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Milan: Half-Day Food Tour on Foot

1. Milan: Half-Day Food Tour on Foot

Savor the flavors of Italy on a 3-hour walking tour of Milan, focused on the historic district of Brera, one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, where old world charm meets a trendy and youthful vibe. Explore the colorful history of Milan as you tour, learning how it has transformed throughout the centuries, from the use of the navigable "Navigli” canals to the new and futuristic area of the Porta Nuova, constructed to host the International Expo 2015. Your guide will entertain and educate you about the origin of the food produce you will taste, explaining how each one is made. Learn how to identify traditional melanzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant parmigiana), cannoli (Sicilian cream horns), traditional Milan dishes, and some of Milan’s finest wines. Taste Grappa in a new way, and appreciate the rich and fruity taste of this ancient drink. Try some of Italy’s legendary culatello (dry-cured ham), Milanese-style meatballs, Parma ham aged for 24 months, authentic Italian gelato, and some Milan-style aperitifs at trendy art bar La Bicicletta.

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Milan: 2.5-Hour Segway Night Tour

2. Milan: 2.5-Hour Segway Night Tour

Discover Milan's most spectacular sights by night on a 2.5-hour Segway tour. Your Segway experience starts off with an orientation session and once you’re comfortable riding the Segway, you’ll embark on a journey through the futuristic districts of Milan! Your guide will escort you in a small group as you glide from the historical sites in Milan's city center, such as Piazza 25 Aprile and Porta Garibaldi, to an area of new, cutting-edge skyscrapers. Admire the Unicredit Tower, Italy’s tallest skyscraper, and marvel at the innovative Vertical Forests and glittering Diamond Tower. Learn about the newest trends in Milan, projects that are under development and the architects responsible, and also about daily life in the city from your friendly, English-speaking guide.

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Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

3. Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

Jump on your Segway and ride effortlessly to the most famous attractions in Milan’s historic center. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll start off at Sforza Castle, where your guide will provide interesting historical commentary. The tour will take you to the Arco della Pace (the Peace Arch) and the Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous Teatro alla Scala (Scala Opera House) and Palazzo Marino. Next you will see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then Piazza del Duomo, where you will be able to take in the beauty of Milan's massive cathedral and learn about the other monuments lining the square. If you like, the guide will take your photo in front of the iconic cathedral. Next head to Piazza Mercanti, then travel the Chinese district passage along via Paolo Sarpi to Porta Garibaldi (the Garibaldi Gate) and Corso Como. Then see Milan's new skyline and learn about the history of the new skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. The tour will end in the Brera district with a visit to the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (academy of fine arts of Brera). Learn about the history of the Palazzo Brera (Brera Palace) and of the district of artists.

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Milan's Modern Architecture: 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Milan's Modern Architecture: 3-Hour Bike Tour

For this 3-hour bike tour you’ll be provided with a light and comfortable bicycle, equipped with a basket or a side pannier if required. As soon as the saddle of your bike has been adjusted for your comfort, you’ll be ready to start cycling through the park surrounding the Sforza Castle. When you reach the castle, your guide will provide an overview of the historic building. Continue from this medieval monument to Porta Nuova, the city’s newest district – an area that’s becoming increasingly popular with both locals and visitors. Next you’ll ride to the city center, discovering precious gems of architecture of past centuries. You’ll be riding mainly on bike lanes, but there are a few points and crossroads that will require your attention. The pace of the tour is slow and you can ask the guide to stop when you have question or would like to take photos.

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Milan: Porta Nuova Walking Experience

5. Milan: Porta Nuova Walking Experience

Discover Milan's impressive skyline on this tour. During the last few years, Milan has undergone a period of fundamental change, including the total revitalization of the Porta Nuova district, which has changed the entire panorama of the city.  Enjoy this walking tour with your monolingual guide, who will take you past the skyscrapers, towers, and marvels of architecture that now populate this neighborhood. See the Vertical Forest, a pair of residential towers covered in greenery; the Diamond Tower, an iconic diamond-shaped high-rise; and many more stunning sights. Afterwards, relax and enjoy some free time at the new green lung of Milan: the Biblioteca degli Alberi, a unique green space that will be sure to leave an impression on you. Then, follow your guide throughout Corso Como, a shopping and dining complex and Piazza Gae Aulenti, considered the heart of this modern city. Learn the enchanting history behind this area and its unique architecture.  Prepare yourself for a tour of discovery and take amazing pictures of the new Milan. 

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Milan: Private Porta Nuova Walking Tour with Food Tasting

6. Milan: Private Porta Nuova Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Discover Milan's Skyline on this guided tour. Learn how the city has changed in the last few years. Your professional tour guide will show you the project of the urban renewal of Porta Nuova area, which took place during the last few years. Admire Palazzo Lombardia, the Vertical Forest which is known as the Bosco Verticale, made by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri. See the Diamond Tower made by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Then, visit the Piazza Gae Aulenti, famous for its art installations, water features, plays of light, and the Unicredit Tower. From Piazza Gae Aulenti, enjoy a nice walk through Corso Como until Eataly Smeraldo. Where you will enjoy an authentic Italian food tasting experience. Discover the ex Smeraldo Theater, as well as their philosophy. The itinerary has been selected with the help of certified guides in order to show you more than just the tourist attractions that everyone knows. With this tour, you are guaranteed a unique experience. See Milan’s new skyline and make sure you have your camera with you as you won't want to miss out on photo opportunities.

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Milan: Gourmet Food & Wine Experience Private Tour

7. Milan: Gourmet Food & Wine Experience Private Tour

On this tour you will be guided through the spectacular glass constructions and modern architecture of the Porta Nuova district. This impressive project was built for the Milan Expo in 2015, which saw the participation of great stars including New Yorker Perr & Cobbs, Cèsar Pelli and the Italian Stefano Boeri of Boeri Studio, who designed the Vertical Forest that was named, “the World's most beautiful and innovative highrise”. As you walk through the area you will be experience a new vision of a sustainable city where past meets present in harmony, and you will be able to visit the historic areas of Porta Garibaldi and Porta Nuova Isola. The cultural tour ends with a gourmet experience where you will enjoy food and wine made in Italy. Starting with an aperitif (Milan is the home of the aperitivo), you will indulge in delicious local foods like parmigiano cheese, mozzarella cheese, Prosciutto crudo di Parma served with creamy focaccia. Your guide will accompany you and explain the Italian food and wine you are tasting. After the tour, you will have the chance to do a little food and wine shopping so you can take home your favorite delicacies for your friends and family (or for yourself!).

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Milan: Piazza Gae Aulenti and Pelli Tower Walking Tour

8. Milan: Piazza Gae Aulenti and Pelli Tower Walking Tour

This brand-new walking tour takes you into the contemporary soul of Milan. Start from the Palazzo Lombardia, where you’ll visit the new headquarters of the Lombardy regional government. With your guide, you will head to Piazza Gae Aulenti, the amazing center of Porta Nuova District. Here you will have views of the skyscrapers that have been built since 2009, such as the Tower Pelli and the Bosco Verticale. Continue your walk along Corso Como to find Eataly, located in the former Teatro Smeraldo. This delicatessen boasts a vast variety of high-quality typical Italian products. Here, at the end of the tour, you can choose to immerse yourself in a complete food shopping and tasting experience or to enjoy an aperitivo in one of the many area cafés.

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What people are saying about Porta Nuova

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 309 reviews

A perfect tour to get to know Milan. Vera speaks perfect German and has visited many exciting and interesting places for us. She responded to individual requests. Since the tour took place on a Sunday, there was extremely little traffic; on working days we would rather not cycle in Milan.

This was a great experience to get to know the non-touristy part of Milan, while also learning about its rich food and cultural history.

Paola was awesome - she was very knowledgeable, and the variety of food was great. I highly recommend it.

Great tour, learned a lot about Milan and culinary delights. Guide was very good, was really fun.

Very nice tour, a lot of tastings and a very informative and friendly guide. I highly recommend