The two city airports, Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN), and the nearby Orio al Serio Airport (BGY) make it possible to each Milan from all corners of the globe. The airports are connected to the railway stations by bus services. Malpensa is approximately 45 minutes from the Central Station, with Linate around 20 minutes away and Orio al Serio approximately 40. The latter is the hub for low-cost flights, especially RyanAir, while the other two accommodate arrivals and departures by the main flag carriers and other low-cost operators.
The central station is connected to major cities throughout Italy and in other European nations, with trains operating regional, Intercity and Eurostar services, along with the Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, Frecciarossa and Italo Treno high-speed trains.
You can reach Milan using the A1 Florence-Bologna highway, the A7 from Genoa, the A4 Turin-Venice, and the A8 Autostrada dei Laghi.
The public bus service (ATM) covering Milan is characterised by the presence of an extensive transport network involving both road and rail.
Four lines are currently available, with a fifth under construction. The metro makes it possible to move easily throughout the city and in some areas of the hinterland, by means of suburban rail services.
It is possible to travel by boat along the various canals. Through the redevelopment project for Expo, the Dockyard was brought back to life several years ago and is now once again at the heart of Milanese life.
Tourists can use BikeMi, the low-cost bike-sharing service, developed by the Milan municipality and Atm, which makes it possible to travel around the city with complete freedom. The hire points are located at various points in the city.
There are lots of car-sharing options, including Car2go, Enjoy and E-vai (for electric cars). Enjoy in Milan also operates a scooter-sharing service. The use of private cars is discouraged in the central city. Taxis and Ubers are widespread.
After the cold winter, in April and, especially, May the days become a lot more interesting – cocktails, amazing views, strolls around the city, exhibitions for all tastes.
The Idroscalo artificial lake, the huge open-air cinema, the best live concerts of the year, the nightlife in the canals and the Dockyard – there are so many reasons to go to Milan in summer.
This is the rainy period, but the charm of the changing colours of the plant life and, above all, the shows of Fashion Week generally provide sufficient reason to visit the city in September and October.
The markets, the lovely charm of the snow, the skating risks and the myriad incredible bookshops and cultural events that are typical of this period.
Bring an umbrella, because Milan is a fairly rainy city, especially in Autumn. Make sure to pack something elegant, for the kingdom of fashion, whether for a dinner or a cocktail. A scarf, which can function as a comfortable and attractive garment and, at the same time, can be used to provide protection against temperature changes.
Low-cost range €28/€35, a double hotel room from €120 to €200, a double room in a 4- or 5-star hotel from €200 to €800.
Low-cost range gourmet sandwich €5/€12, cocktail and buffet €8/€20, two-course lunch with wine €25/€45, dinner in a well-known restaurant €50/€150.
Bicycles free for the first half-hour, all day for €4.50. Bus or metro ticket €1.50, short taxi trip €10.
Risotto alla Milanese: simple ingredients for an absolute must in the Milanese tradition famous throughout the world. Chopped onion and rice toasted with white wine, cooked slowly in beef broth. Creamed with butter and parmigiano cheese and finally saffron, the precious golden powder that gives the speciality its distinctive colour. Served soft.
Cassoeula: typical dish made of savoy cabbage, tomato, onion, celery and sliced carrots, black pepper and pork of all forms: ribs, sausages, tails and rind.
Ossobuco and Cotoletta: two classic meat dishes ‘alla milanese’, the first apparently simple and the second complex (but it only seems that way). Loved by all including children, a true Milanese cutlet is not for everyone. The choice of the meat and the bread coating is fundamental. Ossobuco is harder – here the slice of veal is served with bone marrow, to be eaten with a teaspoon or, according to tradition, using a marrow spoon ironically called an ‘esattore’.
Panettone: the Christmas dessert par excellence is the very Milanese panettone, a bakery product of uncertain and ancient origin enriched with raisins and candied fruit.
The true Milanese aperitif as a ritual loved by men and women alike was created using bitters by Gaspare Campari. In this city, Negroni was invented through a mistake by a barman in the 1960s, who made it with sparkling wine instead of gin.
At number 10 via Serbelloni, there is a bronze intercom in the shape of an ear. The house, in liberty style and unknown by many, has been nicknamed the Ca’ dell’Oreggia. The strange intercom, sculpted in 1930 by Adolfo Wildt, has not been operational for some time and has become a slight source of mystery. The legend goes that if you whisper a wish into the ear, it will come true.
Stand open-mouthed in front of the beauty of the Duomo
See an opera at the Teatro alla Scala
Admire Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting ‘The Last Supper’
Take a turn on a boat with dinner on the canals
Experience the best in Europe in fashion and design
Visit Sforza Castle
Admire the new skyline with the Bosco Verticale towers and new skyscrapers
Take a ride on one of the famous orange trams
Passeggiare in Brera, il quartiere bohemien della città
Take a stroll in Brera, the most Bohemian quarter of the city