Milan for Art Lovers
Milan may be Italy's banking and fashion capital, but it's also well known for art. The city is home to one of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest masterpieces, as well as a number of impressive galleries and museums. Here are the top sites for art lovers.
The Last Supper — Milan's top art attraction
Leonardo's famous fresco is also famously fragile, so the number of visitors is strictly limited. Tickets sell out months in advance because of this, so booking a skip-the-line tour is one of the easiest ways to see the masterpiece.
Pinacoteca di Brera — Large collection of Italian paintings
The charming Brera district is home to the excellent Pinacoteca di Brera, which has one of the best collections of Italian paintings anywhere. See works by Raphael, Mantegna, Titian, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Bellini, as well as art by non-Italians such as Rembrandt, Hayez, and Rubens. Touring this museum with a guide means you won't miss the most important pieces.
Gallery of Modern Art (Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna) — Paintings from the 18th to 20th centuries
Milan's modern art gallery primarily has works from the 18th to 20th centuries, including pieces by Gauguin, van Gogh, and Manet, among others. It's housed inside an 18th-century royal palace.
Museum of the 20th Century — Italian and non-Italian modern art
The Museum of the 20th Century (Museo del Novecento) is exactly that—the entire collection is focused on works from 1901 to 2000. It's almost entirely Italian, with notable pieces from Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, and Mondrian serving as exceptions.
Triennale Design Museum — History of Italian design
The Triennale Museum in Parco Sempione offers a fascinating look at Italian design history, showcasing many beautifully designed household items. In addition to the permanent collection, the Triennale also features temporary exhibitions.