THE BEST VIEWS: It is possible to take a lift or climb 256 steps to the roof of the Duomo, Milan’s grandiose cathedral, to stroll among its Gothic structures and look out over panoramic views of the entire city. Even if you opt for the stairs, it’s well worth the experience.
A WALK: Walk through the Sempione Park, the city’s largest green lung, until you reach the Sforzesco Castle. This fortress, which was built in the 14th century, now houses such interesting cultural centres as the Museum of Ancient Art, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Musical Instruments.
A MUSEUM: The Pinacoteca di Brera, housed in a former palace converted into a museum, exhibits one of the most important art collections in Italy and in the whole of Europe with authentic gems signed by such renowned masters as Rubens, Caravaggio and Raphael.
SHOPPING: Via Monte Napoleone is the city’s quintessential street for luxury boutiques. However, Milan also has a number of vintage shops in the Brera and Borgonuovo neighbourhoods, with more affordable options.
IF YOU COME WITH YOUR FAMILY: Milan’s extensive cultural offerings also extends to children. Its Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, for example, allows children over the age of 3 to tour the inside of the first submarine made by Italy.
DONT MISS: Visit Milan’s canals, which Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in improving. Around them, the Navigli district is one of the liveliest to enjoy the terraces and the best atmosphere, especially at sunset.
DELICATESSEN: If you want to try one of the best Italian gelatos, visit Paganelli. This store, which Ugo Paganelli opened in 1930 next to Estación Central, offers flavors such as mascarpone cheese with caramelized figs.