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Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

2. Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

3. Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

Discover the Teatro Grande alla Scala, which is one most important focal points of both Italian and European culture. Built in 1778, the theater has hosted some of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Enjoy views of the famous stage from the third-level boxes. Explore the theater's Museum, which features a large collection of paintings, sketches, statues, original costumes, and other things related to opera. See musical instruments and other curios that tell the story of the theater.  The Museum Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and thirty manuscripts of complete works, as well as single sheets from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Learn about the beginnings of the career of Giussepe Verdi and his somewhat tumultuous relationship with the theater.

Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

4. Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

Enjoy a seamless entrance to the Milan Cathedral, the international symbol of Milan, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy and in Europe. Visit this treasure of art and faith and discover its peculiarities, amongst which the spellbinding stained-glass windows and vertiginous columns. Discover the history of beautiful statues, such as the most famous statue of all the Cathedral: the Saint Bartholomew Flayed. See Sarcophagi, magnificent altars, and stunning organs.

Milan: Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci Museum Entry

5. Milan: Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci Museum Entry

Visit an attractive historical site in Milan and travel through the past, present, and future. Nestled in the cloisters of a Renaissance monastery, discover one of the most important science and technology museums in Europe. See works of art, a fragment of the moon, steam trains, and a submarine. Do not miss the New Galleries, the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. A spectacular collection of 170 historical models, works of art, ancient volumes, and immersive installations showcases the complete life and works of Da Vinci, the engineer and humanist. Discover extraordinary objects such as steam trains, the Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran, the brigantine schooner Ebe, the Conte Biancamano transatlantic, and the Enrico Toti submarine. Explore the space area and witness the only moon fragment visible in Italy, as well as the Vega space launcher. Keep an eye on temporary shows and exhibits on energy, materials, communication, transport, and particle physics.

Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

6. Milan: Guided Tour of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Come face to face with the legendary mural of The Last Supper on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with skip-the-line tickets. Wonder in awe at the creation of the painting and the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Meet your licensed guide and skip the queue to enter straight into the church. Listen to the expert as they briefly introduce you to the life of Leonardo da Vinci, highlighting his works of art. Brace yourself as you step into the room containing the world-famous mural of The Last Supper, painted by da Vinci himself. Spend around fifteen minutes admiring this historic piece of artwork, learning about the characters displayed at the table and the techniques used to bring them to life.

Milan: Small-Group Pasta Making and Tiramisu Class

7. Milan: Small-Group Pasta Making and Tiramisu Class

Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and savor the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. Start the lesson with an Italian aperitivo. Then, learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your local chef host who will teach you the tricks of the trade. As the icing on the cake, learn to prepare the iconic Tiramisu for a truly immersive Italian experience. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family when you get home with an authentic Italian meal. 

Milan: Last Supper Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

8. Milan: Last Supper Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

See the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci on a small guided group tour. Learn from a professional and knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy 15 minutes of guaranteed access with the famous fresco in an intimate setting. Meet your guide in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie for a brief introduction and explanation of the painting and the church it calls home — 15th century Santa Maria delle Grazie, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inside without waiting at the entrance and see for yourself one of the most important artworks in the world on this family-friendly tour. Learn insider secrets about the missing eyes, the structure of the painting, and the conspiracy theories that surround it.

Milan: Hidden Gems Guided Bike Ride

9. Milan: Hidden Gems Guided Bike Ride

Emark on a bike tour with an expert guide who will show you the places that tourists never find. Cycle away from the busy and noisy city center to see a green, quiet, and relaxed side of Milan. Discover less visited neighborhoods for a glimpse into real Milanese life. Hear local legends, discover a rich history of Milan and enjoy the freedom of traveling by bike in the city. Take a break at typical italian café to refuel with home-made ice cream, espresso or a cocktail. Cycle through the most upscale parts of Milan, as well as the historic worker's area. Discover the contrast of the city and learn about its industrial heritage as well as contemporary character.

Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

10. Milan: Central Market Tour and Cooking Class

First, explore Milan’s culinary scene by visiting the city’s bottegas (shops) which are stocked full of fresh produce and local specialties. Led by your expert chef, browse the stores and learn about local cuisine. Liaise with vendors, butchers, and bakers as you pick out the tastiest ingredients to prepare your meal. With your groceries in hand, take a short walk to the cooking school, a brand-new facility in the heart of the city. Put on your apron and follow the chef's instructions in order to create exquisite traditional dishes. Learn how to create dishes such as cheese fondue, ragout, fresh hand-rolled pasta, and dessert. Measure, mince, mix, season, and stir to create authentic Milanese cuisine.  Take a break to savor a selection of premium wines and local cheeses. Once everything is ready, sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy your culinary creations. At the end of the experience, you will receive an attendance certificate and a recipe booklet so you can share the recipes you learned with your friends and family at home.

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What people are saying about Milan

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4.6 / 5

based on 11,427 reviews

I wish the instruction where to meet could be better. We were instructed to meet in the Plaza in the front of opera house but actual meeting place was at the entrance. So many people missed the tour. We enjoyed the tour.

Very good guide! Knowledgeable and also helpful. Such a lovely gallery as well. Will need to return for another visit.

Easy to book, easy to find, great communication and great guide; pleasure doing business with you!

Quality of guide was very good. Logistics about meeting point and getting started went rough

Very knowledgeable guide. Lots of snippets and interesting facts.