Italy’s fashion capital boasts a huge number of top attractions from bustling squares to beautiful parks, along with a great selection of bars and restaurants. We asked you for your top tips for visiting Milan over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Enjoy an ‘aperitivo’
Jen D. Aranda says:
Go to Ripa di porta ticinese "Naviglio" at 7pm for an APERITIVO!! 8 euros for a drink and eat whatever you want all the time!!!
Daniel Peiser says:
Go for an aperitivo (instead of having dinner) in the Navigli area during summer, or in the Brera area: During happy hours you pay just for your drink, and while you enjoy the fashion atmosphere with your friends (you'll meet a lot of "fighetti"), eat as much as you want from the Italian buffet. If you are lucky you can find bars that serve hot pasta, rice, fish and meat courses, but if you don't like the food you'll get something good at the kebab shop nearby.
Allen Chen says:
As for aperitivos, I recommend Le Biciclette
To save yourself some money, enjoy a dinner of ‘aperitivos’. Every evening at around 6pm, bars throughout Milan set out plate after plate of these aperitivo finger foods and snacks, and to enjoy them all you have to do is buy a drink. So, great value and tasty too.
Go for a wander through 10 Corso Como
Hannah Coomber says:
Even though I couldnt afford a damn thing... A browse through 10 Corso Como is quite incredible!
10 Corso Como was founded in 1991 and encompasses a large store, gallery, café and more. The shop itself is a so-called ‘concept store’, filled with designer fashions, elaborate accessories and luxury goods.
Locations: Corso Como, 10.
Opening hours: Mon, Tues & Fri 10.30am-7.30pm, Wed & Fri 10.30am-9pm.
Sample some gelato at GROM
Ronny Waage says:
Try the Crema di Grom gelato (ice cream) at GROM, located between Piazza Duomo and Teatro alla Scala. Best gelato I have ever had :)
Hannah Coomber says:
Oh yes... I'll second GROM... pistachio was my fave!
With various locations throughout Milan, GROM is a chain of stores selling delicious gelato, Italy’s famous ice-cream. Using the best seasonal products, GROM serves up a wide variety of gelato flavours including chocolate, coffee, pistachio and many more. The perfect treat for a hot day in Milan.
Spend some time in Piazza Sant’Alessandro
Leonardo De Santi says:
Piazza Sant'Alessandro: a surprisingly quiet square right behind busy Via Torino shopping strip, featuring a massive church façade and narrow streets with ancient palazzos all around.
This piazza in Milan’s old city is where you’ll find the church of Sant’Alessandro. This 16th century church is beautifully decorated inside, with many frescoes which are well worth a look. As for the square itself, in and around it you’ll find narrow streets, shops and cafés aplenty to check out.
Check out Castello Sforzesco
Isela Villanueva says:
Visit Castello Sforzesco, very special architecture.
Castello Sforzesco is one of Milan’s most renowned monuments and should definitely make an appearance on your itinerary here. This sprawling castle is home to the Museum of Ancient Art, some sections of the Archaeological Museum and lots more. Construction on the castle began back in the 14th century, and through its long history it’s undergone plenty of reconstructions. Throughout the year, a wide variety of exhibits and events are held at the castle.
Location: Piazza Castello.
Opening hours: Daily 7am-6pm (winter) & 7am-7pm (summer).
Have something to eat in Trattoria Toscana
Paul Hanlon says:
Milan - buy bottled beer from the vendors at the Colonne di San Lorenzo and mingle with all the random people there. Afterwards head for dinner and drinks in the unique Trattoria Toscana 150m down Corso di Porta Ticinese. Trust me.
This restaurant is a where you’ll find many of Milan’s fashionistas enjoying a spot of dinner. The menu is pretty comprehensive, and includes plenty of pasta, fish dishes, desserts and more.
Location: Corso di Porta Ticinese, 58.
Marvel at the amazing Duomo
Angela Teresa Rispoli says:
é uma bela cidade que vale ser visitada. O Duomo é belissimo, acaba de ser restaurado
Il Duomo, Milan’s stunning cathedral, is Italy’s oldest Gothic building and took around 5 centuries to complete. That cathedral’s 135 spires and 2,000+ statues are an incredibly eye-catching sight. While visiting Il Duomo, make sure to check out the views from the roof terrace and the cathedral’s stunning interior.
Location: Corso di Porta Ticinese, 58.
Opening hours: Daily 7am-7pm.
Try out any of the following suggestions
Laura Palmer says:
my favourite path: Duomo > Via Torino > C/so Porta Ticinese > P.zza XXIV Maggio > Via Vigevano to CAPE TOWN CAFE (near Porta Genova, green Metro). enjoy their salads.
Dean Crouch says:
initially wasn’t overkeen on seeing the last supper, felt that it was a rip-off/stage managed etc, we could only get in for 15 mins with a guide. but, it really was worth it. without the guide i'd have looked, seen it, left. the guide was brilliant, explaining so much that the 15 mins flew by, and given the opportunity i'd have paid again to stay in and hear more... go on the roof of the cathedral, really good views... and if you are at all up on modern italian history go check out piazza fontana...
Andre Lot says:
Many people arrive in Milano and end with an idea that the city is "dull" and "has nothing to see". Having lived there for one year, I'd suggest to explore Milano in a different way of what people would explore other big Italian cities. Do not stay only in the Duomo area and adjacent shopping streets. Instead, walk on the Brera streets, particularly at night. For a different flavor night out, go to the Porta Genova area for a different experience than nightlife at Corso Garibaldi. Walk south of Downtown near the Parco delle Basiliche, it's incredibly quiet, beautiful and picturesque - at 20 min from Corso Vitt. Emanuelle. Milano has a lot of things to offer, but its attractions are not concentrated around the main church/square. Do not spoil you stay in Milano only with the Scala/Mercatto/Duomo/Galleria errands, or you will get a very unfair impression on the city.
Iva Musa says:
Try ice cream of mozzarela, gorgonzola or parmigiano :p Visit the roof of Duomo! Drink cocktails in the Navigli zone.. Go to the Scala (opera house)! Visit fashion show! Milano ♥