If you are planning to stay two days in Milan you will have much more time to see all the most important Milan tourist attractions without haste.
While visiting Milan in one day may be rather exhausting with possible risk to skip some important city sights, with two days at your disposal you’ll have more time to plan your perfect city itinerary.
I propose to follow two suggested itineraries subdivided in morning, afternoon and evening sessions either for the first and the second day.
Milan Travel Itineraries
Before discovering in detail the routes of this walking itinerary , it is useful to become familiar with Milan underground network as it will serve you to reach the center of Milan from where all walking itineraries start.
Familiarize yourself with Milan metro and get a copy of Milan metro map.
Enjoy the best of Milan with the Milan Pass, a city pass valid for 48 hours. Get free admission to seven top city attractions and enjoy discounts. Choose a standard Milan 48 hours Pass and enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour or free public transport. Upgrade to a full pass to enjoy both.
Including Duomo Terraces and La Scala – $87.15
Day 1 – Two Days in Milan
Your self-guided walking or better to say sightseeing tour will inevitably start from city core. I like to call it centro (center) storico (historic) walking tour. This tour duration is approximately from two to two hours and half.
All depends on the sights you select and do you opt for rooftop of the Duomo, interior of the cathedral or both of them. In that case this tour will last at least another hour. In this case pick out express Milan Duomo and rooftop skip the line tour.
One of the popular walking paths is Corso Vittorio Emanuele is a popular covered shopping street lined on both sides with boutiques selling clothes and accessories, situated behind the Milan Cathedral and connecting Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila.
This only walking passage houses a number of cinemas, restaurants and cafes. If you get hungry, don’t miss excellent Neapolitan pizza restaurant Gino Sorbillo that 1934 offers yummy pizzas in the side street of Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
All this walking area is a kind of the most prestigious catwalk in the world that reaches its greatness entering inside the glass-covered shopping arcade ‘The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II’, sometimes called ‘il salotto di Milano’ (Milan’s living room).
This nineteenth-century shopping arcade houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan with brands such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as other high-end boutiques.
Your afternoon of the first day of two days in Milan will be dedicated to shopping district of Milan, usually called Fashion Quadrilateral.
It’s a kind of a authentic journey into the world of fashion designers through a wide variety of shops, salons, boutiques, shopping outlets and tiny shops, attributing to this city, appropriate title as one of the queens of the world’s fashion.
During your two days in Milan I must say that shopping isn’t ‘the whole point of Milan’ but visiting Fashion quadrilateral (maybe only for windows shopping), s a great place to go if you want to look good. You can be assured of finding all the latest fashions in Milan
Your afternoon walking tour will start from Piazza della Scala taking direction to Via Alessandro Manzoni. On the way at Via Manzoni 12, it’s worth visiting Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli museum, the most famous Milanese private museum. If you purchase Milan pass, you’ll have a free entrance to this museum.
Following the below map you can easily explore Quartiere della Moda (fashion district) in little more than two hours, starting from the heart of the luxury shopping area Via Monte Napoleone ,Via della Spiga and Via Sant Andrea considered as the most elegant streets.
Milan: 3-Hour Private Fashion Tour – Experience the fashion and lifestyle of Milan walking through Milan’s fashion district
Together with Via Manzoni, Via Borgospeso, Via GesÃ¹ and Via Santo Spirito make the external boundaries of the famous Fashion District.
Fashion District Museums
In the evening of the first of two days in Milan I suggest to return back where you have started from. Let’s get this party started from Piazza Duomo. If you happen to be in the area after 6 PM, this is the place – Terrazza Aperol (Terrace).
It’s a majestic spot for an aperitif or for a couple of cocktails all served with delicious appetizers. With your drink you get a plate of mini sandwiches, bruschettas, olives, savory muffins and anything else you can think of.
In case you want something more, save some space for dinner at Giacomo Arengario restaurant, just across the street (piazza Duomo). It’s located on the third-floor of the Museo del Novecento offering extraordinary views over the Duomo.
Ask for a table on the panoramic terrace and your evening will end with your dinner in a luxurious atmosphere.
Day 2 – Two Days in Milan
I propose to start the second of the two days in Milan from another city district, Brera, elite Milan district, the center of Italian design and creative development, commercial and cultural center of Milan.
If you are looking for a place with Paris atmosphere, Brera in Milan is a right place. This is one of the most exclusive and chic place to see and to be seen in Milan.
This quarter of Milan can be described as a luxury Bohemians and covers Via Brera, Via Solferino, Via Pontaccio, Via Fiori Chiari, Via del Carmine and Corso Garibaldi.
Recommended Brera sights worth a visit
Brera Art Gallery Entrance Ticket
Santa Maria del Carmine, 15th-century Romanesque church with a baroque interior featuring many paintings.
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I suggest to spend your afternoon of two days in Milan in Brera nearby Sempione Park, located just behind Castello Sforzesco. This park it’s a kind of Milan’s version of Central Park. There is so much to see and do, you could easily spend a full day there.
Sforza Castle (Milan castle) is one of the renowned Milan tourist attractions. This symbol of Milan, built by Francesco Sforza in the fifteenth century, is now a compulsory stopover for those visiting Milan.
Relax in the Sempione Park and finish your second of two days in Milan day at the Church of St Maria delle Grazie, the home of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Don’t forget to book your visit in advance if you want to see the famous mural. Here is the walking route map from Sempione Park to Last Supper mural!
Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper with entry to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
If you want to finish the second of two days in Milan in style, I recommend to return back to Brera district.
The area of unique atmosphere with lots of good restaurants, open-air coffee shops and bars with live music is the popular place for young people and romantic venue for for couples in love.
It’s a nice place for strolling and having a drink or to have a dinner in one of many romantic restaurants.
Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera – $73.88
Eat your way through Milan’s Brera neighborhood on a 3-hour food tour, led by a food-loving local guide! Learn about the city history and cuisine as you wander the atmospheric streets, and enjoy six different food stops for samples of local delicacies and well-known Italian treats.