Travel Hacks: Visiting Milan in 48 hours

About Milan, it’s said that should be discovered slowly, step after step, because it’s most beautiful corners are hidden and secret.

Our mission is really hard: visiting a lively city, rich in history and full of interesting cultural events in just two days.

To do it, you’ll surely need a detailed and punctual guide, written by someone who knows and loves the city.

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Day 1.

  • Navigli
  • Porta Ticinese
  • Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Quadrilatero della moda
  • Brera

A day full of activity is waiting for you, with long walks through the streets of the centre and many pubs to be discovered, so the very first advice that we’ll give you is to start the day with a generous breakfast (remember that in the Residenza Ascanio Sforza you’ll always find pods for an excellent and hot Nespresso coffee and a breakfast kit at your disposal).

Now, you can move your first steps to the discovery of the city. Walk on the Navigli towards the Darsena: we suggest you to stop by some time in Vicolo dei Lavandai, to taste the unique atmosphere of this place where, till the ‘50s, the Milanese housewives used to gather to do their laundry.

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Continue among the shop windows in Corso di Porta Ticinese until the Duomo. You can chose to go by walk and admire the thousands small shops and boutique or to take one of the historical trams that characterise the city.

The Duomo, with its majesty and the Madonnina, symbol of the city, will leave you speechless.

But the show doesn’t finish here: if you want to live a unique experience, we suggest you to go upstairs on the terrace and enjoy the panorama (for info about prices and times, click here).

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Since its foundation in the mid XIX Century, it was the gathering place of the Milanese middle class, so much to be called “the living room of the city”: we’re talking about the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, that connect the Duomo Square to the Scala Square. Walk through it admiring its archs, the glass walls and the ancient signs and, obviously, stop by to tread on the Bull, an unmissable propitiatory custom for those who’d like to visit the city.

La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Outside the Galleria, you’ll find yourselves in the Scala Square where you could admire one of the most famous theatres in the world, designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini.

Milan is considered one of the international capital of fashion, the most desired destination by the shopping lovers: The Quadrilatero della Moda is the perfect district for those who want to discover the most glamour side of the City. Among via Montenapoleone, via Della Spiga, via Manzoni and Corso Venezia, you’ll find all the boutiques of the most famous artists.

When the shop lights turn off and the traffic slows down, Milan unveils its liveliest and funniest character. We suggest you to walk through the Brera district and try one of the many restaurants that offer menus of the Milanese tradition, like the Fioraio Bianchi Caffè, a small but romantic bistrot.

However, before you cannot do without the aperitif moment: so we recommend you N’Ombra De Vin, in Via San Marco 2, a historical pub, where you can drink a cocktail or a glass of wine.

Day 2.

  • Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
  • Cenacolo Vinciano
  • Parco Sempione
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Navigli

After resting in one of our best apartments at Residenza Ascanio Sforza, the day at the discovery of the city will start with a real Italian-style breakfast “cappuccino and brioches” in one of the most historic patisserie in the city: the Pasticceria in Corso di Porta Genova 1, midway between the Navigli and the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio.

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The next stop-over for those who visit the city is the church dedicated to the patron of the city and, built in the IV Century, represents one of the most beautiful examples of romanic style that you can find in Lombardy.

At a little distance from here, there’s a church famous for its history. Santa Maria delle Grazie hosts in the refectory the Cenacolo Vinciano, most commonly known as Last Supper. If you want to admire this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, you should book the ticket in advance, maybe directly online (here).

One of the symbols of the city is surely Sempione Park, the green area in the heart of Milan: we suggest you to cross it, perhaps by bike, and to arrive to Castello Sforzesco, built in the Fourteenth Century by Francesco Sforza. If you wish to dive into history, book a guided tour in order to discover the Museums hosted in its rooms and analyse its history.

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If after this long day, you’d like to relax in front of one of the best cocktails in the city, we’ll invite you to come back to the Navigli and to take your place at Rita’s (via Angelo Fumagalli, 1). Here creativity meets tradition, mixing together many ingredients of the cocktails on the menu.

Your 48-hours tour in Milano couldn’t finish best: with a toast to this magical city, always moving, that knows how to offer unique experiences to those who want to know it.

Are you planning your next weekend in Milano yet? Then we’ll wait for you at Residenza Ascanio Sforza.