Six Classic Milan Experiences, Done Differently

Milan cathedral is at the heart of the Centro Storico. Now you can see the city through the eyes of a local |
Milan cathedral is at the heart of the Centro Storico. Now you can see the city through the eyes of a local | | © Pawel Litwinski / Getty Images

You’re spoilt for choice in terms of what to see and do in Milan – and there are many innovative ways to experience the sights that make the city so unique. Let Culture Trip’s curated list of original tours and experiences take you to the very heart of Italy’s northern powerhouse.

There’s so much to explore in Milan, but even more to discover through a local’s perspective. The Milanese do things a little bit differently: theirs is a world of revving engines, strong espressos, and parties that go on long into the night. They’re bolder and more bombastic than their counterparts in Rome or Florence, and as such, they present all manner of ways for you to explore their city. Here is a selection of six of the most daring and original experiences the city has to offer, so you can learn not just about the sights, but about its character, too.

ToursBike & Milan Highlights
From $48 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.6 (93)
Get the best out of Milan with a bike ride. Join our guided bike tour, designed to offer you a well-balanced mix of unmissable touristic attractions and a special selection of local secrets and hidden gems. You will experience the cozy and friendly atmosphere of a small group, riding your beautiful and comfy bicycle at a leisurely pace. Join us on the very first day of your visit and you will benefit from a complete overview of the city, historical and contemporary, old and new. This will help you decide which unique and personal stops you’d like to further explore after the bike tour or on your next visit to the city!

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ActivitiesPiedmont and Lombardy Hot Air Balloon Flight with Transport from Milan
From $330 per person
3 hours
4.3 (3)
Admire Italy’s stunning Piedmont region from above on an exciting 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Bordering France and Switzerland, Piedmont is a land of mountains, surrounded on three sides by the towering Alps. Float over rolling hillsides and extensive valleys dotted with castles and vineyards, and toast this experience with a glass of sparkling wine or juice after landing. Round-trip transport from Milan to the launch field is included.
ToursBest of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
From $95 per person
3 hours
4.5 (1189)
Spend a day getting under the skin of Italy’s most fashionable city. Skip-the-Line Access at both Milan Duomo and Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ means less time waiting and more time experiencing the city. See iconic attractions like Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II and discover quieter spots like the artistic Brera district.

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