Known as the fashion capital of the world for ages, Milan city is one of the most loved tourist destinations in Italy. Milan is the second-largest city of Italy known for its rich historical heritage. It’s a bustling city having an Italian stock exchange and head offices of large multinational companies. Milan has some of the world’s most popular fashion brand outlets. Fashion enthusiasts from all over the world attend the famous Milan fashion week held twice annually in Milan. Not only fashion enthusiasts but every wanderer would love to explore this city.
Milan has a lot to offer to its visitors in terms of history, culture, arts, entertainment, and architecture. Museums and art galleries of this city never fall short to attract visitors every time. Visitors visiting Milan get enticed with its beautiful neoclassical style landmarks.
The city of Milan has a moderate continental type of climate. Summers are quite scorching and moist while winters are cold and misty in Milan. During summer in June, July, and August the temperature rise to 29oC, and humidity is also quite high. The average temperature in summer is around 24oC. During winter in December, January, March the temperature can fall below 0oC in Milan. During spring and autumn Milan city witness some good rainfall. The best time to visit Milan is during spring and summer. Tourists generally visit this city from April to September every year.
All the parts of Milan city are well connected by public transport. Tourists get multiple transport options including tram, metro, bus, and taxi while strolling in Milan. Public transport in this city is highly affordable for visitors.
Metro - Milan has a good network of metro all over the city. One can choose the metro to cover long distances within the city. Metro in Milan has four lines (red, green, yellow, purple) connected to 111 stations within the city. You can collect metro tickets and travel cards from stations, local shops, and from kiosks.
Tram – there are 18 lines of the tram running in Milan. Trams are the most convenient way to travel within the city. You can get tram tickets at metro stations and kiosks. It’s better to get a 24-hour or 48-hour travel card for visitors. Trams in Milan run till late at night.
Bus - Milan’s bus network consists of over 80 lines. Buses are available from bus stops spread across the city. You can get bus tickets from parking meters for an affordable rate. Late-night buses are also available from all stops. The official app of Milan Bus Service i.e. ATM-Milano, can be used to find routes and get e-tickets.
Taxi – Taking a taxi in Milan is a bit expensive as compared to other transport options. You can catch a taxi from a taxi stand or can book online. Taxi fares keep changing according to day, night, weekends, and waiting times.
Bicycle – bikes are available for rent in Milan. If you wish to cover short distances then renting a bike would be convenient.
Getting to Milan is easily accessible through both air and land transport.
Flight - Milan has three international airports namely Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, and Bergamo Airport. There are multiple international and domestic flights operating from these airports. International visitors can easily find flights to Milan from their country.
Taxi - From the airport, you can opt for a taxi to reach the city center. Taxis are a bit expensive from the airport towards the city center. You can book a taxi online or can search for one at the taxi stand at the airport.
Train - Travelers traveling from other cities in Italy or Europe can choose train to reach Milan. Milan city is connected through a train route with all other major cities in Europe. Trains are quite affordable to travel from other European cities to Milan.
Bus - Buses are connected from the airport to the city center and from other European cities. Whether you are traveling from Venice or Paris to Milan, buses are available frequently.
Another reason why Milan is a preferred tourist destination is due to its scrumptious cuisine. Milan is famous for its pizzas, pasta, and worldly recopies. Most of the recipes in Milan have a base of rice (risotto). Popular delicacies of Milan are
Risotto Alla Milanese – This signature dish of Milan is made of rice or risotto, broth, parmesan cheese, and saffron. The texture is golden due to saffron.
Cotoletta Alla Milanese – This exclusive cuisine is made from veal (calves meat). The veal chop is coated with crunchy breadcrumbs. This relishing dish looks like a cutlet.
Ossobuco – This traditional dish is enjoyed with risotto Milanese. It’s made from tender veal meat with bone.
Polenta – Polenta is a dish enjoyed mostly during winter in Milan. This dish is mainly made from corn grown in various parts of Italy. This soft and creamy porridge has a unique taste.
In the city of Milan, there are abundant fine restaurants that offer some great cuisine. Give a visit to Cracco restaurant which also has a bar, bistro, wine cellar, and a pastry shop. Italian, Mediterranean and European delicacies are served here. Another popular restaurant in Milan is II Lougo di Aimo e Nadia which has been awarded two Michelin stars. The food served here is extremely delicious and the ambiance is just mesmerizing. Seafood can be best enjoyed at Giacomo Ristorante which is just 15 minutes from the city center. For a strange yet great dining experience Contraste restaurant is a worth visit. Traditional dishes are renovated in chef’s style at Sadler’s restaurant. Here you can enjoy true Italian cuisine.
Milan city has perfect landmarks, an arts center, and historical places to visit. They are
Milan Cathedral – This place is the most popular tourist spot in Milan. This gothic-style cathedral is made from white and pink marble. Cathedral is located in Piazza del Duomo city center.
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana – This art museum was established in 1618. This museum houses finest artworks of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Bramantino, and many other popular artists.
The Last Supper – The famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci ‘The last supper’ is exhibited at the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.
Naviglio – This neighborhood near the city center is just a perfect spot for hanging out. The perfect view of the canal can be experienced by sitting at canal-side café’s.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – This 18th-century architecture boasts various shopping malls. Outlets of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Borsalino, and many other brands can be found here. It is located near the city center.
La Scala – La Scala is the best opera house one can find. This neoclassical-style opera house hosts popular concerts and events all around the year in Milan.
On average, for one person 130 € per day is required to spend in Milan. So a 7-day trip to Milan would cost around €910 to €1000. 14 days trip will cost around 1800 to 2000 €. The cost includes meals, accommodation, sightseeing tickets, and travel.
Designer fashion clothes and apparel – One cannot resist buying fashionable clothes during a trip to Milan. There are outlets of popular fashion brands on every street of Milan. So buying some clothes here is totally worth it.
Artwork – Milan is a city of exhibiting artwork. So you will get a great variety of pieces of art paintings on the streets of Milan.
Craft Umbrellas – world-renowned designers work from Milan. They do manufacture craft umbrellas as well. Handcrafted umbrellas are unique in their design and appearance
Porcelain – A great variety of porcelain products are available in the shops of Milan. These products exhibit the tradition and culture of this city. So it’s worth buying one for the showcase.