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MilanItaly

Explore the art galleries, luxury Italian boutiquesand incredible old churches of one of the most fashionable cities in Europe.

Milan is known as afashion capital and the city’s style is evident in everything from its luxuryboutiques and contemporary museums to its world-class restaurants andnightclubs packed with glitterati. The city is also the capital of northernItaly’s Lombardy region and one of the largest cities in Europe, with apopulation of 5 million residents. Milan’s Central Business District is Italy’sfinancial heart; expect modern skyscrapers amongst the beautiful old monumentstypical of Europe.

You’ll find some of thebest art hidden in Milan’s stunning churches. The Cathedral of Milan, which locals call The Duomo, is one of thebiggest churches in the world and its impressive facade is a sight to behold.Stand in front of the cathedral in the bustling Piazza del Duomo. Cross the square and walk a few blocks to see DaVinci’s famous painting The Last Supper in the Santa Maria Della Grazie, a church and convent. Admire morefrescoes alongside ancient relics in the nearby Chiesa di San Maurizio, which also houses the city’s archaeologicalmuseum.

A trip to Milan wouldn’tbe complete without browsing a few of its many world-renowned art galleries.Head straight to the Villa Reale totake in two of the best. The ContemporaryArts Pavilion plays host to temporary exhibitions from some of the world’sgreatest contemporary artists, while the ModernArt Museum has masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Enjoy classicart by Raphael and Carravagio among others at the Brera Art Gallery a few blocks away.

Northern Italy is famousfor its cuisine, including hearty risottos and panettone for dessert. Eat pastaand gelati from trattorias and gelati bars on almost every street. Finish theday with a show at the famous Teatroalla Scala theatre in the city centre.

Milan is hot in summerand cool in winter, thanks to its proximity to the Italian Alps. Hiresnowboards and skis and head to the mountains for a weekend getaway in thecolder months.

Milan’s northern locationis accessible through its international airport and trains from many Europeancentres. Once here, get around using the affordable tram and metro systems.Make the most of long summer days and explore the streets on foot to discoverwhy Milan is one of the most fashionable cities in the world.

Where to stay in Milan

Porta Romana, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Romana

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Consider a visit to European Institute of Design and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Porta Romana. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Porta Romana Station or Lodi TIBB Station.

Porta Romana
Porta Vittoria, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Vittoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

You might enjoy the coffee shops while in Porta Vittoria. Palazzina Liberty is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Milan Porta Vittoria Station or Monte Velino Varsavia Station to see more of the city.

Porta Vittoria
Bovisa, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Bovisa

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

The live music and parks are just a few things visitors like about Bovisa. Quanta Sport Village and Museo d'Arte Paolo Pini are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Affori Centro Station or Dergano Station to get around the larger area.

Bovisa

Top hotels in Milan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport
Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport
3 out of 5
Via de Pinedo Ang., Via Oldrini Case Nuove, Somma Lombardo, VA
The price is NZ$115 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Volandia Museum of Flight, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Congress Center MalpensaFiere and Robinie ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,464 reviews)

"Near airport, great breakfast! The staff are friendly."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

Holiday Inn Express Milan - Malpensa Airport
ibis Milano Centro
ibis Milano Centro
3 out of 5
Via Finocchiaro Aprile Camillo 2, Milan, MI

Located in Central Station, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Indro Montanelli Public Gardens, Piazza della Repubblica and Spazio Oberdan. Corso Buenos ...

3.8/5Good! (3,137 reviews)

"Location was great. Unfortunately the extremely slow service affected the experience. I would suggest ensuring all stations are used for checking people in and handling questions from guests. Having to queue for over 10mins to get a new key card is frustrating. Good selection of food at breakfast. ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

ibis Milano Centro
MO.OM Hotel
MO.OM Hotel
4 out of 5
Via San Francesco 15, Olgiate Olona, VA
The price is NZ$112 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congress Center MalpensaFiere and Robinie Golf Club. Teatro Sociale and PalaYamamay are also ...

3.9/5Good! (8 reviews)

"Don’t let the pictures fool you. We booked a family suite and it’s nothing like what was on the pictures. When I booked it showed a two level family suite, and showed a much nicer room. It made no mention that the family suites were detached from the main hotel. The main hotel is pictured all over ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

MO.OM Hotel

Popular places to visit in Milan

Cathedral of Milan
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Cathedral of Milan

4.5/5(105 reviews)

Climb to the top of the biggest church in Italy to gaze across the city’s rooftops and count the many spires that help make this Milan’s most recognisable landmark. 

Piazza del Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo

4.5/5(116 reviews)

The central square in Milan is a meeting spot for locals and the most popular attraction for visitors who come to sightsee, eat and shop.

Teatro alla Scala
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Teatro alla Scala

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Be dazzled by the rich interior of this famous opera house while you watch performances of ballet, opera and classical music or tour the on-site museum.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4.5/5(75 reviews)

One of the oldest shopping centres in the world is known for its fine dining, iconic luxury labels and stores selling goods from local craftsmen.

Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

4.5/5(36 reviews)

This church is one of the most popular attractions in Milan thanks to its prized possession, The Last Supper, one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Castello Sforzesco
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Castello Sforzesco

4.5/5(53 reviews)

A centuries-old fort in the middle of Milan is today a cultural hub, with museums, galleries and historic attractions.

Top activities in Milan

Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip
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Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$181
Per adult
City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off
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City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off

78% of travellers recommend
NZ$35
Per adult
Serravalle Designer Outlet Mall
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Serravalle Designer Outlet Mall

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$35
Per adult
Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$297
Per adult
Milan: Traditional Pasta, Pizza or Risotto Cooking Class
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Milan: Traditional Pasta, Pizza or Risotto Cooking Class

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$116
Per adult
Direct access to Milan Duomo Cathedral + Rooftop Guided Tour
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Direct access to Milan Duomo Cathedral + Rooftop Guided Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$106
Per adult

Reviews of Milan

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.719298245614034%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.56140350877193%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.526315789473685%
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2 - Disappointing 1.7543859649122806%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

The city from which I flew home. Malpensa airport is a very handy location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Well worth a visit but need more time than four days to explore this city and it’s history

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Jan. 2020

Please be aware of pick pocketers at Metro station and even at toilet. They are often in groups and push you around to get to your purse , wallet etc. hold on to them and be aware of strangers saying hello or time to get close to your belongings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Dec. 2019

A great city to visit with a mix of history and modern features. Metro easy to navigate.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov. 2019

It was raining most of the time. Make sure you have an umbrella 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Oct. 2019

We was only in Milan for a short time, as we travelled to Venice, was pre warned about being vigilante and having safety processes.The town looks very interesting and we will endeavor to explore next time.

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