Milan, the metropolis of Lombardy in northern Italy, is a world capital of fashion and design. It is also a financial centre, home to the Italian Stock Exchange. Milan is famous for its designer boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Entire streets in the city centre line up the most chic Italian (and French!) brands. Culture lovers are not to be outdone with a remarkable heritage to discover, including the Gothic cathedral of the Dome of Milan, in the heart of the city, and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, which houses Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco of The Last Supper. We visit the basilicas and the Abbey of Clairvaux, the Brera art gallery, the Poldi-Pezzoli Museum and the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The emblematic Scala in Milan, where prestigious operas are performed all year round, cannot be ignored. We stop over at a large restaurant or on the terrace of a café. And we're on the hunt again, from a shop to a monument. Those who have not had their fill of shopping or who have been discouraged by the prices of luxury brands, will still be able to browse through the outlet shops concentrated on the outskirts of the city.

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When to go to Milan?

Milan is a city that can be discovered all year round. Summer may be hot and some shops are closed in August. It is during this period that hotels are the cheapest and in April they are the most expensive. It is in February that you will have the cheapest flights. Christmas and New Year's Day in Milan is an option that can be festive and original. The city was then decorated with beautiful decorations, midnight masses in prestigious buildings were added to a program of shows and celebrations, not to mention tempting gastronomic proposals. Fashion designers will not miss the two highlights of the destination: fashion weeks.

How to go to Milan? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Milan is not the most popular tourist destination in Italy. However, you can easily find organized trips. Most often these are weekends with flight and hotel. They are advantageous off-season tourism, pay attention to the location of the hotels offered. It is better to stay in a hotel that is a little less comfortable but closer to your interests. The Milan and Great Lakes tours can also be attractive.

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Milan can be reached by car (good formula if you also want to visit the great lakes). You leave your vehicle on the outskirts of Milan (heavy traffic and difficult parking). By train, you can reach Milan's Central Station from where you can use public transport. By plane, you have the choice between three airports. Malpensa (50km), Bergamo (45km) and Linate a few kilometres from the centre. Choose a well located accommodation to reduce your time in transport.

The best way to get around Milan is to use public transport: metro, tram and bus. By juggling all three you will reach all the important destinations. The Milanocard tourist card allows you to use public transport free of charge for 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the formula chosen.

Prepare for your trip Milan

Transportation
  • Book a train
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

Milan is a city that can be discovered all year round. Summer may be hot and some shops are closed in August. It is d...
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Weather forecast

Milan's climate is subtropical humid, with hot and humid summers (15/29°C), cold and sometimes snowy winters (-1/+6...
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Budget

The euro is in force in Milan. This destination is not the most expensive in Italy, but remains quite chic and expens...
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Formalities

To stay in Milan, neither visas nor any specific formalities for members of the European Union and Swiss citizens, ex...
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Health

No particular health risk at this destination. Milan is a safe big city with a good health system. Your European Soci...
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How to travel by yourself?

Milan can be reached by car (good formula if you also want to visit the great lakes). You leave your vehicle on the o...
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How to get organized?

Milan is not the most popular tourist destination in Italy. However, you can easily find organized trips. Most often...
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Getting around

The best way to get around Milan is to use public transport: metro, tram and bus. By juggling all three you will reac...
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