First off, it may be surprising to find that there are few cities in Europe that can match the number of ancient churches in the city. There are dozens that tell a piece of Italian history, although there are a few that tell quite a prominent story. The Duomo is a massive Gothic structure that has become the city's main tourist landmark, while Santa Maria delle Grazie is a must for anyone wishing to see the original Last Supper fresco. The stunning frescoes of Certosa di Garegnano and San Maurizio, as well as 4th century masterpieces Sant'Eustorgio basilica and San Vittore al Corpo basilica are well worth a look. There are also a number of piazzas beyond the ever-popular Piazza del Duomo that provide more of a glimpse into historic Milan. Consider the humble artistry of Piazza Mercanti and the original settling point of Cinque Vie necessary activities in your itinerary. And, although it may make you cringe to visit, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II and Corso Buenos Aires are popular parts of the city that mix historic architecture and modern fashion and style.
Another big highlight in Milan is the quality of museums, many of which focus prominently on art from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The Pinacoteca di Brera is the foremost institution, while Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the museums of the incredible Sforzesco Castle are great stops. Then again, if you aren't feeling Milan's attractions, then there are plenty of other areas of cultural value nearby. There are beautiful medieval towns and gorgeous day trips within an hour's travel time. Bergamo is breathtaking, especially its Cita Alta (the original settlement), while towns like Cremona and Monza beg you to at least bask in their entrancing, old-world city centers. For more information on what awaits you in and around Milan on the culture scale, we have plenty of activities to add to the trip planner and an outgoing community.