Cheap Thrills in Milan

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Milan is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is also the second most populous city in Italy. As a favorite tourist destination, attractions, activities, accommodations, and food in Milan are quite expensive. But that does not mean there are no affordable activities in the city! If you want to get around Milan on the cheap, here are exciting activities you shouldn’t miss:

Visit the Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione or the Simplon Park is the largest city park in Milan. It is also one of the most important landmarks in the city. Apart from the lush greeneries, Parco Sempione is home to sculptures by local artists including masterpieces by Arman, Francesco Barzaghi, Giorgio de Chirico and Antonio Paradiso. The park is open to the public so if you are touring Milan on the cheap, this is the best place to start! Parco Sempione is located near Acquario, extending north from the back of Castello Sforzesco. The climate in Milan is pretty cool, perfect for a lovely afternoon or night stroll.

Check Out Local Churches

Italians are deeply spiritual and a testament to their faith is the numerous churches scattered all over Milan. You can tour some of Milan’s most ancient churches for free! Some of the most popular churches that do not require entrance fee in Milan include Sant’Ambrogio, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and the San Bernardino alle Ossa. The Duomo used to be free but a €2 charge has been introduced for tourists. However, worshippers can visit the church for free.

Look for Street Art

As one of the most art-centric cities in Italy, local artists showcase their artworks in the most random places, including the streets of Milan. It is fun hunting down street art all over the city! You can find the most numbers of artworks around the Isola district near the Garibaldi station as well as Corso di Porta Ticinese and the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

Visit the Cimitero Monumentale

Milan has a surprisingly spectacular cemetery called the Cimitero Monumentale. And the name literally translates to City of the Dead. So what makes Cimitero Monumentale different from your average graveyard? For one thing, some of the most important Milanese were buried here, including writer Manzoni and politician Cattaneo. The cemetery also features 15,000 statues and 3 iconic buildings: the Famedio or Pantheon, the Ossario and the former Crematorium. All these landmarks are visited by tourists every day so a visit will be a real treat for the senses!

Go to Chinatown

If the craving for Chinese fare hits, visit the Chinatown located in the 8th quarter of the city. This is the best place to score great deals on snacks, full meals, and souvenir items. Walking around Chinatown, you are bound to come across colorful dragon and lion dances, especially before and during the Chinese New Year!

Ride the Vintage Tram

Milan’s vintage trams are still a popular form of public transportation in the city. Why not hop on a tram and go on a guideless tour all around Milan? The trams have been in service since the late 20s. The tram route will take you to some of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Milan, including Lambrate, Via Vincenzo Monti, and Corso Sempione!