5 Buildings You Can’t Miss in Milan

There are so many things to see and do in Milan! It can overwhelming when you first visit.  But, if you enjoy history and architecture, there’s no better way to begin your journey than with a tour of interesting buildings. Here are five you can’t miss!

1. Sforza Castle. The site of Sforza Castle has been in use since the 14th Century, but it was not until the 15th Century that the Duke of Milan built this impressive structure. Although the moat no longer exists, the castle has remained a beautiful, quintessential castle that is vibrant with art and the architecture of long-gone masters.

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2. Milan Cathedral. When you see this cathedral, you won’t be surprised to learn that it took 400 years to build. Countless spires rise to the heavens, and delicate details cover the entirety of the building. This house of worship will be a place for people to gather for generations to come, just as their ancestors once did.

3. Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio is simply gorgeous. Everywhere you turn, you will find the care and craftsmanship of the faithful. From the museum to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart to the Baptistery, everything seems to be marble and gold. The church has roots that go as far back as the early church; it was built in 786 by St. Ambrose. Although the building was heavily damaged during WWII, it has been repaired to reflect its former glory.

4. Casa Atellani. This Renaissance home is joined with Leonardo’s Vineyard, a museum that celebrates the golden age of Milan when Da Vinci and the masters reached the height of Italian art. This is one of the few homes in the area that retains its Renaissance appearance, and it will whisk you back into a time long passed. Once owned by diplomats and dignitaries, the house is now open for tours.


5. San Bernardino Alle Ossa was originally built in the first decade of the 13th century to hold bones when the neighboring church ran out of space. Sounds a bit creepy, but the building is beautiful. Half a century after the original structure was finished, a new church was added. Several renovations later, the church is still old-fashioned, lovely, and a bit eerie.

By Andrea Pack


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