While our free Milan tour is a fantastic way to see the city, some visitors prefer a more private Milan tour. This is why we created our classic Milan walking tour. A licenced Walkabout Tours guide will bring you into the heart of the city, starting with the world-famous Duomo, the gargantuan gothic cathedral that is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world. After visiting the Duomo, your tour guide will take you to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here, you will walk through the glass vaults of the majestic 19th-century shopping arcade.
If you would like to see Milan by night, you might like to consider our Milan Ghost Tour; it’s a great compliment to any more typical day tour of Milan.
After the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you will follow your private tour guide to Piazza della Scala to tour the legendary La Scala Square, which includes Milan’s most impressive and historic opera house.
Then you will continue on to Piazza del Mercanti to enjoy the beautiful plaza views just a few minutes from the Cathedral. This area of the city used to be the commercial and governmental heart of Milan. You will stroll through this medieval heart of the city to reach Sforza Castle, which served as the impressive fortress to the former Dukes of Milan.
You will see everything mentioned here and many more Milan attractions. If you have any questions about this Milan private tour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. However, we may have already answered your question in our comprehensive FAQ. Explore the real Milan with Walkabout Tours.
The Tour of Milan starts in front of the 900 Museum in Duomo Square.
Just look for the team with official WALKABOUT YELLOW umbrella and T-shirt.
Metro stop: DUOMO M3 - yellow line
Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter's Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world.
Merchants Square or Piazza Mercanti or Merchants Square is the true center of Milan. It was created from the middle of the thirteenth century (it is therefore older than the Milan Cathedral) with a rectangular plan, and it was originally greater than now. There were six openings toward it, corresponding to the six parts in which the city was divided. The surrounding streets were named after the various activities carried out.
Via Dante is one of the most important commercial streets in the centre of Milan and one of the most successful examples of the city of Umberto 1. It was opened at the end of the nineteenth century as a scenographic path between piazza del Cordusio and Castello Sforzesco.
Almost all the buildings constructed in the late nineteenth century are characterised by dual commercial and residential use: Casa Broggi, Casa Cavalli and Casa Cicchieri.
Sforza Castle (Italian: Castello Sforzesco) is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city's museums and art collections.
Brera - Botanical Garden
Brera is synonymous with the artistic heart of the city. In fact, as you stroll along the streets of this ancient district, you cannot help but be enchanted by its almost surreal atmosphere boasting small artisan’s workshops or quaint stores selling canvases and paints. Follow your guide in a hidden enchanting green space Giardino Botanico (Botanical Gardens).
Theatre and Square Alla Scala
Piazza della Scala is named after the renowned Teatro alla Scala opera house; the building actually includes both the opera house and the Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Museum), dedicated to the history of La Scala and opera in general. On the opposite side to "La Scala", is the facade of Palazzo Marino, Milan's city hall. Most of the architecture of the square is due to architect Luca Beltrami. The centre of the square is marked by the monument of Leonardo da Vinci by sculptor Pietro Magni (1872).
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. A double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.
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