivre: Milan, Italy's second largest city, is equally suitable for short city trips and longer stays. It offers a wide variety of activities and things to do for young and old: historical, art, fashion and shopping, soccer, gelato and pizza are just a handful of the buzzwords that come to vacationers' minds when they think of Milan. How to spend your time actively in Italy's northern center, we have listed here.
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

10 tips for activities in Milan

Here at TicketLens, we've rounded up 10 ideas for things to do in Milan.
San Siro Stadium | Flickr: Oscar CC BY-SA 2.0

Visit the opera of soccer

A guided tour of the Stadio San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza Stadium) is a true dream for soccer fans of all ages. The largest soccer stadium in Italy also has a museum that displays the history of Milan's clubs Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Torre Branca | Flickr: Fred Romero CC BY 2.0

Enjoy the panorama from Torre Branca

Located in Parco Sempione, the observation tower offers a fantastic view of Milan's old town from its platform at 99 meters. Again and again, the tower can be visited in the evening, before you can eat, drink and dance to your heart's content in the club and restaurant located at the foot.
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Milan Cathedral

Visit the roof terrace on the Milan Cathedral

A special feature of the mighty cathedral, besides its size and the number of decorations and works of art of the building, is the possibility to visit the roof terrace: Here unfolds all the splendor of the Guglie called, with statues ornate tops with views of the city, in clear weather even to the Alps.
Last Supper - Santa Maria delle Grazie

Marvel at Da Vinci's greatest work of art

Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper is not only famous because of the wild speculation about its meaning in Dan Brown's Sacrilege, but was already among the most famous murals in the world. A visit to the artwork in the former dining room of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the most popular things to do in Milan.
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II

Shopping in the fashion city

Milan is one of the most important cities in the world when it comes to fashion, and this is reflected in countless stores of large and small labels. From the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II with exclusive designer brands to vintage boutiques, the city gives fashion enthusiasts everything they could want. Day trips to outlets are also part of the wide range of shopping in Milan.
Pinacoteca di Brera

Stroll through the artists' quarter of Brera

The picturesque alleys of the Brera district, north of the Duomo, are a great place to stroll, and for refreshment there are many bars, cafes and ice cream parlors, as well as studios and small stores. The Pinacoteca di Brera is also located in this district, a museum that exhibits Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
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Naviglio Grande | Flickr: Deensel CC BY 2.0

Travel by boat through the Navigli

Between Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and the cities of Milan and Pavia, a canal system existed until the 20th century for the transport of goods by boat. Today, within the city, most of the canals called Navigli are no longer preserved. But through the still navigable parts of the Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese and Darsena del Naviglio you can take boat trips.
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Teatro alla Scala | Flickr: Anna & Michal CC BY 2.0

Get to know the Scala in Milan with a guided tour

A visit to the Teatro alla Scala, famous opera house with attached museum, is perfect as an activity in case of rain or bad weather. The insight into the opera, known mainly under the name La Scala, is one of the cultural highlights in Milan.
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Visit the mighty Castello Sforzesco

The 7 museums of the Castello Sforzesco offer art from different eras. The building complex itself was also designed in parts by Leonardo da Vinci. The former residence of the powerful Sforza dynasty thus tells Milan's urban history. A visit is perfect as an undertaking in the rain.
Cooking Workshop in Milan

Learn something new in a workshop

For those in search of a souvenir that will give pleasure for a long time: In cooking classes in Milan you can learn how to prepare classics of Italian cuisine such as pizza, risotto or tiramisu. Art or perfume workshops are also open to those interested and are among the somewhat different activities in Milan.
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Calamari Fritti

Experience Italian cuisine in Milan

Milan offers several opportunities to experience culinary and hospitality! In addition to culinary tours and wine tastings, cooking classes are also popular activities for young and old alike.Palate pleasures: pizza, pasta, risotto, tiramisu, gelato, etc.. The list could go on forever here, because Italian cuisine includes many delicacies. New knowledge about the origin of ingredients and their preparation can be learned in one of the many different cooking courses in Milan.
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Paintings in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Enjoying art in Milan

Various museums in Milan offer welcome diversion for art fans.Besides the tourist magnet Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, smaller museums also offer much for art lovers. The various museums of the Castello Sforzesco, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the many modern galleries and exhibition venues in Milan alone already cover a broad spectrum of art trends.
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Milan on 2 Wheels

Who wants to move in the capital of Lombardy not only on foot or by public transport, for which a bike or Segway tour offers an exciting alternative. The offered undertakings range here from short tours to trips lasting several hours.
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Milan Pass

All activities in one ticket

City Passes and combi tickets for things to do in MilanVarious city passes offer some savings when visiting many attractions. The Milan Pass offers discounts and free admission and either use of public transportation or a tour on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. With the Milan Card, not only can you use Milan's public transportation, but admission to over 500 attractions is also included in the price of the city pass, according to the provider.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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