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You're Going to Love Milan

Italy's second-largest city is a delight for tourists. This elegant, efficient city has an excellent public transportation system, stunning architecture, world-famous works of art, and more designer boutiques than almost any city on earth.

Milan offers an endless array of experiences. Attend February's Milan Fashion Week to see the year's new trends and watch the world's elite designers in action. Visit a soccer match at San Siro Stadium, gaze at da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and statues by Michelangelo, or stroll arm in arm along the canals of Navigli, checking out the antique stands, before choosing a welcoming trattoria for your evening meal.

With a unique blend of art, fashion, great museums, sporting attractions, food, and street life, Milan has it all, and it's a wonderful vacation spot.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Milan

1. Stunning Architecture and Artistic Treasures

Milan boasts some gorgeous sights, from the spectacular facade of the Duomo, and its beautiful mosaic floor, to the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca di Brera. The city's churches are filled with paintings, including Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". If you adore art and architecture, Milan is the perfect destination.

2. It's One of the World's Fashion Capitals

Milan is renowned as a center for fashion and design. Home to labels like Gucci and Armani, the city is packed with luxury boutiques and is the focus of the fashion world in February, when Milan Fashion Week attracts stars from across the globe.

3. Watch Champions League and Serie A Soccer

Sports are an obsession for Milanese people, and none are more popular than soccer (or calcio). Milan's two major teams, Inter and AC, both play at the massive San Siro Stadium, one of the greatest soccer venues in the world, and attending a match is a must for sports fans.

4. Superb Museums and Historical Attractions

Milan has existed for over 2,000 years, so there is plenty for history lovers to enjoy. Learn about the city's Roman roots at the Civico Museo Archeologico, tour the medieval Sforza Castle, and head to 19th-century mansions like the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum for a great sense of how Milan has developed.

5. Unrivaled Food and Drink

Milan is one of Italy's best dining destinations, with eateries to suit every budget. Get to know the locals at family-run trattorias like Antica Osteria Briosca, or splurge on gourmet meals at the city's finest restaurants like Chandelier. If you love pasta, gnocchi, osso bucco, or risotto, you'll be in food heaven.

1. Stunning Architecture and Artistic Treasures

Milan boasts some gorgeous sights, from the spectacular facade of the Duomo, and its beautiful mosaic floor, to the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca di Brera. The city's churches are filled with paintings, including Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". If you adore art and architecture, Milan is the perfect destination.

2. It's One of the World's Fashion Capitals

Milan is renowned as a center for fashion and design. Home to labels like Gucci and Armani, the city is packed with luxury boutiques and is the focus of the fashion world in February, when Milan Fashion Week attracts stars from across the globe.

3. Watch Champions League and Serie A Soccer

Sports are an obsession for Milanese people, and none are more popular than soccer (or calcio). Milan's two major teams, Inter and AC, both play at the massive San Siro Stadium, one of the greatest soccer venues in the world, and attending a match is a must for sports fans.

4. Superb Museums and Historical Attractions

Milan has existed for over 2,000 years, so there is plenty for history lovers to enjoy. Learn about the city's Roman roots at the Civico Museo Archeologico, tour the medieval Sforza Castle, and head to 19th-century mansions like the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum for a great sense of how Milan has developed.

5. Unrivaled Food and Drink

Milan is one of Italy's best dining destinations, with eateries to suit every budget. Get to know the locals at family-run trattorias like Antica Osteria Briosca, or splurge on gourmet meals at the city's finest restaurants like Chandelier. If you love pasta, gnocchi, osso bucco, or risotto, you'll be in food heaven.

What to do in Milan

1. Duomo di Milano: The New Pilgrims' Progress

This stunning gothic cathedral is the second largest in the entire world, and an absolute must-see attraction in the gorgeous city of Milan. The facade is just as jaw-dropping as the vast interior, supported by massive buttresses - themselves a mind-boggling feat of construction living up to spiritual ideals. It is no surprise that the great centerpiece of the city took six centuries to complete. Don't miss the unforgettable views of the city and the Alps to the north.

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Real Vintage

Milan is known for style and luxury, so it makes sense that one of the oldest shopping malls is found in the city. High-end shops, elegant cafés, and world-class restaurants are all tenants inhabiting the floors of this four-storied building, a great example of 19th-century architecture. Beneath the stunning iron and glass dome, find the mosaic emblem of the bull - it is said that placing your heel on its crest and rolling your closed eyes will bring good luck.

3. Santa Maria delle Grazie: See it for Yourself!

This church is home to the most famous work of art in Milan - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. One of Italy's greatest and oldest masters painted the recognizable work of art directly onto the walls of Santa Maria delle Grazie from 1495 until 1947. And yes, it has withstood the test of time. Though the paint is flaking and the colors faded, the image will still take your breath away.

4. Teatro alla Scala: Home of Puccini and Verdi

La Scala is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, having hosted some of the greatest performers and shows throughout the centuries. Once the stomping grounds for the Milanese elite, the theater is now host to a wider variety of genres, and it welcomes guests from all walks of life to bask in Italian culture. The adjoining museum helps harken back to the traditional days of performing arts as it developed at La Scala, with lavish costumes on display.

5. Castello Sforzesco: Fortress for Art

This massive fortress combines design elements from the 15th to 17th centuries, as it gradually expanded to become one of the greatest citadels in Europe. Now home to numerous museums, the grounds themselves are a wonder to wander through. Visitors of all interests are sure to find exciting collections here, with museums containing everything from ancient, to Italian, to Egyptian, to furniture art, as well as unique galleries for prints and musical instruments.

Duomo di MilanoDuomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Teatro alla ScalaTeatro alla Scala

1. Duomo di Milano: The New Pilgrims' Progress

This stunning gothic cathedral is the second largest in the entire world, and an absolute must-see attraction in the gorgeous city of Milan. The facade is just as jaw-dropping as the vast interior, supported by massive buttresses - themselves a mind-boggling feat of construction living up to spiritual ideals. It is no surprise that the great centerpiece of the city took six centuries to complete. Don't miss the unforgettable views of the city and the Alps to the north.

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Real Vintage

Milan is known for style and luxury, so it makes sense that one of the oldest shopping malls is found in the city. High-end shops, elegant cafés, and world-class restaurants are all tenants inhabiting the floors of this four-storied building, a great example of 19th-century architecture. Beneath the stunning iron and glass dome, find the mosaic emblem of the bull - it is said that placing your heel on its crest and rolling your closed eyes will bring good luck.

3. Santa Maria delle Grazie: See it for Yourself!

This church is home to the most famous work of art in Milan - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. One of Italy's greatest and oldest masters painted the recognizable work of art directly onto the walls of Santa Maria delle Grazie from 1495 until 1947. And yes, it has withstood the test of time. Though the paint is flaking and the colors faded, the image will still take your breath away.

4. Teatro alla Scala: Home of Puccini and Verdi

La Scala is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, having hosted some of the greatest performers and shows throughout the centuries. Once the stomping grounds for the Milanese elite, the theater is now host to a wider variety of genres, and it welcomes guests from all walks of life to bask in Italian culture. The adjoining museum helps harken back to the traditional days of performing arts as it developed at La Scala, with lavish costumes on display.

5. Castello Sforzesco: Fortress for Art

This massive fortress combines design elements from the 15th to 17th centuries, as it gradually expanded to become one of the greatest citadels in Europe. Now home to numerous museums, the grounds themselves are a wonder to wander through. Visitors of all interests are sure to find exciting collections here, with museums containing everything from ancient, to Italian, to Egyptian, to furniture art, as well as unique galleries for prints and musical instruments.

Duomo di MilanoDuomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Teatro alla ScalaTeatro alla Scala

1. Duomo di Milano: The New Pilgrims' Progress

This stunning gothic cathedral is the second largest in the entire world, and an absolute must-see attraction in the gorgeous city of Milan. The facade is just as jaw-dropping as the vast interior, supported by massive buttresses - themselves a mind-boggling feat of construction living up to spiritual ideals. It is no surprise that the great centerpiece of the city took six centuries to complete. Don't miss the unforgettable views of the city and the Alps to the north.

Duomo di Milano

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Real Vintage

Milan is known for style and luxury, so it makes sense that one of the oldest shopping malls is found in the city. High-end shops, elegant cafés, and world-class restaurants are all tenants inhabiting the floors of this four-storied building, a great example of 19th-century architecture. Beneath the stunning iron and glass dome, find the mosaic emblem of the bull - it is said that placing your heel on its crest and rolling your closed eyes will bring good luck.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

3. Santa Maria delle Grazie: See it for Yourself!

This church is home to the most famous work of art in Milan - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. One of Italy's greatest and oldest masters painted the recognizable work of art directly onto the walls of Santa Maria delle Grazie from 1495 until 1947. And yes, it has withstood the test of time. Though the paint is flaking and the colors faded, the image will still take your breath away.

Teatro alla Scala

4. Teatro alla Scala: Home of Puccini and Verdi

La Scala is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, having hosted some of the greatest performers and shows throughout the centuries. Once the stomping grounds for the Milanese elite, the theater is now host to a wider variety of genres, and it welcomes guests from all walks of life to bask in Italian culture. The adjoining museum helps harken back to the traditional days of performing arts as it developed at La Scala, with lavish costumes on display.

5. Castello Sforzesco: Fortress for Art

This massive fortress combines design elements from the 15th to 17th centuries, as it gradually expanded to become one of the greatest citadels in Europe. Now home to numerous museums, the grounds themselves are a wonder to wander through. Visitors of all interests are sure to find exciting collections here, with museums containing everything from ancient, to Italian, to Egyptian, to furniture art, as well as unique galleries for prints and musical instruments.

Activities & attractions in Milan

Where to Eat in Milan

Eating is one of Milan's greatest attractions. At the very pinnacle of the city's food scene, restaurants like Savini and Chandelier offer beautiful interiors and gourmet pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. But you can eat well for much less at trattorias like Antica Osteria Briosca in Navigli and Da Tomaso near Garibaldi Metro. For a really authentic Milanese meal, try the osso bucco (veal shanks) at Mamma Rosa Osteria Grill in the Piazza Cincinnato. Expect meals to range in price from EUR10 to well over EUR40 (depending on how much Italian wine you feel the need to add to the check).

Most popular restaurants in Milan

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When to visit Milan

Milan in August
Estimated package price
$429
2 travelers
Flight to Milan
3 nights at hotel
Milan in August
Estimated package price
$429
2 travelers
Flight to Milan
3 nights at hotel

There isn't really a bad time to visit Milan. Even at Christmas, when temperatures usually hover around freezing, the main square becomes a festive market, with a spectacular tree and light show. Spring and fall can offer accommodation bargains and slightly thinner crowds, but the best weather is definitely around July and August.

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How to Get to Milan

Plane

Milan's major airport is at Malpensa, around 30 miles west of the city itself. The quickest route into town is via the Express Trains from Terminal 1, which take 40 minutes, leave every 30 minutes and cost EUR12. Buses take around an hour and cost EUR10, while there's a fixed taxi fee of EUR90 to the city center.

Train

Milan is a major train junction, with trains arriving from Rome and Florence to the south, and Paris, London, and other northern European cities. The main terminus is Milano Centrale, which is served by Trenitalia and France's TGV. When you get there, the best way to reach the center is via Metro lines 2 or 3.

Car

If you are driving around Italy or southern Europe, getting to Milan by car is simple. Take the A4 from the west or east, or the E35 from Bologna, Florence, or Rome. The E35 also runs from Switzerland, connecting Milan with Germany and Austria to the north.

Bus

Bus companies running services to Milan include Flixbus, Baltour, and Ouibus (which runs buses from Paris). You'll find the main bus terminal at Lampugnano, which is on Metro Line 1, so it's easy to transfer from buses to hotels.

Plane

Milan's major airport is at Malpensa, around 30 miles west of the city itself. The quickest route into town is via the Express Trains from Terminal 1, which take 40 minutes, leave every 30 minutes and cost EUR12. Buses take around an hour and cost EUR10, while there's a fixed taxi fee of EUR90 to the city center.

Train

Milan is a major train junction, with trains arriving from Rome and Florence to the south, and Paris, London, and other northern European cities. The main terminus is Milano Centrale, which is served by Trenitalia and France's TGV. When you get there, the best way to reach the center is via Metro lines 2 or 3.

Car

If you are driving around Italy or southern Europe, getting to Milan by car is simple. Take the A4 from the west or east, or the E35 from Bologna, Florence, or Rome. The E35 also runs from Switzerland, connecting Milan with Germany and Austria to the north.

Bus

Bus companies running services to Milan include Flixbus, Baltour, and Ouibus (which runs buses from Paris). You'll find the main bus terminal at Lampugnano, which is on Metro Line 1, so it's easy to transfer from buses to hotels.

Airlines serving Milan

Lufthansa
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KLM
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British Airways
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Delta
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Iberia
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Austrian Airlines
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Emirates
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Brussels Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Finnair
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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LOT
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Singapore Airlines
Excellent (860 reviews)
Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Milan

Milan offers a huge variety of accommodation options, from traditional B&Bs that have been run by families for generations to modern hostels like Ostello Bello and luxury hotels that offer a premium travel experience. Some of the most upscale options include the Park Hyatt and the Four Seasons, but there are smaller boutique hotels on offer too, like Palazzo Segreti and the Hotel Spadari Al Duomo.

Popular Neighborhoods in Milan

Brera - located just to the north of the Duomo, Brera is Milan's artistic hub. It's home to the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the finest collections of Renaissance art in the world, but there are countless small galleries featuring modern local artists to explore as well.

Navigli - characterized by its elegant canals, Navigli is another culturally vibrant neighborhood. Cafes like Taglio buzz with conversation all day long, the canal bank is the regular venue for Milan's largest antiques market, and you'll also find historical attractions like the fourth-century Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

Piazza Duomo - the center of Milan's religious and social life, Piazza Duomo (cathedral square) is the focal point for most visits to the city. The area is home to the stunning cathedral, with its mosaic floor and vaulted ceilings, as well as the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses da Vinci's "The Last Supper." You'll also find plenty of cafes and bars to break up your sightseeing.

Brera - located just to the north of the Duomo, Brera is Milan's artistic hub. It's home to the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the finest collections of Renaissance art in the world, but there are countless small galleries featuring modern local artists to explore as well.
Navigli - characterized by its elegant canals, Navigli is another culturally vibrant neighborhood. Cafes like Taglio buzz with conversation all day long, the canal bank is the regular venue for Milan's largest antiques market, and you'll also find historical attractions like the fourth-century Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.
Piazza Duomo - the center of Milan's religious and social life, Piazza Duomo (cathedral square) is the focal point for most visits to the city. The area is home to the stunning cathedral, with its mosaic floor and vaulted ceilings, as well as the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses da Vinci's "The Last Supper." You'll also find plenty of cafes and bars to break up your sightseeing.
Most popular hotel in Milan by neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Milan

Most booked hotels in Milan

Nyx Hotel Milan By Leonardo Hotels
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Ibis Milano Centro
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Good (7.6, 12536 reviews)
$121+
Novotel Milan Malpensa Airport
4 stars
Good (7.6, 2810 reviews)
$117+
Idea Hotel Milano Malpensa Airport
4 stars
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How to Get Around Milan

Public Transportation

Milan has an excellent public transportation system, with a mixture of buses, trams, light rail and Metro services, so getting around is simple. Standard single journey tickets cost EUR1.50 on all forms of transport, day passes cost EUR4.50, and you can also buy weekly passes for transport across the surrounding Lombardy region that cost EUR40.

Taxi

Taxis in Milan tend to be an expensive way to get around, but after the Metro and buses stop (at around 1 am), they can be the best way to navigate the city. Most taxis operate a fixed meter drop of EUR5, then charge around EUR2.30 for every mile. Uber offers a handy alternative. Their cheapest UberBlack vehicles charge a basic fare of EUR3 and then around EUR2.50 per mile.

Car

Having your own car is a good way to see the countryside around Milan, and companies active in the city include Avis, Sixt, and Europcar. However, driving into the city center is not recommended as parking is sparse and traffic can be a nightmare. There's also a congestion charge of between EUR2 and EUR10 for vehicles that enter the city center, so if you are staying in a suburban hotel, you might want to take the Metro instead.

Public Transportation

Milan has an excellent public transportation system, with a mixture of buses, trams, light rail and Metro services, so getting around is simple. Standard single journey tickets cost EUR1.50 on all forms of transport, day passes cost EUR4.50, and you can also buy weekly passes for transport across the surrounding Lombardy region that cost EUR40.

Taxi

Taxis in Milan tend to be an expensive way to get around, but after the Metro and buses stop (at around 1 am), they can be the best way to navigate the city. Most taxis operate a fixed meter drop of EUR5, then charge around EUR2.30 for every mile. Uber offers a handy alternative. Their cheapest UberBlack vehicles charge a basic fare of EUR3 and then around EUR2.50 per mile.

Car

Having your own car is a good way to see the countryside around Milan, and companies active in the city include Avis, Sixt, and Europcar. However, driving into the city center is not recommended as parking is sparse and traffic can be a nightmare. There's also a congestion charge of between EUR2 and EUR10 for vehicles that enter the city center, so if you are staying in a suburban hotel, you might want to take the Metro instead.

The Cost of Living in Milan

Shopping Streets

Milan is one of the world's greatest fashion shopping destinations. If you are after the latest designs from brands like Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana, head to avenues like the Corsa Venezia, which are lined with stunning boutiques. The "Fashion Quadrangle" in the center of town is also full of stores, featuring familiar names like Prada and Armani. For lesser-known designers and boutiques, give Brera a try, while Navigli is the place to go for antiques and ornaments.

Groceries and Other

Milan has the usual range of large supermarkets, including branches of Carrefour and Pam. However, if you want to buy fresh Italian produce and sample the city's street food culture, head to locations like the Mercato di Viale Papiniano. The cost of living isn't cheap, but not too expensive. You can expect to pay around EUR5 for a gallon of milk or just under EUR0.90 for a pound of apples.

Cheap meal
$16.61
A pair of jeans
$88.60
Single public transport ticket
$1.66
Cappuccino
$1.61
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