Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 10:11 pm
Recently we have been travelling to Italy quite often, going back a further from our hometown Naples, but also visiting Milan because cheap and close to Alessia brother’s house. We have been spending a lot of time in Northern Italy, and this is a perfect 2 Days in Milan guide ready for you. A packed Milan 2 days Itinerary for everybody, even first-timers travellers in Italy.
Although spending in Milan almost a couple of days every weekend, we came off with a full list of recommendations for things to do in Milan in 2 days.
Milan is beautiful and is one of the trendiest fashion Capitals of Europe. You can enjoy a weekend in Milan in every season. It is a lively city that encloses all the best of the Italian Traditions. Milan in 2 days is possible, but if you have the chance to allocate an extra day or two is, even more possible to enjoy a thousand experiences to do in Milan. 2 full days in Milan will be enough for avid travellers used to walk a lot.
2 days in Milan Itinerary
At glance we have tidy up a probable itinerary of Milan in 2 days for you, divided by days.
First day in Milan:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Fashion Streets of Milan
Teatro alla Scala
Royal Palace Milan
Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione
Go to 110 metres up to Torre Branca
Day 2 in Milan :
Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
An Aperitief at Navigli Area
Walking around via Tortona
Catch the last sunset at San Lorenzo Colonnade
Enjoy the Italian Spritz Aperitief with the view of the Cathedral of Milan
Things to do in Milan in 2 Days
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The Milan Cathedral – The Duomo of Milan
This is the most recognizable monument of Milan. The beautiful cathedral is located in the centre of the city and is at the top of the list of things to do in Milan in 2 days. It is a popular tourist spot of Milan, so if you are fancy and instagrammable photo of Milan, be ready to wake up early to avoid the crowd. All around the Cathedral of Milan, there are many rooftops where to enjoy the view and the Italian Style. Sip a Spritz aperitif on the Terrazza Aperol with an amazing viewpoint on the Duomo of Milan.
You can hike up to the rooftop of the Duomo of Milan. If you are ready for approximately 250 steps it will be the cheapest way to reach the top, otherwise, the lift will cost you 4 euro more on the entrance ticket. If you are spending just 48 hours in Milan, hike the Duomo is one of the best things to do in Milan. Skip the line RoofTop.
Before approaching the Milan Cathedral, remember that it is a church and you need to follow a composite dress code, even if there isn’t one – you will need to cover your knees and shoulders so make sure you attend the visit rightly.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Dated back to the 1860s the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery is a stunning building in the centre of Milan. Located near the Duomo of Milano, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the main attractions of Milan. You can’t miss this popular sightseeing on your list of things to do in Milan in 2 days. It is always crowded with tourists, but make sure you pass for a visit from part to part, reaching the way to the Last Supper.
The Gallery is full of trendy boutiques and stores mostly there for a long time. There are also a few old bookstores worth a visit.
Walkthrough the fashion streets of Milan
Well known as the fashion capital of Europe. Milan is a trendy location where swipe your card in one of the trendiest boutiques. Even if you are not a big fan of shopping, you can’t avoid inviting shops windows.
There are a few main locations in the lookout for shopping in Milan:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Via della Spiga
Streets of Porta Ticinese
Corso Buenos Aires
Via Montenapoleone the most expensive street in Europe
Milano is the fashion capital of Europe, and as you have seen above, there are many streets with popular boutiques and fashion retail shops. The Fashion district of Milan is known as the Quadrilatero della Moda. All the streets that are running from Piazza del Duomo to San Babila have fashion retail shops, like Zara, H&, Diesel and many more. Instead Via Montenapoleone is an upscale shopping street of Milan. Popular as the most expensive street in Europe, see boutiques of Gucci, Prada, Armani. With the other narrow streets, like Via della Spiga is mainly haunted by rich people.
Teatro Alla Scala – 2 Days in Milan – La Scala Opera House
The Italian Opera House most famous in the World is the Teatro alla Scala. Many popular artists have performed here like Puccini, Verdi and Toscanini. There are many ways that you can enjoy a unique experience in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala. You can try luck in the day for a ticket at the main office. This is nearly impossible to happen, and if you are lucky enough the price could be really high. There are almost never unsold tickets. If you book in advance for your visit to the popular theatre for a performance, the tickets can cost you even over 100 euro.
If you are still willing to try, you can choose a tour visit of the location, some of them allow you to get behind the scenes, following the steps of popular composers.
Check those tours for you at Teatro alla Scala:
Parco Sempione & Sforzesco Castle
The amazing castle of Milan is Castello Sforzesco. This amazing building is surrounded by a gorgeous and huge park that is the green lung of the city. The locals use the benches and the meadows of the park to rest especially in the summertime.
Visit Parco Sempione is the ideal choice to get a free walk around the city centre of Milan. Inside the Castel, there are always exhibitions and galleries.
It is a nice walking through the grounds of the Castel and admires the beautiful funtain at the entrance, with the tower watching at you. The Fontana of Piazza Castello is one of the best photo spots in Milan.
On walkable distance from the entrance doors of Castello Sforzesco, there is the Arco della Pace, an awesome structure similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and Barcelona.
Be aware that the castle is closed on Mondays. On Tuesday afternoon, after 2 pm, instead, you have a free entrance to the Castle. Check the official website.
Enjoy the view from Branca Tower
This is not well-known sightseeing, and we like that is an underrated gem of Milan that a few people discover. Branca Tower is one of the tallest building in the city. A perfect 108 metres steel tower in the middle of Parco Sempione. The structure oversees the whole city, with 360 views over the amazing Milan.
On top of the tower, there is an amazing bar, the Belvedere Club. Here you can enjoy a drink with a view. The modern lift will take you to 110 metres in less than a minute. It will cost you just 5 euro to reach the top to enjoy an amazing view. Book the ticket online.
The Arch of Peace – 2 days in Milan
As we said on the distance from the Castello Sforzesco you can see the Arch of Peace of Milan. This is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Milan. The district has got the same name as the arch and is considered one of the most glamorous areas of Milan, for the stunning and elegant building with a close view on Parco Sempione.
Arco della Pace “The Arch of Peace” is one of Milan’s most recognizable landmarks. Located in the district with the same name, the arch is surrounded by elegant buildings and Parco Sempione, the largest park in Milan. It’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll and maybe have a picnic.
At the edge of Sempione park, you’ll find the grand Castello Sforzesco, a 15th-century castle now housing several museums and art exhibitions. The castle is closed on Mondays and on Tuesdays you get free entrance after 2 pm.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
This is another main sightseeing in Milan. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the masterpieces of the Italian artists, knows also as “Il cenacolo” or “L’ultima Cena”. Add a visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in your 2 days in Milan things to do. It is one of the main artworks of Leonardo, and unfortunately is losing more than half of the original colours, in irreversible damage. This is a reason more to see this masterpiece ASAP.
Buy the ticket for the entrance in advance to avoid the queue or sold out days, because there is a limited number of entrances each day. Entrance to the Last Supper – Skip the queue ticket to Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Avoid getting to the Last Supper entrance without the ticket, they are really strict. Those are some tours we suggest you check out to visit the Last Supper in Milan:
Italian traditions in the kitchen. Book a Cooking Class in Milan
Following the Italian way to cook and mix ingredients, why don’t book a unique experience in Milan? There is no way better to learn how to make pasta than to follow an Italian chef from the preparation toward the cooking.
Some of the Cooking Class we suggest you below will take you to the local markets and teach you how to choose the perfect and fresh ingredients for your dishes. You will learn the Italian art of mixing ingredients to create tempting dishes for your friends at home. Learn how to make pasta, tiramisu, cotoletta and many more dishes you have always dreamed to know how to cook.
Explore the Neighbourhoods
Milan is not just the city centre and main landmarks. As you can see in many other blog posts about other cities we always invite our readers to look out for authentic neighbourhoods and locations visited by locals. We suggest you don’t just follow the touristic stream, but experience some unique and unrepeatable.
Depending on your itinerary in Milan we suggest you include the Navigli. This is a unique area of Milan and mostly visited by tourists during the day, when instead is at night that is more glamorous and lively. But we will talk about that later on.
Another spot to include in the list of 2 days in Milan what to do is to visit San Lorenzo Colonnade. This particular area of Milan is rich in history and culture. The Colonne di San Lorenzo is a group of ancient Roman ruins. Suggestive to visit this place at sunset. The surrounding area of the Columns of San Lorenzo is full of restaurants and bars.
Visit Tortona the artistic hub of Milano. During the spring break, this part of the city becomes the centre of Design Week. Pop-up stands are pulling in the district with artists coming from everywhere to show their new furniture designs.
In this area is worth visiting the hidden gem of LabSolue. Inside the courtyard of the Hotel Magna Pars Suites, there is a perfume unique laboratory nestled in a prime location, close to the train station Milano Porta Genova.
Visit Brera District – 2 days in Milan
One of the most vibrant and nicest neighbourhoods of Milan is the central district of Brera. This is an upscale area of Milan, considered the most artistic and bohemian district of the city. Brera is full of cafes and restaurant and will be the ideal place to explore at any time of the day. Even if you have just one day in Milan, Brera should be on your list of places to visit.
Nowadays Brera has becomed location for many fashion designer shops and young trendy locations. What you should not miss in Brera is the Academy. In the same building, you can also find the Pinacoteca di Brera, an amazing hub with a large art museum, the astronomical observatory and the Braidense National Library. Check the opening time.
Coffee with a vie at Triennale Milano
Worth a whole paragraph in our itinerary of Milan in 2 days is the Triennale of Milano. The Museum of Design of Milano is unique. Usually during the epiphany period, that it goes after Christmas until the six of January the museum is entry free. Over than the Theatre Season, that sees many of world-famous artists perform on stage, there is an amazing café with an awesome view over Milan landscape.
The Triennale Design Café is an authentic hidden gem of Milan. You won’t find many tourists there and you can enjoy a little corner of peace in the chaotic centre. The Triennale Design of Milan is just a few minutes away, walking from Castello Sforzesco.
Live like a local a special Aperitivo in Milan
Milan is maybe the Capital of the Aperitivo in Italy. Already from the early afternoon, you will spot locals enjoying a little break from duties, sipping a classic Italian spritz in bars and restaurants. From 5 PM onwards the bars and restaurants offer special menus aperitivo, with about 5 to 10 euro you will get a drink and access to the huge food buffet.
The classic way to get an Aperitif in Italy is composed of a drink, Alcoholic or Nonalcoholic, and tasty snacks, that can go from simple chips to pasta, ham and cheese.
The best place to enjoy the Italian way is in the Navigli area. Keep an eye on the outside menus for the start of the Aperitivo.
Porta Nuova District is the new trendy spot in Milan
Talking about special experiences in Milan, that you can do just in Italy, it is for sure to go away from the popular spots. Porta Nuova District is a brand new area of Milan, becoming popular among locals. It is close to Parco Sempione (Sempione Park). The closest metro to the area is Garibaldi (Purple Line – M5).
The district is full of brand new restaurants and bars, that offer the Italian Aperitif experience. Point your GPS to Corso Como and explore the surrounding area buzzing of Locals. This location is lively at night as well, it could be a good alternative for you Milan at night plans.
How to get to Milan – Explore Milan in 2 days
The city of Milan is often associated as the North Capital of Italy. Located in the centre of Northern Italy, Milan is considered a hub where to reach almost all the important cities within 2 hours. The city is well connected to the rest of the country by rail services and flights.
Milan is well served by 3 airports, one of them really close to the city centre but mostly used by internal flights, this is Milano Linate Airport. The other two airports are within 30 minutes by train from the main train station and it is Milano Malpensa. The other airport is away to a nearby big city, Bergamo, the airport is Oro al Serio, and is mainly used by the low-cost company. Ryanair is based on the last airport, but also flight into Milano Malpensa. Below you will find a guide on how to reach Milan from the airports.
As we have said before, the city of Milan is well connected with the rest of the country and the airports. Low fare prices are easy to find, and you can clearly spend a layover in Milan, lowering the prices for your ticket to middle east countries. Milan is often chosen as a few days layover to flight to China, the Us and the Middle East.
How to reach Milan city Centre from the Airports
Two are the main airport which serves Milan with flights from Europe and the rest of the World. Those are Milan Malpensa and Milan Bergamo. As you can understand Malpensa is the closest airport to the centre of Milan. It is the ideal airport to fly in if you just have 2 days in Milan to spend. If you watch the budget Milan Bergamo is the airport to the lookout. It is in the city of Bergamo and you have a bit longer journey by train or bus, compared to Milan Malpensa.
The bus company Flixbus is operating on the track between the airport of Milan Bergamo and the main train station of the city. From Milan Malpensa, you can take a train ride of 45 minutes. The train stops at Milan Train Station and Milano Porta Garibaldi, but also in the countryside of Milano, in cities like Saronno and Busto Arsizio. Check Malpensa Express for more information about.
Reach the city centre of Milan by Train
If you are travelling to Milan from other Italian cities, is well to know that the high-speed train is probably the best way to reach Milan in a short time. We went into Milan throughout Rome, Florence and Bologna. A trip to Italy will be the best option to visit many cities in a short time.
By the way, you can get access to Milan by train from those cities and from Turin and Venice too. If you book your ticket in advance, with the local company Italo Treno, you can get cheap offers with a high-speed train.
How to travel Around Milan
The public transport of Milan is amazing, the city centre is completely walkable with traffic-free areas all around the main landmarks. However, getting from one side of the city to the other is not easy for a first-timer, the best way to do it is by metro. The metro in Italy is pretty cheap everywhere, compared with another metropolis in Europe, like London. The ticket for the metro, likewise for bus and tram, will cost you 1,50€ for a single ticket. There is a cheap option for a day ticket for 4.50€. You can buy single and day tickets at any metro station or at special stands called “Edicola” which mainly sell newspaper an magazines.
You can check the local app for the transport system to have a better and clear idea on how to get around Milan in 2 days. Check the ATM APP of Milan.
What to know about Milan Public Transport
Metro: Milan has got 5 metro lines, M1, M2, M3, M4, M5. Those are associated with different colours. Red, Green, Yellow, blue and purple. The two that could interest you in the 48 hours itinerary in Milan are the Red and purple. Those two lines are crossing the city centre.
Milan’s metro operates from 5.30 am to 00.30 am. The day ticket cost 4,50€; a single ticket cost 1,50€.
Bike Sharing (BikeMi): The public bike system has station all around the city. Most of the location points are in the old town, where the sightseeing are. There is a big bike-sharing station in front of the Duomo of Milan. Use the bike in your Milan in 48 hours trip, be environment-friendly.
Taxi: There is a good taxi service in the city. The local number to call to book your ride is 02 4040 or 02 6969. Over than the traditional taxi, there is also a popular company Uber.
Bus and Tram: The same company that runs the metro in Milan is running also the Bus and Tram system. Take the old fashioned tram running through the city centre like in an old movie. Check the Bus and Tram paths and timetable.
The Best Places to Stay in Milan
The beside is also full of trendy bars and fancy restaurants, it is the ideal district to stay in Milan in 2 days. Within 10-15 minutes by metro ride, you can reach the city centre of Milan and the Cathedral at the Metro station Duomo.
Hostels in Milan – 48 hours in Milan
If you are a backpacker and love the adventure in a new city, Milan is full of hostels. The Italian translation is Ostello. Despite many other European cities, Milan is not cheap for hostels. In high season a dorm bed will cost you a lot, and is better to check in advance your accommodation to avoid surprises.
Hotels in Milan – Milan in two days
How many times in this post we have said that Milan is expensive. Yes, a lot, but is never enough to warn you to book your accommodation in advance. Forgot to find cheap hotels in the centre of Milan, is pretty impossible. Start to look in different areas, away from prime locations like the Duomo. The public transport of Milan is efficient, so there is not to worry about distances.
Airbnb in Milan
Milan Central Location – Milano Duomo
Most charming one – Milanese Apartments
Outside of the city centre, Perfect public transport – Cozy Room
Easy going area – The Special One
Cheap and central – Smart Studio
Day trips from Milan
If your trip to Milan is just a first step in a bigger Italian Trip, you are in the right direction.
As we said at the beginning of this blog post about what to do in Milan in 2 days, the city is well-linked with other Italian cities. Milan is in the centre of northern Italy, within 2 hours by train you can reach Bologna, an amazing location to discover even just for a day trip from Milan.
Venice is also a good escape from the chaotic Milan, the most famous lagoon city in the World is within 2 hours by train from Milan, reachable also by bus is the cheapest way. Florence is an amazing day trip from Milan, you can enjoy the culture of the city of Dante, Botticelli and many other Italian artists within 2 hours by train and 3 by bus.
Go for a Milan Walking Tour
When you are in lack of time, is always a good idea to book tours and guides in advance. There are several free walking tours of Milan, which will take you to some of the best attractions in the city. The Free walking tour with Civitatis, will take you around Milan City centre and main landmarks, it is never crowded with people and always interesting. The guides are well prepared and happy to answer questions.
Even if a free walking tour is ideal to fit in your budget, you still have to pay a tip based on what you feel. Instead of a free walking tour, you can go for a paid tour that could be less expensive than you think.
The Milan walking tour we will propose to you, will Embark you on a tour of Milan’s highlights. You will enjoy the world-famous attractions of the city in a 3 hour interesting guided walking tour. This tour is indeed high suggested, because will give you skip the line admission to the last supper, that is always subject to ticket availability. It will be a win-win for cheap. Check it!
Where to eat in Milan – Two days in Milan
Milan is a paradise for food lovers, here you can find unique Italian specialities. The food in Italy is well known as one of the best cuisines in the World. Like every other city, even Milan has got some district where to find amazing restaurants.
For fine dishes and premium locations, we suggest you check in the district of Brera. If you are not willing for high prices dinner or lunch, we suggest you check the Navigli Area. The Colonne di San Lorenzo is another area full of bar and restaurant to a lookout. The prices are in a good range and really tasty.
What are the typical Milan food
Italy is well known for its culinary traditions, and Milan is not the last in these terms. Recently the best pizzerias of Naples, are starting to open stores in Milan as well. In Milan, you can find Italian Traditional dishes and local specialities. The popular one is the Milanese Risotto, or called here Risotto alla Milanese. It is a creamy risotto, filled with spices and flavoured with saffron. Other typical products of the city are the Cotoletta and the Osso Buco.
Those are the one we suggest you:
Eataly Milan Smeraldo (Huge Market with Italian Products and little shops)
Drogherie Milanesi (Typical Milanese Food)
La filetteria Italiana (Meat from everywhere in the world)
Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre (The real pizza from Naples)
Slow Sud (Sicilian Products)
Al Cantinone (Typical Milanese Food)
Q&A 2 days in Milan Itinerary
Milan is a really big city, it is the second city in Italy for inhabitants. Despite that, the city centre, with main landmarks is not that huge, and thanks to efficient public transport it can be visited in a few days. Let’s says that to see the whole list of cultural places, maybe 3 to 4 days are enough. But, still, if you want to breathe and see more in deep life in a city, you have to spend at least a week there. With more days available you can go for daily trips away from Milan and visit more of the surrounding area, cities like Varese, Turin, Venice or within two hours by train Parma, Bologna, Firenze. From Milan is easy to reach Cinque Terre as well.
Cathedral of Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Arch of Peace
Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Milan Cathedral Roof Top
Skip the line at Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie
San Siro Stadium Tour
Theatre Tour of La Scala
Lake Como Towns day tour
Bike Tour of Milan
Franciacorta wine tour
Milan Food Tour
Malpensa express is the special rail line that links the main airport of the city to the centre of Milan. You can buy the ticket online, this is the official website. Alternatively, you can go for a cheap option, reaching Milano Centrale by bus, in less than an hour. The high-frequency buses will take you from both terminals, the run will cost you just 7€ each way. Check it out.
You can hire also private transport from Milan Malpensa. This is our option for you.
Yes. Visiting the Italian city of Milan in 2 days, you will feel the vibes of a lively city. The rhythm of everyday life is high like every big city in the World. You can find the soul of Milan in the old fashioned bar, but also in the trendiest areas of Brera, Navigli or Porta Nuova.
You can definitely see Milan in 2 days, the city centre is not that big and the main locations where to focus are close to each other. You can walk through the main streets of the old town. Don’t worry if you manage well your time, and book the tickets for tours in advance you should have spare free time for shopping.
There are several day trips from Milan you can go for. From the lovely picture-perfect landscapes of Cinque Terre, to Turin where visit the best Egyptian Museum outside of Egypt. Milan is an advantage point if you want to travel around Italy. The flight tickets within Europe are pretty cheap, landing in Milan Malpensa. From the northern Italian city, you can also reach Venice, Verona and Trento for a day trip.
The last one, Trento, the capital of Trentino is the ideal place to visit in Winter. The Dolomites Slopes are waiting just you. From Milan, you can reach some of the best ski chalets in Italy. If you are visiting this amazing region in Summer, make sure you see this before – Photos that will make you visit Trentino.
How much money for 2 days in Milan?
Milan is an expensive city, even for locals, compared to other cities in Italy. (Naples is half of its price). We have broken down the costs for you, to better understand which budget allocate for your next trip to Milan.