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Milan Overview Tour
A private Milan overview tour, starting with the world-famous Duomo and terminating at Milan’s opulent opera house, La Scala.
- Marvel at the third biggest Cathedral in the world, in the old city of Milan
- See the city from the top terraces of the Duomo, and explore the Cathedral inside
- La Scala Square and La Scala Opera House (outside view)
- Piazza dei Mercanti –Mercanti Square
- Visit the current locale of Milan, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Private Milan Highlights Tour
Often unnecessarily overlooked in favor of Italy’s so-called “grander” cities, Milan shouldn’t be deemed any less worthy of a visit than, say, Rome or Florence. This private Milan overview tour with an English-speaking guide from Italy’s Best will take you to the city’s must-see sites.
From Milan’s Duomo to La Scala Theater
Your tour starts at the Duomo, the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest within Italy. An impressive Gothic masterpiece, the church took nearly six centuries to complete! Explore its stunning stained glass windows, beautiful artwork and sacred relics as your guide tells you the story of this magnificent structure. Weather permitting, visit the rooftop for a breathtaking view of the city. On a clear day, you can see the Alps! Next, visit the storied Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – a 19th-century glass-vaulted arcade flanked with shops and cafes that houses an integral piece of fashion history: the original Prada store from 1913. While here, find the Turin Coat of Arms on the floor and spin on the bull to partake in an Italian superstition for good luck! Your guide will be happy to demonstrate proper form and show you exactly where to place your heel. Pass through the Galleria and find yourself in Piazza della Scala where stands the world-renowned La Scala Theater – Milan’s legendary opera house dating back to 1778. Still in use today, some of the world’s greatest musicians and singers have performed on its stage. Enter the La Scala museum to see instruments, ceramics, portraits, costumes and other items that are part of the theater’s iconic history, and then enter one of the boxes for a view of the theater, stage and orchestra pit!
‘The Last Pietà’ of Michelangelo
Next, take a stroll through the winding streets of the Brera District. The charming neighborhood’s historical buildings, cafes and shops have been a magnet for artists and intellectuals over the centuries. The serpentine streets bring you to Castello Sforzesco, a medieval castle and fortress belonging to the Sforza noble family. Admire the grounds as you learn about the castle’s enthralling history and evolution before continuing your walk to the elegant Magenta neighborhood. Don’t forget to people watch along the way to see first-hand why Milan easily rivals Paris as the world’s most fashionable city!
Following your Milan overview tour, we can arrange for a driver to bring you anywhere you wish, or your welcome to continue exploring this great city on your own by foot.