About the fashion and design capital of Italy and Europe as a wholeMilan is the capital of the Italian Lombardy region and one of Italy's most impressive cities. This is a classic city, which is also a center of culture, design and fashion. In fact, this is Italy's fashion capital and a city with a fascinating history and noble beauty. On the other hand, this is the most universal city in Italy, the second largest in Italy, and a central city of Northern Italy. It is also the industrial and economic center of Italy, that forms the economic basis for the entire nation.
Like Rome, Milan has a wealth of historical and cultural abundance, and culinary diversity that will leave your mouth gaping, literally ... Many feel here in a great toy store of tourists. For a moment visitors are viewing Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," then they are in front of the Duomo, one of the most beautiful and impressive cathedrals in the world. One moment a stroll around the city's splendid cannels, eat wonderful risotto at an excellent restaurant in the city, or cruise the "Milan Sea" in its magnificent park.
Here tourists come to the world fashion capital, and spend endless hours of shopping at the sparkling avenues and fashion and design complexes of the city. Vacations here offer almost everything. Along with museums full of art, and rare artifacts, there are exciting entertainments, wonderful restaurants and bustling bars, pleasant parks and city views, where no one can remain indifferent.
Milan offers tourists the best of Italian charm. With the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world, inspiring architecture and wonderful museums, topped with great food, culture and attractions for the whole family - seems that Milan really has everything to offer. Come and be a part of it!
HistoryToday's old city center is the Roman city of "Mediolanum," from which modern Milan was erected. The birth of the city of Milan is in the 7th century BC. Back then the Celts established the city. Later it was taken over by the Romans, followed by French, Austrians and the Spanish kingdom.
Milan began to develop into a cultural center during the Renaissance period, when European culture was born as a whole. The rulers of the city began to encourage culture, art and sculpture in the city. Gradually Milan began to attract artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who was born and worked in Vinci, Tuscany, but moved to Milan for several years.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon and the French army conquered the city. Half a century later, in the era of the "Spring of Nations", national spirit was storming Europe, Milan became one of the centers of nationalism in Italy. The struggle Italian independence was concentrated in Milan. Like many occupied countries, which were struggling at the time and demanded independence, in 1859 Italy won Milan back.
During World War II, when Italy was led by dictator Mussolini, became an ally of Hitler and Nazi Germany, Milan suffered heavy bombardments, mainly because it was one of the most important cities for the Italian industry. Many of the city's most important and historic buildings were destroyed by bombardments, about one third of all the city's buildings. After the defeat in the war, Milan needed a complex and long rehabilitation time that gradually restored its traditional status as a leading industrial and financial center in Italy.
When to Visit?With a warm, humid summer, and a very cold winter, the spring months are the most recommended for visiting Milan. Try to visit the city between April and June, or in the fall - between September and October.
SavingDuring the regular sale season (saldi) of Italy and Europe, around July and January, one can find excellent products that are on sale up to 70% off. The peak discounts times are the end-of-season sales, in the second week of July and in the first week of January.
In the Penny Market chain, spread throughout Italy, prices are cheap. Even the supermarket chain commonly used, Coop, prices are not too expensive.
Discounted entrance tickets to Milan's popular attractions and public transport, the "Milan Pass" will save a lot of money for travelers in Milan with children, those who are expected to spend a lot of money visiting various attractions. The card also saves time of standing in line and entrances for these attractions.
The card also offers free tours, transfers to major out-of-town outlets, and discounts at the outlet stores.
TransportationYou can reach the city from the airport by the "Malpensa-Express" train, a 40-50 minute drive. The train operates 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a short break between 1:30 AM and 5:30 AM. The cost of the ticket is 12 euros per person.
Half-price travel is by bus. Terravision's economical shuttle will bring you to the city from the airport for less than 10 euros per adult, and half priced for children. Children up to the age of 5 travel free of charge.
Rent bicycles in the city and enjoy the most popular and efficient mean of transportation here. The app called BikeMe allows you to rent according to actual usage times. The app counts the actual hours of use, and does not charge for parking breaks at the many docking stations in the city, which helps reduce the price!
FoodMilan's cuisine, though it is a bit heavy, is incredibly delicious and includes lots of butter, cheese and cream. The rice in Milan is often seen as more popular than pasta, with the creamy yellow Milanese risotto is the most sought after dish here. Try some more local delicacies like the polenta, which is prepared in all different forms. Other excellent dishes worth sampling are Ossobucco, a veal stew with gremolata sauce, served with a bone full of bone marrow. Also try the local version of the veal schnitzel called "Cotoletta Milanese," the "Pizzocchieri," buckwheat pasta and mascarpone, a ceramic cheese that is usually eaten as a dessert.
Please note that lunch in Milan is served from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM. Remember that most restaurants are closed until dinner time!
For some of the best restaurants in the city - Click on the tag "Must eat in Milan".
EntertainmentWith its many clubs, bars and pubs, active until the small hours of the night, Milan's nightlife is young and vibrant. The two main entertainment venues in the city are the Barera and Nabili districts:
The district of Brera, north of the city center - Milan's entertainment center. This district has a big nightlife scene for young people and tourists. It is next to the Sforzesco Castle and the big cathedral, the Duomo is close enough to be the center of it all!
Navigli district, also known as the canal district. At its center are two water channels that create a miniature version of Venice in Milan. The district at night becomes a center of entertainment that pulls in many tourists who spend their time at clubs, bars and pubs.
TipIn Italian restaurants and cafés, there is no need to add tip to a check, since is already included in the price (servizio include).
Italy Country Code+39
ShoppingShopping in Milan usually revolves around the Via Vantage, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and Corso Buenos Aires. There are excellent city centers, outlets outside the city, and select shopping boulevards in the center of Milan - Click on the tag Shopping in Milan.
Electric OutletsPossible plugs to use are Type F and Type L (see link below with photos).