Overview & Brief History


Milan, the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, is a bustling metropolis known for its fashion, design, finance, and culture. As one of the country’s largest cities, Milan is a vibrant hub of creativity and innovation, boasting a rich history, stunning architecture, world-class museums, and a thriving culinary scene. From its iconic landmarks like the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to its trendy neighborhoods, historic districts, and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Milan offers visitors an eclectic blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication.

A Brief History

Milan’s history dates back over 2,000 years to its founding by the Celts in the 6th century BC. It later became a Roman settlement known as Mediolanum, which served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century AD.

In the Middle Ages, Milan emerged as a powerful city-state ruled by noble families such as the Visconti and the Sforza. It became a center of Renaissance art and culture, attracting artists, architects, and intellectuals from across Italy and Europe. Notable landmarks from this period include the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) and the Castello Sforzesco.

During the Renaissance, Milan experienced a period of economic prosperity and cultural flourishing under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, known as Ludovico il Moro. Leonardo da Vinci, who spent several years in Milan, created some of his most famous works, including the Last Supper, during this time.

In the 19th century, Milan played a key role in the unification of Italy and became an important center of industry, commerce, and finance. The city underwent rapid modernization and urban development, with the construction of new infrastructure, such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Teatro alla Scala.

In the 20th century, Milan solidified its reputation as a global fashion capital, with designers such as Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Prada establishing their headquarters in the city. Today, Milan continues to thrive as a dynamic metropolis, attracting visitors with its blend of historical landmarks, cultural institutions, shopping districts, and culinary delights.

Things to See & Do


Milan Cathedral

This magnificent Gothic cathedral is a must-see. Explore its intricate facade, marvel at the stained glass windows, and climb to the rooftop for breathtaking city views.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Immerse yourself in luxury and architectural splendor at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a lavish shopping arcade featuring high-end brands, cafes, and restaurants.


Sforza Castle

Step back in time at the imposing Sforza Castle, a 15th-century fortress housing museums, courtyards, and art collections.


The Last Supper

Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, housed in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Advance reservations are required to view this renowned fresco.


Pinacoteca di Brera

Art enthusiasts will love the Pinacoteca di Brera, a renowned art gallery showcasing masterpieces by Italian artists like Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian

Local Dining


Risotto alla Milanese

Savor the city’s signature dish – a creamy saffron risotto made with parmesan cheese and bone marrow. This simple yet elegant dish is a Milanese staple.


Navigli Nightlife & Dining

The Navigli canals come alive at night, offering a plethora of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying a delicious meal or drinks with a lively atmosphere.

Insider Tips

Venture beyond the “Golden Triangle” (luxury shopping district) and explore the Brera neighborhood. Stroll through charming streets, browse art galleries, and discover trendy cafes and boutiques.

Join locals for a picnic or people-watching at the sprawling Parco Sempione, a peaceful green oasis in the heart of the city.

Consider purchasing a Milan City Pass for discounted entry to major attractions, free public transportation, and access to skip-the-line tickets for popular sights.

Virtual Tours

Milan Grand Canal Evening Walk

Milan Cathedral Tour

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


Interactive Maps

Explore the Duomo of Milan

Piazza della Scala

Sforzesco Castle


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