Itinerary of Milan in 3 days, Italy

What to see in Milan in 3 days: a detailed itinerary with a map for each day

Milan's center

Since Milan is Italy’s second-largest airport, this is the beginning of the Italian journey for many tourists.

Although there are no ancient ruins of Rome or the romantic canals of Venice, this city can amaze you, just give it 3 days.

We’ve thought of a rough plan of action for you for this time that you can vary as you see fit. If you’re passing through the city, use the itinerary from the article “Milan’s highlights in 1 day”.

We advise you to book tickets for the main attractions before your trip, especially the Last Supper. We advise to book tickets to the attractions earlier than you buy plane tickets. Preferably 2-3 months in advance of your trip.

If tickets for the right dates are sold out, buy a tour of Milan that includes a visit to the frescoes without waiting in line. It is more expensive than the admission ticket, but you will get a maximum of informative information from the Russian-speaking guide.

First day in Milan

If you see a map with the small scale, click on “+” until you see the route.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Opera House and Pinacoteca Brera

Milan Duomo

The magnificent Duomo cathedral you’ll see anyway: it’s tall and located in the historic center, not far from other important sights. If you take the metro, follow it to “Duomo” station. Or you can rent accommodation in the center, it’s very convenient.

It is one of the largest and most beautiful churches in the world, and one of the best buildings in the Gothic style. To see the cathedral inside and go to the roof, buy a ticket with a visit to the roof terraces. You can also use it to visit the Duomo Museum.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is a couple of minutes’ walk from the cathedral. This place is famous for its luxury stores and the floor mosaic in the form of a bull, which brings good luck.

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On the opposite side of the gallery is the famous La Scala Opera House. If you can’t make it to a performance, immerse yourself in the history of theater life at the La Scala Museum.

Next, head to the Pinacoteca di Brera. It’s one of the most famous museums in Milan and probably in all of Europe. Here you will see works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Aiez, Montaigne, and many others.

Second day in Milan

The Last Supper fresco, Sempione Park, Sforza Castle.

The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci

If you have purchased a ticket to visit the Last Supper, start this day with it. It will be a very quick visit, with only 15 minutes to spare.

Then go to the huge Sempione Park. When the weather is nice, locals like to gather here for picnics, jogging, playing soccer, and enjoying the beauty of nature.

The park is located near the famous castle Sforzesco. In it there is a group of museums that you can visit after a walk in the park (all museums have a single ticket).

In the evening you can go to a cozy restaurant for an aperitif or dinner. The last point of the route on the map is marked by a restaurant, which we recommend to stop by.

Day three in Milan

Palazzo Reale, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, two basilicas and the Grand Canal

St. Ambrose Basilica

Start your third day in Piazza Duomo, but this time move from it in the other direction, to the Palazzo Reale. Inside the royal palace are the Milan Cathedral Museum (it occupies nine rooms) and the Museum of Modern Art.

Be sure to visit Milan’s most famous museum, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Here the public is presented with a collection of sketches and notes of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex Atlanticus”.

Continue your acquaintance with the sights of Milan at the 12th-century basilica of Sant’Ambrogio. As the name implies, the church is dedicated to the patron saint of the city.

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The next stop is San Lorenzo Maggiore Basilica. In the square next to it you will see ancient Roman columns and majestic monuments of Constantine the Great and Lazarus.

Navigli Canal Milan

At the end of the third day, head to the Navigli area. Here are the famous canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

The neighborhood is considered “bohemian” and is known for its galleries, art studios, restaurants and bars. End your trip in Milan with an aperitif or dinner in one of these establishments.

Pay attention to the end of the route: we found a great bar in the Navigli area, according to reviews, one of the best cocktail bars in Milan with a cozy interior, delicious desserts and original drinks.

We hope that our short guide will help you spend unforgettable days in the fashionable capital of Italy.

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How to see the most important and interesting things in Milan in 1, 2 or 3 days? We’ve put together a handy itinerary with useful information about the sights: opening hours, ticket prices, descriptions and photos.

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What you can see in Milan in 1 day

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What to see in Milan in 1 day?

Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo is the first thing to see in Milan. It is a square with a Gothic cathedral of white marble, which is decorated with a hundred pointed spires and 3.5 thousand sculptures. Construction of the cathedral began at the end of the 14th century and lasted almost 500 years.

Get to the Duomo is convenient – the same name metro station goes directly to the area. The cathedral is open from 8:00 to 19:00, but the queues pile up incredible, so it is better to come in the morning. The entrance costs 3 euros and for 12 euros you can take the elevator to the roof of the temple. Nearby is the Royal Palace, where a museum with a permanent exhibition until 19:30.

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Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II

This is one of the first passages in Europe. It is located between Piazza Duomo and La Scala Theater. The most expensive stores and restaurants are concentrated here. It has a magnificent mosaic floor and a dome of metal and glass on top. The gallery is open 24 hours a day, entrance is free. The boutiques are open from 9:00 to 22:00 with a siesta break. Exit the gallery, you can walk to the La Scala Theater.

What to see in Milan

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La Scala

If you have evening attire and had tickets booked two months earlier, you can listen to the opera in the evening – the acoustics in the auditorium are fantastic. Tourists usually buy a 40-minute day tour, which costs 9 euros and does not require a dress code. Visitors are taken to the theater’s museum, then to the foyer and boxes.

Brera Quarter

From the theater, walk along Via Giuseppe Verdi to Via Brera. The Brera Palace is a large red brick building with a neat courtyard and a statue of Napoleon in the center, behind the palace is the Botanical Gardens. On the first floor of the palace is the Academy of Arts, and on the second floor is an art gallery with a collection of paintings from the 14th-20th centuries.

A visit costs 10 euros, the first Sunday of the month – admission is free. On Mondays and holidays, the Pinacoteca is closed. In the Brera quarter there are also many cozy restaurants and coffee shops, where you can finish a wonderfully started day.

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Sforza Castle

You can start your second day in Milan with a tour of Sforza Castle. It can be reached on foot along Via Dante from Piazza Duomo or by subway. It is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in summer and from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm in winter. At the back of the castle are the rooms of the dukes and the museum rooms, which are open from 9:00 to 17:30, except on holidays and Mondays. The ticket costs 3 euros.

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After visiting the castle, walk across the stone bridge to the Sempione Park. At the north end of the park stands Napoleon Bonaparte’s triumphal arch, the Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace); if you wish, you can climb up and take another look at the city.

What to see in Milan in 2 days

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Corso Magenta Street.

Next to the park is Via Corso Magenta, where the Church of St. Maurizio is located in house 13. The walls are painted with frescos of Italian masters on biblical scenes. Admission is free.

If you go further down the street, you’ll come straight to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This church became famous for Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper,” which adorns the wall of its refectory. Tickets to see the fresco should be ordered in advance – about a month in advance. The temple itself can be visited freely.

Basilica of St. Ambrose

What else to see in Milan on the second day? Visit the 4th century temple, the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. It is located in Piazza Sant’Ambrogio. Here in sarcophagi with clear glass rest the relics of the martyrs of the early Christian period and the patron saint of the city, St. Ambrose. In the temple there is a museum and a small art gallery, next to the basilica there is a museum of Leonardo da Vinci technology. You can take the green metro line to the Sant’Ambrogio station.

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What to see in Milan in 3 days?

Fashion’s golden square.

The pedestrian street Corso Vittorio Emanuele II with its expensive stores and restaurants runs east from Piazza Duomo to Piazza San Babila with its huge fountain. From Piazza San Babila you can go to another famous street, Via Montenapoleone (via Monte Napoleone). It is considered the main street of the Fashion Square – the name given to several shopping streets in the center of Milan where the most expensive boutiques are concentrated. Here you can lose hours of your time and do a lot of exclusive and expensive shopping.

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Giardini Pubblici Garden

If you walk along Via Alessandro Masoni you’ll find the Giardini Pubblici, Milan’s urban garden. There is a beautiful lake, a lot of shady plants and comfortable benches for relaxing, and there is also the city planetarium.

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Market Square

Piazza dei Mercanti is a medieval marketplace located between Piazza Duomo and Cordusio. The entire area is practically surrounded by ancient palaces, all of which have historical and cultural value. In the center of the square there is a 16th century well with two columns.

Navigli

Romantics are advised to see the Navigli area in Milan, Little Venice. Already in the 12th century the first canal was created, and in the 13th century the city was entangled in a system of canals. For a stroll along the wrought iron bridges and to admire the neat little houses with colorful flowerbeds.

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