Milan Insider: The top 5 must-do experiences in Milan

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Milan has earned its title as the capital of fashion, but in case you didn’t know already, there’s so much more to do then just shopping! Join me on a journey through the vibrant streets of Milan as we uncover it’s top 5 must do experiences.

From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, whether you’re a food lover, a fashion enthusiast, or just looking for those Instagrammable moments against its iconic backdrops, Milan offers something for everyone. Let’s explore what lies beyond the runway and dive into what makes Milan truly unforgettable

  1. Explore the Iconic Duomo Di Milano


Step into the heart of Milan’s architectural masterpiece, the Duomo Di Milano. Standing in the middle of the city it symbolises Milans rich history and culture, the perfect spot for history enthusiasts, photographers, and spiritual seekers. The construction of this gothic cathedral spanned 6 centuries beginning in the late 14th century, representing Milan’s everlasting spirit. However, The Duomo is far more than just another church, with a rooftop offering panoramic views of the city skyline and the distant Alps. For an affordable fee of only €10, you can ascend the 256 stairs and take in these breathtaking views or relax and take the lift for an extra €2.50 making it accessible to all, an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.

Travel Hack: Make sure to schedule your visit around sunset for the most picture-perfect moments – it worth the wait!

Book your tickets here.

2. Spend a day at QC Therme Spa and Wellness center


“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.” – Mark Black

Embark on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation at world renowned QC Therme Milano where luxury meets tranquillity. Here, your escape begins from as little as €42, complete with a complimentary robe and slippers. Conveniently located a short distance from the heart of Milan, with metro links at its doorstep, immerse yourself in an experience unlike any other. From thermal pools to spa treatments to a TikTok viral cinema room, QC Therme promises an unforgettable escape at both day and night that won’t stretch your budget. Perfect for spa enthusiasts, couples and anyone craving a break from the city’s hustle and bustle, a sanctuary of serenity awaits.

Travel Hack: Maximise your savings by checking for the most budget friendly dates during your stay, these are most often weekdays.

Book your tickets here.

3. Watch a Football Game at the Famous San Siro Stadium

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Visit the vibrant home of Milan’s sports scene – the San Siro Stadium. The stadium stands as one of the prides of Milan, home to two of the biggest football clubs in the world, AC Milan, and their Rivals Inter Milan. Just like the clubs the stadium is rich in history and culture with the design of the stadium encompassing both the clubs and classic Italian architecture. But it’s not just about the architecture; it’s the electrifying atmosphere of game days which truly sets this stadium apart from the rest. With supporters from across the globe travelling to the stadium for each game, every match becomes an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss. Also, for those who aren’t football fans there is still plenty to discover at the San Siro with guided tours of the stadium starting at €30.

Travel Hack: Book your tickets through official club websites or trusted ticket platforms in advance, big games sell out quickly, it’s wise to plan ahead.

Book your guided tour tickets here.

4. Indulge in Milans Dining Scene

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Milan is a paradise for food lovers, with delicious experiences on every street you will not be leaving disappointed. Whether your seeking cozy comfort, fine dining or food with a view, Milan’s food scene has it all. Among my personal favourites are Pasta d’Autore serving artisanal fresh pasta dishes, Aperol Spritz Terrace offering a Milanese experience with fresh cocktails and a view of the Duomo, and Crazy Pizza known for their spinning pizza shows throughout the day, making it a must visit destination for foodies and those who crave entertainment.  Also don’t forget as you navigate through the culinary wonders of Milan be sure save room for dessert, tiramisu is a must try delicacy in Italy that is one not to be missed. Buon appitito!

Travel Hack: If you’re on a budget be sure to stay away tourist hot spots when dining out for more budget friendly options.

5. Window Shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Step inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a must visit spot in the fashion capital. Just steps away from the Duomo Di Milano immerse yourself in the glamorous atmosphere of one of the world’s oldest shopping centres. With a 360-degree view of the elegant store fronts of luxury brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada, the Galleria offers shoppers a glimpse of the luxury lifestyle. But it’s not all about the shopping; feel inspired and admire the stunning architecture from its glass dome to mosaic floors, the scenery inside is truly breathtaking.

Travel Hack: Due to its popularity, the Galleria can become very crowded during peak hours, be sure to visit during off peak times for a more enjoyable experience.

Concluding our journey through Milans top 5 must-do experiences, remember to embrace everything this city has to offer, whether your exploring iconic landmarks, relaxing or cheering on your favourite team at the San Siro.

So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready to make the most of your Milanese experience. Buon Viaggio!

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