Itinerary: Tour Milan in a Day

Italy, with its rich history and fascinating culture, is indeed challenging to explore in a two-week’s visit, or even a month, as every town in every province that is found in every region is every bit enticing, likewise demanding of your attention.

Beautiful flowers for sale on the roads
Beautiful flowers for sale on the roads – Tour Milan in a Day

However, when you have limited vacation time in Italy, then might as well dig into it right.

Milan, for instance, for all its smorgasbord of complex architecture, avant-garde fashion, innovations, scrumptious gastronomy and impressive art, which are exhibited in the city’s important cathedrals, castles, and galleries, could still be grasped in a day. Here’s one way how.


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Via Dante
Via Dante

If you arrive in this famous Lombardy city via the Metropolitana Train, you would already have your sights satisfied with the station.

Milan Central Railway Station
Milan Central Railway Station

Completed in after the first World War, Il Centrale  – or the Central Station employs an elegant combination of Parisian and Art Deco designs, as seen through massive glass windows, imposing marble pillars, intricately carved cornices and wide glass sunroofs.

Bear in mind that you might find yourself transiting at an impulse to some of the country’s other famous cities like Rome, Naples, and Venice, as well as to nearby international cities like Bern, Lugano, Geneve and Zurich in Switzerland, Paris in France, Vienna in Austria, Barcelona in Spain and Munich in Germany.

Upon entering Castle Sflorzesco
Upon entering Castle Sflorzesco

If you find yourself wanting to quench your hunger without missing your touristic pace, then order a pizza for take away at a pizzeria and bring it to Parco Sempione or Sempione Park where you could enjoy the crispiness of your pizza within the park’s tranquility and natural lushness.

When you’ve satisfied your hunger, walk along the gardens at Parco Sempione and enter Il Castello Sforzesco where thick towers and a vast courtyard will welcome you.

Inside Castello Sforzesco
Inside Castello Sforzesco

Grateful that while this castle has survived many battles, there’s definitely a host of fascinating things to see like the works of great Italian painters in its galleries – Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo Buonarotti.

After browsing the castle, walk to the adjacent street called Via Dante. This historical commercial district has so much to offer for the pleasure of its guests.

Strolling on Via Dante
Strolling on Via Dante

Cobble-stone pavements, tastefully designed edifices, artists busking at every corner, bicycles, boutiques, and good food are the things that make up Via Dante. So it is fitting to order a glass of red wine and some biscuits at an al fresco Café of your choice.

The glass dome roof of Vittori Immanuele II - Tour Milan in a Day
The glass dome roof of Vittori Immanuele II – Tour Milan in a Day

At the end of Via Dante, you will find the Duomo looming beyond. But before you go to the famous Gothic Cathedral, walk through The Galeria of Vittorio Emanuel II and fill your senses with beautiful art and fashion.

Il Duomo
Il Duomo

The path of the Galeria continues at Il Duomo Cathedral, where people and pigeons contentedly flock at the open grounds to catch the fresh air and sunlight, and its raw creative vibe.

The sculpture of St. Bartholomew by Marco inside Il Duomo
The sculpture of St. Bartholomew by Marco inside Il Duomo

Inside the Cathedral is carved out with beautiful masterpieces by its celebrated creators like the Statue of St. Bartholomew, which had been sculpted with his own skin, by Marco in 1562.

Once you’ve had your fill of Milan with these options, you could already move to your next destination, which may perhaps be Florence.

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