A lifestyle of pleasure – that could be the slogan of Milan. Set in northern Italy, Milan was bombed during World War II, and rebuilt in the decades that followed. This mixture of before war architecture and modern marvels makes Milan one of the premiere destinations for anyone traveling through Europe. Home to the Italian stock exchange, Milan attracts tourism and business in equal measures. Those with an interest in fashion and shopping will feel particularly at home, as will those fascinated by the history of a city which dates back to 400 BC.
When to visit
The best times to visit Milan are in the late spring or in the early fall, with peak season running from June to September. If you're looking for what to see in Milan, in the spring, the Festa del Navigilo highlights the first ten days of June. The festival features parades, live music, and a variety of entertaining performances.
Consider avoiding Milan in August, when many of the shopkeepers go on vacation, and in the winter, when some hotels take a brief, one or two month break. If you do want to make the journey to Milan in the winter, aim for February, when the entire city celebrates the Carnevale Amrosiano.
In the summer, Milan stays relatively cool compared to other parts of Italy. Other than a slight increase in temperature to an average of 84 F (28 C) during summer, Milan's temperature stays roughly the same from spring through fall.
Note that there will be more rain during the spring months. Also, while the temperatures may not get as high as elsewhere, Milan can get very humid at times. In the winter, Milan's temperature hovers slightly above freezing, and it does snow on occasion.
When you're thinking about what to do in Milan, even the best travel guide can't begin to tell you how impressive the food actually is. Make your way to one of many wine tastings head around the city, or head to Peck for a variety of delicious eats.
If you're looking to do some shopping, the top European fashion trends can be found in Quadrilatero d'Oro. Other popular shopping areas are Corso Magenta and Via Brera.
When thinking about what to see in Milan, consider that it is a historic city, literally millennia old. Duomo, Milan's cathedral and top attraction, is steeped in history and looks like it came from a fairy tale. The Museo del Novecento contains one of the most impressive collections of art in the world.
Perhaps one of the most iconic images of all time, Da Vinci's mural of The Last Supper is also hidden within Milan, and you must book months in advance for the opportunity to see it, or shell out extra money on a city tour.
Tips & Recommendations
• Milan is a fairly safe city, though as with other tourist destinations, petty theft and pickpocketing may be a problem.
• Transit operates from 6AM to midnight, with some buses and trains operating overnight.
• Most shops are closed on Sundays, and are only open in for the afternoon on Monday. Typically shops will be open all day Tuesday - Saturday.
• If you plan to visit any churches or religious institutions, you must cover your shoulders and knees – regardless of whether you are a man or a woman.
• Despite the geographical proximity, Milan's cuisine is different than Rome's, with the former preferring meat dishes and risottos – with plenty of parmesan!
The small and cozy City Residence Milano offers a homey ambiance. The area is easily accessible thanks to Porta Garibaldi Railway Station's close proximately. Cimitero Monumentale, located nearby, is an interesting landmark. Children and adults will enjoy a visit to Velodromo Vigorelli.
If you're looking for a larger property, consider The Place. Explore the surrounding area in comfort thanks to the nearby Milan Cadorna Railway Station. Piazza della Scala, Marino Palace and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are all within walking distance from here. Sempione Park is one of the attractions near the property. Not to be missed in Milan are the museums Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and Cenacolo Vinciano Museum.
Residence House Aramis Down Town is located close to Milan Cadorna Railway Station, for convenient transportation connections. Ruins of the amphitheatre of Mediolanum and Teatro Alla Scala are a short walk from here. A visit to Cenacolo Vinciano Museum, located only 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from here, will be memorable. The location of nearby Solari Park is one good reason to stay at this accommodation.
B&B Monteverdi Garden is a small, intimate property where you'll enjoy personalized attention. The area is easily accessible thanks to Lambrate Railway Station's close proximately. Pirelli Building, located nearby, is an interesting landmark. Lambro Park is a playful attraction to visit from here.
With a 3-star rating, Bed and Breakfast Milan can accommodate a variety of needs. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Milan Cadorna Railway Station offers fine public transportation. This is a great location for walking to landmarks such as Piazza Mercanti, Duomo square and Park of Basiliche. The property's nearby attractions include Ruins of the amphitheatre of Mediolanum and Teatro Alla Scala. Nearby Cenacolo Vinciano Museum and Bagatti Valsecchi Museum are important cultural attractions.
For easy travel, B&B Hotel Bicocca is a short distance from Milan Central Railway Station. It's 3.9 km (2.4 miles) from Bresso Airport to the accommodation. Pirelli Building is just one of the famous landmarks here. Easily-accessible Sempione Park is a fun place to spend some time.
Minas Hostel is a relatively small property. You'll be a short distance from Corso Venezia, Royal Palace and Marino Palace. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from Teatro Alla Scala. Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from here. Located 1.0 km (0.6 miles) away, Basilica San Babila attracts locals and tourists alike.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Bed and Breakfast Brera2 is a good option. Porta Garibaldi Railway Station is the easiest station to reach by public transit. From this area you can easily visit Cimitero Monumentale, Arena Civica and even Sforza Castle. Teatro Alla Scala is one of the easily accessible attractions from here. Fun-filled Sempione Park is in the vicinity.
If you prefer a small, intimate accommodations, Locanda al Duomo is a good choice. With Milan Cadorna Railway Station so close, getting to and from your lodge will be a breeze. Staying here puts you within easy access of Piazza Mercanti, Piazza della Scala and Marino Palace. Teatro Alla Scala and Ruins of the amphitheatre of Mediolanum are close enough to reach on foot from here. Wandering through Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and Cenacolo Vinciano Museum, both a short walk away, is time well-spent.
If you dislike giant hotels, IlGiramondo may be a good choice. A practical option, as Milan Central Railway Station can be easily reached from the property. You'll be a short distance from Pirelli Building, Corso Venezia and Pinacoteca di Brera. A few minutes' walk leads to the interesting Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. Nearby Sempione Park offers fun and entertainment.
For a small, friendly experience, Hostel 3 offers no more than 20 rooms. Bresso Airport can be reached without difficulty. It is located 4.4 km (2.7 miles) from here. You'll find Cimitero Monumentale near this property. You may enjoy a visit to Velodromo Vigorelli, which is easy to reach from here.
Offering excellent accommodations and service, Camperio House Suites has 4 stars. This property is centrally located near Piazza Mercanti, Sforza Castle and Piazza della Scala. Teatro Alla Scala and Ruins of the amphitheatre of Mediolanum are recommended favorites. From here you'll be near magnificent structures such as Duomo di Milano. Easily-accessible Sempione Park is a fun place to spend some time.
Centro Siloe Residence Hotel is one of the larger properties located in Milan. The 4-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Milan. This is one of the closest holiday accommodation to Bresso Airport. Nearby Velodromo Vigorelli offers fun and entertainment.
Residence Lepontina complements its large selection of rooms with a high level of service. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Milan. You'll be completely mobile, with Porta Garibaldi Railway Station connecting you to areas around Milan. This is a great location for walking to landmarks such as Cimitero Monumentale, Pirelli Building and Arena Civica. The young at heart will enjoy Sempione Park.
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