10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Milan

10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Milan

While falling in love with Bologna was a happy “accident” caused by cheap Wizz Air tickets, the main destination for the extended weekend I spent in Italy was Milan, for an Ellie Goulding concert (more on this soon). The country’s most modern city, Milan is best explored without a map, as my favorite moment was wandering on its beautiful streets on a sunny day, without a plan in mind. Milan felt like a whole different world from Bologna and some streets reminded me of Spain (which is always a good thing!), so naturally I had a great time and wanted to show you a few photos that will inspire you toΒ visit it as soon as possible.

The beautiful Sforzesco Castle in Milan, at night
I decided not to start with Milan’s most iconic sight, but with my favorite photo from Milan – the beautiful Sforzesco Castle.
Behind the Sforzesco Castle there is a huge park called Sempione, perfect for relaxing, or, if you're a kid, running around
Behind the Sforzesco Castle there is a huge park called Sempione, perfect for relaxing, or, if you’re a kid, running around πŸ˜‰
The impressive Milan Duomo is the perfect place to start exploring the city.
The impressive Milan Duomo is the perfect place to start exploring the city. That was something a lot of people have thought because I haven’t seen crowds like that anywhere else in the city.
The interior of the Duomo felt a bit underwhelming, or maybe I had different expectations after seeing the huge cathedral in Seville.
The interior of the Duomo felt a bit underwhelming, or maybe I had different expectations after seeing the huge cathedral in Seville.
Wandering in Milan
This colorful street was a totally unexpected find, but I loved it!
The Navigli District in Milan
I wanted to visit the colorful district of Navigli, picturing us stopping for a gelato on the banks of an Amsterdam-looking canal. Instead I found a couple ofΒ canals with barely any water withΒ noΒ open shops. Awkward.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
If you’re going to shop in Milan, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the best place to do it. Or, you know, take some photos and then shop in one of the more affordable stores down the street πŸ˜‰
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
I definitely did the latter!
A ballerina in Milan
This ballerina was in the window of a building in Piazza del Duomo and I came back to see her in the evening as well because I really think she stole the show in that square.
Wandering in Milan
At that point, I thought I took a wrong turn and ended up in Lisbon, because that building totally looked like it could belong there.

Bonus picture! Just because you can’t have a post on Italy without a photo of gelato. It is the law! πŸ˜‰ Besides, if the photos above haven’t convinced you to visit Milan,then this is my secret weapon!

Italian gelato in Milan

Have you ever visited Milan? What did you think of the city?

Milan is Italy's most modern cities and it's best explored wandering on its streets, without a map in your hand. Would you like to find out why?

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  • John Pilkington

    Great photos once again – I love that you managed to capture a couple kissing in the first shot. I found some beautiful old buildings in Milan when I went but they were so hard to photograph – well done for getting such good shots.

    …but where are the photos of the trams…?

    • Thank you, I quite like how the people in the first photo make it more interesting πŸ˜€ Sadly this is my best shot of a tram (out of the two I have) and it’s not a good one… πŸ™

  • Veeery businessy-looking town. I think I am going there on my next Italy trip, and using it as a base to explore up north, particularly the lakes.

    • Wouldn’t say it’s a good base to explore the region, as the accommodation can sometimes be crazy expensive. But it’s definitely worth visiting it for a few days πŸ˜‰

  • What great pictures! We have not managed to make it to Milan yet, but you’re right – these photos sure inspire us to work harder toward getting there. Beautifully done!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked them! πŸ™‚

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    Having recently been to Milan, sadly I never saw any of these sights. Whilst these photos are very inspiring, we were only there overnight and the sights that we faced at the train station were enough to make us head straight to the hotel which was an absolute delight.

    • You should go back and explore the center, you’ll probably love it πŸ˜‰

  • Maydi

    I am planing on visiting Milan in August, so this is very helpful! And yes, I am practically a kid and would indeed love to run around the Sempione park! Thank you for sharing!

    • Hope you’ll have a great time (and it won’t be too crowded!)

  • Carol

    You are right that the interior of the Duomo is underwhelming compared to the one in Seville! But the exterior is as fascinating as the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona! And I love that yellow building!

    • That’s true, I loved photographing and observing all the details of the exterior of the Duomo πŸ™‚

  • Corinne

    OK, I’m sold, we’ll go to Milan. In fact, I was convinced before the gelato!

    • Glad to hear that! The gelato is always a good idea anyway πŸ˜‰

  • I think you have convinced me to go back to Milan. I went once and have the greatest memories. Did you go to the top of the Duomo (not sure if that is possible)?

    • I did – waited a lot in the queue, but it was worth it.

  • Finding Lala

    Beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful city to visit. And oh that gelato!!!

    • I’m going again to Italy in April and the gelato is what I’m most excited about, haha

  • Grey World Nomads

    I remember Milan as rather polluted, crowded town. I think I’ve to give it an other chance.

    • It was crowded indeed in the center (then again, so was Bologna, surprisingly), but it didn’t feel polluted to me. Maybe you should consider revisiting πŸ™‚

  • I’m with you, Vlad. The Galleria is ideal for photos, but not so much for the wallet. It’s a good thing I’m not a shopper. at least not for Prada and such. I’m far more likely to be seen shopping for a novel gelato experience. Bonus points for that last photo. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I actually bought a couple of lovely sweaters from a shop nearby and they probably costed less than one single sock in one of the shops in The Galleria, haha.

  • Joe Ankenbauer

    Beautiful photos! I really enjoyed my time in Milan and your pictures bring back many great memories!

    • Thank you, glad you liked my photos, Joe! πŸ™‚

  • You got me, you inspired me, I want to go NOW. And actually cannot believe that I have never visited Milan, however, I will change that soon. Visiting from #citytripping.

    • Your comment made me smile, I hope you can visit Milan soon, it’s a really beautiful city! πŸ™‚

  • Lovely photos – I remember the duomo and some of the grander buildings (and also that after weeks backpacking and camping around France, I felt very scruffy in Milan!) but great to see a different side of the city. That yellow building has definitely been snaffled from Lisbon… #citytripping

    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one who thinks that about the yellow building, haha!

  • AHHHHH! Perfect timing with your post – I go to Milan THIS weekend!!! I’m very excited, but I think it will be raining while I’m there…no matter, I’m happy to enjoy it, anyway! Great post on #citytripping!

    • Hope you’ll have a lovely time with no rain at all! Can’t wait to hear all about it πŸ™‚

  • I love them all!!! I wish I had spent more time in Milan when I was there for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, I didn’t manage to go to Navigli even though it was on my list πŸ™ oh well, next time!! πŸ˜€

    • How long have you stayed in Milan? I didn’t think I would make it to Navigli as I planned to take the kids to the aquarium that day, but sadly I found out it was closed πŸ™

  • Corinne Vail

    Vlad, We travel all around Italy, but not to Milan. Your photos make me want to go there….soon!

  • These photos are gorgeous, Vlad! I have to admit that Milan wasn’t on my radar but it sure is now!

  • Wander Mum

    Beautiful pictures – and very inspiring! I didn’t get to half of these places on our short trip to Milan… perhaps reason to return! The castle in particular looks stunning #citytripping

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  • Milan is amazing, your pictures just prove it. I don’t know any person who is indifferent with architecture in Milan.