How To See Milan In 24 Hours

by Silvia Pe

Milan is a match point for fashion, business meetings, worldwide trades, and a common stop for international flights and road trips making it the perfect location for an international internship. It is called the Italian “fashion capital”, and is filled with things to do and see. Its economic importance and strategic position is acknowledged yet people do not give the right amount of attention to its other traits. Its beauty and many attractions are taken for granted.

Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy.
Take a tour inside the vast Milan Cathedral while interning in Milan, Italy. Photo Courtesy of Kaitlin Powers.

If you have chosen an internship in Milan you were wise enough to notice. Whether your stay is short or long this article can offer advice on how to get a quick start. It can also serve as an itinerary for visiting friends and family. Plus, keep it in mind for future stops because the information allows for an escape from the usual routes and it is easy to make a whole new day trip on every visit.

Shopping: High End Fashion To Used Bookstores

Milan is much more than the well known, Montenapoleone Street, which is the world famous district of design and fashion. The city is the ideal destination for any type of purchase and thus does not only offer the expensive shopping boutiques in the trendy Montenapoleone. The side streets of the old town for example, offer numerous bookshops, from the international Hoepli bookstore to the “Antiquaria Malavasi”, a shop full of rare and antique books. For special deals visit the outlets out-of-town and visit the growing number of "temporary shops", which are shops with a fixed life term of less than six months. It truly may be the only chance to see them.

Milanese Markets

Do not forget the local markets. Each one has its own specialty and each is ideal not only for small shopping, vintage items, and local products, but also for a taste of the authentic Milanese life. The main markets are the Market of Papiniano Street, the Market of Fauché Street, the Sinigallia Fair, and the Floriculture Market.

Admire Art: Da Vinci Paintings To Breathtaking Cathedrals

Milan’s Cathedral, or Duomo, is well known but it has also been a military, artistic, and economic power for many centuries and boasts cultural attractions that go beyond its imposing cathedral. Within walking distance of the city center, or reachable with a few metro stop stations, find the La Scala Theatre, Sforzesco Castle, the artistic Brera Quarter, Branca Tower, and Marina Palace. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in which the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is located, is also nearby. All of these places are an absolute must-see! The close proximity and easy transport make for a very efficient use of time.

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

Happy Hour And A Snack

Two things that cannot be missed in Milan! The aperitif or happy hour area in Milan is “I Navigli” and worth a visit even on a crunched schedule. The drinks are typically enjoyed before and after a meal and can be chosen according to the entree you expect to enjoy or just completed. If you prefer to eat something on the go, try one of the most popular places: Luini's, just off Piazza Duomo. There is always a long queue of people at lunchtime, all waiting to get their hands on one of the panzerotti, savory pastries which resemble a calzone.

Milan offers a very wide range of internship choices in culinary arts. Try one of the most famous restaurants in Italy with a visit to Cracco's and sushi lovers should book a table at Nobu’s, located on the top floor of Armani Palace. Prefer a taste of fusion cuisine? Have a dinner at Finger's. Remember that the best advice always comes from locals, so let somebody who lives in Milan suggest a place and you will not be disappointed.

So what are you waiting for? Browse through internships in Milan and grab the opportunity to immerse in the Italian way of life!