10 Things to See in Milan for First Time Visitors

10 Things to See in Milan for First Time Visitors

First time in Milan? Discover the city with the advice of Hotel Galles and get ready to live an unforgettable stay among art, architecture, shopping and gastronomy.

Overlooking Corso Buenos Aires and a short distance from the Central Station, Hotel Galles is in a strategic position to visit the city. Our elegant four-star hotel in Milan has everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Between a shopping session and a visit to a museum, hotel guests can relax in the wellness centre with indoor pool and SPA and enjoy an excellent panoramic dinner in the restaurant La Terrazza.

What to see in Milan: 10 places not to be missed

What to see in Milan for the first time? Here are the attractions not to be missed, Hotel Galles favourite spots.

Milan Cathedral

The undisputed symbol of Milan is its Duomo, the fourth largest church in the world. You probably know the familiar shape of this building in Gothic style, but have you ever climbed on its terraces? An unmissable experience to admire one of the most enchanting views of Milan.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

A stone’s throw from the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which enchants millions of visitors every year with its richly decorated vault. The covered commercial passage was built in the second half of the nineteenth century: a meeting point for the city’s bourgeoisie, it was nicknamed “the living room of Milan”. Even today the Galleria houses some of the most exclusive shops and restaurants in the city.

Castello Sforzesco of Milan

With the Castello Sforzesco, we take a step back in time to the Dukedom of Milan, when the large fortified complex was elected by Francesco Sforza as his residence. Crossing its entrance and plunging into the large decorated courtyards is a memorable experience. We recommend a visit to the museums housed in the Castle, including the Pinacoteca and the Pietà Rondanini Museum.

The Arco della Pace

The Arco della Pace is one of the most popular locations for photographers in the city. It is a solemn triumphal arch at the beginning of Corso Sempione, inaugurated in 1838 by Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria as a symbol of peace between nations after the Congress of Vienna.

The Quadrilatero della Moda

The heart of Milan’s haute couture shopping is enclosed in the district between Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. Here are located the most luxurious boutiques and showrooms in the city. Whether you want to empty your credit card or just have a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Brera Art Gallery

Brera Art Gallery hosts one of the richest and most visited collections of ancient and modern art in Italy. Inside there are paintings by famous Lombard and Venetian painters, from Mantegna to Titian, as well as international artists such as Rubens and Picasso.

Do not miss a walk in the Brera district: a real architectural jewel with paved streets, with inviting restaurants and sophisticated boutiques.

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

It is one of the most enigmatic and well-known paintings in the world, for centuries the result of the most diverse investigations. We are talking about The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, kept inside the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Given the high number of tourists, seeing the Last Supper live is a real challenge, but Hotel Galles can help you book tickets to visit it.

The Navigli of Milan

Did you know that in the old days Milan was crossed by a large number of canals? The canals put the city in communication with Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and lower Ticino to facilitate trade.

Today, the Naviglio Grande and the Darsena of Porta Ticinese are one of the nightlife hubs of the city, where you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the Milanese aperitif.

Gae Aulenti Square

Let’s change the pace and discover the most modern face of Milan. In Gae Aulenti Square, at the foot of the dizzying Palazzo Unicredit, you feel small and full of admiration. The square is a concentration of the most innovative architectures and styles: don’t miss the nearby Bosco Verticale and the park of the Biblioteca degli Alberi.

City Life

City Life is a project for the recovery of the former trade fair district in the Portello district by architectural celebrities such as Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid. Today, visitors are amazed by their towers and buildings, a real leap into the future of the city.


Whether it’s your first time in Milan or not, the capital city of Lombardy will amaze you with its unique mix of tradition and modernity, a face that changes quickly to look more and more like the ideal city. Let yourself be amazed also by Hotel Galles!