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Milan Neighborhood Guide

Milan Neighborhood Guide

Capital of fashion and design, Milan is a sprawling modern metropolis with an industrious atmosphere and no-nonsense character. Though it is one of the few cities in Italy where you can find modern skyscrapers, Milan has Roman roots and plenty of historic neighborhoods with an old-world feel. Here are the most interesting to explore.

Duomo

Most visitors to Milan begin their explorations in Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), the heart of Milan’s historic center. Some of the city’s most important sights are clustered here, including the soaring Gothic cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala opera house, and the Royal Palace. This neighborhood sits at the center of the city, and from here you can strike out farther north to the tony areas of Brera and the Quadrilatero della Moda or south to the more trendy Navigli and Ticinese districts.

Brera

One of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Milan, Brera is a picturesque maze of cobblestoned streets lined with chic boutiques, upscale homes, and gourmet restaurants. In addition to its shopping and food scene, this area is known for its excellent Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), one of the most important museums in Italy. Stop in to admire the collection of works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and others.

Quadrilatero della Moda (or Quadrilatero d’Oro)

Whether it’s called the Fashion Quarter or the Golden Quarter, this swank area adjacent to Brera wears its luxury heart on its sleeve. Fashion-forward shoppers browse the many designer boutiques and high-end stores sitting shoulder to shoulder in what many consider to be the most important fashion district in the world. 

Porta Nuova

Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Porta Nuova neighborhood, just beyond Brera and the Quadrilatero della Moda. This business district is named after a 19th-century city gate but is home to Milan’s most important modern commercial and residential towers, including the Unicredit Tower, Palazzo Lombardia, Pirelli Tower, and the Bosco Verticale.

Navigli

Milan’s city center was once crisscrossed with a network of canals, or navigli, used to transport goods and people. Only two still exist in the trendy Navigli district just south of the city center, now lined with posh galleries and teeming restaurants and clubs. Head here to experience the city’s thriving food scene and vibrant nightlife.

Ticinese

Among the oldest neighborhoods in Milan, this former working-class enclave is one of the city’s up-and-coming districts, crowded with bohemian cafés, cutting-edge restaurants, and hip boutiques. By day, shoppers flood this urban hot spot to browse the stores on Corso di Porta Ticinese and Via Torino. By night, the local party set gathers here to see and be seen at some of the city’s hottest clubs. 

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Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera

Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera

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Indulge in tasty Italian delights on this tour of the Brera neighborhood, one of Milan's hippest neighborhoods. With your foodie guide by your side, traverse the intimate streets of Brera, stopping at various spots to sample Parma ham, Milanese meatballs, artisan beer, and other local delicacies. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience

Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Discover the best of Milan’s cuisine on a food walking tour through Navigli and Porta Ticinese. Visit a number of bars and restaurants and learn about northern Italy’s famous ‘aperitivo’ culture. Sample local wines and cheeses, delicious cocktails, the famous Milanese cutlet, and more as your guide explains the history behind the Italian cuisine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

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Take a Milan beer tasting tour and check out the microbrews that are springing up around the city. With a guide, you’ll enjoy samples of four different beers, two appetizers and a walking tour of the Navigli district, where bars and restaurants line the canals. It’s a great way to learn about Milan’s burgeoning brewery scene and explore a vibrant area at the same time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour of Milan Fashion District

Private Tour of Milan Fashion District

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Learn about the world’s premier fashion capital on this private tour through Milan’s fashion district. Explore the Navigli district and explore its canals and discover a few hidden, fashion gems like local artisan boutiques as well as big-name designer stores while learning about the fashion industry from your informative guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Milan Fashion Tour

Milan Fashion Tour

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Get an introduction to the fashion of Milan during this walking tour. Visit local outlets, designer boutiques, and artisan stores as you search for unique pieces throughout the city. See how handmade pieces are created and the work it takes to brand it as ‘Made in Italy.’ This private tour is completely customizable to your interests and desires so you can experience Milanese fashion your own way.
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  • 1 hour
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1-Hour Rooftop Guided Tour of Milan's Duomo

1-Hour Rooftop Guided Tour of Milan's Duomo

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the top of the Milan Duomo on this guided evening tour. Ride an elevator most of the way to the rooftop of the cathedral, and then there are only 50 steps to climb to arrive at the very top. Learn about the Duomo’s history and architecture as you take in views across Milan and, on a clear day, well beyond the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Milan Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

Milan Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

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Explore the best of the Brera district on this 2-hour food and wine tasting tour. Sample a number of delicious foods and three different wines as you traverse the Milanese streets. Learn about the history of food in Milan as well as the local area. Enjoy personalized service with a small group of no more than 10 guests and make the most of your time in Milan.
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  • 3 hours
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Milan Fashion District Tour

Milan Fashion District Tour

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Discover the designer delights of Milan on this walking tour of Italy’s fashion capital. The Quadrilatero della Moda, the city’s fashion district, is home to some of the world’s most iconic high-end clothing brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari. Follow in the footsteps of chic locals as you explore the district with an informative guide, who points out shopping landmarks — like the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II — as well as other beautiful sights.
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  • 2 hours
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Fashion and Cocktail Tour

Fashion and Cocktail Tour

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Experience the city of Milan at its most glamorous on a 3-hour tour of the city’s fashion landmarks, elegant boutiques and cutting-edge shopping areas. Immerse yourself in Milan’s golden age at the Palazzo Morando, where period rooms are decked with antique costumes and paintings. Get an insider's view of the fashion scene as you take in legendary ateliers along Via della Spiga and Via Monte Napoleone. Finish your tour in true Milanese style with a custom-made cocktail and small bites at a rooftop bar in the heart of the city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Porta Nuova Walking Tour and Food Tasting

Porta Nuova Walking Tour and Food Tasting

Take a stroll around Milan’s Porta Nuova district and discover some of the city’s newer buildings and landmarks on a 2.5-hour tour. See modern buildings such as Palazzo Lombardia, the Diamond Tower, the famous Vertical Forest as well as some beautiful art installations. After you work up an appetite, head to the famed Eataly eatery for a 1-hour food tasting of delicious Italian dishes and treats.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Milan Porta Nuova Walking Guided Tour by an Architect

Milan Porta Nuova Walking Guided Tour by an Architect

Join an architect for an eye-opening 2.5-hour small-group walking tour of the new Porta Nuova project in Milan. Hear about the acclaimed architects who contributed to this modern district of skyscrapers. Learn about the distinctive Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest). Enjoy a personalized experience with a small group.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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