Milan City Guide2021-01-08T09:29:51+00:00
Located in the northern region of Lombardy, Milan is the second largest city in Italy. The urban, metropolitan population is estimated to be 4,336,121 not including the additional 4 million residents living in the outskirts and commuter areas. Milan is the business hub of Italy accessible by three airports and two major train stations. Milan is best known for fashion and style, not only offering luxury shopping but also world class design schools. Unbeknownst to many, Milan is a city of hidden romance found in the cobblestoned streets of Brera, the historical center and Naviglio, the enchanting canal district.

Airport

There are 3 airports servicing Milan; Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio in Bergamo. They are all easy to get to and from Milan city center by bus or train.

Malpensa International
About 50 KM from the city center. There are shuttle busses or the Malpensa Express train to get to the city center.

Linate International
About 10 KM from the city center. There are shuttle busses or the public bus 73 to get to the city center.

Orio al Serio Bergamo
About 60 KM from the city center. There are shuttle busses to Linate Airport and Central Station, or take the local bus to the Bergamo Station and the train to your final destination.

Train Station

Milan Central Station (Milano Stazione Centrale) and Garibaldi Station are the main train station hubs. Some Trenord commuter trains arrive at Cadorna Station, as well as the Malpensa Express airport train.

Motorway

Autostrade (motorways) leading to Milan are A1, A7 and A8.
Ring roads around Milan are A50, A51, A52 and A58.

Hotels

Hotel Principe Di Savoia from €450

5 star – Located near Piazza Republica and not far from both the tonw center and  the Central station. The Hotel Principe Di Savoia is one of Milan’s oldest established luxury hotels. Decorated in traditional Milanese style, the hotel offers a top-floor spa and spacious rooms .

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Town House Galleria Vik

A prestigious property set inside the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the heart of Milan, Town House Vik offers luxurious amenities and superior services in an exclusive, distinguished setting. The restaurant serves continental, Italian and new cuisine complemented by an extensive choice of Italy’s finest wines.
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Starhotels Echo

Starhotels Echo, located near the Milan Central Station. Eco friendly 4 star hotel with contemporary décor, fitness center and an Eatly restaurant on the premises. The family suite offers a double bed and two single beds for the children. (1 night €320)
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Public Transportation

Metro, Busses, & Trams

Milan has an excellent public transportation system managed by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The subway has 4 metro lines throughout the city and reaches over 45 outer metropolitan areas. 18 orange trams rumble through the city center and 135 busses and trolleybuses circulate.

Tickets are available for purchase at metro stops, newsagents, tobacconists, or online with the ATM app.

Taxis

Taxis can be found at a taxi stand, they cannot be flagged down. Taxi stands are found at main squares and intersections. Call a Radio Taxi Tel. +39-02-8585 or Tel. +39-02-6767.

Half-day or full day private luxury town car and driver

Other

Bike sharing is available through ATM app and car sharing with the Car2go or Enjoy apps.  Tourist Rickshaws are also available in the city center.

Duomo

For a spectacular view of the city and even of the Alps (on a clear day) climb to the top of the Duomo on a spiral stone staircase of 919 steps. An elevator to the top is also available. Piazza Duomo, Milano.
>> Milan city center tour and Duomo all access ticket  €48

Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece was painted between 1494 and 1498 under the rule of Ludovico il Moro. Visits are  restricted to small groups every 15 minutes. Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.
>> Book a Skip the Line Last Supper ticket €45

Sforza Castle

The Castle origins date back to the second half of the 14th century and was named after Francesco Sforza, who transformed it into a ducal residence in 1450.  Piazza Castello, Milan.
>> Book a combo-ticket of Sforza Castle and The Last Supper €45 

Museo del Novecento

A collection of contemporary art donated to the Civic Museums. The museum itself is a work of architectural art. Palazzo dell’Arengario, Via Marconi, 1 (Piazza Duomo) Milano.
>> Private tour of Museo del novecento €140

La Scala Opera House & Museum

Costumes, set design, instruments, portraits and poster art of this world-renowned opera house built in 1778.  Performance tickets are available at the boxoffice.  Via Filodrammatici 2, Milan.
>> Private tour of Teatro alla Scala Museum in Milan €50

Naviglio Canal District

Milan once had canals like Venice. Today there are only two. A great area for nightlife, pubs and restaurants. Check out Totem Pub, Kings Pub, Pub Ringhiera, or just walk around, you’ll find something!
Naviglio Grande/ Naviglio Pavese, Milan.
>> Private tour of the Milan canal district, il  Naviglio €240

Local Specialties

Every region in Italy has a specialty dish. Lombardy specialties are traditionally made with meat, rice or polenta. Milan in particular is known for Risotto Milanese (saffron rice) Cotoletta Milanese (veal cutlet), Ossobuco (braised veal shank) and Cassoeula (cabbage and pork stew).

Not far from Milan are the vineyards of Lombardy. Wines like Chiavennasca from Valtellina, Uberti Franciacorta from the province of Brescia or Brigantia from La Costa Winery in Montevecchia are well worth the trip.

The world-renowned Christmas cake Panettone was invented by a Milanese baker and the city center offers some of the most beautiful pasticerie (pastry shops) in Italy.

Best Restaurants

Milan has an eclectic mix of regional and international cuisine.

Bice

Located in the heart of the fashion district, Bice has been serving the Milanese since 1926. A refined and elegant ambiance with fine wine and dining. Via Borgospesso 12, Milan. Tel. +39  02 7600 2572.

Trattoria Milanese, Milan

Trattoria Milanese

Traditional Milanese and Lombard dishes, served in a rustic dining room with a true old-world atmosphere.
Via Santa Marta 11, Milan. Tel. +39  02 835 7670.

DOT Chianti

Specialized in Tuscan cuisine, DOT offers genuine regional specialties like Ribollita and Peposo. Authentic wines, cheeses, and meats from the region arrive weekly. Via Orti 1, Milan. Tel. +39 02 2305 0034.

Da Giacomo

Elegant, upscale trattoria with ornate wall paneling and vintage graniglia floors. Well known for traditional Milanese dishes. Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, Milan. Tel. +39 02 7602 3313.

Marchesi 1824

One of Milan’s most established pastry shop and café. Offering an assortment of beautiful pastries, cakes and brioche. Via Santa Maria alla Porta 11a, Milan. Tel. +39 02 862770.

Lake Como

Only 40 minutes from Milan, the charming villages and hamlets of Lake Como are perfect for the nature lover or romantic. Step back into history at one of the 18th century villa museums.
>> Villas & Flavours of Lake Como boat & walking tour

Bergamo Bergamo

Perched on a hillside and held up by medieval stone walls, the upper city Bergamo Alta welcomes visitors with artisan ateliers, hidden courtyards, arcades, and long ancient history.
>> Day trip to Bergamo from Milan €200

Verona & Lake Garda

Set the perfect scene for a dreamy escape with a day trip to Lake Garda and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliette. The landscape  of lake garda will take your breath away.
>> Day trip to Verona and Lake Garda from Milan €90

Mantova Mantova

Listed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites for its exemplary renaissance architecture and art found in the city center, Mantova is a treasure trove for the art and history buff.
>> Private walking tour of Mantova €110

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