Milan

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Milan

Duomo di Milano

Commissioned in 1386, this dramatic Gothic building has more than 100 spires and 3,500 statues. The highest statue – perched at 355 feet – is the copper-clad Madonnina, a de facto symbol of the city. Tradition says that no building can be higher than the Madonnina, so the current tallest building in the city, a skyscraper housing regional government offices, has a copy of the Madonnina at its summit of 525 feet. On a clear day the views from the Duomo’s terrace reach as far as the Alps.

Piazza del Duomo,
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Gucci Café

Following a spending spree, celebrate your purchases with coffee at the first Gucci café. Located in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, coffee or tea is served with chocolates decorated with the brand’s logo.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 011-39-02-859-7991, www.gucci.com
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Guerlian Spa

Unwind at the new Guerlian spa (it’s the famous skincare company’s first) in the five-star Carlton Baglioni Hotel. Splurge on one of the extensive treatments or hydrotherapy baths administered by the highly trained staff.

Carlton Baglioni Hotel, Via Senato, 5, 011-39-02-77077, www.baglionihotels.com
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Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli opened his house to the public for the Milan National Exhibition in 1881. His eclectic collection includes paintings (and a tapestry!) by Botticelli, tapestries, jewelry, and weapons. Frequent temporary shows ensure the museum’s leading role in Milan’s art scene.

Via Manzoni 12, 011-39-02-796-334, www.museopoldipezzoli.it
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Pinacoteca Brera

The Brera Art Gallery, originally set up by Napoleon, is home to an important collection of works including Raphael’s Marriage of the Virgin and Piero della Francesca’s Madonna with Angels.

Via Brera 28, 011-39-02-722-631
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San Siro

Had enough shopping? Visit the source of another Italian passion: soccer. The San Siro is the home stadium of AC Milan and Inter Milan teams, and is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world.

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Via Piccolomini 5, 011-39-02-4871-3713, www.sansiro.net
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Teatro alla Scala

Don’t be fooled by the drab exterior of “La Scala," the sumptuous interior is a rich combination of red and gold. From the age of 14-16, Mozart famously wrote three operas here.

Via Filodrammatici 2, 011-39-02-861-827, www.teatroallascala.org
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Teatro Armani

Georgio Armanis’ headquarters are located in a fantastic building designed by architect Tadao Ando. In addition to housing showrooms and a reflecting pool, this is where the designers' fashion shows take place.

Via Borgognone, 59, www.giorgioarmani.com
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The Last Supper

The 15th-century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is famed for housing Da Vinci's mural The Last Supper and is a World Heritage site. The celebrated painting survived both a bomb attack in 1943 and the hoards of tourists who appeared in the wake of Dan Brown’s book. Make reservations at least four weeks in advance.

Corso Magenta, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, 011-39-02-8942-1146 or 011-39-02-9280-0360, www.cenacolovinciano.net
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