It’s impossible to truly visit Italy without spending some quality time in Milan. This international hub has so much to offer, from fashion and design to history, sports, art, and unbelievable Italian food. With only two days to spend, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all that the city has to offer. Since a little efficiency goes a long way, this itinerary will help maximize your Milan experience!
As soon as you arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport, make your way to Terminal 2 and check in at the MOXY Hotel. Choosing this budget hotel right at the Milan airport lets you drop off your luggage and change into an outfit that’s comfortable for exploring the city.
The most convenient hotel Milan has in store for you is located right at the Milan-Malpensa Airport. Hop off the plane and check in at the budget-friendly boutique hotel before you can say “grazie mille!” MOXY offers sleek design and compact rooms, whether you’re in town for Fashion Week or an AC Milan match. You’ll find MOXY near Terminal 2.
Make your way to the city center by bus, train, or taxi, then decide how you want to get around! Milan is very walkable, but it’s easy to rent a bike to save time as you travel around. (It helps that the city is very flat…)
Start your Milan visit with an artistic twist at the Museo del Novecento at the Piazza del Duomo. Explore its inspiring Italian art before heading to the nearby gothic Duomo cathedral. It’s one of the largest in the world, so walk up to the roof for spectacular views of the city, especially at sunset! Don’t worry; there’s an elevator if you need it.
The Navigli neighborhood is the place to be for an evening stroll or bike ride alongside the canals. The area is known for its nightlife of cozy bars and incredible restaurants. If you’re in the mood for classic Italian pizza, Pizzeria Tradizionale or Sabbia D’Oro are the places to be. For Milanese cuisine, try El Brellin, but be sure to make a reservation early on. Round out the night overlooking the canal with a cocktail in hand at Il Barcone. If wine is more your thing, La Vinera wine cellar has a fantastic collection of local vino.
Head back to the hotel to rest up for day 2, because you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Take a moment to fuel up for the day with a continental breakfast at the MOXY Milan-Malpensa Airport Hotel. There is a Grab-n-Go option available for anyone wanting to hit the road in a hurry.
There’s no escaping fabulous style in Milan, so head to the city center for a chance to soak up some high fashion vibes. The area around Via Montenapoleone is home to the biggest names in haute couture, from Ferragamo and Fendi to Gucci, Prada, and Bottega Veneta. Even if you’re not prepared to shop until your budget drops, it’s a great neighborhood for style inspiration and people-watching.
On a sunny day, Parco Sempione is the perfect place to have a picnic lunch of store-bought antipasti. If you’d rather sit inside, bistro LadyBù has a simple menu that includes classic mozzarella di bufala and other cheeses, as well as pasta dishes. Dessert after lunch? Why not! Boost your energy with the sweet patisserie at Caffè Cova. The cafe was founded 200 years ago and now has locations all over the world!
Spend the afternoon immersed in the past with a visit to the magnificent Villa Necchi. The museum used to be a private home, designed in the 1930s by famous Italian architect Piero Portaluppi.
The pièce de la résistance in Milan is Leonardo da Vinci’s breathtaking masterpiece The Last Supper. Located in the convent of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, you need to book a 15-minute appointment to visit the world-famous fresco.
Plan ahead to travel Milan, and you might be lucky enough to get tickets to a ballet or opera production at La Scala. The famous theater has dozens of restaurants nearby, so start the evening with delicious food. Ristorante Papa Francesco is a family business serving Italian wine and cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. Da Claudio is the place to go for creative dishes and culinary art. Get your fill of incredible flavors before taking in the exciting atmosphere at La Scala.
End the evening with a last stroll through the streets of Milan, because the very best way to explore any city is to wander around and let the mood guide your feet.