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Milan Travel Tips – EXCLUSIVE in 2022

Milan Travel Tips – EXCLUSIVE in 2022

Milan is not a typical tourist city, but visitors can discover many architectural highlights and rich cultural life. And you can also go shopping—our travel tips for Milan.

Internationally renowned for fashion and design, Milan is a multi-faceted city with many distinctive neighbourhoods. Each has its charm. Ticinese, with its Roman columns and Navigli with its medieval canals, are popular hotspots for Milanese and tourists alike.

Young people from outside also like to visit the districts. In the east of the city, on the other hand, is the Porta Venezia. It is home to the LGBT scene and cuisine from the Horn of Africa. Isola to the north of the city is popular with people interested in alternative crafts and culture, while Porta Romana to the south is popular with foodies and students. Then there’s Chinatown and the bohemian NoLo district, and that’s just the beginning. This article presents some must-see sights in Milan that you should see during your visit.

Milan Travel Tips: Sights galore

Milan is a stronghold of architectural and artistic attractions. The city is one of the hubs of Gothic art and architecture. The Milan Cathedral fascinates with its majestic marble formations and the detailed spiders. Hardly any motif in the city is in front of the camera lens more often than the imposing »Duomo di Milano«. Despite all the streams of visitors and tourists, a cathedral is a religious place that must be honoured with appropriate covered clothing and quiet, respectful behaviour. Tip: If you book your tickets in advance, you can not only examine the overwhelming dimensions of the cathedral from the inside without waiting but also enjoy the magnificent view from the roof before the evening ends with pasta and vino on the streets of Milan.

The Renaissance also left its mark here. The essential universal genius Leonardo da Vinci worked here in the last two decades of the 15th century. His famous mural »The Last Supper« can be seen in the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan.

The architectural and other highlights of the city include the Dominican monastery, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping gallery with its magnificent glass dome, the Teatro Alla Scala opera house, the Sforza Castle, the Piazza Mercanti square, the Navigli district and the Via Dante.Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Mailand

Museum tip: Pinacoteca di Brera and Museo del’900

Milan is also famous for modern art. Futurism was born here, and some of the masterpieces are in the Museo del Novecento. You can also find Morandi (one of the protagonists of 20th-century Italian painting, considered one of the greatest artists of the century in the world) and Fontana (the top floor of the Palazzo dell’Arengario entirely dedicated) can be admired.

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important picture galleries in the city and Italy. It mainly includes works of northern Italian painting, especially from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

The Castello Sforzesco houses nine art museums, including the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, the Corte Ducale and the Sala delle Asse with Leonardo’s ceiling frescoes, is also outstanding in terms of art and culture. Museums worth seeing also include the municipal natural history museum, the Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and the Armani/Silos fashion art museum.Armani/Silos Museum in Mailand

Culture lovers will also get their money’s worth in the opera houses and theatres. In the already mentioned opera Teatro Alla Scala, opera classics and contemporary works are performed. Other major theaters in Milan include the Teatro Dal Verme, the Piccolo Teatro Strehler, the Teatro degli Arcimboldi and the Teatro Regio Ducale. Milan has also had a symphony orchestra since the early 1990s. It performs regularly in the Konzerthaus Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo. If you don’t want to miss out on the art of film during your vacation in Milan, we recommend the Anteo arthouse cinema, which specializes in art-house productions.

Football stronghold: visiting FC Inter and AC Milan

Football fans know: Milan is a big sports city. Their football teams, FC Inter and AC Milan, are top dogs in Serie A. AC Milan has won more FIFA-recognized international club titles than any other club globally, with 18 titles. In contrast, FC Inter, coached by José Mourinho, won that in 2010 Triple won.

The perceived (though mostly humorous) rivalry that divides friends and families across the city culminates in ‘il derby’, the clash between the two Milan teams that is usually even and uncertain to the end. A visit to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, popularly known as the San Siro Stadium, to see a football match is a must. Another unmissable museum is the AC Milan Museum: a unique experience every true Rossoneri fan must-have.Vitrinen mit Pokalen im Casa Milan Museum

Shopping paradise for all fashion freaks

Milan is one of the important fashion centres in the world. Whether Armani, Prada, Gucci or the other fashion brands represented in Milan: the culture of fashion permeates the entire city and also spreads to other areas of urban life. For example, Prada established the foundation with its fantastic exhibition space that showcases the best of contemporary art, or Giorgio Armani invests in the basketball team, Olimpia. Which plays in the Euroleague, and at the same time has a museum for the historical collections of the house (Armani Silos) established in the Design District.

There are plenty of exclusive boutiques in the city. The shopping tour must inevitably end in Via Monte Napoleone, one of the most famous shopping streets in the town. With Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via Della Spiga and Corso Venezia form the main attraction of the Quadrilatero Della Moda, the Fashion Square.Mode-Shop in Mailand

The Milan-based fashion brands Prada, Versace, Armani, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, can also be found here. Die-hard fashion fans, in particular, should visit the city during Milan Fashion Week, which takes place four times a year.

Shopping tips: markets and flea markets

Those who like the chic of past seasons should not miss the many markets and flea markets. The range of topics is broad, from fashion to cuisine. One of the most famous markets in the city is Via Papiniano. Located near the Navigli canals, the market is held every Tuesday and Saturday. The focus is fashion. The famous flea market La Fiera di Sinigaglia, also called Senigallia, is more diversified, where goods of all kinds, fashion, jewellery and handicrafts are offered for sale on Saturdays.Besucher auf dem Wochenmarkt auf der Volturno Straße in Mailand

On the other hand, the name of Floricolo is programmatic. Flowers (Italian Fiori) of all kinds are sold at the market in Via Lombroso in the east of Milan, which has existed since 2000. It is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Last but not least, the East Market is recommended. At the market based on the London model, the customer will find everything their heart desires – from vintage clothes and jewellery to books and music. It is located in a hall in the city’s southeast; the market opens its doors one Sunday a month.

Delicious food: Feast like the Milanese

One of the best experiences when visiting a city is tasting local dishes. It also works excellent in Milan. The DeCA brand (Ambrosian Cuisine Label) was created in 2006 to certify the restaurants that use high quality typical and seasonal products. Restaurants that use the original preparation methods and provide customers with information on the main characteristics of each recipe to promote Milan’s history and gastronomic culture.

A whopping 16 starred restaurants have been recognized by the Michelin Guide 2022. Tip: The second edition of the Milan Restaurant Week begins on May 2nd, 2022. It is a festival that celebrates the restaurants and typical dishes of the various districts, promoting specific neighbourhoods for their creative and excellent cuisine. YesMilano has set up a unique platform that allows visitors to book a table at a discount.

Restaurants, trattorias, bars and cafes galore

Restaurants and cafés: Milan is an Eldorado for gourmets and hipsters. Chic restaurants, fine trattorias, pubs and trendy bars of all stripes and ethnic groups make a choice difficult. Here are a few personal tips from the Italian spectrum.

The Innocenti evasion is a chic Ristorante in the city’s north, which is mainly talked about for its imaginative pasta dishes. Since 1998, head chef Tommaso Arrigoni has been experimenting with some extravagant variations. Not cheap, but a must for carbohydrate fans. (Via Privata della Bindellina).Restaurant Innocenti Evasioni Mailand

On the 7th floor of the Rinascente department store, in addition to a diversified delicatessen department, is the »Il Bar « café with a large terrace and a fantastic view of the magnificent facade of Milan Cathedral.

In the Osteria del Treno, there are sausages from all over Italy. The gourmet restaurant belongs to the slow food movement and offers delicious dishes with excellent ingredients at moderate prices. Nice courtyard. (Via San Gregorio 46, Tel. +39 026700479).

With the sightseeing bus through Milan

If you don’t want to explore the city yourself and on foot, you can join one of the many tours that Milan offers its visitors.

Touristin in Mailand beim Fotografieren

One of the most popular explorations is, of course, visiting Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” in Santa Maria delle Grazie. The tour lasts one hour and costs 44 euros. If you want to combine the Leonardo tour with a city centre tour, you have to take two hours more and pay around 30 euros more.

Exploring the city via a sight-seeing bus is also sensual and informative. The prices for the hop-on / hop-off tour are 22 euros. Other terms through the sights of the city include the fashion highlights tour with a guide, a bike tour through the Navigli and several tours around the art highlights of the city.

Excursion in the area

Milan is the gateway to Italy. The city is close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Como – an area of ​​prosperous cities with large palaces and ornate churches and villas on the lakes.Menaggio am Comer See

In addition, Milan is close to the sea. Pearls like Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure are within easy reach. In addition, Milan is a transport hub from which you can reach exciting destinations throughout Italy. First of all, Parma, Italian Capital of Culture 2020-2021 and a centre for Italian food, and the Auto Valley where you can visit some of the world’s most famous car factories such as Ferrari and Pagani Maserati and Ducati. Milan is also not far from Venice and Florence.

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Travel Tips: What not to do in Milan

Milan is flooded with tourists every year, like Prague and Venice, especially in the warm seasons. The daily planning should therefore do carefully. Spontaneous visits to the cathedral or the “Last Supper” result in endless queues. Thus: get up as early as possible or pre-order tickets. In the case of the »Last Supper«, the keys are often sold out weeks in advance.Abendmahl-Gemälde in Mailand

Milan is an expensive place. If you want to eat cheaply, you should do so away from the hotspots, look for small restaurants in advance, and make a reservation. The Milanese are many people who like to go out, which is why smaller bars, in particular, are often fully booked.

Milan is especially worth a visit on warm spring and summer days. If you want to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle, you should visit the city outside of the high season. August is not a recommended month for a visit to Milan, because in the holiday month of Italians many shops are closed, especially one week before and after Ferragosto (15 August).

In Italy, you must keep all receipts and proof of purchase at least 100 meters from the shop. It prevents business people from smuggling their sales past the tax authorities. If the customer is caught without a receipt, he and the seller face charges of aiding and abetting tax evasion.

Spend the night in the metropolis with chic and charm

Any idea where to stay in Milan? Here are three hotel tips:

The Luxury Condotel Allegroitalia San Pietro all’Orto 6, entirely designed and furnished by Casa Armani, is just a five-minute walk from Milan Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The suites, between 45 and 130 square meters in size, feature a minimalist design and leave nothing to be desired in terms of high-tech performance and functionality.

Château Monfort. The romantic hotel is conveniently located near the Stazione Centrale in an Art Nouveau palazzo. The rooms all have a touch of glamour without missing the typical Milanese chic. A small but delicate spa provides moments of relaxation after a shopping or sightseeing tour. Zimmer und Frau auf Balkon im Chateau Monfort in Mailand

Hotel Senato. The former family residence with 43 stylish rooms is near the Quadrilatero Della Moda. Therefore, the chic boutique hotel, designed entirely in gold and noble grey tones, is the ideal place to go for all shopping fans. (Via Senato 22)

Fly to either Malpensa or Linate

You are getting there. Due to its geographical location in northern Italy near the border with France, Milan is a hub for all ordinary means of transport. If you want to fly to the city, you can reach it via Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo airports. Malpensa is the largest of the three airports. It is 46 kilometres northwest of Milan in the neighbouring province of Varese. Shuttles connect the airport to the central train station. The journey takes about an hour. With the Malpensa express train, you can reach the city, central, and Milano Cardona train station in about 30 minutes.Malpensa Airport in Mailand

The smaller Linate city airport serves national and European connections and business travel. It offers the quickest and most convenient way to get to the city. With the city bus 73, Piazza San Babila can reach the airport in 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also book shuttles (Starflyer, Air Pullman Noleggi, Malpensa Shuttle Air Pullman) to the central train station, the Fiera Milano City exhibition centre or the Rho exhibition centre.

Alternative: Flight to the airport in Bergamo

Like Malpensa, Bergamo Airport, also known as Milan Orio al Serio, is located 45 kilometres northeast of Milan and is mainly served by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair. Also, shuttles (Autostradale, Terravision and Orioshuttle) provide five euros for a one-hour connection to Milan Central Station. Alternatively, you can take the bus every ten minutes to Bergamo, where you can take the train to Milan.

Malpensa and Milan-Orio al Serio airports are particularly interesting for German tourists, as most airlines fly there. Lufthansa, Eurowings and Easyjet fly to Malpensa regularly from Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Berlin (Tegel).

By train to Milan

Train journey. Milan is an important hub of the European rail network. The capital of Lombardy is easy to reach from Germany. The city has several railway stations, of which the Central Station (Milano Centrale), Milano Lambrate and Milano Porta Garibaldi receive international tourist flows. There are direct connections from Munich, and the journey takes about seven hours.U-Bahn-Station in Mailand

The metro, the Metropolitana di Milano, is a great way to get from A to B quickly and easily within Milan. It has four lines (Red, Green, Yellow and Purple). ATM Milano and the Milano S-Bahn also operate the tram. 

A ticket costs two euros and is valid for 90 minutes. The MIlanoCard offers discounted tourist tickets (24h/48h/72h), which can purchase online at.

Best travel time for a trip to Milan

Located near the Alps, Milan has an alpine climate with long, snowy winters and short, pretty dry summers. The winter months reach an average temperature of 4.3 °C. In the summer months, tourists can look forward to pleasantly warm weather with an average temperature of 23.8 °C. But the weather in Milan is also friendly in spring and autumn, which is why the city is particularly suitable as a travel destination in spring and summer.

Knowledge of Italian is an advantage.

Milan speaks Italian. Many Italians, especially younger people, understand English or German. Clear signage leads to cultural and architectural treasures. Every tourist can find out about the respective sights via so-called information totems, i.e. information points. The information is available in seven French, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. Of course, it is still advisable to take a dictionary with you or download a corresponding app on your cell phone.

Tips for preparing for the trip

A recommended travel guide is “Milan” by Aylie Lonmon from the publishing house Dumont. Here you will find all sorts of interesting facts about the city’s history, architectural sights and cultural highlights.

Tourist information can find at the YESMILANO Tourism Space (Via Dei Mercanti 8, opening hours: daily 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) and the INFOMILANO, (Piazza Duomo 14, opening times: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday – and public holidays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

An informative alternative to the information offices is the official website, where tourists can find out what the city offers.

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