Milan/Centro Storico

The Centro Storico is the historic centre of the city of Milan, contained within the area once delimited by the medieval city walls and today by the streets forming the Corso Navigli easily distinguishable on the map of the city. Centro Storico encompasses Milan's perhaps most famous landmarks and tourist attractions, including the Duomo (cathedral), Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle shopping arcade and the Teatro alla Scala opera house. Compact in size and easily walkable, the Centro Storico is just as full of historic monuments as it is of designer boutiques and showrooms, restaurants and cafes - you will find almost all one comes to find in Milan for within not more than a quarter's walk.

The defunct old Milan district of "Centro Storico" actually included a broader area - the area covered in this guide corresponds to the Quartiere 101 - Duomo of the present-day Zona 1.

Get in

The Duomo metro station on M1 and M3 lines is the very centre of Milan's transit system

To get to the Centro Storico usually means getting to its very central point - the Piazza Duomo. Two metro lines cross ride underneath it, and many trams stop right next to the Piazza. The only train station within the Centro Storico is Milano Cadorna, on its western outskirts.

From Milano Malpensa Airport

Take the Malpensa Express to Milano Cadorna station and from there simply enjoy the Centro Storico by walking eastwards, or take the red metro line (M1) for the Duomo. Trams 1 and 27 will also take you into the heart of the Centro Storico, over a route with some memorable views.

From Linate Airport

The bus lines 73 and X73 connect the Linate Airport with Piazza San Babila in the east of the Centro Storico, which has a station on the M1 network.

From Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport

Whether you choose to arrive from Orio al Serio Airport by coach or by train, you will most probably end up at Milano Centrale railway station. See below on how to proceed from there.

From Milano Centrale railway station

If you have the time and stamina (and little or no luggage), and the weather is good, you can simply walk due south from the front facade of the station, down via Pisani, Piazza della Republicca and via Turati. This will take you along a varied and imposing part of the Centro Direzionale and then to the La Scala theatre.

If you don't care for walking, take the yellow metro line (M3) for the Duomo.

The Duomo di Milano, the city's stunning Gothic cathedral



Basilica of Saint Ambrose



Corso Vittorio Emanuele II


Monument to Giuseppe Parini in Piazza Cordusio

Historic monuments

Castello Sforzesco courtyard

Other sights


Teatro alla Scala

Opera and concerts


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II







Gay and Lesbians clubs






Routes through Centro Storico

West Milano Cadorna  W  E  Palestro North
North Turati  N  S  Crocetta South

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