1) Shop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Your trip to Milan is incomplete without a heartfelt retail therapy at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This area is magnificently built with a glass-ceiling arcade which connects the Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala opera house. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is lined up with international brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Here, you will come across cosy cafes and high-end boutiques too. Enjoy the shopping like Milanese do, by sipping the coffee standing up by the bar and watching over the glorious stores.
-Location - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is situated in Piazza del Duomo in Milan.
-Price (Only if applicable) – Entry to the shopping mall is free of charge.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – This active shopping mall is open for 24 hours.
2) Explore the Brera District – With so much to see and do, Brera district is the choicest area of Milan. This area offers artistic vibes due to the presence of the academy of fine arts and several art galleries. Also, every third Sunday, Brera’ flea market is organized where you can buy artworks and other antiques. Or, you can go to café hopping amidst the narrow streets of Brera. This area houses stylish cafes and speciality shops which come to life after sundown. Take a leisure stroll around Brera to understand this unique culture of Milan.
-Location – Brera resides in the Centro Storico district within Zone 1 of Milan.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – To visit the art galleries, you should reach there during day time. Or, if you wish to explore the cafes and bars then past 7 pm will be good.
3) Aperitivo at Fonderie Milanesi – Dive right into the Milanese culture of partaking in aperitivo. This pre-dinner ritual revolves around the idea of gorging on a few bites and drinks before dinner to stimulate the appetite. The ideal venue to enjoy this Italian trend is near Porta Ticinese, known as Fonderie Milanesi. You will come across several bars with elaborate buffet spreads. If you don’t want to miss even a bit of this trend, visit these places between 7 pm and 9 pm. You will come across a huge crowd of students and young professionals.
-Location – Fonderie Milanesi is situated at Via Giovenale in Milano.
-Price (Only if applicable) – The price for dishes and drinks will range from €11 to €20.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – On weekdays, the place opens around 7 pm and closes by 2 am, whereas, on weekends, it opens between 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 2 am.
4) Attending an event at San Siro Stadium – When it comes to sports, Milan’s San Siro Stadium won’t disappoint you. This massive football shrine witnesses Milan’s two football teams, AC Milan team and Inter team. The stadium is the largest stadium in Italy and Europe and can accommodate around 80,000 people at once. Apart from sports, San Siro is a prime spot for hosting concerts too. In the past days, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Coldplay, One Direction, Madonna, and several other artists have performed here. You can book tickets for any event and witness the grandiose structure of San Siro Stadium.
-Location – San Siro Stadium is situated in Piazzale Angelo Moratti of Milan.
5) Watch opera at Teatro Alla Scala – Head to Teatro Alla Scala or Theatre at the Stairway in Milan to watch an Italian opera or an orchestral concert, or classical ballets. The façade and interiors are equally appealing. You can visit Teatro Alla Scala’s museum which has a remarkable collection of paintings, sketches, statues, and unique decorations of the 18th century. Moreover, the theatre’s historical significance holds immense importance as many Italian composers like Alfredo Catalani, Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, and other artists.
-Location – Teatro Alla Scala is situated in the town hall square next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and the Duomo Square in Milan.
-Price (Only if applicable) – The ticket price can range from €11 to €200 depending upon the shows.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – You can visit the theatre depending upon the shows.
6) Book time at Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense – Enveloped amidst the artsy Brera district, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense is one of the largest libraries in Italy. Built by Maria Theresa in 1770, the library houses Brera Art Gallery, the Brera Astronomical Observatory, the Brera Botanical Gardens, and the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Here, you can go on a reading spree of illuminated choral works, historical, literary, theological, and legal books. Apart from the books, the architecture of Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense is also commendable. The interior features intricate carvings with the aesthetic composition of colours.
-Location - Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense is located in the Brera district of Milan in northern Italy.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – On weekdays, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense opens at 8.30 am and closes by 6.15 pm, whereas, on Saturday, it remains open between 9 am and 1.45 pm, and is closed on Sunday.
7) Plan a day cruise at Navigli – Residing in Milan’s most popular neighbourhoods, Navigli is an up-and-coming place with hip architecture and surroundings. Tourists usually plan a day out to explore the canal system designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The new commercial setup of canals has not only led to several transport services but a higher influx of tourists. If you are visiting during summer, go for a boating tour taking place at Alzaia Naviglio Grande. Or, head to Milan’s first Venetian Gondola to cruise the canal.
-Location – Navigli resides near Porta Ticinese dock which covers the southwestern quadrant of Milan.
-Price (Only if applicable) – The ticket price for day cruising ranges between €15 to €25.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – The day-cruising at Navigli usually takes place during day time, after 10 am.
8) Embrace the unique culture of aperitivo in Navigli – Navigli is perfect for participating in a traditional aperitivo. In this local trend, people share small plates and drinks before dinner to increase the appetite. You can flock to the Navigli’s canal-side bars after dusk and explore the clubs. The best aperitivo spot is UGO Cocktail Bar and Trattoria Madonnina.
-Location – Navigli resides in Piazza Castello of Milan.
-Price (Only if applicable) – The price for aperitivo ranges from €15 to €40.
-Timings (Only if applicable) – Aperitivo usually takes place after 5 pm and 7 pm, bars usually open around this time.