Photography is our passion and our job. This is one of the main reasons why we love talking about the most beautiful Instagram spots that we find around the world. Today we decided to share with you our favourite Milan Instagram spots. Our short trip to the capital of fashion was long enough to give us the time to find the most instagrammable places in Milan without missing the top sights, of course.
We will guide you through the famous Duomo which is a local spot in Milan, not only. Our photography itinerary will end up in one of the most instagrammable cafés in the city. Are you ready for some snap of our trip to Milan?
MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN MILAN
Which are the best photography spots in Milan?
- Navigli Canals
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- Arco della Pace
- Castello Sforzesco
- Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Pinacoteca di Brera
- Bosco Verticale
- Vogue Kiosk
- Via Monte Napoleone
- Terrazza Aperol
- Matcha Cafe
- Bar Luce
One of the most famous and best Instagram spots in Milan is the Duomo. It’s the symbol of the city and one of the top attractions. This stunning building and the huge square are the first insights in our itinerary through the most instagrammable places in Milan. The gorgeous Cathedral has got an amazing architecture inside and outside. In fact, it took almost six centuries to complete. The details are unique and you must see it.
As it’s one of the local spots in Milan, we suggest you to go for sunrise to be able to have the square all for you. It will be almost impossible to have a great photo if you go after 9 AM.
The first time we spent only one day in Milan and it was almost impossible for us to make it for sunrise. So, searching for the perfect spot, we found our angle in the left side corner of the square, facing the Cathedral. Use it, if you are going to visit the place later in the day.
If you love night photography this place is the right one as well.
LOCATIONS | Duomo di Milano
Are you looking for the right spot for sunset? If Duomo is the ideal one for sunrise, the Navigli Canals are perfect for sunset. It is considered one of the best Milan photo spots, especially if you are looking for a romantic place to take pictures.
The colourful houses around Navigli Canals make Milan Instagrammable and ideal for your photography itinerary.
If you are visiting Navigli for sunset we recommend you to bring a tripod for better photos.
LOCATIONS | Navigli
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Located close to the Duomo, this gallery is a stunning building worth inserting in your list of Instagrammable places in Milan. Like the Cathedral, Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery can be very busy if you are visiting at the wrong time. If you are planning to get up early in the morning for sunrise then the situation changes.
After shooting at the Duomo you can easily pop inside the gallery and find your perfect spot. Keep in mind that the shops inside the gallery usually open at 9-10 AM so make sure you are done before that time.
LOCATIONS | Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Arco della Pace or Porta Sempione
This beautiful city gate is dated back to the 19th century and built during the Napoleonic rule. Today is considered one of the most instagrammable places in Milan.
With its neoclassical style and architecture, this triumphal monument is a top sight that you can’t miss visiting in Milan.
If you have ever been to Berlin, you will see how similar both gates will look like but of course, we are talking about two different things.
What’s the best time to visit? We would definitely suggest during the sunset to catch the wonderful light while the sun goes away.
LOCATIONS | Arco della Pace
Sforzesco Castle was one of the largest citadels in Europe and today houses several art collections, galleries and museums. As it’s one of the famous landmarks in the city, be ready to face many tourists. The tip like always is to visit this place early in the morning, especially in summer, when it is more crowded and also so hot.
This beautiful building was a surprise for us. We couldn’t believe that it was the right place for an Instagrammable Milan. Not just the fortress itself, but also the view of the walls and the gate from the fountain side.
This is the entrance to the city centre of Milan, and is the right place to chill, relax, visit and take photos.
CULTURAL AND INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN MILAN
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Famous for hosting the original “Last Supper” mural of Leonardo da Vinci, Santa Maria delle Grazie is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Church. Apart from being a must-see in Milan, this lovely church has got a huge garden perfect for photography. If you walk around you will see how lovely the church itself is, and it will give you the inspiration for taking pictures.
Make sure that, when planning a trip to Milan, you insert Santa Maria delle Grazie in your best photo spots in Milan to see. Watch out for the tickets, while there are limitate spots everyday for the access to see the masterpiece.
LOCATIONS | Chiesa Santa Maria delle Grazie
TOURS | Book your ticket here and visit “The Last Supper” and Santa Maria delle Grazie
Pinacoteca di Brera
Along with the Vatican Museums and Uffizi Gallery, Pinacoteca di Brera is considered another most important museum in Italy. This photogenic gallery preserves and exhibits beautiful Italian painting. It’s absolutely worth a visit. Apart from being an incredible place to visit in Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera is considered one of the most beautiful Milan photo spots.
LOCATIONS | Pinacoteca di Brera
TOURS | Plan your visit to Brera district and museums here.
An alternative photo spot in Milan is for sure Bosco Verticale. If it’s your first time in Milan you need to see this amazing new architecture which was built to contribute towards the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity.
It was voted as one of the most beautiful and innovative skyscrapers in the world. Known as Vertical Forest, you can’t miss this place for your instagrammable places in Milan. Those complex of buildings are not only incredibly photogenic, but are also an amazing display of art, innovation and environmental design.
LOCATIONS | Bosco Verticale
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If you are spending two days in Milan you have enough time to stroll around the city centre and find the famous Vogue Kiosk.
I must say that at the beginning it was hard to find, but we made it easy for you as we put the exact location below in the description. You’ve probably seen the numerous photos on Instagram or on Google, so you know that you can’t miss it.
This kiosk is the typical place wherein Italy sells newspapers, so if you are thinking of going very early in the morning you might find it closed.
Via Monte Napoleone
Considered one of the best Instagram spots in Milan, Via Monte Napoleone is the famous shopping street in the city. It’s one of the most expensive streets in Europe where you will find the most important shops like Versace, Cartier and more. With its amazing stores, this street is the ideal background for some photos. For sure the spots of Via Montenapoleone are your next profile photo for social media.
If you want to be alone and have all the time to shoot, we suggest you go before the shops open. But it’s even true that when people are around the atmosphere changes so it’s really up to you how you wish to have this shot.
APERITIEF IN ONE OF THE BEST SCENARIOS OF MILAN
When visiting Milan, even if it’s for one day or two, the best way to end your day is with a proper Italian aperitif. This place is not only one of the best Instagram spots in Milan, but it’s even one of the most beautiful places where to enjoy the lovely view of the Duomo.
As it is close to one of the most important landmarks in the city, you might wait a bit before being able to sit. Anyway, even if tedious to attend your turn, it’s absolutely worth spending the afternoon there. The view and the delicious drinks will make you feel like an Italian.
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We can’t conclude the list of places where to snap photos in the city, without including instagrammable cafè in Milan.
The Macha Café is one of the coolest Milan Instagram spots with its Japanese style, long wooden table and pretty cushions. What makes this place so cool is the healthy menu dedicated to matcha green tea. You can enjoy everything that you wish from cakes to cocktails and even delicious and pretty pancakes. As you can Milan has a lot to offer. The city is one of the biggest capitals in Europe and within that is welcoming many companies trading in healthy food, vegan and vegetarian options and more.
LOCATIONS | Matcha Cafe
Designed by acclaimed film director Wes Anderson, when you walk inside Bar Luce you will feel like you have walked on to one of these film sets. Thanks to its stunning interior design, Bar Luce is considered one of the Best Instagram spots in Milan and it’s absolutely worth a visit.
It’s not only an Instagram place in Milan but it’s a lunch break spot. Catch up with your itinerary of Milan and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
LOCATION | Bar Luce
TIPS FOR AN INSTAGRAMMABLE MILAN
Milan can be a very busy city at any time of the year. For this reason, you should have your plan ready before your trip. Those are a few tips which we recommend you to follow:
BOOK AHEAD OF TIME YOUR VISIT TO THE DUOMO | If you don’t have a scheduled plan it will be almost impossible to find the tickets. Remember to book your visit here and save time.
BRING A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | If you are visiting Milan during summer, be ready for the hot weather. Walking around the city with warm weather is not the best, being without fresh water.
TRIPOD CAN BE USEFUL | If you are travelling solo or either with your partner, a tripod is highly recommended for better photos. Improve the style, don’t bother other tourists or simply take a couple’s photos.
SUNSET LOCATION | Navigli
SUNRISE LOCATION | Duomo
DRESS LIKE A STAR | Milan is the fashionable capital of Italy so dress smart and with vivid colours like red and blue.
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