If you happen to be in Milan there are many things that you definitely would like to do but for reasons of timing you can not visit. Here is an itinerary around the Duomo if the time available is half a day .

We definitely start with a visit to the Duomo of Milan that in recent years has seen the introduction of a ticket for the visit (remains free for the faithful) and that you can buy quickly by skipping the queue at the ticket office through this link .

Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral

In addition to visiting the Duomo and its marvelous terraces in the surrounding area, while remaining on the cultural theme, you can visit the 900 Museum on the right of the square (looking at it from the perspective of this photo), the Royal Palace and its temporary exhibitions and finally the Library Ambrosiana, not far from the center.

Museo del 900 : Tickets purchased at the ticket office or online are valid every day regardless of the date of purchase. Full admission € 10

The cost of the Library for single entrances (not groups) the full ticket is 15 euros. There are reductions of 10 and 13 euros (eg> 65, Coop Lombardia members, FAI members and others …). Instead, it is free for the Lombardia Museums members.


the ossuary of San Bernardino alle Ossa

6 minutes walk from the Duomo Complex.

This small ossuary is hidden within the Church of San Bernardino and houses an impressive number of bones dating back to the 13th century, although its current formation comes from the 17th. It is believed that the skeletons came mainly from people who died in the nearby hospital of Brolo, which no longer exists.

The small chapel is decorated with human bones, including skulls stacked in giant crucifixes and it is said that the bones enclosed above the door come from executed prisoners.

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You will already know the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (to the left of the square), but we will go here to unveil all the hidden corners. If you arrived just for lunch  or a happy hour, you can not miss one of the restaurants that offers a spectacular view of Milan Cathedral. And all at affordable prices!

Results images for Milan's rebirth terrace

For a lunch we recommend Obicà Duomo where you can taste mozzarella and pizza in the Food Hall on the 7th Floor of Rinascente Milano in Piazza Duomo, while for a quick happy hour you can try Terrazza Aperol.

You can consult all the terraces with the possibility of lunch and dinner in this other article .

The 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a real luxury place to go shopping but if it is not within your reach you will certainly find cheaper via Torino bustling with shops and chains such as Zara, Hm, Pimnkie, Nike, Mango, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Intimissimi, Tally Weijl and many others that you can consult here.

If you are fond of desserts you will find a new megastore in Piazza Duomo where you can eat all kinds of sweets. If, on the other hand, you are looking for quality, you can make a stop at Serge, who perhaps churns out the best cannoncini in Milan! If the cream cannons are not for you, you can also taste the macarons in the same shop.

If you prefer the landscape instead you can choose to get lost in the alleys of Milan and in particular get to the  Basilica of Santa Maria near San Satiro  and not far we find in Piazza Sant’Alessandro a beautiful Church (The Church of Sant’Alessandro in Zebedia) in which piazza will seem to you to be in a completely different city.

You can then try a great Japanese restaurant that does not offer the usual menu of raw fish but traditional food (about 16 euros), for a Korean lunch try Hana (about 12 euros), California Bakery in Via Larga if you prefer sandwiches and cupcakes while for a pasta dish I recommend La Vecchia Latteria Milano or if you want to try a restaurant to breathe the real Milan go absolutely by Ronchi 78.



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