Welcome to Milan, an interesting mix of Italian culture, architecture, fashion, and soccer. While many people skim over this amazing city for a visit to Venice or Rome, Milan offers attractions and destinations you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Before you go on your trip to this cosmopolitan city, discover the best places to explore with this one-day itinerary.

Morning: Get Some Breakfast

Coffee is a vital part of Italian culture, so whether you like your cup strong and black or dolled up with sugar and cream, you’ll find it at just about any coffeehouse in the city. Typical breakfasts are light and usually consist of a pastry, croissant, or bread with jam and butter. For something off the grid, head to Cantun de Milan. This bakery’s popularity is entirely dependent on word of mouth, and there’s no website or other literature to alert you of its presence. When in doubt, ask a local.

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The Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.

Midmorning: See the Last Supper and Duomo Square

Unlike Rome, Milan is a compact city and one of the most walkable in Europe. Only about 4 miles wide, the city center has most of the sights and destinations that would appeal to tourists. One of those just so happens to be Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Tucked away on a wall in the majestic Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, this famous painting depicts Christ telling the apostles of his imminent betrayal. To view the painting, you must be part of a guided tour or schedule a visit in advance.

When you’re done gazing in amazement at “The Last Supper,” walk over to Duomo Square in the heart of the city. Here you can feast your eyes on some of the city’s best architecture, including the Gothic-style Cathedral of Milan and a statue of Victor Emmanuel II, who became the King of Italy in 1761, marking the first time a King had ruled over a unified Italy since the 6th century.

Noon: Refuel With Some Lunch

Like most of Italy, Milan revels in its status as a food mecca. A Casa Eatery is just one of the restaurants that embody this idea. This local haunt has seating for only about 20 people, and as the name would suggest, it feels as though you’re eating in someone’s home as an invited guest. The menu changes seasonally, so depending on when you go, you can taste a creation that few others get to try. Finding this place isn’t easy, as it’s tucked away from the congestion of the city. However, the servers and locals are always friendly and looking to strike up a conversation.

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

Afternoon: Do Some Shopping

Along with Paris, New York, and London, Milan is one of the “Big Four” of the fashion industry. As such, it has many shops featuring modern and classic fashion for both men and women. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Prada all call Milan home, so if you’re into high-end fashion you’ll find it all here.

To get your hands on clothes and accessories, take a stroll around famous malls and streets such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza del Duomo, Via Dante, and Corso Buenos Aires. Even if you don’t buy anything, you can get some great ideas for some outfits when you get back home, putting you lightyears ahead of your friends.

Evening: Get a Little Taste of the Nightlife

The nightlife in Milan kicks off at 6 or 7 p.m. with the start of happy hour, which eventually blends into a night of bar hopping or clubbing. Also known as the apertivo, this event is more than just a post-dinner cocktail, lasting until about 9:30 or 10 p.m. You can grab a Peroni, Italy’s most famous beer, or go for a classic Italian drink such as a Aperol spritz, a Negroni, or a Prosecco.

If you’re looking to dance afterwards or go to one of the more lively venues, head to the Rolling Stone. It’s one of the most popular and crowded nightclubs in the city, holding up to 2,000 patrons. During the week, it’s all about rock and roll, but on weekends it bumps with house music and electronic dance music to get your booty shaking.

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