The fashion capital of the world, Milan is a city with a rich cultural heritage and influential history.

Milan boasts an abundance of architectural, cultural and artistic treasures that visitors can enjoy.

However, its at nightfall the city begins to sparkle, with its beautiful monuments illuminated after dark.

This is the best time to see Milan and take amazing photos – away from the tourist crowds.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to see and what to skip on your evening tour.

We’ve uncovered 14 of the best things to do in Milan at night.

1. Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper Tour and Dinner at Eataly

“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

But to see this masterpiece, you will have to contend with long ticket lines and crowds.

With this special after-hours tour, you get to enjoy skip-the-line access and extended time for viewing.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience will begin when you meet up with your expert guide at the front of the Last Supper Museum at 7pm.

After the tour, savor a sumptuous three course dinner paired with wine at Eataly Milan.

This tour has a maximum of 30 participants.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 3 hour tour.
  • Exclusive opening at night.
  • View the painting for a minimum of 30 min.
  • Food and wine at Eataly Milan.
  • Professional art historian guide.

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2. Duomo at Night

Milan’s Duomo is the city’s beloved symbol.

The most stunning example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the cathedral towers over Piazza del Duomo, the pulsating heart of the city.

The best time to capture magical photos of the Duomo is at night.

During the day, the site is just too crowded.

A highlight of visiting the cathedral at night is the views you can enjoy from the roof.

Here you can soak up breathtaking panoramas of Milan surrounded by statues at the highest terrace.

Go on an evening tour where you can spend your time at the rooftop marveling at the illuminated skyline.

What can you expect at the Duomo at night?

  • 1-3 hour tour.
  • Evening tour with rooftop terrace access.
  • Spacious interior with stained glass windows.
  • Underground crypt.
  • Great photo opportunities.

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3. La Scala Opera

A magnificent cultural attraction, Teatro alla Scala is one of the greatest opera houses in the world.

The 18th century theatre has hosted some the most famous opera and other performances in Italy.

The opera house seats its two thousand spectators in sophisticated boxes decorated with red velvet and gold leaf.

Whether or not you are a fan of opera or ballet, La Scala is bound to impress you.

Join a small-group evening tour with a professional guide to avoid the long ticket lines.

On your tour you will get the inside scoop on the fascinating history of this iconic site.

You can also visit the La Scala Museum and marvel at its impressive collection of musical memorabilia.

What can you expect at the La Scala Opera?

  • Tour Teatro alla Scala.
  • Visit La Scala Museum.
  • Opulent interiors.

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4. Milan Luxury Spa Evening at QC Termemilano

Check in at the QC Termemilano and soothe your body and soul with a spa retreat and aperitivo.

There’s nothing quite like an evening at the spa to revive a traveler’s spirit.

The spa at QC Termemilano is rather sophisticated and enables guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the city outside.

Enjoy soaking in a warm-water pool, detoxing at the sauna, or having a rejuvenating massage.

After relaxing, enjoy some aperitivo, an Italian-style buffet of light snacks with drinks.

Sample from the selection of bread, cheese, fruit and salad, paired with your choice of juice or wine.

Once you are recharged, you can set out for an evening of fun in Milan.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 2 hour tour.
  • Buffet with drinks.
  • Use of robe, towel, slippers and skin care products.

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5. Navigli Canal Evening Walking Tour

Explore the canal district of Navigli on this evening walking tour from Milan.

First, meet up with your guide and group at a central location in Milan.

Browse the eclectic range of bars, restaurants and boutiques.

After that, take a seat in an atmospheric wine bar and savor their traditional Italian cheese, bread, meat and wine.

The friendly staff will provide commentary on the origins of each sample and how it was made.

Then head outside and soak up the ambience created by lively revelers and pulsating music.

Top it all off with unlimited aperitivos at a popular bar.

This small-group tour has a maximum of fifteen guests to ensure personalized attention from your guide.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 5 hour tour.
  • Expert guide.
  • Wine and cocktails.
  • Appetizers.
  • Entry to Navigli Lombardi.

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6. Milan by Night Walking Tour

Explore the attractions of Milan on this night walking tour of the city center.

Watch the night life scene of Milan come alive.

Kick start your evening with aperitivo, the Italian-style snack buffet and drinks.

Then head out on your guided tour through the city center.

Here you can marvel at the monuments lit up after dark.

See Milan’s biggest highlights such as the Duomo, La Scala, Sforza Castle, Porta Venezia and Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio.

Your friendly guide will provide fascinating commentary on the attractions.

This tour has a maximum of ten guests to ensure personalized attention from your guide.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 2 hour tour.
  • See Milan by night.
  • Expert guide.
  • Live commentary.
  • Typical Milan aperitivo.

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7. Milan Segway Tour by Night

See Milan like never before on this Segway tour by night.

First, meet up with your guide at Milan’s city center.

Your tour will begin with a safety briefing and training on riding a Segway.

Once you’re ready to ride, put on your helmet and roll through Milan, cruising down the streets past notable landmarks.

Ride by Milan Central Station, Bosco Verticale and the Unicredit Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Italy.

As you ride, you will listen to an audio guide on the history of the city.

This tour has a maximum of 8 guests to ensure personalized attention from your guide.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 5 hour tour.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Headphones.
  • Segway and helmet.
  • Expert guide.
  • Orientation session.

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8. Milan Sunset Bike Tour with Aperitivo

Explore Milan by night on this evening bicycle tour.

Ride across areas that ignite the city’s night scene.

Stop by a typical Italian bar for some aperitivo.

Savor the mix of Italian snacks, meat slices and cheese.

You’ll appreciate the fact that the bar has no tourists, only locals.

The easy three hour route combines sightseeing and popular hangout spots.

This way you get to enjoy the full flavor of Milan’s dolce vita.

Some of the notable landmarks you will stop at include Sforza Castle, Sempione Square, Brera, Corso Como, Bosco Verticale and China Town.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 3 hour tour.
  • Bicycle.
  • Beverages and snacks.
  • Stop at key Milanese landmarks.

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9. Traditional Homemade Pasta Cooking Experience

Spend some time at a local chef’s home in Milan and learn how to prepare fresh pasta.

Your host will help you make your homemade pasta from start to finish, and also teach you traditional techniques.

She will guide you through her menu of Milanese and Italian dishes prepared using fresh produce from the local market.

You will then make lasagna, tortellini and ravioli.

Have fun rolling out the dough, filling it with dressing and then baking your dish.

After that, take a seat and enjoy the sumptuous dinner you’ve created, paired with local wine.

Your professional chef will provide you with recipes that you can perfect at your own leisure.

What’s included in this course?

  • 3 hour course.
  • 3-course dinner.
  • Half a bottle of wine.
  • Takeaway recipes.
  • Beverages and snacks.
  • Learn to cook homemade pasta and lasagna.

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10. Milan Bar Hopping Tour

Discover the top bars in Milan on this private pub crawl.

Kick off your tour by meeting your guide in central Milan.

Your friendly guide will lead you to discover the city streets, local culture, and of course – the hippest bars in town.

Begin at Ceresio 7, a rooftop bar with 2 swimming pools.

Next, head on to Terrazza Aperol, a lounge with amazing views of the city.

Conclude your bar hopping at Fioraio Bianchi Caffe, a Parisian-themed restaurant and bar.

Enjoy a drink at each venue.

You will also have plenty of time to mingle and absorb the city’s metropolitan atmosphere.

This tour will conclude at Brera where you can continue partying the night away.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 3 hour tour.
  • Drinks.
  • Private guide.

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11. Hot Air Balloon Flight Milan – Sunset

Get a bird’s eye view of Milan on a sunset hot air balloon flight over the Milan province.

The balloon will reach a maximum height of 500 meters, enabling you to see the Milanese skyline, and cities such as Piacenza and Pavia, the Appenines and the Alps.

Take in aerial views of San Colombano al Lambro, a tiny countryside town with vineyards and a 900 year old castle.

Enjoy 360 degrees panoramas and have your camera ready to capture the spectacular scenery below.

Upon landing, conclude your fantastic outing with a feast of local food and wine.

You will then receive your First Flight Certificate from the pilot.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 3 hour tour.
  • One hour flight.
  • Beverages and snacks.
  • Transport via Jeep.
  • First flight certificate signed by pilot.

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12. Explore Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The oldest shopping mall in Europe, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has managed to never go out of fashion.

The soaring shopping arcade connects the Duomo to La Scala Opera House and Piazza di Marino.

Its airy, bright glass-domed, 4-story center is lined with shops and busy restaurants.

History buffs will find their niche among the illuminated neoclassical architectural highlights.

While foodies will have their fill of Italian cuisine dinner from the array of historic and acclaimed cafes.

Die hard shoppers are not left out as the galleria is also home to high-end boutiques such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

Combine a night tour of the arcade with stops at landmarks such as the Duomo, Sforza Castle and Piazza Mercanti.

What can you expect at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II?

  • Shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
  • Amazing architecture.
  • Tour nearby attractions like the Duomo and “The Last Supper”.

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13. Leonardo3 The World of Leonardo

Delve into Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliant mind at an interactive exhibit on the famous Italian icon.

The exhibit is the most important interdisciplinary and interactive exhibit organized in honor of da Vinci, both as an inventor and artist.

Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo showcases a series of reproductions of da Vinci’s famous machines.

Also included are manuscripts, reconstructions and digital restorations.

At Leonardo’s Workshop, you can assemble his various inventions and print out your own inventor’s certificate!

Marvel at the digital restoration of “The Last Supper”, with its detail and colors now lost from the famous painting.

Use your audio guide to enjoy interactive experiences in your language.

What’s included on this tour?

  • 1 hour tour.
  • Skip-the-Line access.
  • Entry to Leonardo3 Museum.

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14. Watch a Football Match at San Siro

See AC Milan, one of the most popular teams in Italy, take on opponents at San Siro Stadium.

Head over to San Siro at least one hour in advance.

You are likely to find the streets around the stadium filled with AC Milan supporters.

Soak up the electric pre-match atmosphere and get a taste of Italians’ passion for football.

Watch AC Milan play under the night lights, surrounded by a lively crowd of cheering spectators.

The match will last ninety minutes with a fifteen minute half-time break when you can buy some snacks and drinks.

What can you expect at a San Siro football match?

  • 5 hour tour.
  • Watch AC Milan game.
  • Booking fees.
  • Entry to San Siro.

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