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Where to Find the Best Views in Milan

Where to Find the Best Views in Milan

Though Milan can seem strictly modern from street level, from above, its ancient bones come to the fore. A bird’s-eye view highlights the city’s terra-cotta roofs and winding lanes, the domes and cupolas of medieval chapels and monasteries, and even a few Roman ruins. For an unforgettable glimpse of Milan past and present, seek out these scenic overlooks.  

 

Duomo Rooftop Terrace

The most famous—and perhaps most dramatic—vista point in Milan is from the top of its ornate cathedral (Duomo). Most visitors snap photos from the rooftop itself, but be sure to stop a few times on your way up to frame your shots with the ornately carved arches and spires.

 

Branca Tower (Torre Branca)

This 300-foot-high (91-meter-high) steel tower soaring above Sempione Park, designed by architect Gio Ponti in 1933, is among the highest panoramic perches in the city. Take the elevator to the observation deck for a sweeping view as far as the Alps on the horizon. 

Navigli District

Milan also offers delightful views from street level in the historic Navigli district, a former working-class neighborhood that is now one of the trendiest corners of the city. Crisscrossed by canals, the area is thick with chic bars and galleries. Be sure to visit at night, when the lights reflected off the surface of the water make for dramatic photos.


Sunset Helicopter Flight Over Milan

For dazzling views of Italy’s most modern city, take to the skies with a helicopter tour at sunset. Admire Milan’s skyscrapers from the air, including the award-winning Vertical Forest and Unicredit Tower, the tallest building in Italy. Fly over the Duomo, Sforza Castle, and other historic landmarks in the golden light of dusk.

Hot-Air-Balloon Flight

To widen your horizon beyond the city, set off with a hot-air-balloon flight in the countryside just outside Milan. Take in the rolling hills of Lombardy and Piedmont as you drift with the wind, snapping photos of the lush landscape, pretty vineyards, and placid lakes from the sky.

 

Bernina Express

Considered one of the most scenic trains in Europe, the Bernina Express passes spectacular glaciers, gorges, and valleys in the Swiss Alps just north of Milan. Take a day trip along this narrow-gauge line, which runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, to enjoy unforgettable mountain vistas.

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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan with Hotel Pick Up

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan with Hotel Pick Up

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Take an unforgettable rail tour through the majestic Swiss Alps on this day trip from Milan. Ride the rails along the spectacular Bernina Pass to the famous resort town of St Moritz. Admire the UNESCO-listed scenery along the railway route. Explore the picturesque town on your own before the return trip to Milan.
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  • 13 hours
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Lombardy Hot Air Balloon Flight Milan

Lombardy Hot Air Balloon Flight Milan

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Enjoy an alternative perspective of the sublime Piedmont region during an exhilarating 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Milan. From the unique vantage point of the hot air balloon, absorb sweeping panoramas of Piedmont, a mountainous expanse surrounded by the snow-capped spires of the Alps. Glide over dramatic valleys and undulating hills, allowing your attention to be directed to the ancient castles and bounteous vineyards that pepper the landscape. On landing, toast your experience with a glass of sparkling wine or juice and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Milan.
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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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Torre Branca Admission Ticket

Torre Branca Admission Ticket

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Milan’s historic Branca Tower, designed by Gio Ponti in 1933, is considered one of the city’s architectural treasures and offers sweeping views over the city from its observation deck 300 feet above the bustling streets. Skip the line and take the elevator straight to the top with an admission ticket, taking your time to savor the panorama from the Duomo’s spires to the Alpine peaks on the horizon.
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  • 5 to 6 minutes
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Discovering the Navigli District

Discovering the Navigli District

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Explore Milan’s Navigli district on a 2-hour walking tour that introduces you to the city’s historical network of canals, from its history that dates back to the 1100s to Leonardo da Vinci’s role in the waterway system. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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