Travel to Milan

Travel to Milan

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Why should I visit Milan ?

Everything you would expect from Italy: food, fashion, lifestyle
Milan is Italy's economic capital, a trait clearly observable in the fast pace of its citizens. Whether it's for the rush hour in via Torino or the aperitivo time by the Darsena, Milaneses are always on the move. As a main destination for Italy's internal migration, Milan is a melting pot of fashion, accents and smells, which break through the foggy grey that covers the sky almost all year long.

3 of the many reasons to travel to Milan

  1. Travel to Milan - Milan Cathedral
    Milan Cathedral
    Milan's cathedral, better known as the Duomo, is the symbol of the city. Its tip is protected by a golden statue of the Virgin Mary, la 'Madonnina', that from its 108,5 meters sets the maximum height for all other buildings in the city. The interior of the gothic cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned king of Italy, hosts the famous statue of Saint Bartholomew.
  2. Travel to Milan - Navigli
    Navigli
    The Navigli district is the pulsing heart of Milan's warm summer nights. It is a pedestrian area in the southern part of the city, where two small canals meet. Once there, you can relax, drinking an aperitivo at one of the many bars and small restaurants. Thanks to the spotlight of the Expo 2015, Milan invested in improving Navigli, upgrading it from an urban swamp into a lively hub for concerts, art and commerce.
  3. Travel to Milan - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
    Erected in the 1860s, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is Italy's oldest shopping mall. Situated right next to the cathedral, the Galleria is covered by an arching glass and cast-iron roof, topped with a glass dome. Its architecture is a unique marriage of luxury and sacredness. The Galleria was also the location of one of the most exclusive McDonald’s in the world, until the restaurant was forced out not long ago.
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Did You Know?

Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper was recovered from a stable.

The room where the mural was painted, which is located in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, was used as a stable during Napoleon's kingdom. Luckily, the masterpiece was saved by Luigi Cavenaghi in 1910.
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When is the best time to visit Milan?

Milan is known for extreme temperature fluctuations. In July and August, temperatures regularly reach more than 35 degrees and the asphalt on the sidewalk melts. The last three days of January are the coldest of the year, which according to the tradition are named 'I giorni della merla' (days of the blackbird). The best months to visit Milan are May and June when the days are longer and the restaurants move their tables outside.
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How can I get to Milan?

Milan has 3 main airports and several conveniently located train and bus stations
Stations in Milan

Train stations

Milano Lampugnano (Terminal Bus)

Airports

Milan Malpensa
Milan Linate
Milan Bergamo

Bus stops

Milano (Lampugnano)
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How can I reach Milan's city centre from the airport?

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An express railway connects Malpensa to Milan’s city centre, while Linate and Orio al Serio are served by bus and coach routes.

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Which cities can I reach from Milan by train?

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Milan is strategically connected by the high-speed train 'Frecciarossa 1000' to Italian's most attractive cities Venice, Rome and Naples. In less than an hour, you can also reach Turin, Genoa and Bologna.

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Milan Travel Tips

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    Tastiest food to try
    Milan's food scene is a mix of different cultures from all over the Italian peninsula. Traditional dishes like Risotto alla Milanese (with saffron) and Panettone meet southern masterpieces and create a unique culinarian experience. The never-ending queue outside Luini, famous for his original Panzerotti (fried dough filled with tomato and mozzarella) proves that. Looking for the best pizza in Milan? Only one possible answer: Spontini.
  2. viewpoint
    Best viewpoint
    The Terrazza Duomo 21. It’s a tiny terrace on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele facing the Piazza Duomo. The only place where you can get a Martini while enjoying a direct view of the cathedral's delicate Gothic spires and the multitude of gargoyles.
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    Easiest way to get around
    Public transport. Milan has only 4 underground lines, with the most recent one built in 2015. The tram is still the most convenient way to travel around the city. 24- and 48-hour passes are available for €4.50 and €8.25, respectively.
  4. shopping
    Perfect for a shopping spree
    Milan is the Mecca of shopping. The flagship stores of the most stylish fashion houses, from Armani to Prada, from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana are located in the Quadrilatero della Moda (fashion's quadrangle). But fashion in Milan can also be affordable: There are plenty of second-hand and vintage shops to scout for used designer fashion. You’ll find them between via Genova and Naviglio Pavese.
  5. art
    Most impressive art
    Art can be found everywhere in Milan. La Triennale is the most iconic platform for modern art and design exhibitions, while the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum is where science and technology meet in an interactive experience. If you’re a music lover, visit la Scala. It is Milan's main theater and currently managed by Alexander Pereira. A special mention goes to the Salone del Mobile, a prestigious interior design event, that every year in April, celebrates Italian furniture excellence.
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    Best nightlife
    Nightlife in Milan starts at 6 pm with the aperitivo, a ritual of passage from the working day to a night out. For those who dare to explore what Milan’s nightlife has to offer, there are plenty of options: from the classic discos like the Alcatraz or the Old Fashion, to the eccentric Plastic. Looking for something different? Jump on board of the Discotram. The name says it all.
  7. parks
    Nicest parks
    Despite its very industrial and economic spirit, Milan offers more than 10 square meters of parks per inhabitant. The main one is the Sempione Park, encompassing the Sforza Castle, the Civic Aquarium and the Just Cavalli Club. The Idro Montanelli Park, named after a journalist, is home to the city's planetarium.
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    Most entertaining for kids
    The Leonardo da Vinci Museum. It hosts a real submarine, that kids can explore. For a spooky alternative, the Sforza Castle hides a mummy from ancient Egypt! The admission for children is only €3.
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    Best kept secret
    The Pirellone is the only building taller than Milan's cathedral. In order to respect the tradition (no building should be higher than the Madonnina statue), they created a replica of the Virgin Mary and moved it on top of the new building.
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OUR MILAN EXPERT

Davide, Qixxit team member & savvy traveller

Milan is a city you have to peel like an onion. Underneath the first skin of fashion and nightlife, there is a hidden layer of quaint alleys and historical doorways. The more you discover, the more you fall in love with the city.

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