Have you decided to spend 3 days in the fashion’s city? Do you decide to settle for the most famous points of interest, or do you want to discover even small hidden treasures? If so, here there are some tips for you on what to see in 3 days in Milan!

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Milan is the world capital of fashion and design. It is one of the most important cities in northern Italy and the capital of Lombardy, which is one of the most economically important regions in the country. In fact, Milan is also the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange.

Milan is an amazing city: visit it by public transport, as we recommend in this article, and you'll experience it like a Milanese. There are some must-sees such as the Duomo and the Cenacolo Vinciano, and there are some authentic places to see.

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Day 1

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Our itinerary starts from the centre of Milan. We, therefore, advise you to begin by visiting the interior of the Duomo and then take a tour also on the terraces (various types of tickets are available) to see the famous Golden Madonna up close and to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Also, in the Square, to the left of the Palazzo Reale, there is the Museo del 900, which we recommend both to art enthusiasts and not. Here you can see the famous "Quarto Stato" of Pellizza da Volpedo, several works by Lucio Fontana (including the terrace, from which you can see the square and you can take very suggestive photos) and some highly interactive works of contemporary art. After a good lunch of typical city specialities (you will find a dedicated section at the end of this article), we recommend dedicating the afternoon to three lesser-known but equally suggestive sites. The first stop is located not far from Piazza del Duomo and is the Ambrosian Library. Our site of interest is not, however, the famous library, but what is located below it: The Roman Forum discovered during an excavation campaign conducted below the ancient cellars of the Ambrosiana (the visit is easily bookable during the opening hours of the library writing to contatti@ambrosiana.it). Then move on from Roman times to the late 1400s, visiting the Church of Santa Maria by San Satiro. Commissioned by Duke Gian Galeazzo Sforza and later continued by Ludovico il Moro, it houses a small treasure: the apse of Donato Bramante. Or rather, it does not contain it, it is actually an illusory perspective because the apse does not exist due to the lack of space. The last stop of the day will be the Sanctuary of San Bernardino alle Ossa. Another small Milanese jewel, easily accessible on foot. The decorations adorn the pillars and boast the doors, in a decorative motif where the macabre blends with the grace of rococo. It is an enigmatic and, at the same time, disturbing and extremely fascinating place. To end the day we advise you, before resuming the M1 line from Piazza del Duomo, to take a ride on the roofs of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, booking your access to the Highline enjoy the unique sunset experience from the roofs of the most famous gallery in the city.

Day 2

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On the second day we advise you to dedicate yourself totally to art. Milan is famous as the city of fashion but boasts a very important artistic heritage. The artistic destinations that we recommend for this day are all located in the west of the city – we start from Piazza della Scala, in addition to the famous theater, here is the Milanese headquarters of the Gallerie d'Italia. This institution collects the collection of Intesa San Paolo and, in addition to interesting temporary exhibitions, has a permanent collection that includes works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Do not forget, passing through the storage of bags and backpacks, to take a peek at the vault through the metal gate – here are collected the works that will be exhibited in the future in the corridors of the exhibition. Let's move now to the most artistic district of Milan: Brera. Here we advise you to visit the famous Pinacoteca, which collects important and internationally renowned operas such as "Cristo morto nel sepolcro" by Andrea Mantegna or "Il bacio" by Francesco Hayez. However, do not stop at the Pinacoteca, near the Academy where it is housed there are many private galleries that host exhibitions by emerging artists. After the Pinacoteca we move to the Castello Sforzesco – the building is a very important museum center, inside which are kept collections ranging from ancient Egypt to musical instruments, passing through Leonardo Da Vinci. The most interesting section of the museum to visit, however, is, in our opinion, the Museo della Pietà Rondanini, where you can see Michelangelo's unfinished masterpiece. The last stage of this second day features one of the symbolic places of Milan: Il Cenacolo by Leonardo da Vinci.
It is necessary to book the visit! 

After seeing this magnificent masterpiece, we advise you to pop into the nearby Leonardo Vineyard. It has been donated by Ludovico Sforza to the artist and has now become part of a museum that can be visited in about 45 minutes, accompanied by an audio guide.

Day 3

On the third day we recommend a "M3 ride": all the stages of this day can be reached using metro 3. It starts from Milano Centrale station, where Binario 21, the memorial to the Shoah in Milan, is located. This place of memory is still little known, but it is definitely a place of memory and knowledge that is worth visiting. After your visit, then move to Milano Porta Garibaldi, where you can take a tour for a coffee in the characteristic Piazza Gae Aulenti, near which you can admire the Bosco Verticale and the Tower of Unicredit, the tallest skyscraper in Italy. The last three stages of today are three very different museums but all three extremely interesting: to you the choice whether to visit them all or choose the one that is of greatest interest to you! The Natural History Museum is the oldest civic museum in Milan and is today the center of the activities of the Garden of Sciences, Fondazione Prada, a reference center for contemporary art with its panoramic marble elevator and the characteristic Bar Luce and finally the MUDEC, famous for its permanent collection including objects from all over the world and for its temporary exhibitions. To end your experience, we advise you to take a ride on the Navigli (also reachable via the M3) for a Doc Milanese Happy hour!

What's for dinner?

What should you eat in these three days?
The choice is not easy at all! The typical specialties of Milanese cuisine are the famous Milanese risotto (with saffron) or the cutlet (strictly with bone!). If you happen to be in the city in winter it is also worth tasting the casoeûla, a poor dish based on cabbage and meat, accompanied by polenta with gorgonzola. Or if you want a quick lunch, to eat while moving from place to place, we recommend one of Luini's panzerotti, a real must of the city. 

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