Milan Travel Information
The commercial capital of Italy and a
thriving centre of art and fashion, Milan combines historic architecture
and cultural heritage with world renowned fashion houses and a
cosmopolitan cafe society.
the heart of this vibrant city is the world's largest Gothic Cathedral
and a few steps away stands La Scala, surely the best known of all the
great opera houses, with the largest stage in Europe hosting the most
magnificent productions featuring the greatest singers.
chic weekend break.
Milan Travel Information
Milan has an efficient tram and bus
network but the city's fastest form of public transport is the metro
Taxis are plentiful in the city and tend to be inexpensive.
Duomo - a magnificent gothic
Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last
Super' is housed
Basillica of Sant Ambrogio.
Pinacoteca di Brera museum - home to some of the finest Italian
Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
For football fans a visit to the
famous San Siro football stadium, the home of both AC Milan and Inter
San Siro Football Stadium
the roof of the Duomo for a breathtaking panorama.
Enjoy a coffee in
one of the sophisticated cafes in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Shopping! For designer boutiques make your way to via Monte Napoleone
and via della Spiga. For the more price conscious, head to Corso Buenos
During the day wander through
the maze of pedestrianized streets covering via Fiori Chiari and via
Madonnina or relax in the park behind Castello Sforzesco.
evening, the Navigli district and the Brera area, renowned as Milan's
artistic and cultural quarter, are popular places to eat and drink.
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world's design and fashion capital, home of Armani, Versace and Prada
> La Scala Opera house in Milan
La Scala Opera House
> See Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece - The
> For Trendy eateries try Navigli, with its network
> At the centre of the city is the medieval Duomo, a
> Football fans can catch the action at AC or
Inter Milan, the San Siro warrants a trip even when there is no match
With a population of 1.3 million and covering an area of 129sq km
(80sq miles), Milan is a thriving, sprawling, sophisticated city,
renowned as one of the fashion capitals of Europe and the financial
centre of Italy. Despite muggy summers, foggy winters and sometimes
polluted air, visitors flock here for the exclusive shopping and dynamic
business environment. It has a rich and varied past which can still be
ferreted out in pockets around the city, but generally Milan offers
little of architectural or natural beauty – soulless 1960s concrete
blocks far outweigh grandiose historical monuments. Most tourist
interest centres around the Piazza del Duomo with its Gothic cathedral –
said to be one of the world's finest – and the web of lively streets
surrounding it. The suburbs offer little other than a handful of parks
and some Roman remains, although the arty districts of Navigli and
Ticinese, which flank a couple of grim industrial canals to the south
west of Piazza del Duomo, offer a calmer contrast to the bustling life
of the city centre.
Located in northern
Italy, at the heart of the Lombardy region. 40 miles south of the Alps
and Swizerland border. 350 miles north west of the Italian capital,
Rome. 7 miles west of Milan Linate airport and 25 miles south east of
Milan is in an
almost completely flat terrain. It is surrounded by the flood plains and
farmland of the River Po.
Places to Stay
There is a fair range of accommodation to stay, mostly these are
targeted towards middle and business clients. It has functional
establishments with a little character. Exclusive hotels are situated
around the "Golden Rectangle" fashion district. Expect central city
prices, there are a few cheaper options which are located around the
Central Rail Station. Milan is busy all year round.
Things to do
Daytime: shopping is a must, try the very
impressive glass domed Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery for people watching
and expensive coffee. A good range of art galleries, museums and
exhibitions, notably the Archaeological Museum, Gallery of Modern Art
and the Brera Palace; Sforza Castle housing the Museum of Historic Art;
churches, in particular the Duomo – one of the world's largest Gothic
cathedrals – and Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo da Vinci's Last
Supper (advance booking necessary); several parks including the Public
Gardens (the city's oldest) and Sempione Park (rather seedy). A city
tour is available by 1920's tram. Nightlife: arguably the best in Italy,
with a host of bars, cafes and clubs to suit most budgets – Ticinese,
Navigli and Brera are the most hip, happening areas; plenty of live
music covering a broad range including rock and jazz; the world-famous
La Scala Opera House (prestigious and popular); theatres (notably Teatro
Piccolo) and cinemas (some English language) are plentiful.
A different variety of restaurants with
all budgets catered for, from popular fast-food outlets (including a
welcome Italian style chain) to pricey restaurants (aimed at expense
account business clients). Traditional trattorias are the trendy places
to dine – with soups and risottos being favourite dishes – but
international cuisine, such as African and Chinese, is well represented.
Many pizza joints, cafes, sandwich bars and cake shops, as you would
expect in a fast-paced city. Typical local dishes include risotto,
ossobucco (veal), panettone cake and zabaglione (like a souffle). Fast
food burger joints everywhere.
impressive array of shops opportunities and a mecca for all the top
designer labels, especially shoes. Exclusive boutiques are concentrated
in the Quadrilatero d'Oro ("Golden Rectangle") between Via Monte
Napoleone and Via della Spiga. The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery houses
some of the most exclusive outlets. The pedestrianised area Corso Como
also has a good share of boutiques, shops, beautiful people and is the
haunt of the fashion media crowd. There is more affordable shopping
along Corso Buenos Aires. For something a bit different, Navigli and
Brera districts have antique shops to second-hand stores. Peck in
Spadari St is a famous food hall.
Half day tours: Certosa di Pavia, one of Europe's most impressive
monasteries, near the historic town of Pavia.
Full day (or
overnight): many interesting towns, such as affluent Vigevano, Cremona
(known for its violin making), romantic Mantua (Mantova) and Verona,
especially during the opera season.
Two days: Italian Lakes, in
particular Maggiore, Como and Garda; Alps for summer walks and winter
skiing; Lugano in Switzerland.
Local buses and trams provide a regular and efficient service across
Milan and into the suburbs, augmented by an easy to negotiate Metro;
tickets are available at news stands, tobacconists and machines. The
Central Station is the hub of Europe's railway network, with frequent
connections to Italian and European cities. A number of other stations –
such as Porta Garibaldi – provide an equally convenient service.
Plentiful metered taxis. Car rental (if one dares to drive) at the
airport. Day tourist tickets provide good value for money.
Who does it suit?
Most of Milans visitors are
business travellers or affluent shopaholics making the most of the
upmarket designer boutiques and stores. Football fans and art lovers
will also find something of interest.