Milan Holidays

Pick a Milan city break for amazing art, impressive architecture and an unbeatable aperitivo scene

From the architectural grandeur of Milan Cathedral to the high fashion boutiques of Via Monte Napoleone, Milan lives up to its title of the design capital of Italy. It's a fast-paced city with plenty to see and do. Browse the designer stores and duck into a café for an afternoon shot of espresso. The city is filled with galleries and museums - and some of Italy's most exciting restaurants too.

What to see on a Milan holiday

You could explore the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping arcade in the world. Or people-watch from one of the ristorantes that frame Piazza del Duomo. Milan’s aperitivo scene is legendary, with bars as stylish as the fashionistas who lounge in them. If it’s art you’re after, head for Sforza Castle and its collection of Renaissance masterpieces. Another kind of art awaits you at Teatro alla Scala – a theatre with a programme of Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.

Why book a holiday in Milan with Inghams

We've selected centrally-located hotels so you can check in and get out exploring in no time. Book your activities with us too and you can really get to know the city's art and culture. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

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This hotel is renowned for its great location and its excellent levels of comfort. It's the perfect base for exploring the city's historic centre.

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This classic hotel is in the heart of Milan's shopping district and a short walk from the Duomo and Scala Theatre. Relax at the end of the day with a quick dip in the small rooftop pool or the wellness centre. 

  • 143 rooms
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Starhotels E.c.ho is a contemporary hotel and Milan's first eco hotel. It’s just 150 metres away from Milan Centrale station so exploring the city couldn't be easier. They've partnered with Eataly, a brand dedicated to high-quality Italian food and drink, so dinners here are something to look forward to.

Excursions

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City tour of Milan from £45 per person (half day)

This excursion starts at the medieval Sforza Castle before heading to the splendid Duomo, one of the world's largest Gothic cathedrals. Walk inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a 19th-century glass-vaulted shopping arcade brimming with fashionable shops and cafés, and visit the famous Teatro alla Scala, the city's stunning Opera House. 

Departs: Tuesday - Sunday. Includes 24h admission to Teatro alla Scala Museum. Hotel pick up and drop off not included.

Grand Tour of Milan with The Last Supper (half day)

No visit to Milan is complete without seeing Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. You'll get to do all the activities on the City Tour of Milan before ending with a visit to The Last Supper. The famous work of art was completed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1498 and is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

This excursion is on request, please call to book. Early booking is highly recommended as reservations to see 'The Last Supper' are limited 

Departs: Tuesday - Sunday. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

La Scala Museum & Theatre Tour from £25 per person (1 hour)

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It's hosted countless performances from some of the most revered opera singers and composers for more than two centuries. You’ll get to admire the elegant interiors of the theatre on this tour and enjoy entrance to the museum.

Departs: Daily. Includes entrance to the museum. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Football Lover's Tour from £51 per person (half day)

Enjoy entrance to the legendary San Siro Stadium and Casa Milan on this self-guided excursion. Start at San Siro where you can admire the pitch from the stands, visit the press room and walk through the tunnel. Your ticket includes entrance to the Inter and Milan museum where you can learn about the history and rivalry of the two teams. Your next stop will be Casa Milan, AC Milan’s headquarters, which has a museum, store and the Cucina Milanello restaurant where a light lunch is included.

Departs: Daily. Includes transport by open-top City Sightseeing bus, entrance tickets to San Siro Stadium and museum, entrance ticket to Casa Milan and a light lunch. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Prestige Small Group Tour to Lake Como from £93 per person (full day)

Start in Lake Como with a two hour cruise with a guide. You’ll have plenty of time to take pictures and relax as the guide points out some of the more interesting sights on the lake, including the villas of George Clooney and Richard Branson. After the cruise there's some free time in Bellagio before you head to Lake Lugano with a scenic drive through the Alps. You’ll have some free time before heading back to Milan in time for dinner.

Departs: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 01 May – 31 Oct (plus Fridays from 01 Jun – 30 Sep). Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Milan Open Top Bus Tour from £23 per person (24 or 48 hours)

Discover Milan on this open top bus tour of the city. The comfortable open top busses have transparent roofs so you can enjoy the sights whatever the weather. Your ticket is valid on two routes for 24 or 48 hours, allowing you to hop on and off as many times as you like while you visit the monuments, museums and the charming districts of Milan. An audio guide is available on board and the bus is equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct . Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Bernina & St. Moritz from £119 per person (full day)

Take a ride on the Bernina along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. Begin in Tirano and cross the beautiful viaduct at Buriso, taking the Bernina Pass into the Engadin region before finally reaching St. Moritz. On this two and a half hour journey you’ll see some of the most enchanting natural scenery. After some free time in St. Moritz, begin your rail journey back to Milan.

Please note that panoramic coaches are not guaranteed and a current valid passport is required on the day of travel.

Departs: Daily. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

  • Duomo di Milano: The central focus of the city is its beautiful gothic Duomo. Enjoy it from the outside or head in to see the intricate stained glass windows and venture up on to the roof - the views of Milan from here are amazing.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper: You'll find this work of art in the UNESCO awarded Santa Maria delle Grazi. See it for yourself on a short guided tour, booking in advance is a must.
  • Galleria Emmanuele II: Another of Milan’s most recognizable landmarks. It opened in 1867 and has stood the test of time, making it one of the oldest of its kind. Today it’s packed with designer shops from Gucci to Versace, traditional cafes and an urban street market showcasing the freshest Italian ingredients.
  • The Highline - Galleria Emmanuele II: There's a highline walkway on the roof of the Galleria Emmanuele II that links the Piazza Duomo to Piazza della Scala. It’s a unique way to see the city from above, with views of the Duomo’s spires.
  • Teatro alla Scala: La Scala has hosted operas for over 200 years from some of the best-known musicians and composers in Italy. The best way to experience the theatre is by attending a performance but if you just want to soak up its historical splendour, you can book up a visit to the theatre and the museum throughout the year.
  • Sforza Castle: This former fortress has been transformed into a cultural hub with seven museums to explore. Art lovers can marvel at Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà, which is now housed in the Castles Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital).
  • The Navigli District: The charming neighbourhood of Navigli is full of hidden gems including historic courtyards, small independent galleries, vintage furniture shops and authentic restaurants.
  • Cimitero Monumentale: This beautiful cemetery acts as an open-air museum. It’s famed for its beautifully decorated tombs and leading figures and famous families from Milan are buried here, including author Alessandro Manzoni, conductor Arturo Toscanini and poet, artist and founder of the futurist movement Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

Food & drink

Milan's food scene has really come into its own in the last few years thanks to new and exciting restaurants popping up all the time. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Make sure you try some of the city's specialties. Risotto alla Milanese uses rice grown in the Po Valley and Cotoletta all Milanese is a tasty veal cutlet in a thin layer of breadcrumbs. Try the local gorgonzola too - this is where it orginates from.

Milan is one of the best places in Italy for aperitivo - an Italian tradition of of drinks and snacks before dinner. Pick your spot, sit down with an Aperol Spritz or wine and join the locals.

Good to Know 

  • Buy a Milan Pass or Milano Card for free tickets, travel and discounts on experiences in the City
  • Enjoy free entry to Milan's municipal museums on the first Sunday (all day), first and third Tuesday of the month (2pm onwards)
  • Every night between 7–9pm it’s time for aperitivo in Milan. Head to the bars and cafés for food and drinks
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