1.6 miles from downtown
Besides functioning as a transportation hub, Milan's Central Train 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, restaurants and cafes.
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Despite centuries of rich history, Milan prides itself on being Italy's most contemporary city and fashion capital. The ancient Duomo is just one of many churches around the city, and you'll also find numerous world-class museums, theaters, and opera houses like La Scala.
To discover the city's history, head to the red brick Castello Sforzesco, where the prominent Sforza-Visconti families of Milan used to live. Today, you'll find several museums inside, one of which features the "Rondanini Pietà" – Michaelangelo's final work. Continue exploring down the Corso Magenta, lined with chic cafés and impressive examples of Milanese architecture like the Palazzo Litta. The most famous highlight lies inside Santa Maria delle Grazie church, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper."
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele blends the best of shopping with impressive architecture. This enormous shopping mall is set inside a glass-domed, 19th century palace and features an intricate mosaic floor lined with designer boutiques like Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Milan's main international airport is Malpensa, with an express train, buses, and taxis into the city.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.09|
|Average weekend price||$213 per night|
|Average weekday price||$224 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Great city. Wasn't sure what to expect but very pleasantly surprised. Easy to get around both by walking, metro's, buses and wonderful trams system. Went to see a game at the spectacular San Siro stadium which is an experience in itself. The architecture everywhere is spectacular and on a grand scale including the central station which again is as is the Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle and the Sforzesco castle. The two central parks are both lovely and a pleasant place to chill and hangout.
Had a fantastic meal experience at Gino's in the Galleria by the Duomo. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk on the terraces of the Duomo and sitting on its roof! Enjoyed the Castle as well, and all the Museum artifacts - it had far more than I imagined would be displayed. It was the starting point to get to Lake Como and to experience Bellagio which was a wonderful day trip. Managed to navigate the Metro and how Milano Centrale operated with its many train lines.
Food was exellent, hotel was near central station and access was easy to each part of city, there was direct busses to malpensa airport also trains. Duomo(main square) was easy accessable from central station. Milano was also great for shopping. I was in exibhition in Milano and there was compnaies all over the world so to find bussiness partners a great place.
Milan and a a great city if you are into fashion or you have business there. Otherwise it’s the least touristy city in terms of things to do compared to other Italian cities The food scene is great with lots of amazing restaurants However Milan is so famous you will end up visiting
Fabulous city. A lot to see and do. Try to stay at least three days. Tourist areas are fine and all, but you want to roam away from them and see where the people live and work in the "outer zones." Transit system is excellent and easy to navigate. If you rent a car, prepare to spend a lot of time looking for expensive parking. I rented a Vespa and it's the way to go (weather permitting) since you can park anywhere and it's the quickest way to get around by far. Ebikes are a close second. Scooter riders can be aggressive and you are allowed to split lanes. I found the car drivers to be quite attentive and skilled. Most people speak English. Most people will be dressed way better than you (it's Milan after all). Never had a bad meal. Cool funky little night spots all over the place. When I was there, the dollar and Euro were close in value. I found prices on many things quite affordable (as in less than they would be in the US, especially dining out). Do go see the Duomo cathedral. While it is the top tourist spot, it and the plaza around it are well worth seeing. If possible, go see the Last Supper painting as well. Otherwise get out of your hotel room or airbnb and go see the city. On a clear day, the Alps rise majestically in the distance. Que bella!
we used Milan for one day trips for around and visited in center city we ate at apartment, the food was bought in a store or in canteen to take away buses for excursions and train station were 5 min away our age is 70 and over
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