You’ve got only 48 hours in Milan. What should you do? What are the top spots to visit in Milan? 48 in Milano seems like a little time, but if you plan your time well, you should be beaming with the satisfaction of putting these 48 hours into judicious use while here in Milan.
So I’m here you give you some suggestions on how to spend 48 hours in Milan, and I have also included a do-it-yourself Milan guided map that neatly lay out all these locations and the best route to take in order to optimise your time. Without ado, here we go!
Places to see 48 Hours in Milan
Milan City Centre, Duomo
The Duomo Square (Piazza Duomo), Duomo Cathedral, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping complex are undoubtedly the most visited areas in Milan by tourists and locals alike. These places are flocked all year round by people engaging in recurring activities like posing to take pictures with the pigeons in front of the cathedral, watching the street acts near the square, and window shopping by the panes of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping complex.
As you may find out, choosing to explore the Duomo Cathedral will steal more of your time. The queue is often so long at the ticket office and entrance, hence you will need to set aside 2 or more hours for this activity. To fast-track the process, you can purchase Duomo tickets online to see the church and access the terraces.
Just before you leave this area to my next suggested place, head to Panzerotti Luini at via Santa Radegonda (open on google maps), near the Space Cinema for a taste of its famous Panzerotto. At a cost of €2.70, you can get Luini’s classic Panzerotto made from flour, cheese, and tomatoes. Heads up, Luini doesn’t accept debit or credit cards, you can only pay with cash.
Castello Sforzesco, Cairoli
Castello Sforzesco is an old castle built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. The Castello (castle) is difficult to miss, it’s a straight 5 minutes walk from the Generali building at Via Cordusio 2 (open on google maps).
Along the walk, you will find some famous Italian restaurants like SignorVino and clothing shops like Desigual. If you like, you can stop by at SignorVino for a quick glass of wine, made in Italy, and some finger foods.
Attached behind the Castello is the Parco (park) Sempione, which can be accessed by the gate linking the park and castle. Taking Viale Malta (inside Parco Sempione), you will arrive at my next recommended place – Piazza Sempione (open on google maps).
Piazza Sempione is also a good go-to spot. At the square is the famous landmark “The Arco della Pace”. Corso Sempione Street is also a well-known aperitivo area of Milan. It hosts my favourite Brangrabar restaurant, even though Corso Sempione is not my favourite Aperitivo spot in Milan. Read on to find out my favourite aperitivo spot.
Brera District, Lanza
The next stop is Brera, near the Lanza Metropolitan Station. Spot the Piccolo Teatro, which is just outside the Lanza metropolitan station. Even if you visit the Brera District at a time when the Milan Design Week is not on, you can have a look at the glorious Brera – the heart of the Milan Design Week. Some famous places to look out for in Brera: Biblioteca di Brera (Library) and Pinacoteca di Brera (art gallery), both located at via Brera 28.
After exploring the Brera District, walk back to the Lanza station to take the metro to Moscova. Get off at Moscova and take Corso Garibaldi Street. I like to reach Corso Como Street through Corso Garibaldi because I enjoy revelling in the beauty of skyscrapers and the feeling of modernization I experience here.
You will find Eataly at the upper left of the Porta Garibaldi Arc, a historical landmark in Milan. You should endeavour to visit the Porta Nuova area (near Porta Garibaldi Metro Station). At Porta Nuova, you can sight the renowned Bosco Verticale building covered in green. Also have a look at the Porta Nuova square, a very lux business area with a lot of glass skyscrapers.
I recommend this spot as the last place to visit because it’s at its peak during the evening/night. The nightlife in Navigli so vibrant! Navigli is dear to my heart and is my favourite aperitivo spot. I love the fact that it bustles with a lot of life. Many restaurants are lined up along the canal giving you dozens of options for an aperitivo (also called happy hour).
If you intend to have an aperitivo, it usually starts around 6 pm. The Darsena, a place where you will often find locals performing the ritual of drinking and chatting is also within reach.
You can buy the day pass urban ticket which gives you access to all the transport systems within the Milan Urban zone for a Price of € 4.50, valid for 24 hours after stamping.
Milan guided map
What are famous and typical Italian foods to try in Milan? See my post on Typical Italian Foods.
You can also follow my Instagram page to discover other Milanese Food in Milan I recommend and try.
I hope you find this helpful in planning your 48 hours in Milan. Share your thoughts in the comment box below.