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.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Allegro Apartments Duomo is more intimate than many Milan lodgings. The area is easily accessible thanks to Milan Cadorna Railway Station's close proximately. You can walk to Royal Palace, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Marino Palace from here. The young at heart will enjoy Sempione Park. Nearby Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and Cenacolo Vinciano Museum are recommended tour stops.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Brera Apartments is a good option. Porta Garibaldi Railway Station is easy to reach from the property. From this area you can easily visit Pinacoteca di Brera, Arena Civica and even Piazza della Scala. Teatro Alla Scala isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Both Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and Cenacolo Vinciano Museum are quite close.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized Bed and Breakfast Milan is a nice place to unwind. Relax, unwind and enjoy staying at this fine 3-star property. The nearby Milan Cadorna Railway Station is a convenient transportation hub. Even if your time in Milan is short, Ruins of the amphitheatre of Mediolanum or Teatro Alla Scala is well worth visiting. Duomo di Milano is a fascinating photo subject. Museums in the neighborhood include Cenacolo Vinciano Museum and Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.
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.
The modest-sized B&B del Parco Lambro offers attentive service. The distance from Linate Airport to this accommodation is 3.9 km (2.4 miles). Transportation is available at nearby Lambrate Railway Station. The young at heart will enjoy Lambro Park.
The modest-sized Minas Hostel offers attentive service. Corso Venezia, Royal Palace and Marino Palace are within a short walk from here. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from Teatro Alla Scala. Whether your Milan stay is one day or several, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from here, is a must-see. This lodging is not far from Sempione Park.
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.
For a small, friendly experience, IlGiramondo offers no more than 20 rooms. Milan Central Railway Station is the easiest station to reach by public transit. From this area you can easily visit Pirelli Building, Corso Venezia and even Pinacoteca di Brera. One museum you do not want to miss while in Milan is Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, located 1.8 km (1.1 miles) from here. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Sempione Park.
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.
Isola Apartments Milan's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. You'll be completely mobile, with Porta Garibaldi Railway Station connecting you to areas around Milan. Landmarks near this property are Cimitero Monumentale, Pirelli Building and Arena Civica. A few minutes' walk leads to the interesting Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. Sempione Park is a playful attraction to visit from here.
The 4-star Residence Zara offers a delightful balance of value and service. Porta Garibaldi Railway Station connects you to the rest of Milan. Landmarks near this property are Pirelli Building, Cimitero Monumentale and Arena Civica. It'll be easy to visit Sempione Park from here.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 4-star Residence Donatello. Given the proximity of Milan Central Railway Station, it's easy to arrive here by public transit. Pirelli Building and Corso Venezia are easily accessed from this property. Lambro Park is a popular attraction you can visit easily from this location.
Given its 2-star class, Residence Le Corti gives great value for the price. A nearby station is Milan Cadorna Railway Station. Landmarks in the area include Sforza Castle and Arena Civica. You may enjoy a visit to Velodromo Vigorelli, which is easy to reach from here. These accommodations provide easy access to all events hosted by Fiera Milano.
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