Milan is a working town. It is a busy place and is going to get busier in about one day with the EXPO 2015 opening. Why not get away from the crowds below and enjoy some peace and tranquillity from up above? Here are some panoramic opportunities in Milan. Three are a variety of options from climbing to the top of a 14th century church to aperitivo time to shopping at the city’s most glamorous department stores.
The classic must-see. Climb the 250 steps or take the elevator to get to the top of Milan’s main cathedral. The view of the square below is amazing, but also mingling with the spires and gargoyles high above the city is pretty amazing too. On a clear day, you can see the Alps in the distance.
Hours: Daily 9:00AM – 7:00PM. Last ticket 6:00PM. From May 9 to September 13 every Friday and Saturday all-day opening from 9:00AM to 9:30PM. Last ticket 9:00PM.
Closed on Christmas and May 1st.
Admission: €12 elevator, €7 stairs (discounts for groups available)
Address: Piazza del Duomo
2. Ristorante Giacomo Arengario
This restaurant is located on the rooftop of the modern and contemporary art museum, Museo del Novecento right next to the Duomo. Take in an exhibit at the museum, then head up to the roof for a dinner with views.
3. La Torre Branca
This tower is located in the Sempione Park. The park itself is also a great place to visit. Manicured gardens, soft grass and big trees have all the makings for a relaxing Sunday afternoon stroll.
The tower is 355 feet high and just like the Duomo, on a clear day, you can see the Alps.
Site: Torre Branca
Hours: Have a look at the site above for opening times. Note some days they are open until midnight.
Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna (Parco Sempione)
4. La Rinascente
La Rinascente is actually an upscale department store. On the 7th floor there is a high-end food store as well as a variety of eating options. All the way to the end of the store, there is a cafe’ that has glass roof seating as well as a terrace with perfect views of the Duomo across the street. This cafe/restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and even has tea time between the hours of 4:00PM-6:00PM Monday – Friday. Expect to pay more for that tea as the price includes the view as well.
Site: La Rinascente
Hours: Daily 9:30AM – midnight
Contact: Piazza Duomo, 7th floor, +39 02 88521
5. Sky Terrace – Hotel Milano Scala
Super cosy and relaxing Sky Terrace (part of Hotel Milano Scala) is centrally located and the place to be during Spring and Summer. Enjoy a drink along with fab appetizers. New York Times “36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe,” included Sky Terrace as one of the four reasons to visit Milan.
Site: Sky Terrace
Contact: Via dell’Orso, 7, +39 02 870961