Milan Travel Guide
Milan’s Piazza del Duomo, with the Duomo di Milano in the center, flanked by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center to the left and the Royal Palace to the right.
Milan combines the old world charm of a traditional Italian town with the new-fashioned buzz of a modern industrial city. Compact and easily walkable, Milan is home to great works of art, award-winning cuisine, high-class fashion boutiques, a world-famous opera house, and two prominent football clubs. Da Vinci’s masterpiece Last Supper painting and Italy’s tallest skyscraper can both be found here. Well worth a visit in its own right, Milan also makes a great jumping-off point for trips to northern Italy’s beautiful Lake District.
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Where is Milan?
Milan is Italy’s northernmost large city and the capital of the Lombardy region. It is located approximately 280 km west of Venice, 300 km northwest of Florence, and 570 km northwest of Rome, sitting closer to Switzerland (80 km away) than to the nearest major Italian city. The picturesque Lake District of Italy is about 50 km away, making day trips easy. With over 3 million living in its metropolitan area, Milan is Italy’s second-most populous city after Rome. Milan’s overall land area is a whopping 181 sq km, but central Milan is compact and easily-navigable; most major sights and attractions sit within a few walkable kilometers of the Piazza del Duomo.
What is Milan famous for?
Milan is perhaps best known for being a major European fashion capital. Most major Italian fashion houses (including Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Bottega Veneta) are headquartered in Milan, which hosts four annual world-class fashion weeks; some of the most exclusive luxury brands in the world can be found in Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda shopping district (AKA the Quad). Milan is also famous for being home to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting, the Gothic-spired Duomo di Milano cathedral, and the magnificent Teatro della Scala opera house. Milan’s two prominent football clubs, A.C. Milan and Inter Milan, both play in San Siro Stadium, one of the biggest in Europe.
La Scala opera house is one of the world’s most famous.
What cities have direct flights to Milan?
Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the second largest in Italy, serving direct flights from 180 cities in 75 countries, including New York (JFK), New Jersey (EWR), Miami (MIA), in the United States. Within Europe, there are regular non-stop flights to Milan from most major cities, and Malpensa also serves direct flights from Singapore, Bangkok, New Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. There are no direct flights to Milan’s Malpensa Airport from Australia or the western United States.
Malpensa Airport in Milan serves non-stop flights from most major European cities.
When are the best months to visit Milan?
Although the peak of tourist season in Milan is in the summer months, the best times to visit are in late spring and early fall, when the weather is warm but not hot and the tourist crowds are a bit thinner – especially with kids, who can be especially sensitive to high heat and chaotic crowds. Shopping in Milan is great all year, but the best bargains can be found during Italy’s twice-annual sales season (soldi), which occur during winter and late summer. Milan’s famous fashion weeks regularly take place in January and June (Men’s), and February and September (Women’s); these great times to visit for fashionistas, but less so for those seeking to avoid large crowds and high prices. The best months for museum visits are June and December, when the best and most impressive exhibits are installed. Avoid visiting in August, when many Milanese take vacation and local businesses will be closed.
How long should I spend in Milan?
Two to three full days is an ideal length of time to spend in Milan. This gives adequate time to see the highlights, like the Duomo, the Last Supper, and the Galleria, as well as some leeway for sightseeing that is more particular to your interests, like visiting a great museum, strolling through the beautiful Cimitero Monumentale, or checking out San Siro football stadium. However long you stay, taking a guided tour is an excellent way to maximize your time.
It’s easy to see many of Milan’s best attractions within a few days. The Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center (seen here) are located on the same piazza.
What is the best area to stay in Milan?
The best area to stay for first-time visitors is around the Piazza del Duomo, the beating heart of Milan. This area features some of Milan’s best hotels, and is chock-full of historical treasures, incredible museums, great restaurants, and luxury shopping. Brera is another wonderful sightseeing neighborhood, boasting the world-class Brera Gallery and historic Sforza Castle. Visitors looking for nightlife should consider the canals of the hip Navigli district, and those hoping to stay in a centrally-located neighborhood with a local vibe would do well to check out posh San Babila.
What are the best day trips from Milan
Milan sits only 50 km from the beautiful northern Italian Lake District, making it ideal for day trips. There are five beautiful Alpine lakes within the region: Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda – each has its own character, but all feature charming towns and breathtaking views. Traveling to the Lake Region from Milan takes about an hour by car. It’s easy to get there on your own, but there are also plenty of guided tours for those who would prefer to leave the driving to someone else.
Charming Bellagio village on Lake Como is only 90 minutes from Milan by car.
What currency is used in Milan?
Italy is part of the European Union, so the currency used in Milan is the euro (€). ATMs in Milan are plentiful and easy to find. Most restaurants, museums, and attractions in Milan accept credit cards, although it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for small purchases and short taxi trips.
Most of Milan’s best restaurants, like Filippo La Mantia, accept credit cards.
Is Milan Safe?
Some parts of Milan used to be somewhat risky in terms of pickpockets and property theft, but the city has come a long way over the last several years and is now the city center is very safe, with good lighting at night, many pedestrian-only areas, and plenty of people out and about. Still, it’s a always a good idea to be a little extra vigilant at Milano Centrale train station; it’s been cleaned up quite a bit over the last decade, but it’s still a hotbed for pick-pocketers and scam artists looking to offer you “help” while buying train tickets, and unregulated “taxi drivers” who will fleece you on your ride to the hotel.
Milan’s Navigli district. Most areas of Milan are well-lit at night, with plenty of people around.
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The Old Fogies go to the San Siro Stadium in Milan
When we went racing at the San Siro Ippodromo, Mr Curmudgeon couldn’t resist a visit the San Siro Stadium could he, even though it was over 30 degrees in the sun, we took the relatively short walk to the stadium to have a look see, although as you can imagine I was not too keen.
The stadium is set in a large concrete area and stands four square and proud in the middle of the concrete plain. To me the stadium itself looked very industrial, it was originally designed by architect Ulisse Stacchini and engineer Alberto Cugini in the 1920s but has been renovated a few times since. Mr Curmudgeon, guidebook in hand enlightened me by relating that the Chairman of A.C. Milan at the time Piero Pirelli, promoted the construction of the football stadium and the horserace course next to it. Although it is known around the world as the ‘San Siro’, the stadium is actually called the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, it was renamed in the 1980s after Giuseppe Meazza, one of the most famous Milan players.
The stadium is rectangular in shape, different from the modern British stadium which tend to be oval and bowl like, the San Siro has four corners and a large number of circular walkways that lead to different levels of seating. Mr Curmudgeon described these to me as tyres (tyres, Pirelli, there is a connection), I could see his point.
Mr Curmudgeon wanted to walk all round the stadium, I have already said it was over 30 degrees, he is obviously going a bit senile, but walk it we did and I was extremely pleased that we had. At gate number 9 you can walk up and pay for a tour, cost of which was only Adults €17, Seniors and children (6-14) €12, Children under 6 are free, which is really reasonable. We did not have time for the tour because of the horse racing, but the tours run every hour and allows you full access to the dressing rooms, pitch and hospitality.
The other place it allows access to is the shop, however, at gate 14 you can enter the shop, unlike British stadium the shop is inside the gate, so when we arrive at gate 14 we went in. The stadium is home for both Milanese teams, AC Milan and Internationale and the shop is split into 2 distinct areas for each of the teams, the black and red of AC and the blue and black for Internationale, but the real joy of the shop is there is a window onto the pitch. Mr Curmudgeon immediately got his camera out and started taking pictures of the pitch, covered for a concert at the time we visited, and the seating, which goes up an awful long way. I am not sure you would get a good view of the match at the top unless you were using binoculars though.
Having exited the shop, we continued around the stadium, finally reaching the point where we started, it had took quite a long time to traverse the stadium but it was worth it in the end. Mr Curmudgeon forehead, which goes a long way back these days was bright red, I was feeling pretty smug because I had my trusty race day hat on.
Old Fogies Travels are the adventures of two elderly Londoners (The Old Fogies) as they explore their home town and travel around the world looking out for the strange, unusual and absurd.
MILAN TOURIST BUS
Milan, Duomo, Castello, Scala Theater, Central Station, San Siro Stadium and more .
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- Audio guide in 9 languages, including English.
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- Personal expenses.
- Entrance fees to the Museums or Archaeological Sites.
- Purchase your ticket extensions in step 1/3 when entering your reservation
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- 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers
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This service is available throughout the year and the ticket is valid for 24 hours from the moment you enter the bus for the first time.
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Excursion Itinerary: Milan Tourist Bus
In this tour you will be able to go around the city of Milan going up and down as many times as you want on any of the 4 bus lines. You will discover and visit the Sforza Castle, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza Cordusio, and then you will continue to the Duomo, pass under the Madonnina and reach the Teatro alla Scala.
Line B crosses the new skyscrapers of the city and takes you to the shopping streets, where 2 km of the latest fashion stained glass windows attract the most demanding international clientele.
Line C, on the other hand, is intended for athletes, in fact, customers will have the opportunity to admire the San Siro stadium, the Casa de Milan and the new CityLife space.
With the audio guide in different languages, we offer curiosities and anecdotes of this city in northern Italy that so many famous people have passed through.
Greca Tip: We recommend that you download the free bus APP, which offers a walking tour of the center available in 5 languages and an interactive map that will show the position of the buses in real time.
Gatwick and Stansted: Ryanair offers £5 flights to Barcelona, Corfu, Santorini and more than 50 European destinations if you book by tomorrow
After a year of staying indoors dreaming about getting that tan or seeing the wonderful sites different countries have to offer, we can finally travel abroad once more.
Thousands made their way to airports as restrictions eased on May 17.
And budget airline Ryanair is trying to encourage thousands more to follow by today (May 19) dropping its 'biggest deal of 2021' — a 48-hour flash sale.
The offer is that you can fly to more than 50 European destinations for a fiver.
Yes that's £5 — less than the cost of a Pret a Manger meal.
Here are some of the destinations you can go to and some of the conditions involved.
First of all you have to book your flights by 20 May 2021 and they are one way flights only.
Travel is only permitted between 1 June to 30 June 2021 with these specific fiver flights.
Aside from that, let's look at the list of places you can jet off to in June.
From London Stansted, Ryanair offers flights to over 50 popular European destinations.
Barcelona is one of them.
The Spanish city is a hotspot for us Brits and the city sometimes receives in excess of 10 million tourists overall per year.
If you aren't basking in the history and architecture of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia you are in the nearby vineyards or sunbathing on the Playa de la Mar Bella.
Bordeaux is another on the list.
The town in the southwest of France boasts the finest wines and some of the best hospitality.
If you like your history then this is for you with the Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, old Saint-Émilion streets and just walking around the city's quays.
Corfu in Greece features too.
Hit up Agni Bay for a spot of fishing or explore the old town of Kerkyra for a truly cultural experience.
If you fancy taking a quick trip to Milan then that's included too.
The Duomo gothic cathedral, Castello Sforzesco and San Siro Stadium all await you.
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Here are the rest of the cities you can travel to:
Italy: Alghero, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Genoa, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice, Verona.
Spain: Valencia, Madrid, Santander, Seville, Santiago, Zaragoza.
Germany: Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Memmingen.
France: Carcassone, Lourdes, Marseille, Poitiers, Perpignan, Rodez, Toulouse
Others: Athens, Bratislava, Brno, Cluj, Copenhagen, Cork, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Kaunas, Kefalonia, Marrakech, Prague, Riga and Santorini.
You can also fly from London Gatwick to Dublin and Shannon in Ireland and from London Luton to certain European destinations mentioned above.
Travellers can now visit 12 countries on the government's green list, including Portugal and Israel, without isolating on their return.
Top 10 Things To Do In Milan
Milan or Milano as the Italians calls it is not only the second-largest city in Italy but the most important one financially speaking. We visited Milan last year, not our first time of course, and we also admire how Milan is Italy’s most modern city but it manages to keep most of its historical past intact. International Fashion houses have their headquarters in this lavish metropolis such as Valentino, Gucci, Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. Milano is also home to world-famous soccer teams like Inter Milan or AC Milan. Milan means good fashion, good food and great nightlife, what more could you possibly want from a city? Milan is the type of city that is good to visit all year round. The following are just some of our favorite spots and tips for you. Enjoy WOW Travel’s Top 10 Things To Do In Milan.
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (Also known as Basilica of St. Ambrose) in Milan was consecrated by St. Ambrose in 387 AD. Rebuilt in the 11th century, It is one of the oldest churches in the city and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. It became the model for all Lombard Romanesque churches.
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan – by Roberto Costanzo – robEagle:Flickr
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Completed in 1877 (designed by Giuseppe Mengoni) at the hub of Milan’s political and social life. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world, housed in a magnificent glass-covered 19th-century arcade with charming boutiques, luxury clothing stores that include Gucci, Tod’s, and Louis Vuitton & upscale dining. If you want to shop in the most special place in Milan, it’s off to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II you go to.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan – by Bruno Cordioli – br1dotcom454:Flickr
Built in the 14th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. Sforza Castle is a huge Medieval-Renaissance fortress. It was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Largely remade by Luca Beltrami in 1891-1905, it now houses several of the city’s historical museums and art collections by da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Sforza Castle, Milan – by WOW Travel
Navigli canals were dug out in the Middle Ages to facilitate irrigation and create cheap waterways to deliver to the city raw materials and goods. The Naviglio Grande or Grand Canal represents Milan’s first and most important hydraulic work and soon became a waterway as its navigation system was improved by the genius Leonardo da Vinci. The neighborhood around Navigli Lombardi is today one of the most popular, filled with cafés, bars and small shops. Don’t forget to take the 1 hour cruise along the remaining Navigli Lombardi.
Navigli Lombardi, Milan – by Galli Luca:Flickr
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Built between 1466 and 1490 by renowned Renaissance architect Donato Bramate, Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed building and a work of art in its own right. Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to one of the most striking monuments of Lombard Renaissance and the most famous artifact: ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci. This famous mural depicts the scene of Jesus’s last supper when Christ tells his apostles that one of them will betray him.
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan – by FouPic:Flickr
Milan natives pride their city for being known as the fashion capital of the world so visiting Quadrilatero d’Oro (the rectangle of gold) will not disappoint you. It is Milan’s most exclusive shopping district and one of the world’s most important centers for fashion in the world. Quadrilatero d’Oro is bound by 4 main streets: Via Montenapoleone (the most famous street), Via Manzoni (home to the Grand Hotel et de Milan), Via del Corso and Via Senato – and traversed by a few more boutique-laden thoroughfares such as Via Sant’Andrea (with Chanel, Armani, Moschino, Fendi and Hermès), Via della Spiga (with Bulgari, Krizia, Sergio Rossi, D&G and Prada).
Quadrilatero d’Oro, Milan – by slayer – darkensiva:Flickr
Not so far from Milan’s Piazza del Duomo we find the Piazza Mercanti, also known as “Merchants Square”. This picturesque square was the beating heart of the commercial and governmental life of the 13th century. Nowadays, it is filled with amazing architecture and great historic significance, but slightly fewer crowds. Some of the most important historic buildings facing the square are: the Casa dei Panigarola (15th century, the see of the notaries), the Loggia degli Osii (14th century, with the balcony where the edicts were read out to the citizens), the Scuole Palatine (17th century) and the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti (16th century), Palazzo della Ragione or Broletto (12th century, former seet of the City Council).
Piazza Mercanti, Milan – by garbaland:Flickr
Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala, is the cultural heart of Milan and perhaps one of the world’s most famous opera houses. it is famous for Italian opera & ballets, with a museum & music library. The initial structure of the Teatro alla Scala got destroyed in a devastating fire. However, the new theater was soon constructed in the previous setting of the Santa Maria della Scala Church. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini and opened in 1778.
Teatro alla Scala, Milan – by MITO SettembreMusica:Flickr
Milan Cathedral (The Duomo)
It took half a millennium to build, and it all began in 1368. One of the world’s largest Catholic Churches, the Milan Cathedral, is the most breathtaking landmark in the city. The cathedral building stretches for 158 meter (520 ft) in length and the tallest spire is more than 91 meter (300 ft) high, it is so massive (can hold 40,000 people) it is almost impossible to conceive its proportions. When you go in, it only gets better, the light that comes through the stained glass window is inspiring. By the way, don’t miss a visit to the roof, take the elevator or stairs and enjoy incredible panoramic views over the whole city.
Milan Cathedral (The Duomo) – by WOW Travel
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro Stadium)
Home to Milan’s two best football teams, AC Milan and FC Milan. The imposing San Siro Stadium (also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) is a must visit if you are a fan of the game. There is also a museum that tells the history of both clubs with memorabilia including cups, medals and shirts. If you’re lucky enough to be in town when AC Milan is playing at home, definitely get a ticket to a game, the atmosphere in the stadium is incredible.
San Siro Stadium, 2009-08 Derby AC Milan vs. Inter, Milan – by nobbiwan/Flickr
Just So You Know…
- The roman name of the city was “Mediolanum”.
- Milan is considered to be the fashion center of the world. The place has headquarters and businesses of some of the leading international designers, which include Gucci, Prada, Armani, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana.
- Take a day trip out to Lake Como – one of the most spectacular places to visit in whole Italy with red-roofed holiday homes, grand hotels, flower-filled shores and on-the-water restaurants. It is a 40-minute train journey from the city center.
- 20% of the Milan population is made up of foreign immigrants. Philippines, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Egypt, China, Peru, Romania, Morocco, Ukraine, and Albania are the top ten countries from where these foreigners have migrated.
- The ‘Gran Premio di Monza’, the Italian version of the Grand Prix, is held in Milan annually. – Milan has a tram that is been turned into a mobile boutique restaurant. Though, you must book your table ahead of time.
- Check out L.O.V.E., the provocative 11 meters (36ft) high installation by Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan, located just outside Milan’s stock exchange, in Piazza Affari.
- From 6:30pm to 9pm the overwhelming majority of Milan’s bars offer the so-called aperitivo, a Milanese’s favorite social event. Basically buying a drink unlocks you access to often rich and mouth-watering food buffets. a good place to start with is Bar Basso where they serve the cocktail symbol of Milan, Negroni sbagliato.
- Make your visit even more unforgettable by staying at one of the 11 Best Hotels in Milan.
- Milan is a gay friendly city. Enjoy the best welcoming vibe at one of the Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Milan.
Get Some Culture:
- – A world-class museum with an astonishing assortment of fine paintings. – With large displays of minerals, skeletons, fossils & preserved animals. o – A museum that documents the history of the city. – The largest science and technology museum in Italy. – With modern and contemporary art in Milan.
Grab A Bite:
- – One of the best places for authentic Milanese flavors. Try their famous risotto that are coupled with thoughtful and contemporary presentations by chef Cesare Battisti. – An eclectic and informal place to eat some of the most popular dishes from Milanese tradition. It is not only a restaurant, but also a cocktail bar and a workshop where you can buy cheese and many other genuine products. – One of the most exhilarating places to dine in Milan with beautifully elegant and thoughtful dishes. – Contemporary Italian Michelin-starred fish restaurant features Chef Viviana Varese’s refined take on classic Italian dishes. – A typical Tuscan & Lombardian cuisine trattoria. – Set in a 13th-century residence filled with elegant rooms and surrounded by an orchard. Serving classic Lombardy dishes with influences from France, Austria and Spain.
Author: Peter S
A travel blogger and the founder of WOW Travel, Peter is a crazy dreamer with an insatiable desire for adventure who could never settle for an ordinary life or conform with the norm. After visiting more than 50 countries, he aims to travel with a purpose and inspire people to do the same.