Naviglio Grande in Milan

24 Hours in Milan

Whether you’re spending your summer or seasonal holidays visiting top destinations in Italy or stopping over for a short weekend, why not add Milan to your list? A short trip can be extremely memorable, as there are plenty of reasons to visit Milan in one day. If you are heading to Italy’s fashion and finance capital, we know you won’t miss out on staples like the Duomo and seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Here’s a full itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours in Milan.

Duomo di Milano

Why not start off your one day visit to Milan touring a castle? You’ll feel like royalty as you roam around Castello Sforzesco, one of the city’s largest landmarks with plenty to explore. This historic stop will be packed later in the day, so it’s great to catch it in a calm moment.

Castello Sforzesco in Milan

Once you’ve made your way through the castle, you can stroll through Parco Sempione, the largest park and green space in Milan, to your next destination: Triennale Design Museum. There’s always such an interesting mix of exhibitions here, especially during Milan Design Week. This museum reveals the modern side of Milan by entertaining events and exhibitions from arts, design, architecture, to cinema, photography, fashion, and theatre. While you could spend the whole day here discovering the stylish café, lush garden, and scenic terrace restaurant, you only have one day in Milan, so it’s time to head to lunch!

Jump on the metro to arrive at Café Gorille by lunchtime. Definitely make a reservation, as this place can pack up easily. The staff here are incredibly warm and accommodating and the menu always has fresh, delicious ingredients. Afterwards, you can take a stroll around Porta Nuova to see Stefano Boeri’s iconic Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) and Piazza Gae Aulenti, which is considered the new and modern heart of the city.

Bosco Verticale - Green Architecture in Milan

If you’re up for a little shopping, head over to one of the most popular addresses in Milan: 10 Corso Como. You can have a scenic coffee break in their secret garden, shop top Italian and international design brands, then head upstairs to cultivate your inner artist at the design bookstore. Fondazione Sozzani has a perfectly sized exhibition space for a quick stop to view the rotating photography and art shows, such as Sarah Moon’s Time at work.

As the sun begins to set on your one day visit to Milan, take the metro from Garibaldi to Porta Genova and walk to the quaint Navigli area. You’ll find canals, bars, and restaurants in a friendly and lively ambience. Since you’re in the neighborhood, check out Mag Cafè, a well-known and inviting place for aperitivo. You can go there early or make a reservation ahead of time to assure a comfortable spot.

Naviglio Grande and Negroni in Milan

Once aperitivo has opened up your palate, chances are you will want to fuel up for another day of exploring and eat a pizza. Milan has its own regional dishes, from Risotto Milanese to Ossobuco, but pizza is always a classic option. There are many restaurants you can choose, but Marghe is our pick, though it does not take reservations so be prepared to wait. It’s a relaxed vibe and has exceptional quality.

Italian Pizza in Milan

Enjoy your visit to Milan in one day! Let us know which locations were your favorites and thank you for reading the Krome Refurbishing blog.

Photo Credits via PhotoPin 1/ Joe Shlabotnik 2/ MacBeales 3/ Aliuarez 4/ Jeff Krause Photography 5/ NwongPR 6/ arkland_swe


About Grace Davin

Grace is an American content creator and design writer based in Milan. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she decided to pursue life abroad, immersing herself in the communities of art, design, and architecture while working and living in Paris as well as Marrakech. Since arriving to Italy in 2016, she has been an active contributor for the interior design blog Italian Bark and content creator for Esperiri, an interior design company.

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