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Milan: Hidden Gems Guided Bike Ride

1. Milan: Hidden Gems Guided Bike Ride

Emark on a bike tour with an expert guide who will show you the places that tourists never find. Cycle away from the busy and noisy city center to see a green, quiet, and relaxed side of Milan. Discover less visited neighborhoods for a glimpse into real Milanese life. Hear local legends, discover a rich history of Milan and enjoy the freedom of traveling by bike in the city. Take a break at typical italian café to refuel with home-made ice cream, espresso or a cocktail. Cycle through the most upscale parts of Milan, as well as the historic worker's area. Discover the contrast of the city and learn about its industrial heritage as well as contemporary character.

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

2. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the classic Bernina Red Train, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of the Swiss Alps. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

Milan: Private and Personalized Highlights Tour

3. Milan: Private and Personalized Highlights Tour

Book this tour and the local supplier team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with a like-minded Local Milanese. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together an itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss the changes to the itinerary with you. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Milan that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private meet-up and itinerary and let your local show you the Milan you will love.

Milan Patisserie Tour

4. Milan Patisserie Tour

Along the tour you will get to know some of the most characteristic patisserie specialties in Milan: Cannoncini: the typical dessert of northern Italy and especially of the area between Milan and Novara. In the Milanese Sunday tray, it is the dessert that will never be missed. A fragrant, puff pastry, filled with custard. You will taste the best Milan cannoncino. Panettone: the symbol of Milanese bakery tradition. Known throughout Italy and the world, the classic Milanese panettone has raisins and candied fruit. On this tour, you will try the panettone of a historic family bakery, which has produced a high quality artisan panettone since 1967. Marron Glacé: a very ancient dessert, simple, but with a great taste. The marron glacé is a carefully selected chestnut that is immersed for several days initially in water, then in a sugar syrup and, finally, glazed, to acquire an inimitable flavor. Pasticceria pastries: well known and appreciated throughout Italy. It is the custom to bring them to the family Sunday lunch. Of various shapes, sizes and colors, pastry chefs have invented all types and it is precisely from mignon pastry that you can understand the talent and the art spirit of a great chef. Pralines: are you chocolate lovers? You cannot miss the prized Milan pralines. Handmade chocolate sweets filled with fruit or other chocolate. Simply irresistible.

Milan: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

5. Milan: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

The tour photographer will organize the locations for the photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the infomation you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on the day and let the photographer work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. The photographers are hand-picked and highly experienced. They are local experts and will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Once your photo tour is finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery within 5 working days (password protected), containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, when all too often you are left with faded memories of your journeys. Make sure that the next time you travel you have mementos that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Milan: San Colombano al Lambro Hot Air Balloon Flight

6. Milan: San Colombano al Lambro Hot Air Balloon Flight

Head to the hot air balloon launch site of San Colombano al Lambro, approximately 27 miles (45 kilometers) from the center of Milan, to glide over the vineyards and farms of the Po valley. Meet your pilot to transfer to the nearby launch site for a pre-flight briefing. If you choose, you can assist with the balloon inflation to be part of your flight experience. Once the balloon is inflated, the pilot will welcome you on board the “lighter than air“ flight. The direction of your journey will depend on the wind, although some directional control is possible by ascending or descending into air currents. The pilot can raise or lower the hot air balloon by controlling the temperature inside the balloon. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views and get bird’s eye photo opportunities of the spectacular scenery. The maximum height you will ascend to is 1,500 feet (500 meters) where the temperature is almost the same as on the ground. The ground crew will be tracking your flight as you go so that they will be waiting with the Jeep transfer to take you back to San Colombano al Lambro after your landing. Before your transfer, and after an approximate 40-60 minute flight time, toast your adventure with local d.o.c. wines and salami and cheese. Your pilot will sign your first flight certificate as a souvenir of your day.

Milan: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

7. Milan: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test.  Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Taste everything you have prepared with a selection of red and white local wines.

Milan Monumental Cemetery: Walking Tour

8. Milan Monumental Cemetery: Walking Tour

Take part in a 2-hour guided tour in the company of an art historian, to discover the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. A unique place where art, culture, religion and modernity intertwine. Discover the extraordinary and numerous examples of funeral art, which constitute a real open book on the great changes of the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries with testimonies of poets, sculptors, artists and men of science. Visit the Famedio, which welcomes the memory of the great Milanese personalities, including the great Alessandro Manzoni and learn about the history of the well-known industrial families of Milan, from Campari to Falck, from Erba to Bocconi, in an inexhaustible path of emotions and discoveries.

Monumental Cemetery of Milan Guided Tour

9. Monumental Cemetery of Milan Guided Tour

The Monumental Cemetery of Milan is not just a cemetery, but a genuine open-air museum. Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini in 1864 and inaugurated two years later, it is characterized by an eclectic style, harmonizing Byzantine and Gothic elements with a prevalence of the Romanesque style. If you really want to get to know Milan, visiting the Cimitero Monumentale is a must. All those people who played a role in the city's history rest inside it, from Alessandro Manzoni to Arturo Toscanini, Francesco Hayez to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti,  Sergio Bonelli to Guido Crepax,  Alda Merini to Franca Rame, and Enzo Iannacci to Giorgio Gaber. These are just some of the famous names that the Monumental Cemetery holds within its walls. The cemetery is an ideal place to discover the evolution of Milan's artistic trends between the 19th and 20th centuries. During the tour, your expert guide will give you an artistic and historical introduction on the cemetery, then you'll visit the Famedio - the city pantheon of famous people - and the crematory temple, one of the first ones to be built in Europe. You will also be able to admire and discover the history of about 15 selected graves, that either have artistic significance or are the final resting place of famous people.

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What people are saying about Milan

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Loved this tour. It was a great way to see parts of Milan that you otherwise may not know about. I did it on a Sunday morning and it was quite quiet for a busy city at this time so would recommend if you can. Our guide Paulina was absolutely fabulous. She knew so much about the history of Milan and also current developments. She was able to answer any questions and was very friendly.

Havde den fineste tur rundt i de mindre kendte dele af Milano med en dygtig og elskværdig guide, som med stor passion berettede om alt fra Leonardo Da Vincis ingeniør-kunst til m2-prisen på lejlighederne i “Vertical Forrest”. Charmerende, hyggelig og aldeles anbefalesværdig måde at tilbringe 3 1/2 time i Milano på ❤️

Super fun way to see the city from a different side. Interesting info and also time for an ice cream in between. Top guide with a lot of knowledge about Milan.

Got a good picture of Milan in a short time and it was great to experience this by bike.

Fantastic train. Incredible views an beauty. We were very,very happy.