Do you want to celebrate International Women’s Day a little differently this year? Instead of flowers and chocolates, why not create memories that will last a lifetime? Book a city break with a girlfriend or your closest friends. A few days off from everyday life is the best gift, especially if you spend it in attraction-packed Milan.

International Women’s Day 2023 – at home or away?

Any occasion is a good excuse to celebrate, so plan a March weekend city break with friends. This way you can celebrate over the course of several days! Celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 with a weekend full of female energy in the Italian capital of fashion, art and delicious food. Milan awaits your girl gang with its art galleries, monuments, museums, shops and cafes. So, what to see, where to eat and what attractions are unmissable? With so much to do and so little time, we’ve rounded up the best of the best, just for you.

Friends in front of Duomo Cathedral in Milan © shutterstock
Friends in front of Duomo Cathedral in Milan © shutterstock

What to see in Milan? More than monuments!

A trip to Milan wouldn’t be complete without sightseeing. After all, this city, considered the richest in Italy, is famous for its magnificent architecture. The local gothic pearl, the Duomo di Milano cathedral, will delight you with its magnificent scale – you’ll immediately see why it is known as the most beautiful sacral building in the world. It is worth taking your time to see the cathedral from the outside before heading indoors to its intricately decorated interior and to admire the city panorama from its rooftop observation deck. Milan is also home to the most famous opera house in the world – La Scala in the Teatro alla Scala. Head to an evening performance in your most elegant outfit or enjoy a more casual visit during the day.

Other sights worth seeing in Milan include the Sforza Castle, or Castello Sforzesco – you can enter its courtyard for free. Although inconspicuous from the outside, the interior of the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore,hides a real treasure! Its walls are covered with 16th-century frescoes, lending it the nickname “the Sistine Chapel of Milan”. Need a quick break while sightseeing? Be sure to visit Sempione Park with its well-maintained ponds in which turtles swim. You will also find the Arc de Triomphe here, which looks great, especially at dawn and at sunset.

Arco della Pace, Milan © shutterstock
Arco della Pace, Milan © shutterstock

A city break in Milan – an incredible art trail

What is Milan famous for? It has to be art! During a trip to this city, you should take some time to see some of the world-famous artworks that are located here. Start at the Brera Pinacotheca in the 13th-century Palazzo di Brera where you’ll find paintings, sculptures and installations from Italian Renaissance artists such as Rafael Santi, Caravaggio, Giovanni Bellini and Peter Paul Rubens. You can also see works by Rembrandt, Canaletto, van Dyck, and Picasso.

A city break in Milan is ideal if you want to learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, who lived here centuries ago. You can find the iconic “The Last Supper” fresco in the 15th-century refectory of the convent at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. There are also two museums dedicated to this brilliant Milanese artist – the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci and the Leonardo3 Museum. Collections of Leonardo’s drawings and writings are also available to view in the gallery at Sforza Castle and the Ambrosiana Pinakoteca (including the design of his famous flying machine). It is also worth going to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and the Museo del Novecento to see collections of 19th- and 20th-century art, including noteworthy pieces fromModigliani, Picasso, van Gogh and Cézanne.

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Women enjoying Italian gelato © shutterstock
Women enjoying Italian gelato © shutterstock

Milan – where to eat?

Your International Women’s Day 2023 celebration deserves a great feast and where better to dine well than the capital of Lombardy? Traditional dishes are based around meat and butter and include saffron risotto alla milanese, ossobuco alla milanese, and minestrone soup. As a quick snack, eat panzerotti, focaccia or bruschetta, which are popular Italy-wide. Where to eat in Milan? We recommend the atmospheric Brera district, which is full of intimate restaurants such as Brera 29 Cucina & Cocktails and Stendhal Milano. If you hunger for a glimpse into your future, then head toVia Fiori Chiari, where psychics often hang out in the local bars.

If clubbing, bars and restaurants are your thing then the Navigli district is the centre of Milan’s nightlife. Situated along five main canals, it is known as Little Venice and has a lot of charm, especially in the evenings, when tables are set up by the water. It is an ideal scene for casual conversations over a glass of wine, a lingering dinner or partying until dawn in a club. Pasta Fresca da Giovanni, Belé Ristorante or Il Principe dei Navigli are all well-reviewed for a great night out.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan © shutterstock
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan © shutterstock

Trip to Milan – where to shop?

A trip to Milan can be a good shopping opportunity for your group. The city is considered one of the world’s most important fashion capitals and you will find all the most iconic designer boutiques here. Brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Dior and Louis Vuitton can be found in the most beautiful and one of the oldest shopping malls in the world – the Galerie Vittorio Emanuele. Even if you don’t plan on shopping, you should visit to see its neoclassical interiors and impressive glass roof. On the floor you will also find a mosaic with the coat of arms of Turin, which is associated with a certain superstition…

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Milan is known for its fashion district, the Quadrilatero della Moda, or Golden Rectangle, which is full of Italian and international designer brands. You will find the best shopping in the area between Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. If you want to learn more about the history of fashion, head to the museum in Palazzo Morando for the Costume Moda Immagine exhibition. Another interesting stop is 10 Corso Como, established in 1990, which houses a gallery with shops, bookstores and restaurants.



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