Piazza del Duomo, Milan's main square in Italy

Historical & Cultural Exploration of Milan Tour

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Milan, Bergamo

Suggested Duration

7 Days

The history and culture of Milan can be felt around every corner of the city. Explore Milan’s rich history and intriguing culture during an immersive, 7-day vacation. From ancient Basilicas to world-renowned paintings, discover some of the best attractions and landmarks that Milan has to offer. Step back in time as you tour buildings that date back hundreds of years, and experience the culture of Milan through art and opera. Take a day trip to the nearby city of Bergamo to see another historical...

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Trip Highlights

  • Delight in a visit to the Brera Art Gallery to see world-renowned paintings, including Raphael’s Marriage of the Virgin
  • Marvel at the ancient Sforza Castle during a tour, where you will see the Rondanini Pietà, which is Michelangelo’s last sculpture
  • Witness amazing monuments and gorgeous statues during a guided tour of Monumental Cemetery that is recognized as the city’s open-air museum
  • Bask in unparalleled views of Milan when you ascend to the rooftop of the Milan Cathedral during an intriguing tour
  • Experience an unforgettable live performance at the famous La Scala Opera House
  • Immerse yourself in Bergamo’s 16th-century walls, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a day trip to the city
  • Venture through the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo da Vinci’s stunning Last Supper painting
  • Explore the history and vibrant culture of Italy’s oldest shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, during an exciting visit

Detailed Description

This discovery-tour of Milan’s history and culture will take you to ancient buildings, historical churches, and wonderful museums. You will land at Milan’s Malpensa Airport to begin this exciting journey. After becoming acquainted with your luxurious hotel, you will enjoy a private tour of the Brera Art Gallery, where you will be able to witness timeless paintings by great artists such as Raphael and Tintoretto. The following day, you will continue your exploration of Milan’s history with visits to Sforza Castle and Monumental Cemetery. The ancient Sforza Castle is home to fascinating museums, and one of them is home to Michelangelo’s last sculpture, which you will be able to see during your exclusive tour. Monumental Cemetery is considered more of an outdoor museum than a cemetery, and you will be in awe of its gorgeous statues and monuments.

An Italian pastry and freshly brewed espresso will be the perfect way to begin your next day. After breakfast, you will venture to the Milan Cathedral for a private tour. The architecture and details of the Cathedral will be stunning, and you will appreciate the stained-glass windows and works of art. You will have the unique opportunity to view the city from a unique viewpoint when you ascend to the rooftop of the Cathedral and enjoy the unparalleled views. Later in the day, your tour will continue to the legendary La Scala Opera House. After you take in the beautiful decor of the main auditorium and antique instruments of the museum on a guided tour, you will immerse in the culture of Milan with a live opera performance. The amazing show will be memorable and a wonderful way to culminate your day.

The following day, you will indulge in an excursion to the nearby city of Bergamo. Here, you can view ancient buildings, the 12th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the spectacular Colleoni Chapel during your tour of this medieval city. After the day’s exciting trip, you will return to Milan by the evening. Another wonderful look into Milan’s history will await you on day five as you explore more of the city’s magnificent churches on guided tours of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, and San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. Colorful mosaics, detailed frescoes, and well-preserved paintings will be found at every one of these special destinations, and the opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper will make the visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie especially unforgettable.

As the sun rises over Milan on the morning of day six, you can savor a tasty breakfast before your tour for the day begins with a visit to Piazza Mercanti. The delightful square is filled with historic buildings, and it will transport you back in time as you discover ancient buildings that used to house the city’s courts and notary. You will also have the unique chance to see a 17th-century school. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is Italy’s oldest shopping mall. Here, you will be able to immerse yourself the culture of the city as you journey around the many high-end shops and boutiques. A stop in one of the mall’s delicious cafes or restaurants will be the ideal way to end your visit.

Finally, on the morning of your last day in Milan, you can delight in one more walk around the city before a private transfer leads you to Malpensa Airport for your return flight home. You will have experienced the best of Milan’s history and culture during your amazing weeklong vacation. Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite Italy travel experiences by reading their Italy travel reviews.

Starting Price

$1,920 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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