Get ready to see Milan as you have never seen before…
Milan is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, so there are a million reasons to visit. And while today we are not sharing with you a million reasons, we are giving you an A-Z guide full of great arguments and ideas on how you can experience Milan at its fullest, even if it’s just for a few days. Scroll down to find out what to do in Milan if you’re visiting next month for Salone del Mobile!
You can’t go to Italy and not wander endlessly around their amazing art galleries. Pinacoteca di Brera contains one of the most important art collections in Italy, but you should also take some time to visit Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which houses The Musician, an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Brera Design District
Milan Design Week is happening between the 17th and the 22nd of April. This means that design will be everywhere around town, and you will get to enjoy Milan in a completely different way. At Brera design district you will find a high-profile events calendar, featuring several of the world’s most prestigious brands, focusing on attracting a design savvy, culturally oriented public.
A little bit further away from the city center you will find Castelo Sforzesco, which contains Michelangelo’s final, uncompleted sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini. If you love a good mistery, you wil also find its rounded turrets, spacious courtyards and secret passageways absolutely thrilling.
Duomo di Milano
Milan’s most famous building, Duomo di Milano is open to the public for visitation all year round. We suggest that you make your way up to the roof to get stunning photos of the city and see the gargoyles.
If you are in Milan this April, you will eventually find Essential Home… The mid-century brand will be exhibiting at Salone del Mobile next to all the other brands from Covet Group, and this might be an amazing opportunity to get to know the brand a little bit better, and be face to face with the people that make Essential Home.
If you’re a sports aficionado, make sure you take some time to catch a great football match with one of the house teams: AC Milan or FC Internazionale. Head over to San Siro Stadium and book your ticket for the next match!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
If you’re on your way to Duomo di Milano, stop by Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. A gorgeous gallery where you will find amazing restaurants and cafés, as well as a breathtaking Versace store, which makes it all worth it!
Italy is home to some of the most famous and exclusive fashion houses. And while we have suggested a few places where you can shop, here in our A-Z guide, we suggest day you take a day to tour Milan and visit all the best stores. You will also find that local people have an amazing sense of style, and you will never see a local that lacks style.
Indulge in Italian gelato
Not only does Italy have amazing pasta and pizza dishes, but they also have some of the most delicious gelatos and sorbets we have ever tasted. If you’re in the city, make sure to stop by some of the most famous gelato houses in Milan.
When in Italy, don’t forget to eat your fair portion of their delicious food. And if you’re going with family or friends, it’s better to go with a vegetarian option, so that everyone can eat and have fun. We recommend Joia, Europe’s first vegetarian restaurant to receive a Michelin star, which the restaurant still holds to this day!
Know all about design
If you’re in Milan to attend Salone del Mobile, you should take your time to find out all about design! Luckily, Milan Design Week will be happening from the 17th until the 22nd, so there will be no excuses for you not to learn and fall in love with design all over again.
For all the art lovers, this is the city where you can see Da Vinci’s The Last Supper with your own eyes! Make sure to book in advance, because only a few people are allowed in at the same time.
Milan Archaeology Museum
One of the richest countries in the world on what concerns Classic history, it only makes sense that when you visit Milan you take some time to visit their amazing Archaeology Museum. You will find artifacts from many ages of Milan including the Middle Ages, influences from the Etruscan civilization and also the ancient Greeks.
You don’t need to go to Venice to see stunning canals. And while Milan once had an extensive network of canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself, today we are down to two long waterways, the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese. Make sure to stroll along the canals, and stop by for an aperitif before dinner.
You cannot simply go to Milan and not head out to see a classic opera. If you have never seen it live, then this might be the opportunity of a lifetime, which you will not want to miss for the world.
Yes, there is no mistake. April 7, 2018, locals and tourist will be joining at Arco della Pace at 3pm to start a street pillow fight, that is scheduled to end by 7pm. If you are not in Milan, make sure to check in with you local tourist office, as this is an event that will be happening on the same day, all around Europe.
Quiz yourself on the city’s architecture
If you’re an architecture nerd, this is the perfect time to quiz yourself and see if you actually know all the most stunning buildings in Milan. From the gorgeous gothic Duomo cathedral to Unicredit building, Milan’s first skyscraper, this is a great way to tour the city and breathe in all its architectural history.
Read a nice book in Parco Sempione
If you’re on your way to Milan to take a few days off, we advise you to take some of your favorite books and find a nice place in Sempione park to read them.
Salone del Mobile
You can’t go to Milan in April and not take a couple of days to stop by Salone del Mobile. If you are an interior design lover, and want to be in on all the latest trends, make sure to buy your ticket before the 17th! The furniture fair will run from the 17th of April until the 22nd, and you will find great brands such as Fendi Casa, Boca do Lobo, Minotti, and Essential Home showcasing their best pieces. Find Essential Home in Hall 1, Stand L09!
Tortona Design District
Tortona design district is nowadays one of the biggest and most important design districts in all Milan. The place where you can find some of the biggest names from the design industry, Tortona is a not to miss stop during Milan Design Week.
Milan’s biggest symbol of modern times, the Unicredit building is a skryscraper that doesn’t go unnoticed when visiting the city. It was finished in 2012 and it is still Milan’s highest building, going up to 231 metres (758 feet).
Via Monte Napoleone
Keen on doing a little bit of shopping? Take the subway and head over to Via Monte Napoleone, where you will find some of the most famous high end fashion houses.
Weekly Fiera di Sinigaglia
You can’t go to a new city and not visit their flea markets. Although London and Paris are best known for their amazing and famous flea markets, Milan’s Fiera di Sinigaglia cannot be missed. You can find everything you are looking for, from clothing, to food and vintage items for your home. Make sure to visit it in Navigli District.
X-perience a delicious cocktail
Okay, we’ll hand it to you… X is a really difficult word. But… The cocktails you’ll be having after a great day at Salone del Mobile will be super easy to drink! Our suggestion is to tour the different design districts that will be having parties during the week, and have fun!
Say yes to everything! This will probably make your trip to Milan one of most unforgettable experiences of your life. Take this opportunity to see all of Milan’s point of interest, walk every street, try every food! Chances are you will have the most fun ever, and meet amazing people along the way. And while you’re there, say yes to the home decor of your dreams, and visit Essential Home at Salone del Mobile!
Catch some z’s in some of the best hotels in all Italy! If you love the high-end side of life, book a stunning boutique hotel for your stay. If, on the other hand, you’d rather stay in an edgier hotel, we advise you to book one of the many designer hotels Milan has to offer!
See you at Salone del Mobile. Where? Hall 1, Stand L09!
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