What to do in one day in Milan in Italy

What to do in one day in Milan in Italy


So what exactly can you achieve spending only one day in Milan? Read on and see what we managed to fit in to our action packed day!

We arrived in Milan at the end of our trip around Italy and it was my first proper visit to the city. I have passed through Milan on the way to Venice or Lake Garda but had never stopped to have a look around.

To make the most of the time we had in the city I once again booked a tour through Viator – it seemed the most sensible way for us to see the major sites since we only had one day in Milan and I really wanted to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper (and I am so glad we did – it is awe inspiring) and getting tickets for this must be planned way ahead of time or through a tour!

What did we see on a one day tour of Milan?

  1. The Duomo
  2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11
  3. La Scala
  4. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  5. The Last Supper



la duomo in Milan
door of Milan cathedral La Duomo

The Duomo in Milan is one of the world’s largest cathedrals. It took a long time to build – started in 1386 it was consecrated in 1418 though the building continued for another 200 years! It has 52 pillars inside the cathedral to mark each week of the year and there is a sundial on the floor to help keep track of time! The marble floor is the original and very beautiful – spot the signs of the zodiac as you walk along. There are also 3,400 statues that adorn the cathedral including the famous Statue of St Bartholomew flayed. (Of which I took no photo !?)


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Well what can I say? Its a shopping mall but like no other I have ever seen….it is truly stunning! It opened in 1877 and it is seriously worth a visit…not sure if anyone does any shopping or if it is just full of tourists taking photographs all the time!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11

Pretty nice! And the forerunner of all our present day shopping malls and ‘gallerias’.


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Ok  I not a fan of the opera but it was an interesting building to visit. It opened in 1778 and has been renovated a number of times since (it was badly damaged in WW2).

La Scala

La Scala is on the left behind the trees!!




This was without doubt my favourite piece of art I was lucky enough to see during my visit to Italy (Michelangelo’s David my favourite sculpture). To be able to see this amazing mural completed in 1498 you HAVE to plan ahead. Please don’t visit Milan without seeing this masterpiece. You can buy tickets up to 3 months in advance – I bought mine as part of the tour so we were guaranteed to see the painting.

Visiter numbers are limited to 25 at a time. There is one entrance in and another out – you pass through a humidity controlled chamber before entering. Once in you have 15 minutes. It passed quickly.

The mural is painted on one wall of the refrectory attached to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

It is quite simply magnificent.

The Last Supper


The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where the Last Supper can be located!

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a day in Milan

If you are considering booking this tour or one like it then check out my link to recommended tours chosen especially for you! TOURS IN ITALY WITH VIATOR

Also you may be interested in reading more of my posts about Italy!

A guide to the best things to do in Venice Italy

A guide to things to do on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

My top ten travel tips for Italy

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Have you been to Milan? Did you see the Last Supper? What did you think? If you had a day in Milan what would you want to see?


Author: Tracy

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She has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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  1. Jill
    September 18, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Was fascinated by the sculpture of St Bartholomew. Such detail with the muscles and bones and with the skin drooping down. Many people passed this by but we 4 were mesmerised by it.

    • September 19, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Hi Jill…I know what you mean! We spent quite a long time inspecting this sculpture…I was sure I had taken some photographs but alas not! Next time!

  2. September 19, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    That shopping mall is always enough to make me want to go back to Milan, it’s so beautiful, even if I can’t afford to shop there! Can you still go on the roof of the duomo do you know? That was the highlight for me I think.

    • September 20, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Hi yes I think you can but we didn’t – I am not great with confined spaces and have a total panic if the stairs aren’t very wide!

  3. September 20, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Just like you, I’ve only passed Milan without stopping for a visit. The Duomo and the Opera seem to be really worth it. But shopping in Milan might just be over our travel budget… 🙂

    • September 20, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Hi yes I skipped the shopping totally! For me the highlight was the Last Supper (I am not religious at all I just loved the painting) but The Duomo is also pretty spectacular!

  4. Arianne
    September 20, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Love it!!! ? And you put all my top favorite places! So many people skip the last supper is a must!

    • September 20, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Thanks Arianne – yes I agree it was totally awe-inspiring.( I have been lucky to see da Vinci’s Mona Lisa too this year. Motivating me to find out more about art!) So glad we added it to our itinerary – Milan is a lovely city

  5. September 21, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Milan was such a great time when I went. I spent forever at the Duomo. So beautiful and the views from the top were just breath taking. Such a nice city.


    ~ Melanie

    • September 21, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      It really is gorgeous. Didn’t make it to the top of the Duomo unfortunately (stairs and confined spaces aren’t my favourite things!)but I can imagine the view was lovely!

  6. September 21, 2016 / 11:41 am

    I haven’t made it yet to Milan but it is certainly on my list!! #WanderfulWednesdays

    • September 21, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Yes it is definitely worth a visit as there are some lovely things to see.

  7. September 21, 2016 / 11:56 am

    You know, sometimes I’m tempted to skip the big touristy sights in some places because I can’t be bothered with all the hassle, but after reading this I definitely wouldn’t skip out on The Last Supper. What a spectacular piece of art, no wonder it’s so iconic.

    • September 21, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Definitely do!!! I had such a reaction to it…was just breathtakingly beautiful.

  8. September 21, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    My boyfriend is headed to Milan in a few weeks time for work. Guess I need to share this with him now 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us!

    • September 21, 2016 / 5:05 pm

      nice to meet you! I have been following your blog for a while – just love Norway! I hope your boyfriend enjoys Milan!

  9. September 22, 2016 / 4:48 am

    Wow! I went to Milan once but I am not sure if I can call it a proper visit. I was on an organized tour and you know how rushed things feel sometimes. This is a city I want to visit again in the future.

    • September 22, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      We were only there a short time but really enjoyed it. Worth a second visit!