Milan is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Full of stunning architecture and mind-blowing artwork, it should definitely be on your European bucket list. Located in northern Italy, Milan is recognized as one of the world’s four fashion capitals alongside Paris, London and New York; it has Europe’s second-largest economy, and has strengths in the fields of art, design, healthcare, media, education and more. We offer some of the best Milan tours to ensure you make the most of out of your vacation.

From history to shopping, Milan has something for everyone. Whether you’re an art fanatic or a keen foodie, you’ll find something in Milan to pique your interest and make sure your trip is a memorable one.

Best of Milan Duomo Cathedral & Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Tour

Milan Cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo on a sunny day

One of the best Milan tours on the market is our Best of Milan Duomo Cathedral & Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' Tour. In a small group with an expert, English-speaking tour guide, this three-hour tour will take you on a journey through Milan that allows you to see the very best of what the city has to offer: the Duomo, and the Last Supper painting.

Your guide will be a local, someone with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Milan and its art, history and architecture. This walking tour of the city will make you fall in love. With beautiful buildings and a vibrant atmosphere, it will soon become clear why everybody adores Milan. Visiting the Milan Duomo without having to queue to get inside is an incredible experience; built across a span of over 500 years, it is the largest church in Italy. The Duomo is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, and has been built in varying contrasting styles - all incredibly beautiful. The cathedral is sure to take your breath away, and will be a definite highlight of your trip to Milan!

The tour will then take you through the Brera district. This is the life and soul of Milan’s social life; your guide will happily share some recommendations on where to eat and drink, such as Trattoria Il Cestino for incredible seafood or La Taverna del Borgo Antico for a variety of fantastic meat and pizza dishes. You’ll spy in Armani Hotel in Brera, with its 7th floor Bamboo Bar (highly recommended by visitors to the city), as well as Bar Brera, a more affordable bar that offers the perfect spot for people watching with a cool, bohemian vibe.

You’ll walk to the Medieval Sforza Castle, which you can admire from outside and take some stunning photographs while your guide tells you everything you need to know. Built in the 15th century by then-duke, Francesco Sforza, it is a building that stands proud and beautiful in the city. With gardens and fountains, it is the perfect sight to see on a sunny day in Milan.

Then it is time to see the Last Supper. With your pre-reserved slot (vital so you don’t miss the chance to see this incredible piece of art) you’ll head inside with your tour guide to spend 15 minutes admiring one of the most famous paintings in the world. Your guide will tell you everything you need to know, and you’ll be able to tick something amazing off your bucket list! This is one of the best Milan tours available if you want to see the best bits of the city in a short period of time. The tour is perfect for day-trippers and those traveling around Italy rather than staying in one place.

Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano Switzerland Day Trip from Milan

Sunny day at the Lake Como near Milan

If you are spending more than a few days visiting the city, then one of the best Milan tours you can do actually involves leaving the metropolitan area and heading to Lake Como and beyond. This tour is an incredible way of ticking some more places off your to-do list, and getting some beautiful photographs and memories along the way!

The tour starts with a private, air-conditioned coach across the border to Lugano, Switzerland. It is a beautiful lake town, complete with nearby mountains and stunning pastel buildings; you can explore boutiques and chocolate shops, or visit the awe-inspiring Santa Maria degli Angioli Church, right on the waterfront. Inside is the Passion and Crucifix fresco, created by Bernardino Luini.

Once you’ve had your fill of this beautiful Swiss town (and its remarkable chocolate) you’ll head back to Italy, to Bellagio. Referred to as ‘The Pearl of Lake Como’, it is truly idyllic. With free time to explore, you can wander the cobbled streets full of colorful buildings, pop into the lovely shops and try the delicious local food; admire the views of the lake and nearby mountains, and reflect on the beauty of the area. Your expert, English-speaking tour guide will be on hand if you need any recommendations while you’re here!

The final part of this tour is a 2-hour Lake Come cruise. This is an absolutely unforgettable (and unmissable!) experience - it is the best way to experience the lake, with incredible views of the surrounding area as you float along the peaceful waters. There is an onboard restaurant, and you’ll be able to spend your trip in a state of relaxation. The cruise is a great chance to take some fantastic photographs to share with your friends, too! Your guide will point out any must-see sights along the way - for example, there are villas used in movies, and celebrity homes too!

This is definitely one of the best Milan tours available for those who want to explore a little further afield. The city is incredible, but there are some amazing places nearby too.

Milan should definitely be on your list when it comes to visiting Europe. These are two of the best Milan tours on the market, and will ensure your trip to the city is one to remember forever!