A city of art, history, fashion and design: Milan
Milan (Milano in Italian) is located in Lombardy and it is one of the biggest cities in Italy. Renowned as one of the leading fashion and design centres in the world the city plays an important role in Italian economics.
Milan is known as a commercial city by most of the people. Yet, a little walk in the city is enough to discover the charming blend of tradition and history hidden under that commercial cover. Home to the splendid Gothic cathedral Duomo, Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous masterpiece “Last Supper”, the renowned opera house La Scala along with many other significant museums and art galleries Milan is also a capital of culture.
Thanks to its cosmopolitan structure, this multi-faced city offers the best quality of leisure and entertainment facilities to its visitors. With numerous restaurants, bars, clubs and live music venues Milan is able satisfy the travellers of modern times of every age and interest.
Whether for business or leisure once you are in Milan you will definitely enjoy the harmonious life and welcoming atmosphere of this beautiful Italian which will make your visit a long lasting memory.
Highlights in Milan
Duomo (Milan Cathedral)
Located at the heart of the city Duomo is a spectacular example of late Gothic architecture. With a history dates back to 1386, the Cathedral is entirely covered with pinkish-white marble. The Cathedral’s majestic interior is eye-catching with big stained glass windows and series of statues. Climbing up to the Cathedral maybe a hard job but the fascinating view of the city and the Alps are well worth the effort. (Entrance fee: EUR 6.00)
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Listed on UNESCO world heritage list, Santa Maria delle Grazie church is an important site housing the world-famous masterpiece “The Last Supper” (il Cenacolo in Italian) by Leonardo da Vinci. Visited by thousands of people each year, Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of the most significant places to see while in Milan. (Entrance fee: EUR 6.50)
Arco della Pace (The Arch of Peace)
Arco della Pace is a marble arch locates north-west Milan. Originally built to celebrate Napoleon’s victories, this neoclassical arch with its bronze statue “Chariot of Peace” is one of the landmarks in Milan.
Opera lovers should definitely visit La Scala which is one of the oldest opera houses in the county. Still in use, La Scala houses various opera singers and conductors. Housing a theatre and a theatre museum La Scala one of the most is visited sites in Milan. (Entrance fee: EUR 5.00)
Located across La Scala, Plazzo Marino is a magnificent example the residential architecture of 16th century. Seat of the city Municipality today, Plazzo Marino is one of the must-see places while in Milan.
Built in 14th century as a means of city defence, Castello Sforzesco is one of the most popular attractions in the city with its tower, courtyards and fountain. (Entrance to the castle is free. Entrance fee for museums: EUR 3.00)
Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera is among the major art collections in the world with its extensive collection including works from Bellini, Tintoretto, Raphael and Piero della Francesca. (Entrance fee: EUR 5.00)
Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery)
Modern Art gallery with its spectacular collection on 19th- and 20th-century art is one of the significant museums in Milan. (Entrance: Free)
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Nestled in a beautiful house in Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, the museum holds a distinctive collection on art and crafts from Renaissance and 19th century.
Eating out in Milan
Saffron rice, casseula, tripe and panettone… These are just some of the traditional dishes from the Milanese cuisine. With its old culinary tradition Milan has an important place in Italian gastronomy. With a great number of restaurants serving delicious flavours from local and international cuisines, Milan is a foodie heaven appealing every taste, every budget.
Located on Corso Garibaldi 9, in Brera district, Grand’Italia is a lovely place serving variety of salads and delicious pizza together with a fine selection of beer at affordable prices.
BBQ serves good value barbequed meat for really low prices, ideal for lovers of meat. (Address: Via Sottocorno, 5)
Do you like pizza? If your answer is “Yes” then Spontini with its wide pizza menu is the right place to go for you. (Address: Corso Buenos Aires, 60)
Marenostrum is a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy a fine selection of sea food from Tuna and fish soup to oysters. (Address: Via Peschiera 1)
Giardino di Giada
Located right behind Duomo, Giardino di Giada is a Chinese restaurant offering good food at affordable prices. (Address: Via Palazzo Reale 5)
With its extensive menu including delicious meat, fish dishes together with a good selection of desserts and wine Sadler is the right place to go for a decent dining experience.
Bars and nightlife
Milan is a cosmopolitan city which is full of energy day and night. With numerous bars, nightclubs, wine houses and live music venues, the nights in Milan are irresistibly attractive. Check this guide out and find the most suitable place to enjoy the nights in Milan. Have fun!
Located at Bastioni Porta Nuova 15, Shocking is a trendy club packed with many fashion models and students in the town. Mostly playing R&B and Hip-Hop music the place is popular among tourists as well as young locals of Milan.
Hollywood, Corso Como 15, is another popular club of Milan nights which hosts several dance and live music events throughout the year.
Opened in 1980, Plastic is a famous night club where you can enjoy hit music played by famous DJs in town. Adress: Viale Umbria, 120.
La Cantina di Manuela
A visit to Milan is not complete without trying delicious Italian wines. La Cantina di Manuela, Via Poerio 3, is a lovely bar where you can enjoy best quality Italian wine in a laid-back atmosphere.
Located at Via Adelchi 5, in Lambrate district Birrificio Lambrate is the first brewery of the city for those who like to enjoy home-made beer accompanied by relaxing tunes.
Bar Basso, Via Plinio 29, serves delicious cocktails in a cheerful atmosphere and is worth a visit while in Milan.
Blue Note is a popular Jazz club hosting several local and international performers. Reservation is recommended. (Via Borsieri, 37)
Milan has three airports, namely Malpensa International Airport, Linate Airport and Orio al Serio Airport.
Linate Airport is the closest airport to Milan city centre (7 kilometres) allowing fast and easy access to the city centre. There are frequent buses and shuttle services available at the airport. Bus number 73 runs between the airport and the Stazione Centrale (Milan Central Station) in every 10 minutes from 6:00 am until midnight. The ride takes about 10 minutes and the ticket costs EUR 1.00. Tickets can be purchased from the tobacco shop or from the newspaper stands at the airport. Taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around EUR 10.00.
Malpensa Airport is located 40 km from central Milan and it is the busiest airport of the city. The airport is linked to Milan via rail and bus network. Malpenze Express runs between the airport Terminal 1 and Milan Cadorna Station. The ride takes around 40 minutes and costs EUR 11.00. Milan Cadorna station is directly linked to the underground system.
Coach services (Malpensa Shuttle) are also available at the airport. The ride takes 50 minutes and costs EUR 7.00. For further information you can follow the link: www.airpullman.com
Orio al Serio Airport is 45 kilometres away from Milan and the airport is not frequently used by the travellers to Milan. If you are arriving to Orio al Serio Airport you can take the shuttle bus to Milan railway station (Air Terminal). The buses run in about 30 minutes between 4.30 am and 01.00 am. A single ride costs EUR 8.00.
Milan has a big railway station “Stazione Centrale”. Nestled in a spectacular historical building the train station is well serviced by several international and local trains as well as two underground stations connecting the station to the other parts of the city.
Milan has an excellent transportation system within the city. There are several bus, tram, metro, radiobus and railway lines connecting the centre to the other parts of the city in a fast and effective way. For further information about the timetables, tickets and fares please see the website: www.atm-mi.it
Major events in Milan
Milanovendemoda (Milan Fashion Weeks)
Held two times every year (February-March and September-October) Milanovendemoda is a leading event in the world of fashion.
Carnevale Ambrosiano (Ambrosian Carnival)
Annually celebrated in February-March, Ambrosian Carnival is one of the biggest events in Milan filling the city with a festive air.
Oggi Aperto (Open Today)
Every year in the third weekend of March Oggi Aperto gives tourists as well as locals the chance to visit the historical monuments and buildings that are normally closed to the visitors throughout the year.
Festa del Naviglio (Naviglio Festival)
Held in the first Sunday in June every year, Festa del Naviglio includes several celebrations, music, dance and sporting events.
Milano d’Estate (Every year June to August)
A typical “beginning of summer” celebration, Milano d’Estate festival celebrates the coming summer season with several music and dance events as well as with several exhibitions and other cultural activities.
Festa Latino-Americano (Every year July and August)
Organized by Forum di Assago, Festa Latino-Americano is an annual celebration of Latin American music and culture.
Milan City Marathon (Every year in November)Milan city Marathon is an annual event hosting a great number of professional participants from all over the world.