Milan is a vibrant metropolis in northern Italy with much to see and do. It is the second most popular city in Italy after Rome. With a population of over 1.3 million people, this global city is known for its fashion and design. However, it doesn’t stop there. Milan is also a financial hub for the country and has many iconic historical landmarks and art including Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Milan tours that are available cover everything from architecture and cathedrals to the stunning surrounding landscapes of this avant-garde city.
One of the most popular Milan tours is the hop-on, hop off bus tour. These tours are the most flexible for tourists who want to take in the sights at their leisure. You can see only the sights you want and avoid the ones you don’t. These double-decker open-top buses will give you a close-up view of the city and allow you to climb on and off as little or as much as you want. You’ll see the Duomo, the Cenacolo Vinciano and the La Scala opera house as you ride around the city in comfort.
If you hate waiting in line, there are several skip the line tours available in Milan. The skip the line Duomo tour includes the spectacular cathedral as well as a tour of the rooftop and its hidden underground crypt. The skip the line Leonardo di Vinci tour consists of a visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which is home of the famed ‘Last Supper’ and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will also visit the Biblioteca Ambrosiana which houses da Vinci’s iconic ‘Atlantic Codex’ which is a twelve-volume bound set of his drawings and writings. A must see tour for admirers of Leonardo da Vinci’s work.
If you are a lover of opera, be sure to take a tour of the most famous opera house in all of Italy, the Teatro alla Scala. This breathtaking theatre opened in 1778 and features red velvet seating and gold furnishings. You can also visit the museum here where you will find a unique collection of paintings, instruments, and costumes.
There are so many fun and exciting Milan tours to choose from, it will be hard to select only a few. However, no matter what tour you choose, prepare to be amazed on your trip to Milan.
Getting in, out and around Milan for your tour by train is a smooth and straightforward exercise. The underground Milan Metro is a rapid transit system that serves both the city and the surrounding region. The “il Passante” or the Milan Suburban Railway boasts underground service from the outlying areas into the main city centre. This railway also has connections to the Milan Metro. Milan Central Station is the main railway in the city and is conveniently located in the north central part of the city. This station offers service to Naples, Rome, Turin other smaller regional areas. Two other railway stations in Milan include Milano Cadorna and Milano Porta Garibaldi.
Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.