For travel enthusiasts, Italy is like a little slice of heaven. Also known as “Stivale” or “The Boot”, Italy is blessed with spiritual Rome, eternal beauty in Tuscany, artistic Florence, the floating city of Venice, and our focus today, Milan. Apart from its undying love for football and fashion, the city of Milan is nothing short of magical. Among great Italian destinations, Milan holds its place by being one of the attractive fashion-crazed cities to visit. It’s also a fantastic place to delve into Italy’s rich history and culture. Without further ado, here is just a quick look at seven wonderful sights to see in Milan!

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

It’s one of the most famous works of art in the world, and it was painted right here in Milan by its most famous resident – Leonardo Da Vinci. The painting (L’Ultima Cena in Italian) is on view next to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Dating from the late 1400s, the church is in and of itself worth a visit. Another church makes it onto our Milan go-to-places list. That is for its history, architecture magnificence, and ties to the icon of High Renaissance art Leonardo da Vinci. The church, Santa Maria dele Grazie, is home to one of the best paintings in the world, The Last Supper. Leonardo Da Vinci took about 4 years to paint this masterclass depicting Jesus and his twelve disciples at their last meal together.

At the height of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci let out his godly art skills to paint an unbelievable and mysterious painting. Unlike the norm during those days, the visionary artist painted it dry on the walls of this church. The Last Supper is one painting to treasure and even uses gold and silver in some items.

Duomo di Milano

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The third-largest church and the symbol of this stylish city, a visit to the architectural marvel that is Milan’s Duomo is a must. This majestic cathedral rules the city’s skyline and very much is the cultural and geographic heart of Milan, so you might as well go inside and take a peek as well. You won’t be disappointed. The Il Duomo — also known as the Milan Cathedral — is a piece of breathtaking architecture.

The Milan Cathedral’s walls carry stories and history from over 600 years ago. Walking inside the church is mesmerizing visually and feels never-ending due to its expansive size. The entrance has an impressive sundial, and well-carved statues are present almost everywhere you turn. One incredible view to behold is that of the statues on top of the building edges, practically overlooking the city of Milan. The visual magic doesn’t end there as the top levels of this cathedral offer its visitors more stunning views of Milan and, at times, even the Alps.

Via Montenapoleone

If Milan’s known for anything, it’s for being the fashion capital of the world. Whether you can actually afford to splurge on the latest designs from the most glamorous labels or not, to fully grasp what this city is all about, take a stroll along the ritzy thoroughfare of Via Montenapoleone. The most important street in Quadrilatero della moda (Milan’s fashion district), Via Montenapoleone offers primetime people-watching and unrivaled high-end shopping opportunities. Many of the world’s top fashion houses are headquartered here, along with one of the most stylish collections of shops and emporia ever assembled. And believe it or not, bargains and sales can be found!

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Via Montenapoleone may be where to go for the latest fashion trends, but sartorially sophisticated Milan has been a shopping haven for centuries. In fact, the world’s oldest shopping mall is located here in the center of town and nearby the Duomo. Built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II consists of two glass-vaulted arcades and is the epitome of elegant design. From a quick espresso to fine jewelry and pretty much everything and anything in between, there’s something for everyone here.

Teatro alla Scala

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The Teatro alla Scala, aka La Scala, has been wowing opera lovers since opening its doors back in 1778. The opera house is one of the most famous in the entire world, so any classical music or ballet fans will be right at home here. When you go to the theater, you can expect to see a range of world-renowned ballets and operas such as Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. They even have a museum, activities, courses, and historical archives. If you’ll have little ones coming with you, they even have performances and workshops for children.

Castello Sforzesco

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Aside from fashion and opera, Milan boasts art that tells the history of fantastic architectural designs, and one of them is the Castello Sforzesco. The Castello Sforzesco castle oozes royalty and splendor and has been around since 1370. Taking a walk through this extraordinary building will surely leave you awestruck and offers much insight into Milan’s history. If you go, you’ll see artwork by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Bramantino.

Cimitero Monumentale di Milano

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The Cimitero Monumentale di Milano — also known as the Monumental Cemetery —  is the last stop in  on our journey. We get that the architecture is incredible, but why visit a cemetery? Well, the Monumental Cemetery is not just your regular cemetery but an architectural masterwork complete with Greek temples, humanlike sculptures, decorated tombs, and obelisks. This site is therefore a must-see for art and history buffs alike, as well as perfectly valid excuse to book now and pay later flights to Milan!

Do you know of any other exciting sights to see in Milan? We want to hear all about it in the comments!

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