With a walkable historic center and major attractions within easy reach of each other, Milan is not hard to see in just one day. From remarkable architecture to culinary delights to one of the most famous paintings in the world, here are our top ideas to help you make the most of your limited time in the city.
Start your day with a viewing of Milan’s number-one attraction, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The 15th-century mural is on display inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, where visitors are allowed just 15 minutes to look at it before moving on for the next group. By booking a visit with a guide, you’ll gain insight into the painting’s history and restoration attempts. Alternatively, combine your visit with a walking tour of Milan’s other sights to cover more ground in one tour. If you prefer to explore Milan at your own pace, opt for a hop-on hop-off tour.
Depending on your preferences, you can spend the afternoon exploring Milan’s culinary scene or cultural attractions. Foodies will want to embark on a food walking tour of the popular Brera district, where you can sample prosciutto, cheese, and other items, or perhaps go beer-tasting in the Navigli district. Alternatively, explore the city’s two major landmarks—the Duomo di Milano and La Scala opera house—on short guided tours that introduce you to the architecture and significance of these two sites, which are located within walking distance of each other in Milan’s historical center.
It’s all about food and wine when evening rolls around. Both wine aficionados and novices will enjoy a sit-down wine-tasting session with a sommelier, who talks about the varietals of Italy’s Lombardy region, but if you’d prefer to explore on foot, opt for a walking tour of the Navigli district that includes stops for appetizers and wine. For a more immersive experience, an evening cooking lesson gives you the chance to make your own Italian meal with the help of a local chef, and then enjoy your creations for dinner with your fellow classmates.