We only spent a total of 24 hours hours in Milan, but if you manage your time right, you can fit in a lot in a short amount of time.
Milan is a big city… A huge city, actually. It’s roughly the size of Paris, France or Dallas, Texas. But the tourist sights are located relatively close together, so you can easily hit the high points in one day. But be prepared, it will leave you wanting to return someday to see even more of this city.
Not only is Milan known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, but it’s also globally known for being a center of international commerce. The bustling city is also famous for it’s art and entertainment. In fact, it is still on my bucket list to attend an opera in Milan.
Speak to anyone from Milan and they will tell you it is one of the best cities in the world. In fact, those who live there feel the same way New Yorkers do about the Big Apple. So to spend only one day in this amazing city is practically a crime. But as an American with very little time off and a desire to see as much of the world as possible, that’s all the time we had.
Getting Around Milan
Much like the rest of Italy, Milan has a very extensive rail and metro system, so getting around the city is quite easy. Be aware of pickpockets and panhandlers in the metro stations. They are everywhere, so watch your purse, wallet and especially your passports very closely.
What to do in Milan
We decided to stop for the night in Milan on our way from Switzerland to Venice, Italy. We arrived by train. It is a lovely train ride that makes it’s way down through the Swiss Alps and passes through the Italian village of Lake Como, which is also a wonderful town to explore.
Making the stop in Lake Como? Click here to find out what to do while you’re there.
Once we arrived in Milan, we caught the metro to our hotel, dropped off our bags, and proceeded to check out the highlights of the city.
For our detailed itinerary, our top five things to see and do, and one big word of warning, click the image below.