When in Milan…


Living in Europe grants many an opportunity to travel to new and exciting places. You may go to Barcelona, Spain. Maybe you decide on a trip to Athens, Greece. Or maybe, just maybe, you want to go to Milan, Italy. If that’s you, you are in luck because this article will list some fun and cost-friendly things to do around the city.

  1. Take a walk

This one should be obvious. If you really want to see the whole city at your own pace and you have a lot of time on your hands, simply spend a day or two exploring. Milan has plenty to offer, from a stunning castle to the beautiful Duomo cathedral in the center of the city. I would recommend investing in the ‘Milan Card,’ as it includes train public transportation tickets and free or discounted access at a variety of museums around the city. The transportation system there is really good- one of the best I’ve seen, and with the help of Google Maps, it should be easy to make your way around the city. 

  1. Bike tour

If you want to see a lot of the city in a shorter period, I recommend going on a bike tour. The city is very flat, so it is easy to get around. Bike tours are a favorite of mine when I go to a new city, and this was no different. Not only do you get to see a lot, but you also get to know the history of the city as well. It was interesting to know the facts behind Milan’s most popular spots, but it also sparked our interest in a select few sites that we were later able to go back to and explore more in depth. The specific tour we went on was from the company Bike and the City. They offer tours in English, and they keep the groups small enough that everyone can ask as many questions as needed. The guides are also very helpful when navigating through the sometimes busy streets of Milan.

  1. Sforza Castle and the Milan Cathedral

If you are staying in Milan and need some places to see, these two are a must. Sforza Castle is a stunning representation of Milan’s past and is completely free to enter and walk around. It is surrounded by a beautiful park and offers a variety of museum exhibitions for only 5 euro. This was my favorite place we visited (and it has some great backdrops for pictures). The Milan Cathedral is another must. I would recommend going as early in the day as possible, because the lines for tickets and entry fill up fast, but even just looking at the exterior, you will instantly fall in love. On the inside you can see a plethora of statues and stained-glass windows depicting biblical stories with vivid colors. Personally, this is one of my all-time favorite cathedrals in Europe, so I would recommend going inside if you can.