Milan might be known for its luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants, and grand fashion houses, but this Italian metropolis can be quite affordable to visit if you know where to go that is. With this budget-friendly guide, you will be able to see some of the cities best sites for a nominal fee.
Also known as the Duomo, this is one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Milan and the largest church in the world. Inside you can walk the halls and so in the amazing architecture of the building. You can also see some interesting artwork, including the macabre statue of St Bartholomew. While a visit to the cathedral is free, you can also pay a small fee to tour the roof where you can enjoy some remarkable views of the city below.
The Castello Sforzesco
Constructed in the 15th century, Sforza was built as a castle residence for the Duke of Milan. The castle has its own moat, an intimidating tower, interior courtyard, fountains and a bridge that allows visitors entry over the mote. While entrance to the castle is free, for a small fee you can visit the tow museums inside the castle. The castle serves as a unique example of Italian architecture.
Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church
This church and convent originate from the 1500s, and they house the famous mural of ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci. While tickets to view the mural need to be booked at least 4 months in advance, visiting the church itself is free and visitors can enjoy the architecture and stained glass of this gothic, renaissance masterpiece. While the Da Vinci mural can be quite pricey to view, there are several free frescos that line the church’s walls.
Explore the Giardini Delle Guastalla
Also known as the Gardens of the Guastalla, the gardens are some of the oldest in Milan and date back to the 16th century. Here guests can walk along the treelined paths, relax on the sprawling green lawns and admire the many marble statues.
There is also a large 17th-century baroque fish pond filled with carp and redfish, and on the outer edge of the garden is a baroque fountain. The garden also houses a neoclassical Cognola temple which is well hidden amongst the trees and many beautiful flower beds and roses.