The fashion and glamour capital of Europe, Milan is a popular city break destination. Different to the other major cities on the continent, the Italian city offers a wealth of attractions including many beautiful churches, parks and shopping centres. But did you know that many of these jaw dropping places are actually free? If you want to discover Milan on a budget, check out the attractions below.
1) Visit The Duomo
The largest cathedral in all of Italy and the 5th largest in the world, the Duomo took over 6 centuries to complete. Today the cathedral is free to enter and is a masterpiece of art and architecture. The Duomo was first on my list of things to do in Milan.
2) Enjoy The City Centre Parks
You’ll find around 8 city centre parks in Milan, each with their own charm and beauty. The Pacro Sempione is the most tranquil with numerous ponds, romantic bridges and play grounds for kids; it has something for everyone.
3) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world’s oldest shopping centres, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a beautiful building filled with numerous designer shops. Take a walk through it during the evening and you’ll see the arcade lit up with thousands of bright lights.
4) Window Shopping
If you don’t want to splash out on designer goods you don’t have to, just stroll down Milan’s city centre and do a little window shopping. You can even go in and try things on without having to buy them, you’ll be amazed by how many designer brands are on the high street.
5) Piazza Gae Auelenti
When you arrive in Milan you’re presented by the towering skyscrapers in the Piazza Gae Auelenti. The towers, water features and open spaces make the Piazza a popular place for families to come on evenings and weekends.
6) Navigli District
The Navigli District is a young and vibrant area with popular bars and restaurants lining the Naviglio Grande canal. It’s an excellent place to visit day or night as you can walk along the canal for miles and miles and take in the sights and sounds of the Italian culture.
7)Enter Museums For Free
All of the museums usually have an entry but to get people through the doors the Italian Government allowed all museums to be free on Friday afternoons.
8) Castello Sforzesco
The Sforza Castle is a beautiful 15th century building that was once one of the largest citadels in Europe. Like the museums, the Sforza Castle is also free after 2pm on Fridays.
9)Colonne di San Lorenzo
Prominent Roman ruins of Colonne di San Lorenzo is a popular gathering area for youngsters. They play music, dance and have a good time, it’s the best free open air night club ever.
10 )Vintage Tram Sightseeing
Ok, so this isn’t exactly free but considering it’s less than a cup of coffee, it had to feature. Hop on tram number 23 and watch the world go by with the Piazza Fontana the highlight of the trip.