Milan is an excellent walking city with interesting sights and neighborhoods. If you only have one day, the good thing about this city is that most of the interesting places are very close to each other. The best place to begin any visit to Milan is at the Duomo. This gothic cathedral was completed in almost six centuries. Building was started in 1386 and the cathedral opened its doors in 1965. Don’t miss a walk on the roof of the Duomo, wandering amongst the spires and statues and having a great sight of the whole city from above.
Immediately next to the Doumo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Completed in 1877, the cross-shaped shopping mall is bright and airy, thanks to its iron and glass curved roof, and the floor is patterned in marble mosaic tiles.
Milan is famous for its high-end designer shops and has a few areas which are closed to traffic and were turned into pedestrian areas. The “Quadrilatero d’Oro” or “Gold Quarter” is a high-class shopping district characterized by the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses.
You can walk down the pedestrian street via Dante to end up at Sforza Castle. The renaissance citadel and grounds are large and house several art and archeological museums, including the Museum of Ancient Art.
Here is a short impression of my one day walking tour…