The vibrant Centro Storico of Milan is full of historical buildings and art, fashion and design landmarks. For example, you can lose yourself in the whimsical atmosphere of the Duomo or walk around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can find the city’s best boutiques. To help you navigate the Centro Storico, Culture Trip has chosen some of the best things to do.
This magnificent Neoclassical building is one of the most significant art centres in Milan. It hosts a series of national and international temporary exhibitions, with works by the likes of Canova, De Chirico, Picasso and Warhol. The museum also continues to house art pieces that the royals collected over the centuries. While you need to buy a ticket to access the royal palace, the courtyard is free to explore.
There is nothing more Milanese than tasting a panzerotto by the legendary Luini, a family-owned eatery specialising in this savoury turnover. Located behind La Rinascente (the well-known department store), Luini brought the traditional recipes of Puglia to Milan in 1888. An institution in the city, it makes a variety of panzerotti – fried, baked and filled with mozzarella and tomato. There are also delicious sweet versions.