Top 5 Free Things to do in Milan

Milan duomo Photo by Margie MiklasPlease welcome Vicky Petel as a guest blogger today.

Being one of the world’s most popular fashion and design capitals, it might be a little bit challenging to find free, or even cheap things to do in Milan. But if you’ll get a bit creative, you’ll realize there’s quite a lot to do in this great city without spending a dime.
So what is there to do in Milan for free, beside window-shopping or wandering around in its stunning streets? Here’s my suggestion:

1. Sforza Castle
This old 15th century castle is now a house to several of Milan’s museums and art galleries. While the castle ground is open and free, some of the museums charge admission.
So here’s a little tip from me – every Tuesday from 2:30-5:00PM and Wednesday to Friday from 4:30-5:00 you can enter for free and get a taste of the Museum of Ancient Art, the Sforza Castle Pinacoteca art gallery, the Egyptian Museum; the Archaeological Museum and more.
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2. Museum of Natural History
Milan’s Museo Civico di Storia Naturale is one of the oldest public institutions in the city, and as you might have guessed, features dinosaur bones and animal figures.
The explanations are only in Italian, but most of the exhibition is self-explained.
Free admission every Tuesday from 14:00 and every day from 16:30.


3. Navigli – Porta Ticinese
If you are into nightlife, this is an area worth a visit. The heart of Milan’s nightlife today, was once an important place for trade and commerce.
During the day the area is very relaxed, with a mix of traditional and modern vibes at the same time.
Every Saturday there’s a flea market along the canals and if you are into antiques, you should pay a visit to the vintage market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month.

Colonne di San Lorenzo
4. Colonne di San Lorenzo
Want to take a break from the fashionista Milan? Then this popular and lively place is the perfect spot for you. Surrounded by the church of San Lorenzo, these columns, which date back to the 2nd century, are an Oasis in the middle of Milan for people who are looking for cheap drinks and good conversations.
And at night people would take out their guitars and play music which, if you’re lucky, might turn into an open party.

5. Carla Sozzani Gallery
Last but not least, a great place worth visiting both the photo exhibitions, which most of them are free, but also for the interesting book store which offers a wide collection of art, fashion, design and more of the things that give you a taste of Milan.
So whether you are a photography fan or just want to relax and have a coffee in a beautiful courtyard with a great contrast between the old and modern Milan, the Carla Sozzani Gallery is one stop you want to make.

Bonus: Another great way to save
So you were able to save quite a lot, but regardless, at the end of your trip you’ll be left with coins and bills that are probably useless back home (unless you live in EU countries). Most of us will put this foreign change in a money-jar and most likely forget about it.

TravelersBox logoA new service at Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports is offering a solution for just that – getting rid of leftover change before you get back home, by depositing it directly into one of your online accounts, like PayPal, Skype, iTunes and more.

Travelersbox in Milan MalpensaIt’s worth to check out. A new service at Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports is offering a solution for just that – getting rid of leftover change before you get back home, by depositing it directly into one of your online accounts, like PayPal, Skype, iTunes and more.
It’s worth to check out.

About TravelersBox
TravelersBox is an innovative solution for leftover foreign change at airports around the world. We offer an easy and fun way to deposit leftover coins and bills directly into your PayPal account, get Skype credit or choose from many gift cards, just before your go back home.

— Vicky Petel

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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7 Responses to Top 5 Free Things to do in Milan

  1. imarancher says:

    Back in the “olden days” the left over coins and bills were indeed put into a decorative glass wine bottle or something of that nature and referred to as “shore money.” The boys from WWII brought the idea to our family and it continues with me. The idea was to save the different denominations so that what ever port you called at you had shore leave money.

    I find it a lot more practical to put it into a pay pal account. Still. . .

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  2. Cool Stuff! Thanks 🙂

    Greg Devlin Worldwide NeonTiki Tribe Inc


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  3. gene hull says:

    EXtraordinary photos. Is it the photographer or the subjects? Hmmm… BOTH! Lovely.


  4. Diana says:

    Awesome suggestions… the travelers box! Never heard of that! Great idea!

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