Blown your budget on designer threads and flash meals in Milan? Don’t sweat, this fantastic city has plenty of fab free attractions that won’t put a dent in your wallet!
1/10 Step back in time at the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Dedicated to the patron saint of Milan, Sant’Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in the city and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. It’s perfectly preserved thanks to numerous restorations, and its historical significance is second only to the Duomo cathedral. Exhibitions and other events occasionally take place in the atrium. Free guided tours are available every Saturday—for bookings, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/10 Check out world-class photo exhibitions at Carla Sozzani Gallery
4/10 Admire underwater creatures at the Civic Aquarium of Milan
5/10 Hang out with locals at Colonne di San Lorenzo
6/10 See impressive 19th-century art at GAM Milano
The districts of Navigli and Porta Ticinese have been important places for trade and commerce since the Middle Ages because of the canals and waterways that run through them. Today, this area is the heart of Milan’s nightlife, with streets full of lively bars and restaurants. It’s a great place for a relaxing waterside stroll and people watching.
8/10 Discover underground art and culture at MACAO
The MACAO art project began in 2012 with the “occupation” of an empty skyscraper in downtown Milan. After various adventures (including being evicted from the skyscraper by police), its founders relocated to an old slaughterhouse in the city’s eastern suburbs to continue promoting underground culture and political participation. Now, MACAO has become a permanent meeting place for art-loving locals and visitors.
9/10 Escape the city rush at Parco Sempione
Located between the beautiful Arco della Pace (“Arch of Peace”) and Castello Sforzesco (“Sforza Castle”), Parco Sempione is a charming place to spend a relaxing day. It has a peaceful atmosphere (rare for central Milan), making it one of the most-loved parks in the city. If you’re a fan of basketball, exciting matches take place between local youths at the little court near the amphitheater.
10/10 Unleash your inner geek at Milan Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of the oldest public cultural institutions in Milan. It was officially opened in 1844 on the site of an old convent, and the collections were moved to the Museum’s current location in the Porta Venezia public gardens at the beginning of the 19th century. It regularly hosts exhibitions and other events of great international importance, however its appeal is linked to its permanent palaeontology, mineralogy, zoology, botany, and entomology exhibitions. There is free admission on the first Sunday of every month.
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