Ultimate 7-Day Milan Itinerary

Ultimate 7-Day Milan Itinerary for American Tourists: Top Attractions, Day Trips, and Local Tips

Day 1: Historic Center and Duomo

  1. Duomo di Milano: Start with a visit to Milan’s symbol, the Duomo. Don’t miss the panoramic view from the rooftop terrace.
  2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Just steps from the Duomo, this elegant shopping gallery is perfect for shopping or having a coffee.
  3. Teatro alla Scala: Visit one of the most famous opera houses in the world. You can take a tour of the attached museum.
  4. Quadrilatero della Moda: Stroll through Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga to admire the luxury boutique windows.


Day 2: Art and Culture

  1. Castello Sforzesco: Explore this imposing castle and its museums, which house works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
  2. Parco Sempione: Relax in this large park behind the castle. You can also visit the Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace).
  3. Pinacoteca di Brera: A must for art lovers, with masterpieces by Italian artists like Caravaggio and Raphael.
  4. Brera: Stroll through the picturesque Brera neighborhood, full of art galleries, cafes, and restaurants.


Day 3: Leonardo da Vinci and Navigli

  1. Cenacolo Vinciano: Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” at the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie (book in advance!).
  2. Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology: Discover Leonardo’s inventions and many other exhibits.
  3. Navigli: End the day in the Navigli district, a lively area with canals, bars, and restaurants. Perfect for an aperitivo.


Day 4: Shopping and Design

  1. Corso Buenos Aires: One of the longest shopping streets in Europe, with stores for every taste.
  2. Porta Nuova and Piazza Gae Aulenti: Explore Milan’s modern district with its skyscrapers and the famous Unicredit Tower.
  3. Fondazione Prada: Visit this contemporary art and cultural center, often hosting innovative exhibitions.


Day 5: Day Trips

  1. Lake Como: Just an hour by train from Milan, you can visit one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes. Stroll around the town of Como or take a boat to Bellagio.
  2. Cremona: If you love music, visit this city famous for its violin makers and the violin museum.


Day 6: Museums and Gardens

  1. Museo del Novecento: Located near the Duomo, it offers a vast collection of 20th-century art.
  2. Villa Necchi Campiglio: A splendid villa with gardens in the center of Milan, perfect for a quiet walk.
  3. Indro Montanelli Public Gardens: One of Milan’s oldest parks, ideal for relaxing.


Day 7: Neighborhood Discovery and Milanese Cuisine

  1. Isola: A trendy neighborhood with murals, hipster cafes, and trendy restaurants.
  2. Chinatown: A lively area with a wide variety of Asian restaurants and shops.
  3. Milanese cuisine: Taste typical dishes like risotto alla milanese, cotoletta alla milanese, and panettone in a traditional restaurant.

Useful Tips:

  • Transportation: Milan has an excellent public transportation system (metro, tram, bus). Purchase a weekly pass to get around easily.
  • Language: While many Milanese speak English, a few phrases in Italian will always be appreciated.
  • Safety: Milan is generally safe, but be aware of pickpockets, especially in tourist areas.


Have a great trip and enjoy your week in Milan!

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