If you are in Milan to study or work, or you are looking for accommodation in the city, you will surely want to know the best plans and places of interest in the Italian capital. If you don't want to spend too much, we bring you the best places to see and they are completely free!
Undoubtedly, you can't miss the Duomo, whose entrance is paid. However, you can admire its wonderful facade from the Piazza, and you can also admire it by going up to the seventh floor of the La Rinascente department store in Milan, from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Milan.
We also recommend visiting other churches whose entrance is free: the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, dedicated to the patron saint of Milan, the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, with its frescoes from the school of Leonardo, and the small Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, known for its ossuary and interesting if you like a slightly creepy and mysterious atmosphere (the walls are decorated with hundreds of skulls and bones).
As in many Italian cities, many museums can be visited for free on the first Sunday of the month. In Milan there are also many civic museums that can be visited free of charge at certain times. There are also museums that can always be visited free of charge. Among the many we recommend the Museo del Risorgimento, the Casa-Museo Boschi Di Stefano, the Astronomical Museum and the Orto Botanico di Brera, the Hangar Bicocca and the Palazzo Morando (COSTUME MODA IMMAGINE).
In Milan it is also nice to visit specific areas such as the Vicolo dei Lavandai and the antique markets of the Navigli. If you are passionate about architecture, you can wander the streets of Milan in search of Art Nouveau buildings. If you are interested in fashion, you can't miss a stroll through the Quadrilatero della Moda. But also the less fashionable areas can be interesting: in some neighborhoods the walls and buildings are a great open-air museum of street art and you can see very interesting murals.
It is one of the smallest and at the same time one of the oldest parks in Milan. Founded in 1555 on the initiative of the Countess of Guastalla, it did not become a public park until 1939. The beauty of this garden is enhanced by some marble and terracotta statues and a seventeenth-century fish pond, where goldfish and carp swim.
In the heart of Milan, a stone's throw from the Duomo, Palazzo Arcivescovile dates back to the 16th century and was later adapted to neoclassical styles. It is the current residence of the Archbishop of Milan.
The entrance portal, the inner courtyard and the chapel were designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi at the behest of Carlo Borromeo. Inside the palace you can still see some of the 14th century frescoes that decorated the piano nobile hall.
This is, of course, one of the six gates of Milan. Today it is one of the most attractive areas of the city, with its tall buildings facing the Corso di Porta Romana, full of stores and businesses.
It used to be the gate through which the road connecting Milan with Rome and the rest of Italy passed (hence the name "Porta Romana"). Churches and historic buildings can still be admired, although Porta Romana later lost its position as Milan's "noble" street in favor of Porta Venezia.
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