Milan: More Than Just Fashion And Design: 5 Reasons To Visit

Milan is one of the most fanciful cities in Italy. The city is a fine blend of medieval and modern architecture and attracts many visitors yearly.

Milan is worth visiting because it’s the capital of fashion for its historic architecture and landmarks, such as the Duomo di Milano, the third world’s largest cathedral. It’s also home to Castello Sforzesco, a museum that holds the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and other great artists.

Beyond the historical buildings and art, there are more exciting things about Milan. Read on!

5 Reasons Why Milan Is Worth Visiting

Though I could go over more than a dozen reasons why Milan is worth visiting, I have selected 5 of the most common reasons people like to go there:

1. Historical Buildings

Milan is home to many historical buildings. These buildings are centuries old and hold lots of stories in them. Let’s discuss some of them.

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano is one of the world’s largest and most historic cathedrals. The building is massive with sharp spires, looking like it’s almost reaching the sky. Hundreds of carved gargoyles, angels, and saints on the building make it even more remarkable. 

You can tour the top of the building via the stairs or elevator. Here, you can have picnics, lunch, a closer look at some carved beings, and an expansive view of the city.

You can also tour the building to see more carved stories on the walls. Everything about the cathedral is simply exciting and breathtaking.

Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco is one of the oldest buildings in Italy and a massive beautiful historic architectural piece par excellence. It’s close to the city walls and was built as a fortress.

The castle holds about six museums. You can visit these museums to see some works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and other great artists of the Renaissance.

Other interesting artifacts in these museums are decorative arts (tapestries, ceramics, and textiles by great artists from the 11th-18th centuries), furniture, musical instruments from all over the world, Egyptian artifacts, and galleries.

After touring this massive castle, you can chill out at Sempione park (Parco Sempione) just behind it. It’s one of the biggest parks in Milan. 

Torre Velasca

Torre Velasca, built in 1958, is one impressive skyscraper. It’s built like a mushroom and stands 1000 meters (3,281 ft) tall. Looking at the building, you’ll see that the architects tried to blend ancient and modern patterns into the building.

While the lower part, built in a rectangular pattern, shows modernity, the upper part is built like a tower, expressing the city’s historic nature.

The Torre Velasca is a multipurpose building. There are shops, offices, and display areas on the ground, and the lower floors are used as shops, while the upper floors are residential apartments.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 2

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 2 has been in existence since 1867. It was built during the unification of Italy, and it stands to commemorate that event.

It holds a record as the “oldest shopping mall” in the world. Despite its age, its magnificence and splendor have not dwindled. It’s made of glass, iron, and marble, with glass dome walkways. This four-story building will keep you in awe of its beauty.

Shoppers come from around the world to see this opulent building and its shops. The Galleria houses many ancient shops, and some are as old as the building itself. 

Generali Tower

Generali Tower was designed by Zaha Hadid and established in 2017. Its twisted skyscraper is nothing like you’ve never seen. 

It was built completely with concrete, and its louvers are glazed, which keeps the sun’s rays at bay. The building is 582 feet (177.4 m) tall and has 44 floors. It attracts thousands of people daily to malls, parks, and other pleasant places.

It’s also known as Torre Hadid (Hadid Tower) or Lo Storto. If you’re on the top floors, you can get a beautiful sight of some other historic buildings around.

If you’re planning to visit Milan for its historical buildings, be sure to visit Rome as well because it has just as many impressive landmarks.

2. Museums

Milan is home to some of the finest museums. These showcase archeological discoveries, sports, culture, fashion, and other amazing scientific inventions.

There are about 55 museums in Milan. However, if you can’t visit all of them, you can visit these three:

  • Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum: You can find lots of stuff from different fields in the Da Vinci museum. It holds Da Vinci’s work and displays scientific inventions in communication, energy, etc. It’s dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Pinacoteca Di Brera: The museum is home to Italy’s finest artifacts. These artifacts are from the 15th-18th century. The carvings and paintings are huge and colorful. While some have undergone some renovations, others are still intact.
  • Museo del Novecento: It holds great artworks from mainly Italy artists. The artworks depict Realism, Abstractionism, and Post Impressionism. It’s also a beautiful place to take pictures.

3. Restaurants

Milan is home to famous Michelin-star restaurants. If you need tested and approved quality meals, then Michelin-star restaurants are the places to look.

Their meals may be expensive, but they’re worth every bite. The Michelin star is only given to rate quality restaurants. Such restaurants must have good service, food, and an excellent overall outlook. You can find 15 such restaurants in Milan.

Check out this drone footage of Milan from YouTube.

4. Fashion

You can’t talk about fashion without mentioning Milan. It’s home to some of the greatest and biggest brands in the world. Whatever your specialty, you’ll surely find your style.

Notable fashion homes of Milan malls are Quadrilatero Della Moda and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 2. These are shopping malls that fashionistas and divas should visit. 

In these malls, you can find collections from big brands such as:

  • Versace
  • Prada
  • Gucci
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Swarovski
  • Armani
  • Bulgari
  • Valentino
  • Salvatore Ferragamo

There are hundreds of designer brands in Milan that I haven’t even mentioned. I tell you, Milan is your shopping hub if you’re into Italian luxury.

5. Historic Figures

Milan was home to some historic geniuses in various fields. Although not all of them were born there, it was their home at the time. They lived in Milan and left some indelible works for posterity to appreciate. 

Milan hosted great people such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci: Da Vinci was a great and exceptional artist, writer, sculptor, inventor, and lots more. His works, such as The Last Supper, the Sala delle Asse, the immortal Virgin of the Rocks, and so many others, are in Milan. Da Vinci lived in Milan for over 12 years.
  • The Sforza Family: The Sforza family was a political family in Milan. They are the original owners of the Sforza castle. The family’s glory began with Francesco I Sforza, Duke of Milan, in 1450.

Captain Paolo Maldini: The Captain was a great defensive footballer for his home team, A.C Milan. He was a phenomenal footballer and won lots of trophies for his team. He lived his days in Milan and has a memorial in his honor in the San Siro Stadium’s Museum.