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24 Hours in Milan: what to do and what to see

24 Hours in Milan: what to do and what to see

24 hours in Milan? It often happens to end up in Milan for only few days, also for less than 24 hours, nevertheless, it is always a pleasure to take a walk in the city, admiring its beauty and artistic heritage. But what to do and what to see in Milan when you don’t have so much time? This is the question of many workers on a business trip, the travellers in Milan for a layover, or all those coming to visit the Capital of Fashion on weekends.
Milan is easily reachable both from Italy and abroad, thanks to the many transportation links with the airports of Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo, and the many trains arriving every day in the city from the main European cities such as Paris, Zurich, Genève, Munich, Stuttgart and Vienna, ending their route in the famous Central Station of Milan. Milan is a crucial centre for many reasons, either for those passing by after a vacation in the mountains, lake or at the seaside, either for those going expressly for some shopping and cultural visits, but also for those going for concerts, opera, theatre, ballet and fairs, that have some free time left from their activities to visit, eating out and go to the shops.
Starting the tour from your arrival to the Central Station of Milan, only few steps away from it, is located one of the longest shopping streets in Europe: Corso Buenos Aires. Differently than what you may think, in fact, Milan is a perfect city to walk around, going to all the main tourist spots without taxis or public transportation. From Corso Buenos Aires, it is possible to keep on walking through the beautiful shops’ windows and explore the vibrant area of Porta Venezia, popular for its many typical ethnic and vegetarian restaurants, and for its beautiful buildings Liberty style.
From here, going through Corso Venezia, you will end up admiring the houses and majestic courtyards of the old Milanese bourgeoisie, such as the famous Villa Invernizzi, with its typical pink flamingos in the garden, right in the heart of Milan. Keeping on exploring Porta Venezia you will get to the Indro Montanelli park, where there is the Natural Science museum (must see is the skeleton of a whale) and the planetarium.

After the park you will reach the famous fashion district of Milan, with Via Montenapoleone and its high couture boutiques, perfect occasion to spy on the last trends, take inspiration from them, and admire the beautiful buildings surrounding it. And there you have Piazza San Babila, where you have the walking way under the colonnade going to Piazza Duomo. Here we have again many shops and restaurants where to take a break before hiking the dome’s stairs to admire its pinnacles. Must do is absolutely eating a panzerotto (a fried pastry) at Panificio Luini, perfect to recharge your energies!
Few steps away, the Rinascente Gallery, another must see in Milan, thanks to the beauty of its architecture and to the renowned brands in site. But not all know that the peculiarity of the gallery is a curious tradition of many tourists. In the central floor of the Rinascente in fact, there is a mosaic portraying a bull, having a hole in the testis area, where people are used to take 3 turns on themselves with their heel in the hole, making a wish they hope to fulfil.
And after an intense touring day in Milan, it is the moment to give yourself a break with the typical Milanese Aperitivo, called also “apericena” due to the many snacks it brings with it ( cena in Italian means dinner). Enjoy a Spritz with the sunset, for example in Terrazza Martini, bar facing exactly on the Dome. And facing the Dome are also the Royal Palace with its numerous art exhibitions and the Primo Novecento palace, where you can find exposed the works of Fontana and Pellizza Da Volpedo’s Quarto Stato.
Now that you got your drink and maybe also dinner, let’s go for a walk in Piazza Cairoli, ending up in the Sempione Park, where you can admire the Castello Sforzesco and the Pietà Rondanini. Looking at the dungeons of the castle instead, it is possible to visit a small Egyptian archaeological museum, with mummies and sarcophagus. Outside the park you will see the beautiful Arco Della Pace, from the Napoleonic era. This area is also rich of nice outdoor spots to have a drink with included buffet, restaurants, and cafés for your after dinner.
Once you will have enjoyed your coffee, you will be ready to go back direction Cadorna Station, going through Corso Magenta with the charming Chiesetta di Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you can see the famous fresco by Leonardo Da Vinci, “L’Ultima Cena”. Not far from here also the technical and scientific museum of Milan, exposing the machineries designed by Da Vinci. Close to it you will reach the Navigli, famous for the night life, where you can happily end your walking tour of Milan.

Going back towards the centre and our hotel, through Via Torino, you can’t help walking by the Scala, one of the most prestigious theatres in the world, famous for its acoustics. And if you are not tired yet, and want to keep on going with your evening, close to the Scala you will find the quarters of Brera, where you can grab a glass of wine, and then Moscova, where you can now see the new Milanese skyline, in Piazza Gae Aulenti, with the Unicredit Tower and the Bosco Verticale, elected the most beautiful and innovative skyscraper in the world in 2015.
With a last short walk, or taking advantage of the good public transportation and underground, working till late night, you will be back to the hotel, to pick up your bags and leave, or to enjoy your well deserved relax, after touring Milan for 24 hours. Our team will be waiting for you with a smile, ready to listen to all your marvellous anecdotes and wishing you goodnight.
Check out the best rates of Hotel Sanpi Milano or write us at info@hotelsanpimilano.it, to receive all the information you may need to organise your stay in the city at its best. Milan is waiting for you!

 

 

 

 

 

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