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,
(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).