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How to Spend 3 Days in Milan

How to Spend 3 Days in Milan

A full Milan experience can be had in just three days if you plan an itinerary with tours that combine the sights, culture, and adventures of northern Italy. Here are our top ideas for how to spend your time, including how to visit the mountains, coast, or Italian lakes in one day.

 

Day 1: Milan’s Top Attractions

Start your day with a viewing of Milan’s most revered attraction, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Book a visit with a guide to hear about the painting’s history and restoration during your visit to see the 15th-century mural, on display inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. Skip-the-line or combo tours are a popular way to cover more sights in a shorter time. If you’re interested in cultural landmarks, take a guided tour to learn about the architecture and significance of Duomo di Milano and La Scala opera houses, within walking distance of each other. Then spend the evening with a food and wine experience such as a walking tour of the Brera district, a wine-tasting session of Lombardy wines with a sommelier, or a food, beer, or wine tour of the Navigli district.

 

Day 2: Shopping, Cooking, and Aperitivo

Italy is known for its fashion and cars, so don’t miss a chance to shop for discounts on Italian designer labels like Armani, Fendi, and Gucci at the Serravalle Designer Outlet or drive a Ferrari around a racetrack outside Milan. Back in the city, go exploring on a bike or Segway tour—you’ll cover more ground than you would by walking but still enjoy being outside to see sights such as Castello Sforzesco, Piazza della Scala, Piazza del Duomo, and Colonne di San Lorenzo. End the day with a cooking lesson, during which you’ll learn how to make Italian cuisine with a local chef and then enjoy your creations for dinner. Alternatively, opt for a more relaxing experience with an evening spa treatment that includes pre-dinner snacks and wine, known in Italy as aperitivo.  

 

Day 3: Into the Countryside

Milan offers proximity to some of northern Italy’s top destinations, which can be reached on a day trip from the city. Mountain lovers can head north for a train ride through the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express, stopping in the resort town of St. Moritz. Closer to the city, discover the beauty and elegance of Lake Como on a tour that includes a boat ride on the lake, or head to the Italian Riviera on a day trip to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed series of five villages perched on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. To the east, visit the canal city of Venice to see sights such as St. Mark’s Basilica.

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Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’

Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’

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See Milan's main sights and landmarks and take advantage of your skip-the-line admission to Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' by booking this action-packed, small-group tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide through the streets of Milan, stopping at spots like La Scala opera house, the magnificent gothic Duomo and Sforza Castle. And then stroll right past the line to see the Da Vinci masterpiece depicting Jesus and his disciples eating their last supper. Participants on this small-group tour are limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$95.22
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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

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Board the Bernina Express, the historic red Swiss mountain train, for a ride along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. After a coach ride from Milan to Tirano, board the train to travel on the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express route with its unsurpassed alpine views. Look out at the Swiss Alps as you ride along the Bernina Pass to St Moritz, and then enjoy free time to explore the chic mountain town before your return to Milan.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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$158.02
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Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan

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For a Lake Como day trip from Milan, look no further. A great way to discover the timeless beauty of the Italian lakes, this experience includes a walking tour of the chic lake town of Como plus a Lake Como cruise to see snow-peaked mountains and luxury lakeside villas from the water. In the summer, visit the village of Bellagio for free time to eat and explore. In the winter, take a gondola ride from Como to Brunate to soak up the lakeland views.
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  • 9 hours
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Last Supper Tickets and Guide

Last Supper Tickets and Guide

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See a masterpiece painting and a stunning Dominican church on a small-group guided tour of Leonardo’s ‘The Last Supper’ in Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie convent and church. Learn the history of the celebrated, 15th-century mural, and about the groundbreaking technique that Leonardo used when creating it. Visit the UNESCO-listed church with your guide before finishing your tour in the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano from Milan

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See the best of Switzerland and Italy on a day trip to Lugano and Lake Como from Milan. Led by a local guide, cruise Lake Como on a sightseeing boat while you keep your eyes peeled for celebrity villas. Then, make a stop in Bellagio, known as the 'pearl of Lake Como.' Continue into Switzerland, where you enjoy some free time to soak up the sights in Lugano. Check out the lakeside views or shop for Swiss chocolate before heading back to Milan.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera

Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera

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Indulge in tasty Italian delights on this tour of the Brera neighborhood, one of Milan's hippest neighborhoods. With your foodie guide by your side, traverse the intimate streets of Brera, stopping at various spots to sample Parma ham, Milanese meatballs, artisan beer, and other local delicacies. 
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  • 3 hours
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Venice Day Trip from Milan

Venice Day Trip from Milan

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Get a taste of Venice with this guided full-day trip from Milan. See the main sights in Venice, including St. Mark's Square, the Basilica of St. Mark's, the Grand Canal. Il Fenice opera house, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge's Palace. Learn about the history of each place you visit. Sit in on a fun glass-making workshop by local glassmakers. And then enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride at your own expense, cruising through the narrow canals of this splendid city, before heading back to Milan.
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  • 14 hours
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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

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Tap into the beauty of Italy’s famous Cinque Terre coast on this day trip from Milan. Travel in the comfort of a coach bus to the terraced landscape of five cliff-side villages and experience the landscapes by boat as you make your way from Monterosso to La Spezia. This tour includes plenty of free time to explore Monterosso and Manarola, as well as a scenic train trip between the two towns. This Cinque Terre day trip showcases the best of this stunning destination and offers travelers a hassle-free way to explore all the highlights.
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  • 12 hours
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Serravalle Outlet Shopping Tour

Serravalle Outlet Shopping Tour

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Shop 'til you drop (and save money while doing it) on this day trip to Serravalle Designer Outlet from Milan, with round-trip transfers. Board a comfortable coach in Milan for the 60-mile (100-kilometer) ride to the outlet center. Once there, go wild popping into as many of the 200 shops that your time there will afford. Take advantage of discounts of 70% off name brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Adidas, Versaci, Timberland, and more. For more benefits, upgrade the tour to the VIP Shopping Pass and get a 10% discount and fast-track coach boarding.
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  • 11 hours
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La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan

La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan

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Whether you love opera or you hardly know it, this tour of legendary La Scala Theater and adjoining museum is a unique and fun way to get an inside look at one of the most famous opera houses in the world. With an expert guide by your side, tour La Scala Museum to see intricate outfits, musical instruments and various stage props. Then stroll through the foyer of the theater, taking in the beautifully designed 18th-century auditorium.
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  • 1 hour
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Morning or evening Cooking Lesson and dinner: choose your menu!

Morning or evening Cooking Lesson and dinner: choose your menu!

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When visiting Milan, learn the secrets of Italian home cooking during a hands-on lesson in the private kitchen of a local chef. Choose your menu from several options that represent Italy's diverse cuisine, which could include mozzarella-filled zucchini flowers, eggplant parmigiana, and tiramisu. Then, sit down with your new friends to enjoy your homemade lunch or dinner accompanied by Italian wine. It’s a great way to learn about local cuisine and culture in a friendly, small-group environment.
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  • 3 hours
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Milan Segway Tour

Milan Segway Tour

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Cruise through the streets of Milan on this Segway tour of one of Italy’s most popular cities. Once you’ve mastered the self-balancing, 2-wheeled machine, take off and explore the landmarks of this fashion and commerce capital. Your guide takes you past the Sforzesco Castle, Piazza del Duomo, and La Scala opera house. And you even have a chance to scope out the top street for shopping as you make your way down Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. With a cap of eight people, this Segway tour is guaranteed to offer a personalized experience to travelers who want to explore Milan.
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  • 3 hours
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Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

Highlights of Milan Bike Tour

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See Milan from another perspective with this exciting guided bicycle tour of Italy's fashion capital. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or evening and then hop on a mountain bike to tour the city. With your guide leading the way, pedal past some of the city's main attractions, such as the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, as well as off-the-beaten path landmarks. Numbers are limited to ten on this small-group Milan bike tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

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Take a Milan beer tasting tour and check out the microbrews that are springing up around the city. With a guide, you’ll enjoy samples of four different beers, two appetizers and a walking tour of the Navigli district, where bars and restaurants line the canals. It’s a great way to learn about Milan’s burgeoning brewery scene and explore a vibrant area at the same time.
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  • 3 hours
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1-Hour Rooftop Guided Tour of Milan's Duomo

1-Hour Rooftop Guided Tour of Milan's Duomo

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the top of the Milan Duomo on this guided evening tour. Ride an elevator most of the way to the rooftop of the cathedral, and then there are only 50 steps to climb to arrive at the very top. Learn about the Duomo’s history and architecture as you take in views across Milan and, on a clear day, well beyond the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Milan Luxury Spa Evening with Aperitivo

Milan Luxury Spa Evening with Aperitivo

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Soothe your body and soul with an evening at the spa in Milan, followed by an Italian-style ‘aperitivo.’ Check into QC Termemilano to soak in one of the warm-water pools, detox in one of the saunas, or book an essential-oils massage. When you’re completely relaxed, enjoy an aperitivo—a drink and buffet of light snacks—just like the Italians do. Rejuvenated and re-energized, you are ready to enjoy a night on the town in Milan.
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  • 2 hours
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Italian Wine Tasting in Milan

Italian Wine Tasting in Milan

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Top off your trip to Milan with a little bit of knowledge about wine (and perhaps a few bottles) by taking this guided sampling of the wines of Lombardy. You don't have to be a wine expert; you just need a love of vino and an interest in learning about what makes the wine from this region so good. The tasting is lead by a professional sommelier.
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Racing Experience - Test Drive Ferrari 458 on a Race Track Near Milan inc Video

Racing Experience - Test Drive Ferrari 458 on a Race Track Near Milan inc Video

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Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 for a test drive on a racetrack near Milan. Get a safety orientation and a lesson on driving theory and practice before taking to the road. Accompanied by an instructor as your co-driver, feel the power of this powerful car as you zoom around the track. When available, choose from a variety of cars such as Lotus, Lamborghini, and Ferrari. Use of a GoPro camera is included.
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  • 1 hour
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$277.23
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