The Milan Experience

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Explore Milan – from the high art of the renaissance to high fashion on the runway – and discover an incredible combination of heritage and history set within a modern, cosmopolitan way of life.

  • Length 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Trip Type Extension
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Start / Finish Milan
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from Year-round

Highlights

  • Spend a day exploring the treasures of Milan – from the Duomo to Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca di Brera to the Last Supper, taking a journey through a wealth of historic and modern sights!
  • Splurge on a day of shopping in the “Quadrilatero d'Oro” – one of the most famous shopping districts in the world – with your own personal shopper!
  • Take in an evening at Teatro alla Scala, the world-renowned opera house 

 

OVERVIEW

In Milan, it’s all about appearance… Whether it’s the façade of the Duomo, the fashion on display in the Quadrilatero d'Oro, or the sets at the Teatro alla Scala opera house, you’ll find the visual appeal of Milan everywhere you turn in this majestic city! 

Milan is the marketplace for Italian fashion, and a major world fashion and design capital. Twice yearly a bevy of fashion aficionados, supermodels, and international paparazzi descend upon the city for fashion week; each spring and autumn, many streets begin to look like a high-end fashion photo shoot! The city is also well known for design beyond fashion, everything from interior spaces to furniture and home furnishings, and plays host to the annual Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. 

But beyond the allure of fashion and design, Milan is the main financial, industrial, commercial, center of Italy, as well as leading global city. This should come as no surprise, as the city is located in a key position on the trade routes that linked Rome with northwestern Europe, which ensured its continued prosperity throughout history. Today its business district hosts Italy's main stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and the headquarters of Italy’s largest national banks and companies.

But don’t let all this modernity fool you – Milan is actually one of the most ancient cities in Europe, with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage. Its fame is due in part to its wealth of historical sights: the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world; La Scala, one of the best established opera houses on the globe; the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery; the Brera art gallery, with some of the finest artistic works in Europe; the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle; and the Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica ("Holy Mary of Grace"), a church and Dominican convent, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing one of the world's most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.

Partly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, Milan has reinvented itself, becoming a unique combination of ancient and modern.  This thriving cosmopolitan business and fashion capital has retained the integrity of its heritage and glorious history, which as with everything here, are all proudly on display.

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Milan
Arrive in Milan and check in to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to begin your exploration of this incredible city!
… Hotel in Milan (5-Star)


Day 2 ~ Shopping in Milan (Guided)
In the morning meet your personal shopper and spend the day in one of the most famous shopping districts in the world! The so-called “Quadrilatero d'Oro” (“Golden quadrilateral”), is the place to come for designer shopping. Just north east of the Duomo, bounded by Via Montenapoleone to the west, Via della Spiga to the east, Manzoni to the north, and Sant’Andrea to the south, this network of pretty streets offers the best of designer clothing and jewelry.  Among the more than 150 top-name designer stores you’ll find Gucci, Prada, YSL, TOD’S, Burberry, Armani, Moschino, Valentino, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Cartier, and just about every Milanese and European couturier just waiting to tempt you!  There is also a sprinkling of jewelers including Bulgari, Chopard, and Cartier, as well as upscale cafès. The fashion boutiques here are works of art in themselves – housed in charming palazzos inhabited in the 18th century by Milan’s aristocracy, their interiors have been designed by leading architects, echoing with minimalist chic. While the wealth of choices can feel overwhelming, your personal shopper will guide you through the bounty of options, making sure you find exactly the treasures you have your heart set on!

Milan is equally famous for quality furniture and home furnishings, housewares, and linens design. There are showrooms dotted around the central area, but a higher concentration of shops can be found around San Babila if you want to wander and browse. Products to look for include lighting, home furnishings, silver, glass, and mosaics.

Of course this is not the only shopping area in the city – Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, after all! There is also excellent shopping along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino, and Corso di Porta Ticinese.  And of course, if you like to hunt for deals, there are incredible outlets just outside the city center. 

Milan is equally famous for quality furniture and home furnishings, housewares, and linens design. There are showrooms dotted around the central area, but a higher concentration of shops can be found around the San Babila area if you want to wander and browse. Products to look for include lighting, home furnishings, silver, glass, and mosaics.

Option: Performance at Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala Theatre is a world-renowned opera house. Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years since its inception, including Maria Callas and Pavarotti. Today, the theatre is still recognized as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet, and La Scala Theatre Orchestra.

B… Hotel in Milan (5-Star)


Day 3 ~ Explore Milan’s Culture (Self Guided)
Milan is not just a shopping city – it also a very lively cultural destination! There are many ways to get a taste of culture here, and below are just a few of our favorites:

The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco the “Last Supper” is one of the most famous paintings of the Renaissance. In its monumental simplicity, the composition of the scene is masterful; the power of its effect comes from the striking contrast in the attitudes of the 12 disciples as counterpoised to Christ. This mural-sized painting is located in the former refectory of the Dominican church and convent Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Castello Sforzesco – Sforzesco Castle is one of the most famous monuments in Milan, the former residence of the ruling Visconti and Sforza families of Milan in the 15th and early 16th centuries, and the Austrian governor's residence in the 17th century.

Pinacoteca di Brera and Palazzo di BreraThe Pinacoteca di Brera, housed in the Palazzo di Brera, is one of the largest art galleries in Italy, houses one of Italy's most important art collections, and one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings, including "the Kiss" by Francesco Hayez, the "Lamentation of Christ" by Mantegna, the "Supper at Emmaus" by Caravaggio, “Virgin and Saints” by Piero della Francesca and the "Marriage of the Virgin" by Raphael. More a museum than a gallery, the importance of this world-class establishment to the art world is comparable with Madrid's El Prado and the Louvre in Paris.

The Duomo, Museo del Duomo, and Piazza del Duomo – The Duomo is Milan's primary cathedral – a massive late Gothic church made of white marble, with a well-known façade, and hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on its exterior. Milan’s Duomo is the fifth largest cathedral in the world, and the second largest in Italy (the largest being St. Peter’s in Vatican City). While construction began in 1386, the cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete! Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) is the grandest square in Milan, and the cultural and social heart of the city. 

Stadio San Siro & Museum – San Siro Stadium, also known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, for one of the greatest Italian players in the world, is one of the most popular soccer arenas in the world. It has earned the nickname “The Temple of Soccer.” In 1990 the opening game of the World Cup was played here, when Italy hosted. You can tour the stadiumand its museum, where you will get to visit exclusive areas including the two teams' locker rooms, the interview area, pass through the famous tunnel entrance to the field, and on to the actual field where the teams play their matches!

Branca Distillery – Founded in 1845, the Branca Distillery is world renown for the invention of Fernet.

Cinque Vie Historical DistrictThe most ancient part of Milan, the Cinque Vie Historical District is the best preserved in the city. This is where Milan was settled in the original Roman Imperial era, and you'll find lots of Roman archeological sites here.

B… Hotel in Milan (5-Star)


Day 4 ~ Depart
After breakfast, private transfer to Milan Malpensa International Airport for departure on homeward bound flights, or to your next destination in Italy.



STILL WANT MORE?
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Itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.

 

Cost

Explore Milan – from the high art of the renaissance to high fashion on the runway – and discover an incredible combination of heritage and history set within a modern, cosmopolitan way of life.


Length: 4d / 3n 

Start / Finish: Milan

Dates:  This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing.

Activity Level: Easy
For everybody in good and active physical health.

Guided / Self Guided Combination

 

COST:
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Cost Includes:

  • In/out airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Milan
  • All breakfasts
  • Personal shopper in Milan for 1 day
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax


Additional Cost: Evening at La Scala Opera Theater, depending on the program.

Accommodation

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

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About Dolomite Mountains Extensions

Italy and her surroundings are brimming with opportunities for adventure… so why not add a few days to your trip and explore beyond the Dolomites? Our trip extensions range from one-day tours (great as a transition to help you recover from jet lag) to multi-day trips. You might even feel like you’re on a second vacation! Each extension is crafted to help you experience a region in a short amount of time. We can arrange guided tours and activities, museum and performance tickets, and dining recommendations and reservations… or if you prefer, simply arrange your accommodation and leave you on your own to explore each day… It’s the perfect way to add a little extra adventure to your holiday!  We put all of the same care and knowledge into our extension itineraries that we use in crafting our itineraries within the Dolomites – authentic experiences, expert local guides, and best-in-class accommodations, and of course the exceptional level of service you’ve come to expect from Dolomite Mountains. Like what you see? String together a series of extensions and create the Italian adventure of your dreams!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
15-21 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
22-27 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
23-28 Feb
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
29 Feb - 3 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2200
5-10 Mar
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1190
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Mar
2017
4
Available
€ 1540
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 2200
12-17 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1190
19-25 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1900
26-31 Apr
2017
4
Available
€ 1220
26 Apr - 1 May
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1900
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 890
18-24 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1260
23-30 Aug
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1520
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
12-18 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1260