Milan is one of the top tourist destinations in Italy. It may not have Rome’s ancient sites or the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, but Milan offers visitors its own exceptional attractions. The Duomo di Milano is one of the city’s most visited sites, but Milan has more than just the cathedral to offer. Its location in northern Italy provides travelers with easy routes to Lake Como, the Alps or the Italian Riviera.
Car enthusiasts will find plenty of great attractions to calm their need for speed. Milan’s proximity to Monza gives car addicts the chance to drive at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza which has been home to the Italian Grand Prix for some time.
Local Favorite: Risotto alla MilaneseNorthern Italian cuisine is different from its neighbors to the south, and Milan's most famous dish is an example of those differences. Risotto alla Milanese is a specialty dish of the region as the Po Valley in Italy's north is one of Europe's leading rice producers. Rice, of course, is a key ingredient in any risotto and Milan's dish is no exception. The Milanese chef, Felice Luraschi, gave the dish its official name in 1929, but the dish originally appeared in cookbooks as far back as 1809 under the name 'riso giallo in padella.' Luraschi changed a few details of the recipe with the current Risotto alla Milanese dish containing rice, fat, beef marrow, saffron, nutmeg, and stock. Grated cheese is added to the dish for additional flavor.
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Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Teatro alla Scala
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Piazza del Duomo
Top Tourist Attractions
Duomo di Milano
The Duomo di Milano, or simply called Duomo, towers above the city center. The Duomo has a pull that draws people into the heart of the city. Visitors are often seen hanging out in the piazza at the base of the Duomo or enjoying the seemingly endless designer stores around it.
The Duomo is one of the world’s largest cathedrals. With a size of about 109,641 square feet, it can host about 40,000 people. The cathedral has been called an example of flamboyant Gothic architecture. One look at its exterior and it is easy to see why. Strolling through the cavernous Duomo yields views of breathtaking stained-glass windows and ornate artwork.
History buffs will love the Basilica di Santa Tecla, which can be found in the Duomo’s foundation. It dates back to the fourth century.
Milan may not be the home of Ferrari, but the city does have a store dedicated to the carmaker. Located very close to the Duomo, the store is an immersive Ferrari experience. Naturally; visitors will find the latest Ferrari merchandise here to fulfill the desires of their inner Tifosi. In addition, authentic Ferrari racecars are on display. Customers can climb into the available Formula One simulators and experience what a Formula One car’s cockpit feels like and enjoy a simulated drive on five different racing circuits including Monza, Imola, and the notorious Nürburgring. It is a great picture opportunity and will likely fill friends with envy when they view the photographs on Instagram.
Bernina Express Train Tour
The Bernina Express Train Tour takes visitors into the Alps and away from the busy city of Milan in just a few hours. The train is the perfect way for travelers to see a different side of Italy.
It travels through the countryside and exposes passengers to mountains, glaciers, valleys, and forests. The journey ends in the gorgeous winter resort town of St. Moritz. This destination is a perfect Alpine spot to spend a day or two before heading back to Milan.