What to do in Milan: 7 activities

Emma BergerWritten by Emma Berger
Oct 20, 2021
5 min
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What to do in Milan: 7 activities

7 activities in Milan that will make your visit to the city complete

Milan, the city of art, fashion, food and last but not least, football! A city where there is certainly plenty to do. Have no idea what to do in Milan? Here are 7 activities that will make your visit to Milan complete!

1. Visit the football stadium
2. Cheering on AC Milan
3. Watch Internazionale
4. Greet Da Vinci
5. Stroll through cozy streets
6. Taste the Italian cuisine
7. Shop till you drop

1. Visit the football stadium

There are many things to do in Milan. First of all, we start with Milan’s beautiful football stadium. For AC Milan supporters they know it as San Siro, but for all the Inter Milan supporters it is known as Giuseppe Meazza, the original name of the stadium. This historic stadium was built in 1926 and can hold just over 80,000 spectators. An enormous stadium! San Siro is located at Piazzale Angelo Moratti – near the metro stop San Siro Stadio.

AC Milan and Internazionale both play their home matches here which is remarkable because they have one of the biggest rivalries in Italian football. A match between these two is highly recommended, the stadium will be full of atmosphere, sensation and excitement!

At the moment there are plans for a new stadium, with it looking to be completed by 2026. So why not visit this authentic stadium while you still can? A stadium tour is waiting for you!

2. Cheering on AC Milan

A stadium tour is of course not complete without a bit of action and is definitely worth booking a match at the same time! An unforgettable experience you do not want to miss!

AC Milan, also known as Associazione Calcio Milan, was founded by English migrants in 1899. The players compete in red-and-black shirts and play their home matches in San Siro. AC Milan played in the European and world top for a long time. The club won the Europa Cup I/UEFA Champions League seven times, making it the club with the most titles after Real Madrid. The rivalry between Internazionale and AC Milan is the most bitter in Italian football. Juventus can also be seen as one of their biggest rivals, with the atmosphere in the stadium at these matches being spectacular!

Great players have played for AC Milan, currently you can see Theo Hernández, Simon Kjaer, Ante Rebic and more AC Milan heroes playing in red and black!

3. Watch Internazionale at San Siro

You can of course visit Internazionale at the San Siro stadium. There will almost always be a match for whenever you decide to visit Milan. YES!

Internazionale is the only club that has been active at the highest level since the Serie A was founded in 1929. The club from Milan have won the Italian championship 18 times. Between 2006 and 2010 Inter claimed the league title five times in a row. They also recently won the national title in 2020/2021. As mentioned before, AC Milan and Inter are great rivals. A home match provides a lot of excitement and is definitely worth a visit!

Are there famous players at Inter? Yes there are! Great players have played at Inter and currently you can see Lautaro Martínez, Nicolò Barella, Stefan de Vrij and more Inter heroes playing in blue and black shirts!

4. Places to visit in Milan

Culture lovers gather! There are infinite fun activities in Milan that you really can’t miss. From cathedrals to cemetery tours, with these tips, you can complete your ‘Milan highlights’ on your social channels.

Visiting a cemetery might not have been on your list of activities in Milan, but then you don’t know about Cimitero Monumentale. Walk around and feast your eyes on one of the most impressive Catholic cemeteries in the world. Works of art, statues and gigantic graves can be seen here. Some graves are even bigger than a student room in the UK. A sight worth seeing!

Visit one of the most famous cathedrals of Milan: Duomo di Milano. Accept the challenge and climb the gigantic Duomo di Milano with its 500 steps. Challenge accepted! Don’t worry: you can also sneak in the lift1 At the top, a breathtaking view awaits you on the rooftop. Enjoy!

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ is also a must for all culture lovers. This beautiful mural can be found in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie museum. Book your visit online!

Combine these two fantastic attractions of Milan and let a guide take you around. Book your city tour here!

5. Stroll through cozy streets

Whichever things you plan to do in Milan, it all starts on the streets of the beautiful Italian city. Milan is easy to navigate and everything is accessible to walk or cycle through, also the public transport is very well organised.

Take a trip to the following three impressive districts:

Brera: an instagrammable artists’ quarter. A district full of hip cafés and museums. Visit the museum: Pinacoteca di Brera. This museum has a beautiful courtyard, where you can see classical and modern art.

Navigli: A characteristic neighbourhood by the water. Enjoy an aperitivo at one of the most beautiful canals of Milan and let yourself be carried away by the sultry summer evenings. Splendid!

San Siro: The sports district of Milan. Here you will find the San Siro stadium, two race tracks, swimming pools and public parks. A district with enough activities to fill your week in Milan!

6. Taste

What to do in Milan? Eating and drinking of course! Milan is the city where you can have a great lunch or dinner, the city is packed with delicious traditional restaurants. Save these tips before you travel.

Ristorante Pizzeria O Surdato ‘Nnamurato: a restaurant near San Siro. When you go to Italy, you want to eat a traditional pizza. Combine this restaurant with an AC Milan or Inter match and you have all the ingredients for a perfect evening!

U Barba: you will find this Genoese restaurant in the Lodi district. Taste dishes from Northern Italy and eat among the locals. The restaurant excels from its unique vintage design and of course the amazing food.

Osteria Del Binari: in the Tortona neighbourhood, eat the best dishes from Milan in ornate garden rooms. Who wouldn’t want to eat in a beautiful garden? Make your reservations quick!

La Latteria: located in Milan’s beautiful art district. You cannot make reservations, they do not have a website, but it is always super full. A typical Italian restaurant where word of mouth has done its work, but don’t tell anyone…

Besides eating out, you can also book a cooking course. Take Italy home with you and slave away with your friends and/or family. Put this on your list, because it will definitely be one of your highlights in Milan.

7. Shop till you drop

Make room in your suitcase, because you’re going shopping in Milan!

Milan is not called the fashion capital of Europe for nothing. Twice a year the fashion week is held in Milan where designers present their new collections for the next season. The latest trends are often already in the Milanese shops before they come to the UK.

Whether you are a shopaholic or not, the holiday is not complete without a new shirt or a new AC Milan jersey. Milan has many shops and most of them are around Piazza del Duomo. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most beautiful covered shopping streets in the world, and a must visit for you and your company. Save this one in your ‘Milan – sights’ list as this is where the more expensive clothing brands are situated. From Prada to Louis Vuitton, you will find it all here.

Around the corner you will find Quadrilatero della Moda or Quadrilatero d’Oro. This district is also called ‘the golden block’. This is due to the luxury shopping area. Don’t worry: you can also just window shop!

Not everything is luxurious and over the top in Milan. There are for example big well-known chains, such as: H&M, Zara, Stradivarius, etc.. But you can also go outlet shopping. A little outside Milan, you can go to Franciacorta Outlet Village. The name says it all: an outlet village. Here you will find shops with high discounts where you can buy bags full of clothes. You can reach the village by car or with a shuttle service. Roadtrip!

Visit a football match?

Still wondering; what to do in Milan? As an official partner of AC Milan, P1 Travel offers various tickets for all home matches. Visit our AC Milan page and find information about our AC Milan tickets, packages and options for an unforgettable football trip to Milan.

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