Milan Holidays

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 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.

  • 92 rooms

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

  • from£515pp
  • 108 rooms

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

Starhotels E.c.ho is a unique, contemporary property in the heart of Italy’s fashion capital. It’s just 150 metres away from Milan Centrale station, meaning you can easily use the city’s great transportation system to get you to every corner. But stepping into the hotel’s lobby immediately makes you forget about the hustle and bustle outside. Made to feel like an urban garden, you’ll find hanging plants, natural wooden floors and a tranquil garden. The calming theme continues throughout the hotel with guest rooms finished in natural colours and soft natural lighting.


City Tour of Milan (half day)

Take a look at the 70m-tall “Torre del Filarete” medieval Sforza Castle, once residence for the ruling family of Milan. Today it houses several of the city's museums and art collections. Visit the splendid Duomo, one of the world's largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Walk inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, a 19th-century glass-vaulted shopping arcade brimming with fashionable shops and cafes. It's often called the ‘salotto di Milano’ or ‘Milan’s drawing room’ for its importance over the years as a common meeting point for the people of Milan. And visit the famous Teatro alla Scala, the city's stunning Opera House. 

Departs: Tue - Sun from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £45pp includes 24h admission to Teatro alla Scala Museum. Hotel pick up and drop off not included

La Scala Museum & Theatre Tour (1 hour)

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and has 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 from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £25pp – includes entrance to the museum. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Football Lovers Tour (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 to the pitch. 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 from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £51pp – included 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 (full day)

This lovely full day excursion will take you to two of the prettiest lakes in Northern Italy and Switzerland. Start in Lake Como, where you’ll enjoy 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 elegant villas of George Clooney and Richard Branson. After the cruise, you’ll enjoy some free time in Bellagio where you can explore the picturesque streets or grab a bite to eat. Next, you’ll head to Lake Lugano in Switzerland with a scenic drive through the Alps. The town of Lugano is spectacular, with dramatic mountain scenery surrounding the calm lake. You’ll have some free time to shop or enjoy a drink before heading back to Milan in time for dinner.

Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 01 May – 31 Oct (plus Friday from 01 Jun – 30 Sep)

Price: £93pp – includes tickets for Como Lake 2-hour cruise. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Milan Open Top Bus Tour (24/48 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 Wifi and USB charging ports.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct 

Price: £23pp/£25pp – Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Bernina & St. Moritz (full day)

Take a ride on the Bernina train along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world – on board the Rhaetian Railway panoramic coaches. Begin in Tirano, cross the beautiful viaduct at Buriso, take the Bernina Pass into the Engadin region, before finally reaching St. Moritz. On this 2.5 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 from 28 Mar – 08 Nov 

Price: £119 – Includes Bernina train ticket. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Bookable locally 

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

No visit to Milan is complete without seeing one of the most famous works of art in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. This tour of Milan starts at the medieval Sforza Castel, once a noble residence it now houses several important art collections. The next stop is the splendid Duomo, one of the most striking Gothic cathedrals in the world. Admire its intricate exterior while the guide explains the history behind this beautiful construction. You’ll then go to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest shopping mall in the world, and La Scala Theatre before ending with a visit to The Last Supper. The famous work of art was completed by Leornardo 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: Tue - Sun from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £83pp – includes admission to Theatro alla Scalla and 'skip the line' admission to Da Vinici's 'The Last Supper'. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included. There will be approximately one hour of walking.

Things To Do

Duomo di Milano

The central focus of the city is its beautiful gothic Duomo, made from pink-white marble. At the heart of the city, the streets radiate from it, making it impossible to miss. Although you can enjoy it from the outside, it’s well worth heading in to see the intricate stained glass windows or to venture up on to the roof. Take the steps or lift to the top and you’ll be able to get up close to admire the great craftsmanship as well as being treated to fantastic views over Milan.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper

Housed in the refectory of the UNESCO awarded Santa Maria delle Grazi, is the world famous mural of The Last Supper painted by Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci. 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 is the spectacular iron and glass domed roof of the Galleria Emmanuele II shopping gallery. 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 elegant designer shops from Gucci to Versace, traditional cafes and an amazing food hall, Il Mercato - an urban street market showcasing the freshest Italian ingredients.

The Highline - Galleria Emmanuele II

There is a highline walkway on the rooftop 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 Scalla

La Scalla has hosted operas for over 200 years. The lavish crimson velvet interiors are decorated with gold and still host concerts and ballets, from some of the best-known musicians and composers in Italy, to this day. 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. Take a guided tour if you want to hear the stories of this historic building.

Sforza Castle

This former fortress has been transformed into a cultural hub, home to no less than seven museums. So if you’re up for a day of history and culture this is the place to head. Leonardo Da Vinci designed the defenses of this iconic red brick Castle for the Sforza dynasty who ruled Renaissance Milan. Art lovers can marvel at Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà, which is now housed in the Castles Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital). The marble sculpture or Christ and the Virgin mother in compassionate embrace is thought to be the artist final work of art.

The Navigli District

Waterways used to crisscross the city and they were an important means for transport and carrying the materials used to build the great structures that define Milan today. Now only two canals remain, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese. The point where these two meet is charming neighbourhood of Navigli, which is full of hidden gems, including traditional aperitivo, historic courtyards, small independent galleries, vintage furniture shops and picturesque boat trips.

Cimitero Monumentale

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for things to do on a city break, however this beautiful cemetery acts as an open air museum. It’s famed for its beautifully decorated tombs. 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.

Local foods to try

Risotto alla Milanese is made with rice from the Po Valley. This saffron infused dish made with cheese and bone marrow is a luxuriously creamy treat.

Ossobucco is one of the region’s iconic dishes. The name translates to bone with a hole and is made by braising a mixture of onions, carrots, celery, white wine broth and a crosscut veal shank. This meaty meal melts in the mouth and can be found in traditional restaurants.

Cotoletta alla Milanese is another of Milan’s famed meat dishes. It’s a veal cutlet coated in a thin and crispy layer of breadcrumbs.

Minestrone Milanese is different to minestrone in the rest of Italy. The dish uses rice rather than pasta. The hearty dish is served hot in winter and cold in summer and is made up of seasonal vegetables in a rich broth.

Piadina is Milan’s answer to the sandwich. The thin flakey Italian flat bread filled with meats, cheeses and vegetables is a lunch staple.

Gorgonzola is located in greater Milan and is the birthplace of the famed cheese. It’s now made allover norther Italy so Milan’s a great place to sample the soft blue cheese.

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 cafes for food and drinks
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