Milan is famous as one of the world’s most influential fashion capitals, so make some room in your wardrobe and get ready for a makeover. Milan is a major cultural centre in Italy, with world class museums and galleries, the Duomo cathedral and ancient churches, impressive architecture of opulent Italian villas. After viewing da Vinci’s Last Supper, try Lombardi specials like ossobuco and risotto alla Milanese in one of the neighbourhood restaurants. Milan is the perfect starting point for exploring the prettiest landscapes of northern Italy.
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Shops in Milan are usually open 9am–1pm and 3pm–8pm with some variations depending on the time of year. The stores that are off the main shopping streets are usually closed on Mondays or only open after lunch, around 3pm. Large department stores and some of the famous fashion houses are usually open all day.
Comune 1.4 million (2020)
Metro 4.3 million (2020)
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Milan was founded by Celtic tribes around 600 B.C. When the Romans conquered the city, it was renamed "Mediolanum" — the land in the middle. Thanks to Milan’s strategic location in the middle of the fertile Po River valley, it quickly became an important centre for trade in the Roman Empire. Later, it also became its western capital.
Today, Milan is the second largest city in Italy. Almost everything in Milan revolves around the fashion industry. Most famous designers and fashion houses tend to be located in the city — the area around Via Monte Napoleone and Via Della Spiga is the heart and home to many fashion industry flagship stores. Centro Storico is where many of the city’s famous sights are located, including the Duomo and La Scala Opera. Navigli, by the canals, is another exciting neighbourhood famous for its nightlife, while Brera is an artsy enclave.
The best way to understand how Milan is laid out is to take a ride on one of the trams. Route 1 runs from the main train station, via Piazza Cairoli to Castello Sforzesco and is probably the best choice. But many other routes also offer good views of the city, so jump on and let it take you on a tour of the city's best sights and attractions.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Cenacolo Vinciano — The Last Supper
Pinacoteca di Brera
Teatro alla Scala Museum
Discover Milan's Art Scene
Bosco Verticale — Porta Nuova District
Take a Day Trip: Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como
Villa Necchi Campiglio
The Milan Planetarium
Milan Cooking Lessons
San Siro Stadium
Milan has a large selection of restaurants, from authentic family-run lunch places, to strict sushi eateries and top-class establishments where the corporate credit card reigns supreme. As is often the case in Italy, the best dining experience is usually a less extravagant affair in honest trattorias serving local and national specialities.
Dinner in Italy usually start between 8 pm and 10 pm. It typically begins with an antipasti course of small bites paired with aperitivo cocktails. Aperitivo can be had as early as 6 pm, if you are not in a hurry — and you shouldn't be.
Here's a list of our favourite dining spots in Milan:
L'Immagine Ristorante Bistrot
Nerino Dieci Trattoria
Alhambra Risto Veg
In Italy, gelato is eaten just as religiously as pasta. It’s not only Italy’s delicious answer to ice cream — it is a way of life. Accompany yours with a strong espresso or cappuccino for the full Milan cafe experience.
Camparino in Galleria
10 Corso Como Cafe
The Brera and Navigli neighbourhoods have the most bars and offer bustling nightlife. For a more trendy option, try the area around Corso Como. Do it the Milanese way and mingle at a selection of bars between 7 pm and 9 pm, when filling snacks may be served along with your aperitivo.
Camparino in Galleria
Martini Bar at Dolce & Gabbana
Trussardi alla Scala
Sio Cafe Disco
Moscow Mule Bar
The Torre Branca Experience
Milan is the capital of fashion, and there is plenty to choose from when it comes to shopping. Even those less interested in fashion (or who can’t afford the often high prices) will find exploring Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and the surrounding streets rewarding. This is where all the fashion houses have their impressive flagship stores. Armani’s department store on Via Manzoni 31 is a good example, or Gucci’s store on Via Monte Napoleone (this one covers an entire city block). Dolce & Gabbana’s impressive store on Corso Venezia is housed in the former palace of a Sicilian nobleman.
Fidenza Village — Designer Outlet Shopping
The Golden Rectangle of Fashion
FoxTown Factory Stores
Rinascente Milano Duomo
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
10 Corso Como
Rossi & Grassi
CityLife Shopping District
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Best Time to Visit
Summer temperatures tend to rise very high, so unless you thrive in smouldering heat, aim for late spring (April–May) or early fall, when temperatures are still comfortable. Of course, Milan's cuisine and cafes can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Another factor to keep in mind for your trip to Milan are the sales. The summer sales start on the first Saturday of July and last until the end of August. The winter sales begin after the end of the festive season — the Epiphany on the 6th of January — and last until the end of February.
Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Malpensa lies approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) from downtown Milan and can be reached by bus, train and taxi.
The Malpensa Express trains stop at terminals 1 and 2, depart frequently and run until late. Multiple buses and shuttles run between the airport and city centre, too. These might be a slightly cheaper option, and the only one if your time of arrival falls between after midnight and before 5am.
Address: Malpensa Airport
Phone: +39 02 23 23 23
Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY)
Orio al Serio Airport lies 50 kilometres (about 30 miles) northeast of Milan, just outside of Bergamo. Buses depart from here for Milan city centre, and the journey takes one hour. The airport has a single, busy terminal and no direct train access to Milan. Bergamo Airport is a great choice if you're flying a low-cost or planning a ski trip in the Trentino Dolomites region.
Address: Orio al Serio International Airport, Via Aeroporto 13, Orio al Serio, Bergamo
Phone: +39 035 326 323
More Information: Also known as Orio al Serio International Airport
Milan Linate Airport (LIN)
Linate Airport is situated a mere eight kilometres from Milan city centre. Buses and taxis are available to transport you to and from the airport. A taxi to Milan's main train station should take about 20 minutes and will cost you 40 euro. This airport is mainly used for domestic and short-haul international flights.
The bus line 73 from Piazza del Duomo to Linate takes you there. in about an hour and costs 1.50 euro. The Linate Shuttle service runs buses from Milano Centrale every half hour and takes about 25 minutes. Tickets are 5 euro.
Phone: +39 02 23 23 23
Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
– What does Milano mean?
The etymology of the name Milan (Milano in Italian) is still uncertain. One theory holds that the Latin name Mediolanum comes from the Latin words medio (in the middle) and planus (plain).
– Is it safe Milan?
Milan is a very safe city, although some heavily trafficked areas attract pickpockets. Some scams are possible at the center of the Duomo where people will ask you for some money. During New Year celebrations the square in front of the Duomo becomes a joyful battlefield, where small fireworks explode everywhere. Lots of fun, but not the safest.
– What does AC in AC Milan stand for?
AC Milan, in full Associazione Calcio Milan, also called Rossoneri (Italian: “Red and Blacks”) is an Italian professional football.
– How expensive is Milan?
Prices in Milan are in like with other major European cities. Be prepared pay around €100 per night at a good hotel. You can get a decent dinner for €15 and a coffee will be somewhere between €1–2.
– What can you not wear in Milan?
Milan is a fashion capital, but there is no fashion police patrolling the streets. Just remember that it can get extremely hot in the summer — wear light fabrics. For going to restaurants and to churches, shorts (especially very short ones) might not be the best idea.
– Is Milan a walkable city?
Absolutely! There is nothing better than getting lost in the winding network of small cobbled streets and strolling down gorgeous avenues, admiring neoclassical facades, Gothic churches and modern airy constructions. Grab a seat on one of the many cafe terraces or stop for a quick espresso when you need to give your feet a little rest.
– How much do I tip in Milan?
Hourly wages for servers are higher than in the US, so are not expected to leave a massive tip for your meals. Leave 10–15% for outstanding service and you’re good to go. In cafes, you can round up your bill. Fancy restaurants call for more generosity, of course.
– How to order coffee in Milan?
You can ask for a quick espresso any time of the day. Locals call it “un caffé”. Ordering a cappuccino ofter 11am will earn mark you as a tourist — the Italians believe that drinking milk after the morning will mess with your digestion. Ask for cappuccino, caffé latte, caffé macchiato or a latte macchiato. Be warned that if you ask for “latte” — you’ll only get a glass of milk.
– When are museums free in Milan
Milan’s state-run museums offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month. You can visit Villa Reale, Gallerie d'Italia, Casa museo Boschi-di Stefano, Museo archeologico di Milano, Museo del Risorgimento and many more institutions for free and save your money for aperitivo.
– When does Milan have sales?
The winter sales generally run from early January through early March, and the summer sales from early July through early September – though check online for the exact dates, which vary slightly each year and are announced about one month before. Sale prices can be up to 70 percent off the original, making it well worth a trip.
Milan’s local transport is called ATM and includes underground, buses, trams and trains. Single fare tickets and day passes can be purchased from ATM ticket offices, newsstands and ticket machines. All tickets have to be stamped on board at the beginning of every journey. You can also buy tickets and plan your trip through ATM's official app.
90-minute ticket — €2
Day ticket — valid 24 hours, €7
3-day ticket — €12
Carnet 10 tickets — €18
Taxis are usually white and can be hailed in the street or at taxi stands. These are often located outside train and underground stations. The final fare depends on the number of suitcases you have, the day of the week, and the time of day.
Uber ridesharing in not very popular in Italy. Only Uber Black is available, meaning higher prices and nicer vehicles.
Stamps can be bought at tobacconists that carry either the blue and white 'Tabacchi' sign or are simply marked with a 'T'.
A big post office is conveniently located at the Milano Centrale Railway Station.
Address: Milano Centrale Railway Station, Piazza Luigi di Savoia 1, Milan
Phone: +39 02 670 721 50
Pharmacists are the Italian's go-to source for primary health information. You can obtain informal medical advice for common ailments and get recommended a local doctor and laboratories. The pharmacies are marked with a green cross.
Pharmacies are usually open 8:30am–12:30pm and 3:30pm–7:30pm Monday through Saturday. You can use one of the websites like Farmacia-Aperta to find pharmacies open after regular hours. A map tool will help you pick the closest one.
Country code: +39
Area code: 02 (also dialled in Milan). If you call Italy from abroad, you must always dial zero in the area code (do not omit it, as it is the general practice when making international telephone calls), e.g. +39 02 + the number.
Italy uses the Type F electrical plug with two round pins, same as in many countries in Continental Europe. The standard voltage is 230 volts, but some hotels have special plugs for 110 or 120-volt shavers.