Introducing the city

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About Milan

Regarded by many as the fashion capital of the world, you can shop til you drop in the historical and culturally spectacular city of Milan.

Globally known for its penchant for all things stylish, Milan is home to many of the world's biggest fashion houses, high end boutiques and glamourous fashionistas on every corner. This is a great city to explore with your other half; with all that shopping to do, an extra pair of hands could come in handy.

Despite being a paradise for shopaholics, Italy's fashion capital is also home to an array of various other attractions. It has a population of around 1.4 million and after Rome, is the most popular city in Italy for tourists. The city's renaissance architecture accompanies its historic Catholic heritage while the thriving art scene adds to its impressive sights and aesthetic charm. From Milan Cathedral to one of football's grandest stages (the San Siro), there's plenty to see here aside from a beaming smile when those designer shoes are purchased.

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When Should You Visit?

Spring is a great time to visit Milan, when temperatures are more bearable and there are fewer tourists. Many fashion events are scattered on the calendar during this time of year too.

Although the months of winter are drier than the rest of the year, this cooler period isn't the most popular time to visit (unless you're doing some serious Christmas shopping). In contrast, summer temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius although humidity levels are high and short bursts of rainfall are common. Spring and autumn are also warm, with highs reaching 25 degrees Celsius in May and September.

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Travioor top tips

City Events
Last Supper
Lake Como

Insider Info

  • Whether it's Milan Fashion Week or the nearby Monza Grand Prix, there's usually something happening in and around the fashion capital. Be sure to look out for popular events (pick up a city guide for tickets and dates).

  • If you want to see Leonardo's famous 'Last Supper', you'll need to book tickets around four to five months in advance. It's one of the most famous paintings in the world and you only get a 15 minute window but it's an absolute must for arty types.

  • Lake Como is just under an hour away and visitors should take the time to visit one of Europe's most beautiful and spectacular natural attractions.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £52.75 | 60.00 €

Cappuccino £1.25 | 1.42 €

Beer £4.40 | 5.00 €

The Scene

Italy's famed cuisine is known across the world and Milan's restaurants serve up typical Italian fare. Winter dishes like risotto alla milanese, cassoeula and cotoletta alla Milanese, as well as the sweet bread panettone, are all favourites with locals. It's also one of the most loved cities for aperitivo especially around Navigli or Corso Como. By 6pm, this northern Italian tradition is in full swing; referred to by many as 'happy hour', many bars and restaurants serve discounted pre-dinner drinks and buffet-style nibbles.

Given the city's stylish reputation, you can expect to find many fine dining restaurants and fancy lounge bars with innovative menus. Alongside tourists who come to enjoy Milan's cuisine, you'll also see romancing couples in search of trendy hotspots. For the best city panoramas, check out the chic and sophisticated Terrazza 12 with a 360° view of the Madonnina and city skyline.

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History

Milan’s Story

Milan has had many different rulers including the Spaniards, Austrians and Celts and was hugely influenced by the renaissance era between the 14th and 16th centuries. This significant period (which saw the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci arrive to work in the city) marked a progression from medieval to modern day Milan and is present today in the city's museums and galleries.

In 1859, Milan became part of the Kingdom of Italy and developed into the country's economic and cultural capital. It was during this time that attractions such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Cimitero Monumentale began being constructed. The 20th century saw immigrants from the south of the country arrive in search of work (post WWII)which in turn created an economic boom that helped Milan become the economic and cultural powerhouse it is today.

Language

Ciao | Hello
Grazie | Thank you

Italian

The official language in Milan is Italian although English is widely spoken in many restaurants and bars; English speaking guides are found at most attractions. One of the best ways to dive head first into the culture of the city is by learning the language, so why not start with the basics:

  • Please: Per favore
  • Excuse me: Mi scusi
  • Do you speak English: Parla inglese

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • You can walk most of the city centre and explore many sights on foot.
  • Mosquitos can be a problem in the humid months of summer so don't forget the mozzy repellent.
  • The excellent Milan metro system runs late into the night providing cheap transportation for late night revellers.
     

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

 

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Travioor Recommends

1. Designer Labels

Buy designer labels in Milan's exclusive shopping district Quadrilatero d’Oro and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

2. City Art Scene

Explore the city's art scene at places such as the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie featuring the world famous 'Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci.

3. Sightseeing

Do some sightseeing at landmarks such as the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral).

4. Opera

Enjoy some world class opera at the prestigious La Scala (booking advised).

5. Football

Catch a game at the San Siro, regarded as one of football's greatest stadiums.


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