- By Kevin
- On Oct 23, 2017
- Travel Tips
If you have enough time to stay in Milan for a break, you may interested in more information about the city. Our Milan local guides tells you what to wee in Milan.
Nightlife and Festivals:
Milan is a good city for nightlife with many popular nightclubs, cinemas, and cultural events, including opera, ballet, concerts, and theater. The main theater and concert season starts in October but there are performances in summer, too. Check with one of the tourist offices or your hotel for the latest information.
Milan's biggest feast day for its patron saint, Saint Ambrose's Day, is December 7 with religious celebrations and a street fair. The Festa del Naviglio with parades, music, and other performances, is the first ten days of June. There are many fashion fairs, especially in fall.
Shopping in Milan:
Milan is a fashion lovers paradise so you will easily find top quality clothing, footwear, and accessories. Try Corso Vittorio Emanuele II near Piazza della Scala, via Monte Napoleone near the Duomo, or Via Dante between the Duomo and Castle. For exclusive fashions, try the area around via della Spiga called the Quadrilatero d'Oro. Corso Buenos Aires has many chain stores. Many shops are even open on Sunday on Corso Buenos Aires and Via Dante. Markets are held around the canals.
What to See in Milan:
The small historic center is primarily between the Duomo and Castello.
Santa Maria della Grazie contains Da Vinci's famous fresco, the Last Supper. Although the building was bombed in 1943, the fresco survived. To visit, it is necessary to book in advance.
The Duomo is the world's largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in Europe. Building began in 1386 and lasted nearly 500 years! Its marble facade is magnificent and its roof has 135 spires and 3200 statues. Inside, the crucifix is said to contain a nail from the cross of Christ. Its piazza is the hub of Milan. There is also a museum. Be sure to climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top for views of Milan from the duomo rooftop and a close look at the Duomo's spires.
La Scala is a very famous opera house seating over 2000 people. Built in 1778 it has a very opulent interior. You can also visit the museum.