Milan, one of the most populous and touristy areas in Italy, is a top-rated destination for tourists from all over Europe. It is probably possible everyday to find foreigners in all the famous tourist attractions of the city: the Duomo Cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the Castello Sforzesco. The whole Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo) is surrounded with shops, cafes, and restaurants that are full of tourists throughout the day and night. If you wish to avoid these crowded areas and get to know where Milaners actually hang out, explore these hidden corners of the city with us!
Walking along the Navigli canals during daytime
The Navigli district,a central point of vibrant nightlife for young people in Milan, is a great place for photographs while walking around the canals during the daytime. The two main canals in Milan - the Naviglio Pavese and the Naviglio Grande are surrounded with long lines of colourful Milanese houses and old bridges. You will be surprise to find that this amazingly peaceful atmosphere does exist in the cosmopolitan fashion centre of Italy.
And these canal houses are nothing like in Amsterdam. They all turn into lively restaurants, bars, and pubs with live music and amazing energy when the night comes. There are many tourists, but also local people in this area in the evening even during weekdays. To get here, I recommend taking tram 3 from Piazza del Duomo towards the end of Via Torino Street.
Chilling at Basilicas Park - Parco delle Basiliche
Another place to escape the typical crowd in Milan’s shopping malls is at the Parco Papa Giovanni Paolo II, commonly known as the Basilicas Park. This is the city park of Milan that connects the two major Basilicas: the Basilica di San Lorenzo and the Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio. Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore lies in Corso di Porta Ticinese, and is fronted by 16 Corinthian columns from a 3rd century Roman Temple.
Basilicas Park is one of the best places to hang out in the summer to enjoy a picnic, fresh air, and the rare nature of Milan. During the night, the surrounding area is again a popular night-life district of Milan with various bars, pubs, and clubs. This park is located between the Navigli District and the Duomo Square.
Visiting this unknown church - San Vittore al Corpo
If you are done with visiting the famous Duomo Cathedral, Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, and the many other popular basilicas around Milan, check out San Vittore al Corpo. This is a church and monastery of San Vittore al Corpo built in the early 16th century. This simple white church’s roof is stunning, and you will be able to experience the spiritual atmosphere here without bumping into another tourist.
Don’t leave out one of the oldest churches of Milan too!
If you are into knowing more about religions in Milan, come visit also the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. This is one of the most historical medieval buildings in Lombardy. Behind the church you will find the War Memorial.
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