Milan is known for being one of the top fashion capitals of the world, and, true to its word, the streets are literally catwalks during Fashion Week: people are bold and super cool. But Milan is actually a great place to visit as a family and with so many low costs airlines flying here it should definitely be on your consideration list. All prices are quoted in Euros (approx 1USD to 0.8 Euros).
Milan has loads to offer in terms of science, history and art and many museums offer free admission for children.
1. Museo Scienza Leonardo Da Vinci
This science museum is named after the king of all risk-takers, Leonardo Da Vinci, who spent a lot of his adult life in Milan. If you want your kids to gain inspiration to be inventors, problem solvers, artists, mathematicians and engineers, then look no further than here. The museum has permanent exhibitions on Da Vinci's work as well as on transportation, space, materials, energy and communication and a fabulous children's I-Lab. There's also a submarine that you can tour! Prices start at €7.50 per person under the age of 26 and €10 for a grown up adult!
2. Cenacolo Vinciano
The Last Supper as it is known amongst English speaking folk was one of Da Vinci's most famous painting, depicting Jesus' last supper amongst his disciples. The painting, one of the most important paintings of all times, can be found painted on the wall in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. To be able to see it in person you must book tickets online and ahead of time. The visits only last for 15 minutes and are €40 per adult, €25 over 15s and free for under 14s.
3. Castello Sforzesco
Go back in time by visiting this fantastic castle that stands as the gatekeeper of Parco Sempione. It houses a bunch of museums within its walls such as the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Museum of Archeology and a ticket to visit the castle includes admissions to these. You can wander in and out of the castle for free and it's a great place to sit and have a picnic. Prices start at €5, free for children under the age of 18 and there are free tours for children on Tuesdays.
4. Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale
Who doesn't love a Museum of Natural History with its dinosaur skeletons, stuffed animals, dead insects and rocks and minerals? Find all the usual entertainment here at the Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale which can include workshops with dedicated staff. Kids under the age of 18 have free admission and regular tickets are €5.
5. Duomo Di Milano
Visit the Duomo Di Milano in the heart of Milan for a spectacular 360º panoramic view of Milan and a look at the stunning architecture of a building that took 600 years to build! It is the third largest church in the world and the largest in Italy. People who are interested in visiting the cathedral to worship can gain a pass to allow them to do so for free, however tourists can purchase tickets with access to the museum for as little as €3.
There are plenty of supermarkets where you can stock up on food whilst you are on the go but look out for the street eateries where you can get a slice of pizza for €3 and a standard Italian espresso coffee.
6. Luini Panzerotti
You can see the queue for Luini's a mile away and where there is a queue there must be good food. Luini's is no exception and is an absolute mandatory stop to refuel. Try the authentic Italian experience of tomato and mozzarella and grab as many as you can carry once you get to the till.
In Italy, be Italian and eat gelato! Italians eat gelato regularly throughout the year and there are many places you can drool over the variety of flavours namely: Gusto17, Il Massimo Del Gelato and La Gelateria Della Musica.
8. Pasta D'Autore
For simple, delicious and authentic fresh pasta meals look no further than Pasta D'Autore where you can find the freshest ingredients and the best service. Once finished with your main meal, ask for the tiramisu…Mmmm
9. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Also known as the San Siro, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is home to both Inter and AC Milan and holds over 80,000 people making it one of the largest stadiums in Europe. There is a museum and a tour and prices start at €12 for children and €17 for adults.
10. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Welcome to one of the oldest shopping malls in the world! Here you will find cafes, restaurants, a hotel and shops galore, including a 4 storey book store and all the fancy named stores that you can think of. The first Prada store started here!
And there you have it, a Top 10 of things to do as a family in Milan. Not just fashion oriented, see?