3-Day Tour in Milan
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The allure of Milan can be found in its contrast of rich history and hi-tech trends.
Every part of the city is afire with fashion, art, upscale boutiques, trendy eateries, a stunning number of tourist attractions (about 30!) – and you will see them all on this 3-day tour in Milan (5 hours each day). Please note, meal is not included in the price of the tour.
*The itinerary depends on how many stops you want to make during the tour, and may be revised.
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- Galleria Corso Vittorio Emanuele
- La Scala (outside)
- Via Brera
- Accademia Brera. Lunch in Rossopomodoro
- Porta Garibaldi
- Corso Como
- 10 CorsoComo
- Gae Aulenti
- Porta Nuova
- Piazza Mercanti
- The Finger
- Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Lunch in Farinella
- Sforzesco Castle
- Sempione Park
- Arena (outside)
- Branca Tower
- Peace Arch
- Porta Venezia
- Giardini Pubblici
- Snia Viscosa Tower
- Giardino Della Guastalla
- Rotonda Besana
- Porta Romana. Lunch in Il Pomodorino
- Romans walls
- Porta Ticinese
- 3 days in Milan with your friendly local guide;
- Explore must-see and off the beaten path attractions;
- Taste extremely delicious Italian food;
- Take a walk from Old Milan to New Milan along Corso Como;
- Discover futuristic Porta Nuova;
- Become fascinated with Brera and Navigli;
- Get acquainted with contemporary art;
- Relax at Milan gardens and parks;
- Take picturesque photos of attractions from best viewpoints;
- Ask Turin Bull to make your dreams come true.
We are going to start our tour with the main Milan attraction and the symbol of the city. No, this is not shops. This is magnificent Duomo Cathedral. Duomo is unique by its dazzling white color which is not common for medieval gothic style. 135 spires with the highest 106-meter tall spire make an impression that Duomo is rising up to the sky.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a very significant place. It’s the oldest shopping gallery in the world. This place will amaze you with its majesty: the most luxurious boutiques (including the first Prada shop which was opened here in 1913), high--end restaurants, fantastic cupola made of iron and glass and wonderful sculptures.
This is the place in Milan to experience the world-class fashion and art.
The floor of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is covered with amazingly beautiful mosaics! But one image is the most popular here – it’s the famous Turin Bull. You will see crowds of tourists spinning on their feet on the attributes of the Bull with eyes closed.
Come to the Bull and do the same – and your wish will surely come true!
La Scala (outside)
After we exit Galleria we will make a stop at a small square with ordinary neoclassic buildings. It’s difficult to guess that one of them is a pearl of world opera! Rich interior, perfect acoustics, great performances, legendary artists on the scene – that’s why La Scala is the center of opera art which has been holding this honorable status since its opening in 1778.
Via Brera is the main street of Brera district which has special place among other Milan neighborhoods. Brera is often called “Montmartre of Milan”. Bohemian atmosphere, street artists, beautiful buildings, nice courtyards, a great amount of art studious and galleries… This is the area of art and bohemia.
No doubt you will enjoy this charming place!
Do you know where all future artists dream to study? Surely in Academia Brera! It is a state university founded in 1776. Nowadays it’s a very prestigious place for studying art. Accademia is located in Palazzo di Brera which is also a space for Pinacoteca Brera – the museum with a great collection of paintings.
38 rooms of creations of such masters as Raphael and Titian. A real treasury!
It’s a famous fact that Italian cuisine is extremely delicious! Now it’s time to check it! Rossopomodoro is a famous Italian network of restaurants with great variety of national dishes. You can’t leave this place if you don’t try traditional pizza which is made in wood-fire oven – just like many-many years ago.
In 16th century these gates where a part of walls which delineated borders of Milan. Nowadays Porta Garibaldi is a beautiful arch built in neoclassic style. It connects two famous Milan streets – Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como.
Maybe the most famous street in Milan. Corso Como is pedestrian street with plenty of fashionable shops and boutiques, restaurants and bars. If you want to combine shopping, eating, relaxing and to feel authentic Milan vibe – this place has much to offer you. Corso Como is also unique because it became a connection between Old and New Milan.
Remember: Milan in 3 days is not complete without some shopping, it's a fact!
So, we have walked along Corso Como and now we are in New Milan (as we promised). Gae Aulenti Square is a contemporary area with the highest building in Italy (Unicredit Tower), tall skyscrapers, modern installations and beautiful fountains. From here you will see Bosco Verticale – the skyscraper with almost 10000 trees.
The whole complex of Gae Aulenti Square will impress you and show you another Milan.
Just a few years ago Porta Nuova was associated only with the name of old city gates. Nowadays Porta Nuova is a new contemporary district of Milan. According to the project of development, Porta Nuova is going to be the center of innovations, business center and fundamentally new area of the city. You will be excited by all these majestic skyscrapers and a touch high-tech in every detail.
In Porta Nuova you are travelling to the future!
We are going to start our day in a very atmospheric place. Piazza Mercanti is the oldest square in Milan which was the heart of city in Middle Ages. Nowadays it saved its unique spirit of old times. The square is surrounded by old buildings created in different styles – from gothic to baroque.
Amazing quiet place in the center of busy Milan!
Check out the well-known univocal gesture with middle finger 4 meters high. And in front of this place – Milan Stock Exchange! And though many officials consider this monument locals and tourists love the statue.
Where else you can find anything like this? 4 meters high!
Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio
To make a contrast after watching a famous gesture we are going to explore some religious places. Let’s start with the oldest church in Milan – Sant’ Ambrogio which was founded in 379. The church is famous by a beautiful golden altar and amazing mosaics in the Chapelle.
Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Built in 15th century this church is one of the most significant churches in Milan. But not only for its architecture, interior or religious aspect. We will open you a secret: the refectory of this church hides an invaluable jewelry – “The Last Supper” painted on the wall by Da Vinci himself.
Lunch is always a good idea! But lunch in the center of Milan in a traditional Italian restaurant is a killer on any tour! Farinella Restaurant offers a wide choice of pizza, pasta, salads and main courses. This place is loved not only by tourists but also by locals, and that guarantees a high quality. Delicious food, good service, nice ambience – all in the best Italian traditions!
As you have already found out, Milan has lots of historical places to show. One of such places is Sforzesco Castle – monumental and majestic. You will learn more about development of Milan and feel the unique energy of this place.
Every megapolis needs a place where people can relax. For Milan such place is Sempione Park. Huge green area, beautiful alleys, nice ponds and some cafes to enjoy a drink.
Sempione has a lot of interesting places to show you. On its territory you w
Arena Civica can hold up to 30000 spectators and its Roman style gives it majesty of ancient times.
If you are looking for good viewpoints to enjoy the scenes of Milan - the observation deck of Branca Tower is a perfect spot for you! In 90 sec an elevator will get you up to 108 meters above the city.
The Tower itself has an elegant metal construction and is considered #4 among the highest buildings of Milan.
Arch of Peace
The highlight of Sempione Park. Majestic and elegant. The Arch of Peace reminds us about Napoleon’s times and will make you ponder about the value of peace.
By the way, a fantastic view which is opened from its top. Don’t skip it!
We start a 3rd day of our 3 days in Milan marathon with the historical part of the city called Porta Venezia. In Middle Ages it was city gates and now only two twin neoclassic buildings remind us about these gates. Porta Venezia is the origin of the street with the highest concentration of shops in Europe. Surely you have heard about Corso Buenos Aires!
If you don’t want to spend much money on shopping in Milan, this street is just what you need.
Did you know that the first European public gardens were founded in Milan? For more than 3 centuries Giardini Publicci has been keeping its status of a great creation of landscape and gardening art.
Beautiful green plants, soigné territory and historical buildings will surely delight you!
Snia Viscosa Tower
Milan is the city with the highest number of skyscrapers in Italy. We have already explored skyscrapers of Porta Nuova and now we are going to Piazza Santa Babila to see the first skyscraper built in Milan – Snia Viscosa Tower.
It was built in 1937 in pure neoclassic style. Very impressive building.
Giardino Della Guastalla
This small lovely garden is off the beaten path for most tourists. But not to visit it would be a crime. Giardino della Guastala is more than 500 years old! Rare plants, fresh air, cute alleys, nice baroque pond…
You’ll beg your guide to stay in the park for a little bit longer.
This place has a rich history which your friendly local guide will tell you about on the tour. Circle construction, nice columns and green grass make the complex of Rotonda looking breathtaking. A great place to enjoy local vibes.
You probably have already noticed that many Milan neighborhoods take their names after the names of city gates. And Porta Romana is not an exception. The city gates were built in 16th century. And Porto Romana neighborhood is considered very trendy, with lots of boutiques and great restaurants and bars. See for yourself!
Lunch: Il Pomodorino
It’s impossible to get tired of tasting Italian food! That’s why today we have our lunch in another traditional Italian restaurant. Il Pomodorino is a lovely restaurant with cozy atmosphere and a great menu. Different kinds of pasta, risotto, starters, wide choice of seafood and more than 40 sorts of pizza!
Don’t forget to leave a space for a dessert!
Roman walls are the first fortification of Milan which was built in 4th century AD. Nowadays it’s a little unusual to see ancient ruins in the center of city. But it’s so exciting to look at them and realize how a little settlement transformed to one of the greatest megapolises in the world!
Now we are going to see another city gate – Porta Ticinese. The neighborhood around it is really amazing! Porta Ticinese is very lively, artistic and has creativity in every detail.
Walking through this area opens a lot of good photo ops.
Our last point on a “3 Days in Milan” tour is charming Navigli district. It is loved for two main reasons. First of all, due to water and beautiful embankments this district is extremely picturesque. And second, plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee places guarantee you will have fun here.
Take your time, sit back in one of the restaurants and relax. Let’s call it a day!
- * The itinerary is subject to change
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|Extra hours:||If you are having a good time and want your 3 Days in Milan tour last a little bit longer, you are welcome to do that. Please note: You will be charged 25 USD per an extra hour.|
|Tipping suggestions:||If you feel like you had a good experience, your guide would appreciate a tip. It's not mandatory. It's your decision whether you want to give your guide a tip.|
What you get:
- + A friend in Milan.
- + Private & customized tour.
- + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
- + An authentic experience of local life.
- + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
- + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants.
- + A photo session amongst dramatic Milan scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
- + An expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time.
*This Milan in 3 days tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- After spending 3 days in Milan with 3 days in Milan tour, I am so looking forward to go back here again! I had a fantastic tour guide, the best of the best, who told me fun stories about the people and local life and was very patient with me when I was doing some shopping. I enjoyed all the places we’ve seen and I highly recommend this tour to everybody.
Iasmina P, Germany, Sep 21, 2016
- Those of you who have already been to Milan and think you know everything about it – try taking the 3 days in Milan tour and you’ll be surprised. At least I was. My private local guide showed me all the famous sights from a different perspective, every time telling me some incredible stories I didn’t hear before. On my last day of the tour I’ve been taken to off the beaten paths, where there were no tourists and only a few locals. It was nice and interesting to take a different perspective on Milan, to see how slow and tranquil life can be on the hidden streets of the city. Great tour, and Grazie Mille to all the organizers.
Aaron R, US, Sep 21, 2016
- Hey everyone! It was my first time to book the tour provided by the Friendly Local Guides Company. And I didn’t regret at all. I’ve got my private local guide and a well-organized itinerary, which I could change if I wanted to. We visited all the attractions in Milan, like Duomo, Sempione Park, different churches, museums and art-galleries and I even got a chance to see the local night life. I’ve asked my tour guide to join me, as I wasn’t comfortable going out alone, so we went together to the Navigli district which was full of good bars, clubs and restaurants and people from all over the world. Big thanks to my private guide and the company for making my trip to Milan so fun and perfect.
Mara K, Germany, Sep 21, 2016
- After spending three days in Milan with the Local friendly Guides company I felt like I am a local citizen myself. The whole atmosphere is so benignant and friendly, it makes you feel like home, especially after spending 3 days in the city, knowing all the stories about the history and life told by our local guide, trying all the good food Milan has to offer. We absolutely loved the 3 days in Milan tour and we are highly recommending it to anyone who is looking for the high-quality holiday in Milan.
Lexi P, Canada, Sep 21, 2016