Sep 18, 2017 Milan in 3 days with kids
We spent one week in Milan, Italy. With my children ages 6, 4, and 1. Milan has plenty of activities for families. If I were to compress our time into a 3 day trip here is my recommendations and tips for the area.
You can watch our Vlog of the trip here
*The one thing I would recommend fitting into your trip is a visit to Leonardo daVinci’s Last Super. It is in the church Santa Maria delle Grazie. You have to book your tickets online and well in advance. So, pick your day and go! Children are free!
The metro is very inexpensive to use. Children under 6 ride free and you can buy an all day metro card – 4 Euros good for buses too- from little shops in the metro or on the streets. You can’t buy them from the card machines down in the metro. Single use tickets are 1.50 Euro. You will be carrying your stroller up and down a lot of stairs in the metro but the streets are good to roll (pun intended).
Itinerary: Duomo/Milan Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and San Bernardino alle Ossa
What is it:
The center of town is a big square called the Duomo. Located in the center of the Duomo is the stunning gothic style Milan Cathedral. It is spectacular to see. I got my kids to focus on the Milan Cathedral for five minutes by pointing out all the animals that are on the the church. The big draw for my kids are all the pigeons in the square. They are gross, I know but in Milan they are accustomed to being fed by people which makes them very friendly. We took out some cracker snacks we had packed with us and before we knew it we had birds on our arms, eating out of our hands, and standing on our heads. There are guys that sell bird seed and try and get you to pay them for the same experience. However, when you travel with kids you have snacks, so that worked in our favor.
Free unless you go inside the cathedral 3 Eauros
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
What is it:
Right next to the Milan Cathedral you will see the famous glass domed shopping street GalleriaVittorio Emanuele II. Definitely worth walking through or if you have the means shopping on! It is a beautiful walking street with high fashion brands like Prada and Armani.
There is a reason Milan is known as the fashion capital. This area is called the Golden Triangle where Milan’s famous shopping streets, Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and those that run between them, Via San’t Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Borgospesso are located. Each street offers different shopping experiences; from high end brand names to offbeat boutique fashion.
Free unless you go shopping
30 minutes up to several hours
San Bernardino alle Ossa
What is it:
Most of the time the line to go inside the Milan Cathedral is way too long for kids to want to stand in so I recommend walking a few blocks over to San Bernardino alle Ossa. This church had no crowds when we went there and our boys found it far more interesting. There is a room in this church that houses thousands of human bones. When the church cemetery ran out of space a room was built to hold the bones. It is weird and macabre and for some reason a big hit with the kids
Free but there is a donation box
Itinerary: Sforza Castle, Park Sempione, and last supper
What is it:
A famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci depicting the final meal that Jesus had with his disciples. It is in the Santa Maria della Grazie church. We booked a tour for 10:00 am
An adult ticket is 12 Euros. Children go free. You have to buy your ticket online. If you want to have a tour guide (which we did) prices vary depending on the tour group you pick.
One hour. They only let small groups of 30 in at a time for 15 minutes.
What is it?
Take the kids up to Sforza Castle. The castle is a huge museum that houses several of the city’s art collections. The museum has paintings by several artists, one sculpture by Michelangelo, a musical instrument museum, the list goes on. The museums are semi-interesting. The boys got bored about 20 minutes in after we saw the armory and the audio guide was not worth the $ spent. The castle grounds are free and enjoyable to see and walk around.
Adults 5 Euros. Students 3 Euros. Children are free!
What is it:
This is the largest city park in Milan. It is an impressive 95 acres located right next to Sforza Castle. After your castle tour go grab lunch in the park and save your bread to feed the ducks and turtles.
Itinerary: Take an hour train ride outside the city to Lake Como
What is it:
Como is a charming city located at the base of Lake Como next to the Alps. The city has a fantastic Duomo with a beautiful church. There are charming streets to wander through with great shopping. Lake Como is worth siting by or swimming in if you’re up for it. Many small towns and villages surround Lake Como like Bellagio. You may try to explore as many towns as you can while in the Lake Como area via bus or the better option by boat. We were good to just stay in Como.
The Train ticket is 4.80 Euros an adult each way. Round trip 9.60 Euros per adult. Children under 4 ride free. Children ages 5-18 are 2.40 Euros each way. There are two train companies that provide transport from Milan to Como, they are Trenitalia and LeNORD. We booked online through LeNORD. Minus us missing our original train time departure it was easy to figure out and the train itself was enjoyable and pretty clean. If you do miss your original departure or arrival train your ticket allows you 3 hours of leeway to get the next train. The trains come about every hour.
One Day. The Train ride from Milan Centro Station is 40 minutes.