1.6 miles from city centre
Beyond its function as a transport hub, Milan's Central Station is a labyrinth of shops and restaurants. Step just outside and you'll be standing in an expansive square in front of Pirellone, one of Milan’s first skyscrapers, and an area filled with offices, some shopping options, restaurants and cafés.
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Despite having centuries worth of history, Milan prides itself on being Italy's most contemporary city and fashion capital. Its ancient Duomo is just one of many churches dotted around the city, and you'll also find a variety of museums, world-class theatres and established opera houses such as La Scala.
To discover the city's history, head to the red brick Castello Sforzesco, where the prominent Sforza-Visconti families of Milan once resided. Today, you'll find several museums inside, one of which features the Rondanini Pietà – Michaelangelo's final work. Continue your exploration onto the street of Corso Magenta where you'll find many trendy cafés and impressive examples of Milanese architecture like the Palazzo Litta. But the highlight lies within Santa Maria delle Grazie church and convent, which houses Leonardo da Vinci’s stunning mural, 'The Last Supper'.
To combine the best of shopping with striking architecture, then look no further than Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Set inside a glass-domed, 19th-century palace, this mammoth shopping mall features an intricate mosaic floor lined with designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Milan's main international airport is Malpensa, with transfers available by express train, bus and taxi.
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|Most popular time to visit||August–October|
|Cheapest time to visit||November–January|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.59|
|Average weekend price||£80 per night|
|Average weekday price||£85 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
I have been coming to Milan for years only for a couple days at a time, this time I had locals show me around. I never really like Milano, but now I got to see it through my companies people here in Milan. it was a whole new experience, off you want to do business you must come to Milano. I discovered that unlike my other Italian cities I have been too, Milano is the best inside! not outside like Rome! and everyone speaks English!!!
Milan was wonderful, great adventures all within walking distance from our hotel near Leonardo's Last Supper. The old city was spectacular, beautiful antiquity with a large city feel, abundant places to eat. The church of San Ambrosio was breathtaking in its beauty, while the duomo was breathtaking in its absolute grandeur. The Sforza castle was immense, while the Michangelo we came to see was housed in a beautiful small room that we shared with only a few others. The pickpockets we were warned about must have been on vacation. We were sad to leave.
We just stay at the hotel at Milan for one night which is quite too short. The hotel is quite far from everything such as restaurants and train station, but the room was large with great facilities. However, we enjoyed our stay.
Arrived at Malpensa airport - miles away - took 8€ coach to town centre, no problem, taxi to hotel, v. cheap Hotel pricey. Just saw the Duomo cathedral and area, v nice, had a good dinner. Took the metro - good clean efficient and understandable - to an industrial estate then a Eurolines bus home from the scruffy bus station.
If you want shopping, then its the place to be though expensive.Look for a hotel near Duomo plazza its the best place to stay if you want to shop for designer products like prada, gucci and other famous brands. July is sale season but a bit hot and too crowded.
Milan is a big city but 2 days was enough for me. Navigli area was my favorite, especially since I was there on the last Friday of the month, which is when they have the antiques fair along the river. There are several restaurants with apertivos, which was good for my budget. The subway system is easy to use and figure out - I recommend getting a full day pass. The Duomo is beautiful but the lines are very long so try to go as soon as it opens or you'll spend most of your time in the line.
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