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2-Day Milan Itinerary – Guide to The Fashion Capital

Things to do in Milan: Discover the best of Milan with this 2-day Milan itinerary. From the stunning Duomo to the vibrant Navigli, explore iconic sights and hidden gems on your own.

Experience an immersive 2-day Milan itinerary that will take you on a walking tour through the city. Milan is a city where the past meets the present in an enchanting dance of culture, art, and design. This itinerary weaves together iconic landmarks and architectural marvels, guiding you through the heart of Milan. I included here suggestions for walking routes and public transportation when necessary. Discover Milan by foot and occasional transit, embracing the city’s beauty up close.

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2-Day Milan Itinerary – Guide to The Fashion Capital (Milan Cathedral Duomo)

Morning: The Heart of Milan

  • Start at the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano): Begin your Milanese adventure at dawn to witness the sunrise from the rooftop of this Gothic masterpiece. The cathedral is a symbol of the city and a place where centuries of history and art converge. Your Milan itinerary should start here – and be there before sunrise. It’s breathtaking!
  • Walk to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (5 minutes walk): Just a stone’s throw from the Duomo, enter the grandeur of one of the world’s oldest shopping galleries. Marvel at the stunning architecture and treat yourself to a coffee in one of the historic cafes.

Midday: Fashion and Art

  • Stroll to the Quadrilatero d’Oro (15 minutes walk): Head north to Milan’s prestigious fashion district. The walk itself is a delightful exploration of Milan’s stylish streets. Window shop or admire the elegant displays of world-renowned fashion houses.
  • Walk to the Pinacoteca di Brera (10 minutes walk): Continuing the theme of art, next visit one of Italy’s most important art galleries. Housed in a beautiful 17th-century palace, it boasts an impressive collection of Italian masterpieces.
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2-Day Milan Itinerary – Guide to The Fashion Capital (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II)

Afternoon: Castles and Last Suppers

  • Head to Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) (15 minutes walk): A short walk from Brera, explore this historic fortress that now houses several of Milan’s museums and art collections. It’s a splendid spot for history enthusiasts. Get your tickets here with an audioguide – no need to join a tour. Do it on your own. 
  • Take public transport to Santa Maria delle Grazie (Metro: from Cairoli station near the castle to Cadorna station, then a 5-minute walk). Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site to view Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Remember to book your viewing in advance, but I’d recommend you join a tour for a fantastic experience. 

Evening: Sunset and Nightlife

  • Public transport to Navigli District (Tram 14 from Corso Magenta to Navigli, around 20 minutes): Conclude your day in this vibrant area known for its canals, aperitivo bars, and lively atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day of walking.
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2-Day Milan Itinerary – Guide to The Fashion Capital

Morning: Skyline and Contemporary Art

  • Start at Piazza Gae Aulenti (Metro: Duomo to Garibaldi station, then a 5-minute walk). Begin your day in this modern square surrounded by skyscrapers, showcasing Milan’s futuristic architecture.
  • Walk to Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) (10 minutes): Admire these innovative residential towers that incorporate trees and plants into their design, creating a “vertical forest” in the heart of Milan.

Midday: Artistic Exploration

  • Public transport to Fondazione Prada (Metro: from Garibaldi to Lodi T.I.B.B., then a 10-minute walk): Dedicated to contemporary art and culture, Fondazione Prada offers thought-provoking exhibitions in a state-of-the-art space.
  • Return to the city center and grab lunch in one of Milan’s charming cafes or bistros.
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2-Day Milan Itinerary – Guide to The Fashion Capital

Afternoon: A Journey Through Time

  • Visit the Museo del Novecento (Metro: from Lodi T.I.B.B. to Duomo, then a 5-minute walk). Located in the Palazzo dell’Arengario near the Duomo, this museum houses a remarkable collection of 20th-century art. You’ll find works focusing on Italian and Milanese artists.

Evening: Reflect and Relax

  • Dinner and Evening Stroll: Return to the Duomo area for dinner. Choose a restaurant with a view of the cathedral to reflect on your Milanese journey. Enjoy a leisurely evening stroll through the city center, soaking in the beauty of Milan by night.

Milan Travel Tips

  • Milan Card: Consider purchasing a Milan Card for free or discounted access to public transport and museums.
  • Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes, as this itinerary involves a fair amount of walking.
  • Advance Bookings: Some attractions, like “The Last Supper,” require advance bookings. Plan ahead to ensure you get all the benefits.
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Castello Sforcezco in Milan, Italy

This 2-day walking tour of Milan itinerary offers a blend of historical insights, artistic beauty, and modern innovation, providing a comprehensive and intimate city experience. Milan awaits to share its stories and splendors with you, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

Where to Stay in Milan

In Milan, accommodations range from the vibrant Ostello Bello Hostel, known for its social atmosphere and central location, ideal for budget-conscious travelers. For the mid-priced budget, Hotel Spadari al Duomo offers guests the unique privilege of waking up to breathtaking views of the iconic Duomo, nestled within walking distance of Milan’s major attractions, ensuring a memorable stay in the heart of the city.

At the top of Milan Cathedral Duomo
On the top of Milan Cathedral Duomo

Onwards to Other Destinations from Milan

The gateway to other Italian marvels and beyond awaits from the vibrant streets of Milan. After finishing your 2-day Milan itinerary, prepare for your next destination. Go on a train journey to the romantic city of Verona, just about a 1-hour and 20-minute ride away, where the tale of Romeo and Juliet enchants visitors. Continue your adventure to the floating city of Venice, a mere 2 hours and 25 minutes by train, to wander its labyrinthine canals and historic alleyways. For those looking to extend their journey beyond Italy’s borders, Geneva, Switzerland, is a 3-hour and 40-minute train ride from Milan. While traveling in Italy for 3 weeks, I booked all my train tickets from this website – highly recommended. 

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