Accommodation & places to visit in Milan

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.
  • Weather
    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.
  • To Do
    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.
  • To See
    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!

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