Holidays in Milan

Amazing art, impressive architecture and an unbeatable aperitivo scene – and all with the Italian lake district just a stone's throw away

Milan is one of the most exciting cities in Italy. Artists, chefs, fashion designers and architects have long come here to make a name for themselves – resulting in a city that showcases architectural marvels, chic shopping districts and inventive restaurants. And yet, it’s still a city that honours tradition, with a revered aperitivo scene forged from ingredients plucked from the farms and vineyards on its doorstep. For a change of scene, make a break for the lakes of Como and Garda. You can be amongst waterside paths and alpine views in less than an hour by train.

Marvellous Milan

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. You could explore the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping arcade in the world, or pop in to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper at Cenacolo Museum – make sure you pre-book as tickets sell out fast! Another kind of art awaits at Teatro alla Scala – a theatre with a programme of Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.

Cutting-edge cuisine

There’s never a dull moment in Milan, with new restaurants popping up every month, headed up by up-and-coming chefs. Local ingredients often lie at the heart of each menu; risotto with rice from the Po Valley, perhaps, and marbled gorgonzola. Milan is also one of the best places in Italy for aperitivo – sociable pre-dinner snacks and drinks designed to whet the appetite for the main meal. Pull up a chair, grab an Aperol spritz and tuck into bruschetta at a canalside restaurant.

Explore the Italian lake district

After a day of walking in Milan, it’ll come as no surprise that even the train station is a work of art. This grand terminus is your gateway to the Italian lake district. Hop off in Peschiera or Desenzano, on the southern edge of Lake Garda, to walk lakeside promenades with mountain panoramas. From here, ferries skate between towns such as fairy-tale Sirmione, historic Salò, and to the mountainous northern shore, where Riva del Garda reclines. Lake Como is also only 40 minutes away by train, famous for its elegant gardens and villas.

The cities beyond: Verona, Bologna and Florence

Some of the most beautiful cities in Italy are in easy reach by train. Fair Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is just over an hour away. Bologna is even closer – an underrated city pinned by over 20 medieval towers. Florence is a doable day trip, too, and less than two hours away on the fast train. Its compact centre, hilltop gardens and bridge-striped river make it a beautifully walkable city.

Why book a summer holiday in Milan with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Milan's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Milan include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

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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. 


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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: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. Includes 24h admission to Teatro alla Scala Museum. Hotel pick up and drop off not included. Morning and afternoon tours are available.

La Scala Museum & Theatre Tour from £26 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.

Lake Como and Bellagio from £82 per person (full day)

Head for the Italian lakes to discover the stunning sights of Lake Como. Begin with a visit to the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio and the neo-classical Villa Olmo, before exploring the historical centre of Como. The best way to experience the beauty of Lake Como is from the water, so next you’ll take a cruise to the lakeside towns of Bellagio and Cadenabbia.

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

Milan Open Top Bus Tour from £45 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. 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.

Available on request, please call to book

The Last Supper Tour from £73 per person (half day)

No visit to Milan is complete without seeing Leonardo da Vinci's '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. With the help of a local guide you’ll get to uncover the secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of the moment Jesus declares one of the Apostles will betray him. Includes skip the line entry tickets.

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 - Saturday. 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.

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Experience Italy as it's most glam on this multi-centre holiday. Start in the fashion capital of the world where you can shop designer boutiques and visit stunning museums and galleries. After a few days in Milan, chill out on Lake Como where you can take scenic boat trips, explore grand villas and hike mountain trails.

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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