Every place has its hidden gems, and Milan is full of them. If you want to discover unusual attractions and secret places to visit in this large Italian city, check out our alternative guide to Milan.
WOW Spazio Fumetto
If you love comics, animation or anything superhero-related, this art museum is a place you can’t miss during your stay in Milan. Housed in an old food factory, the museum holds more than 500,000 items, including cartoons, illustrations, literature and comic strips. It also has a library, laboratory area, café, and a specialised bookshop that sells a wide range of goods and merchandise. WOW Spazio Fumetto has no entrance fee, but temporary exhibitions on the first floor require a ticket, and the museum is closed in August.
Location: Viale Campania, 12, 20133 Milano
Wait and See
This has to be the coolest concept store in Milan, founded by Uberta Zambeletti who has a background in art, fashion and interior design. She wanted to create a space stuffed with womenswear, accessories, gifts and other treasures that appeal to people with extraordinary taste and style. Step inside this eclectic boutique and browse niche designers, lesser-known brands and a wide range of vintage objects sourced from all over the globe whilst enjoying a cup of coffee. The prices start at one euro, and we guarantee you won’t resist leaving this creative shop empty-handed.
Location: Via Santa Marta 14, 20123, Milano
Museo Mangini Bonomi
The Museo Mangini Bonomi is a house museum and a tribute to Milanese collector Emilio Mangini. His collection is divided into different sections across five floors and includes items and furnishings that take you back in time to see how man lived in the past between work, private life and entertainment. The permanent collection offers clothes, weapons, games, church pieces, archaeological objects and much more from his trips around the world. Admission is free, and reservations are required to enter the museum.
Location: Via dell’Ambrosiana, 20, 20123 Milano
Teatro alla Scala
Known for being one of the finest opera houses in Europe, the Teatra allo Scala has hosted some of the world’s greatest singers and composers since it opened in 1778. The opera house was severely damaged by bombing during World War II and rebuilt and reopened in 1946 with a concert by Toscanini that featured a soprano solo by Renata Tebaldi. Today, the theatre has more than 3,000 seats and is an unmissable destination for music and culture lovers.
Location: Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano
Ambrosiana Library and Crypt of San Sepolcro
Founded in 1607, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana is one of Europe’s earliest public libraries, named after Saint Ambrose, the patron of Milan. The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, an art gallery housed in the library, was founded eleven years later by Frederico Borromeo. When here, you can admire masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello, Bramantino, Ambrogio Bergognone and many more. When you finish checking out the historic library and art gallery, don’t miss the Crypt of San Sepolcro Church, where you can find a 14th-century statue of the tomb of Jesus and a 17th-century statue of Saint Charles Borromeo kneeling.
Location: Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano
La Vigna de Leonardo
Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci was a man who loved his wine? In 1498, the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro gave Leonardo this vineyard a few years after he assigned him the task of painting the Last Supper. Leonardo took good care of the vineyard and, when he passed away in 1519, surprised his faithful servant and favourite student by leaving them both an equal share of it in his will. Located in the garden of the Casa degli Atellani, the vineyard still retains its original atmosphere and is an unusual attraction not to be missed.
Location: Corso Magenta, 65, 20123 Milano
Pausa – Your Italian Break
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a glass of wine, Pausa – Your Italian Break will make you feel right at home. Serving an array of Italian specialities, the chefs at this place will tempt you with long and stuffed pizzas and various types of homemade pasta seasoned with delicious authentic sauces. If you haven’t got time to stop for anything other than a takeaway, grab a slice of pizza or some pasta in a box, and don’t forget to include some freshly made gelato in your order.
Location: Via Cesare Correnti, 28, 20123 Milano