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Things to do in Milan + the Lakes Region

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Milan + the Lakes Region. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Milan + the Lakes Region attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Milan + the Lakes Region to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Milan + the Lakes Region.

  • Agape

    The white-and-wood design store sells sleek housewares (bright orange showerheads; stainless-steel wall lights). More
  • Andrea Grisdale

    Insider Clout: For a writer client researching a novel about World War II–era Italy, Grisdale opened her little black book to arrange meetings with... More
  • Anna Fabiano

    The only place where one can purchase women's clothes by Anna Fabiano, the former Fiorucci designer's store is located in Milan's trendy Porta Tici... More
  • Bar Braulio

  • Bar Caravatti

    Select a table by the window, order the golden-brown namesake aperitif, and watch the bustle in nearby Piazza delle Erbe. More
  • Bellagio Water Taxis

    The company offers boating services on Lake Como. More
  • Birrificio Italiano

  • Cavalli e Nastri

    A treasure trove for vintage Gucci bags and other Italian designer goods, in the trendy Porta Ticinese district. More
  • Confexclero

  • Hanbury Botanical Gardens

    The 49-acre gardens just three miles west of Ventimiglia on the French- Italian border was built by Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy Englishman who made h... More
  • Isola Bella

    Perhaps the finest example of 17th-century Italian Baroque garden art. When seen from the town of Stresa, the island looks like a giant ship: the B... More
  • La Rinascente

    The century-old shop has unveiled a futuristic Design Supermarket with a whimsical collection of stylish tech toys, tableware, and more by the like... More
  • Marni

    Founded by Italian designer Consuelo Castiglioni and her husband Gianni in 1994, this avant-garde clothing company now has almost 100 stores in fas... More
  • Maurizio Corraini

    This exceptional publisher of design books runs a shop and art gallery. Look for titles by Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari. More
  • Nottingham Forest

    The most expensive cocktail in Milan can be found at Nottingham Forest just outside Porta Monforte. At €3,500, the diamond cocktail is thankfully t... More

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