The ultimate Milan Itinerary

McCabe David / February 22, 2021


During the summer, I spent 2 days in Milan and it far exceeded my expectations; I absolutely fell in love with this charming, cosmopolitan city. I would even go as far as to say it’s one of my favourite European cities! Tucked away in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, Milan is an economic powerhouse and global fashion capital. Shrouded in a rich history. Milan has been home for human settlers in some form for thousands of years, having once been the capital of Western Roman Europe. Today, the city provides a harmonious mix of modern and traditional. The city is brimming with historical art and architecture, modern skyscrapers, high-end fashion, green spaces and mouthwatering Italian cuisine. All of these factors make for compelling reasons to add Milan to your Italy bucket list. Well-connected globally, Milan is the perfect destination for a weekend break or short getaway. Whether you have one or two days in Milan (or even longer!), this 2 day Milan itinerary will help you discover all the best things to do in this culture-rich city.
Milan is often considered one of the best places to visit in Northern Italy and with good reason… There’s plenty to do! With just 2 days in Milan, you don’t want to waste any time planning when you get there. Having a well-planned Milan itinerary before you go will help you maximise your time in this incredible city. This Milan itinerary is designed so that you can cover most of the city’s top attractions on day one. Therefore, you can still use this itinerary even if you have only one day in Milan, with one notable exception. If your time in Milan is limited to only one day, you will likely want to include the visit to the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see The Last Supper. If you’re fortunate enough to have three days in Milan or longer, I have included a list of other things to do in Milan which you can add to your itinerary. So whether you’re visiting Milan as part of a longer vacation, an epic Italy road trip or just flying in for the weekend, this itinerary is perfect for you!
As previously mentioned, day 1 of this Milan itinerary will take you to all the top attractions. Therefore, one day in Milan is enough to visit all the best places. Regardless of whether you have one or two days in Milan, I’d recommend getting a fairly early start each day as this travel itinerary has packed a lot in! However, the total walk time for day one (if you were to go directly from one attraction to another) is approximately one hour. Therefore, even for those of you who like to sleep in and have a late start will be able to manage this Milan itinerary at a slightly faster pace.
Your 2 day Milan itinerary will start with perhaps the most impressive part of the city; Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral). Towering over Piazza di Duomo (Cathedral Square) in the heart of the city, no visit to Milan would be complete without visiting this grand architectural feat. If you’re looking for interesting facts about Milan, the Duomo has contributed to plenty of them! Dating back to 1386, construction of this spectacular Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy and second largest in Europe, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
One of the best things to do in Milan (it was my absolute favourite!) is to visit the rooftop of Duomo di Milano. The rooftop terrace spans nearly the entire roof of the cathedral and provides incredible panoramic views over Milan. Furthermore, it allows a close up view of the incredible sculptures and ornate spires that adorn the rooftop. You will need to purchase a ticket to access the church and rooftop. With your rooftop ticket you’ll also be able to access the inside of the cathedral. Take time to marvel at its decorative interior while you’re there. There is also an archaeological site and crypt below the Duomo. However, I wouldn’t recommend this unless it’s something you’re particularly interested in.