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 = £8.48|
|Average weekend price||£103 per night|
|Average weekday price||£107 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
If you're not into clothing, Milan can be seen on a short visit. I found Milan much into superficial products, everyone and every shop shows a lot of focus in fast fashion and high end brands, whereas the prices are crazy high. There is not one Prada shop, there are plenty of them, and all you can do is walk around and lick the window shops like every other walking peasant. A trip to this place made me get back home feeling how privileged the old continent is and start to dissert on capitalism. The city itself is easy to move around by subway and the fares are accessible compared to big cities. I find food in Milan as in Italy has a lot of popularity but in fact not so complex and nutritious recipes, taking the prices. Either on the menus or in supermarkets, the cost of eating and living here is very very high. 12euros if you're lucky for a basic pizza margarita which is tomato on top of a flat bread. Serious? It is interesting doing a walking tour to get into the real story of the city. The monumental cemetery is unmissable, some of the beautifully carved stone tumbs made me fall in love with sculpture and to review my image of death. For all of this I think you should visit Milan because, as you can see, it makes you bring out your emotions and clarify your point of views of the human world.
I loved Milan, I found the Duomo to be a wonderful place, and a must do is the terraces, the view of the city even on a cloudy day was pretty awesome. I had made reservations to go on the Bernina Express and my tour was cancelled last minute. Dont book with Viatur! due to this I had an extra day in Milan and found many things to do.
I had not visited Milan in many years. I really enjoyed discovering it again. I found it to be very tourist friendly. We used a private guide who shared a lot of in depth information. I would definitely recommend it as a destination.
I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Milan, as it feels like any other large city. However, my friends and I took a city tour and we got to see the city through the eyes of locals and then I got to see parts that I don't think I would have that make the city truly special. The shopping and fashion is unbelievable, and the food was fantastic.
Not much to see or do in Milan except fro Duomo and Scala in my personal opinion. You can also take a walk to admire the shop windows and the really expensive cars parked in front of them. You can also visit the central station which is very beautiful!
I used to come to Milan often, but that was years ago. It was fun to come back and see, really how little it has changed. COVID was responsible for all the changes I could see. Milan is a major modern city with so much to offer. If you go to see the incredible Duomo, you are right there for shopping too. I would have gone to La Scala to see a performance, but the ticket prices were ridiculously high and no big names were in the cast, so I decided to feed myself well instead. Wasn't sorry, although I would have loved to get inside La Scala again.
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