Milan is known for its elegant and grandiose atmosphere. This becomes more evident as nighttime comes. Luxurious restaurants open, people gather for good wine, and the lightings from different establishments bath the city in a dazzling kaleidoscope of different colors.
Visit Navigli with Leonardo Da Vinci
You might also want to try the Leonardo Da Vinci tour. This is an activity that the Milan Museum offers. This tour allows you to take pictures of Da Vinci’s Last Supper up close and personal. You’ll also get to partake in an interactive discussion with tour guides and fellow tourists.
After doing the tour, you should try visiting Navigli next. Navigli is a popular location that features a series of canals that Leonardo designed himself. It took 7 centuries for these canals to be completed. Near these canals are numerous bars, restaurants, wineries, and bakeries. Spending time in Navigli allows you to enjoy delicious foods while watching boats pass by.
Explore Sempione Park Under Lamplight
5 minutes away from Milan Cathedral, via the Broletto route, is Sempione park, Sempione park is a very famous landmark in Milan. It contains numerous flower gardens, tree-lined path walks, and grassy open ground for getting away from the bustling atmosphere of Milan.
Sempione park allows you to see all of Milan during nighttime. In its vicinity is the infamous Torre Branca. This is a hundred-meter viewing platform that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Other landmarks that you can set your eyes on from here are the Duomo, Brera District, Sforza Castle, and Arco Della Pace.
Watch Ballet and Opera in The Scala Theatre
Of course, experiencing Milan’s magic won’t be possible without visiting the Scala Theatre. The Scala Theatre is an impressive building that was completed in 1778 at the time when Austria ruled Milan. Its interior follows an oval shape and is lined with gold and color red tones. Scala Theatre can accommodate 3000 guests at one time. Thus, it’s one of the biggest opera houses in the world.
Scala Theatre isn’t special just because it looks good. What makes this opera house very famous in Milan is its reputation. In the classical world, La Scala is the stage for famous works. This opera house hosted the performance of Magic Wand, Swan Lake, Europe Revealed, etc.
In connections, musicians who performed in La Scala are Paganini, Arturo Toscanini, Maria Callas, Claudio Abaddon, and Ricardo Mutti.Go to Scala Theatre if you’re planning to indulge your eyes and ears as the night in Milan passes by.
Take Pictures of Duomo Di Milano
13 minutes away from Porta Nouva District, via night bus, is Duomo di Milano. Nighttime is the best time to come here because the place is packed with people during the day. Furthermore, nighttime makes Duomo Di Milano better. Watch how lights illuminate it and you’ll see why.
As Duomo baths in the illumination from led lights in the evening, it’s prominent features become more evident. On its facade are numerous gargoyles that seems ready to take flight. The robust bases, windows, and doors cast shadows. Finally, at the top are pointed top columns.
The experience becomes better as you enter. Inside Duomo Di Milano is a patterned flooring that greatly relates to its gothic exterior. The warm lighting provides a soothing sensation. Massive pillars stand inside and seem to observe every step you take as you explore.
Find Tranquility in Brera District
2 minutes away from La Scala theatre, via the Giuseppe Verdi route, is Milan’s Brera District. At night, upon setting your foot here, the nostalgic lights from pubs illuminate the pathway and reveal the rock-lined surface of where you stand.
Numerous old buildings quietly stand here. Looking as if time doesn’t affect them, the buildings in Brera district proudly show the historical Milan architecture during the renaissance – facades that are lined with curving patterns, robust windows, sleek arches, and rock-lined walls.
Nonetheless, the buildings in Brera district aren’t the reason why you should come at night. Though it’s true that this place is excellent for a romantic walk as the surroundings have a tranquil atmosphere, none can beat the art galleries that it has.
Art galleries in Brera start operating from midday till nighttime. They feature works from artists specializing in the categories of realism, realism, pop, abstract, etc.
Top recommendations for art galleries in Brera during the nighttime are Robertebaesta, Galleria Moshe Tabibnia, Finarte, and Nuages. Visiting the galleries isn’t tiring. People in charge are always ready to explain the intricacies of the artworks so that you’ll appreciate them better.
Jam With Street Musicians
In Milan are street musicians performing various songs in the corners of Christmas Market, Duomo Milano, Sempione Park, Porto Nuova, and Brera District. These people don’t ask much for doing their craft. Nevertheless, the joy that they bring adds to Milan’s fun vibe.
Milan street musicians are very dynamic. Some play elegant instruments such as the violin or piano. On the other hand, there are those who love to jam with tourists through their guitars. If you’re lucky, you might even see a public performance of a string quartet.
Authorities allow public performances from 9:00 in the morning to midnight. Know that street musicians love to play with tourists at night. That said, this might be your chance to sing, dance, and play instruments with others under Milan’s starry sky.
Challenge Yourself To Escape Milan
Nighttime activities in Milan aren’t only about spending time in pubs, performing with street musicians, eating food at restaurants, or watching operas. You can also try activities that challenge the brain. In Milan, going to escape rooms is the best way to doing this.
Milan has numerous escape room establishments that tourists can visit. It seems that, in this city, experiencing a few hearth robbing thrills is part of the fun that nightlife brings.
An escape room that’s perfect if you’re into horror is Mad Machines. In this escape room, you’ll get to interact with strange inventions that a mad scientist invented. Out of all, the most notable is the birth machine. This is a contraption that looks very terrifying and makes you think of the props in _Alien Covenant._
Also, there’s a Japanese themed escape room that you might want to visit. This one looks neater than Mad Machine. However, the props or devices that you’ll interact with are trickier to solve.
Shop In Porto Nouva District
Porto Nouva District is a spot in Milan where people don’t sleep – literally. It’s also a place that seems to steer away from the rich Milan historical heritage. After immersing your mind in the dreamy art galleries in the Brera district, head to Porto Nouva to come back to reality.
As a business district, the Brera district never fails to accommodate your needs. Numerous restaurants and small food shops are here. They serve classic Milan dishes such as Polenta, Rissoto, Panettone, Cotoletta, and Piadine.
An establishment that you might want to visit in Porto Nouva is the Napiz. This is a restaurant that serves homemade Italian pizza. Pizza from Napiz has a smokey flavor, a chewy dough, a thick layer of cheese, a savory sauce, and sumptuous toppings of sausages, pork sliced pork meat, sweet pepper, basil, and other toppings.
Aside from the restaurants, Porto Nouva has boutique stores that sell clothing from top Italian fashion houses, bookstores that showcase new and classic works, and wineries. In Porto Nouva, the most notable building is the Unicredit Tower complex. You can opt to take a segway tour for exploring its area and other spots in Porto Nouva.
Drink Beer At Baladin Milano
A popular beer house in Milan is Baladin Milano. Baladin brewing corporation owns this. Baladin Milano doesn’t look much from the outside. However, set your foot inside and you’ll be impressed.
The interior of Baladin Milano is a mix of modern, contemporary, and country interior design. On its ceiling and pillars are numerous yellow-colored lights that set’s a comfortable mood. On the tables are several desk lamps that just provide enough illumination for seeing the food and the person in the front sitting with you.
You should try Barmouth. This is an exclusive Baladin beer product that has a very unique taste. This beer has a bittersweet taste to it that leaves a bit of tang in the mouth. The aroma is quite good. Beermouth meets the nose with a slightly spicy or green smell.
Get Festive at The Christmas Market
December evenings in Milan is majestic. The streets twinkle with the shades coming from Christmas lights. Christmas music fills the air and chases the cold away. Drinking whisky in one of the pubs or bars while chatting with strangers is a great way to spend the night during the winter months in Milan. However, why do so if there are better things to do?
During cold months, the Christmas market in Milan starts to bustle with the arrival of visitors. As other locations become more dormant during the winter, Christmas Market becomes busier and busier. Store owners happily accommodate people buying toys for kids, local snacks, and other goods.
By the way, Christmas Market is very near to Milan Cathedral. So after spending your time there, it’s a good idea to visit here next. Try visiting Artigian in Fiera. This an event that features figurines, bases, statues, and mini-furniture from the best craftsmen in Milan and other places as well.