MILAN (Milano)

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Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral, © Can Stock Photo / morenosoppelsa

Milan has an urban population of more than 5 million and is the main financial and commercial center of Italy.  It is also a world renowned fashion center.  This gives Milan a very different aspect than other cities in Italy.


The height of summer is the months of July and August, when average highs are 85 F (29 C) and average lows are 64 F (18 C).  Average highs in December and January are 43 F (6 C) while average lows are at or just below freezing.  The rainiest month is October.  The best time to visit Milan may be June or September, when temperatures are comfortable while the peak tourist summer season is avoided.



Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) is about an hour from downtown Milan, which makes a cab ride an expensive transportation alternative.  Fortunately there are regular express trains between the airport and the downtown station at Milano Cadorna.  There are also regular shuttle buses.  The main train station at Milano Centrale connects Milan with the rest of Italy and Europe.  The metro system connects Milano Centrale and Milano Cadorna.

Milan also has a secondary airport at Bergamo/Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY), which is also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport. It is located almost an hour from downtown. It sees heavy traffic from other European countries, mainly through the Ryanair airline. In 2017 the shuttle from this airport to the downtown are was available at a cost of 5 Euros.

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, Milan

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, (c) Can Stock Photo / AndreaA

Attractions in Milan:

Things to see and do:

  • Milan Cathedral (Duomo) and the main square (Piazza Duomo).  This is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.  Be sure to visit the roof top and wander among the intricate sculptures and designs.  Shop and stroll through the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery - don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in the local tradition of spinning on the bulls ball's on the mosaic floor tiles.  The Museo del Novecento is located here too.  The Via Dante provides a pedestrian walk way between the Piazza Duomo and the extensive grounds of the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco).  At the far end of the grounds is the Peace Arch (Arco della Pace).

  • See the Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper in the Cenacolo Vinciano beside Saint Mary of the Graces (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie).  Reservations are required to view the Last Supper.  Book tickets through the Milan Museum or try Viator's Small-Group Milan Walking Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' Tickets

  • Scala Theater and Museum Tour.  See Leonardo da Vinci's statue in the Piazza della Scala.  Nearby is the Museo del Risorgimento dedicated to the historical formation of Itay.

  • Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) - the main art gallery for the city.

  • Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

  • Navigli - the canals of Milan.

  • Watch the rich do their shopping along Quadrilatero d'Oro.  Try the Milan Fashion Walking Tour: Quadrilatero della Moda.

  • Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale).

  • San Siro Stadium - for soccer fans.

Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, Milan

Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, (c) Can Stock Photo / photocreo

Things to see and do near Milan:

Savor the Tastes of Milan:

  • Aperitivo bars - enjoy a few drinks and appetizers after work.  It's a signature practice of Milan that can involve a buffet too.

  • Ossobuco con risotto alla milanese - braised veal shanks with saffron risotto.

  • Panzerotto - sweet deep fried bread with tomato sauce and mozzarella folded inside.

Castle of Milano

Castle of Milano, (c) Can Stock Photo / sundraw

Milan Tours:

Hotels in Milan:

Booking.com Hotel Listings for Milan

Milan Malpensa Airport - MXP (Booking.com) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.

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