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One of the world’s most prestigious fashion capitals, Milan is a seamless blend of historic architecture and glamorous city living. It's both a slick business center and a boiling cultural hotspot, and visitors are treated to decadent shopping, enviable dining, and some of the most fabulous entertainment and nightlife in Europe. With attractions on the grandest of scales too, the city lures many a trendy city breaker. Twice yearly, hordes of espresso-shot fueled fashionistas make their pilgrimage to the cosmopolitan center for Milan Fashion Week.

Things to see

Piazza del Duomo is Milan’s vast city center plaza, framed with Neo-Classical landmarks including the Carminati Palace and the Royal Palace of Milan. The square is also set with the city’s greatest architectural jewel – Duomo di Milano, the Cathedral of Milan. Having taken almost six centuries to complete, the extravagant Gothic cathedral is the fifth largest in the world. Atop its main spire glints the famous Baroque gilded statue, Madonnina. For shopaholics it doesn’t get much better than Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala, the palatial shopping arcade is home to cafés, restaurants, and a glitzy selection of haute couture and jewelry boutiques. For an evening of decadence, the glamorous Teatro alla Scala is a must-visit. This renowned opera house hosts some of the finest opera and ballet performances in the world, while football fanatics will want to visit the home of A.C. Milan, the 85,000-seater San Siro Stadium.

Hotels in Milan

A center of uber-rich business types and discerning followers of fashion, expect a vast choice when it comes to the upmarket hotels in Milan. La-di-da luxury can be experienced in the chic boutique pads as well as trendily minimalist hotel rooms. The mid-range options offer a little less glamour, but often wide-ranging amenities such as free WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities, making them ideal for business travelers and families alike.

Where to stay

A hotel in the Duomo and city center area puts you in the very heart of the action, close to all of Milan’s major attractions, dining and shopping. Just north, in the Brera district, you’ll find trendy bars and ritzy art galleries. North-east of the city, Corso Buenos Aires is a fabulous base for those on a shopping pilgrimage, with over 350 stores to take your pick from. For those looking to save, budget hotels in Milan can be found around the Stazione Centrale area, north of the city center. With the central station’s metro links, it makes a particularly handy base to explore the city from too.

How to get to

Milan has two main airports, Malpensa International Airport, and the smaller Linate Airport. The former will be the gateway into the metropolitan area for most people. The city center can be reached with direct trains leaving from Malpensa’s Terminal 1, calling at Milano Cadorna and Milano Centrale (the central station). Journeys to Milano Centrale typically take 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of stops. From there, connections can be made all over the city via the metro. Regular buses into the city center also leave from both Malpensa and Linate airports, taking up to an hour to reach the city center.

When are the best times to travel to Milan?

Spring and fall offer classic Milan – the weather tends to be pleasantly warm and dry, and, with Fashion Weeks in February and October, this glam city is dressed to impress. Spring is also carnival time, with sacred churches proclaiming miracles and spectacular parades gathering pace through the streets. July and August are hot and tourist-packed, while winter often brings snow and chilly temperatures, but when the Christmas tree is lit up outside the Duomo, it can be a magical time to explore.

What are the top must-see attractions in Milan?

Milan’s Duomo is impossible to miss – this gigantic cathedral practically glows in its rose-marbled majesty, with 100s of delicate spires and 1000s of intricate statues. The interior stained glass windows are equally dazzling. One of Da Vinci’s most revered works, meanwhile, occupies the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Step inside to see The Last Supper – a Renaissance masterpiece that remains celestial despite centuries of wear. Then there’s Piazza della Scala, an elegant pedestrianized square, where Renaissance ornamentation meets Neo Classical glamour, and boasts some of the top luxury hotels in Milan.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Milan?

When it comes to food, Milan takes the same approach as it does to fashion – constant innovation and new trends, but always with a touch of Milanese class and tradition. Brera, the central, historic district, has the best panzerotti, stuffed dough treats, and classic dishes like saffron risotto. The fashion district, stretching from Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II to Corso Buenos Aires, is the hotspot for Milan’s trendiest restaurants and elegant aperitivo bars. If you get tired of Italian flavors, head to Sarpi district, Milan’s Chinatown, for some Asian spice.

What are the top things to do in Milan?

Milan holds priceless collections of art – and if you only have the chance to go to one of the countless museums, make it Pinacoteca di Brera. Among its many treasures you’ll find masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael. When it comes to shopping, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II is the fashion queen, where luxurious designer stores flank the marble arcades, beneath a vaulted glass roof. The Milanese high life continues with operas at La Scala – though you can often bag one of the plush velvet seats for bargain prices on the day.

What are some fun facts about Milan?

The Duomo may look venerably old, but it wasn’t completed until 1965, 600 years after it was started – meaning that some modernist skyscrapers in Milan are older than the finished Duomo. Indeed, Milan is known as ‘new’ Italy, with more skyscrapers and trade fairs than anywhere else in the country. The Milanese custom of aperitivo, meanwhile, is happy hour with extra finger food. Locals flock to neighborhood bars at about 7pm, and buffet snacks are served with the drinks for a relaxed hour or so of nibbling and chatting before dinner.

What kinds of public transport are there in Milan?

Travel in Milan is a breeze thanks to its interconnected system of the metro, buses, and trams to help you get around. Numerous tickets are available, including daily, 48-hour, and 10-ticket bundles, and 1 ticket is valid for all forms of transport. The old trams are particularly charming, and serve the center well, while the metro system is the easiest way for first-timers to travel in Milan. If you want to be eco, you can take advantage of the city’s BikeMi system – bikes are available for self-hire all over the city.

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