Milan at a Glance – An overview of what to expect

Milan at a Glance
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Milan at a glance

Milan at a glance is a quick overview of what to expect and what you need to know when visiting this iconic city. It is one of the most travelled cities in Europe and a magnificent destination. You can spend hours or days getting lost here. .

There are so many highlights in this beautiful city, from the cobblestones of Brera to the skyscrapers of Porta Nuova to the historic Gothic architecture of the Duomo and the castles that tells the stories of Milan’s past. It is easy to get around, no matter where you are in the city and can easily getaway to other cities such as the picturesque Cinque Terre, the City of canals or the enchanting lakes of Italy. So, if you are planning a visit to this fabulous City of fashion, here’s what you can expect and need to know:

  • Entry to Italy – Visa: If you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel with just an Identification card. If you are non EU/EEA, you will need an entry visa. Learn more from this page. With Brexit, UK nationals do not need a visa to enter Italy. Rules on travel will stay the same until 31st December 2020.
  • Language: The official language spoken in Milan is Italian but the majority of Milanese speak Milanese, a dialect of Italians commonly spoken in the Lombardy region.
  • Currency: The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). 1 Pound Sterling (£) is equivalent to 1.15 Euro | 1 USD (US$) is equivalent to 0.93 Euro | Check latest currency exchange before you go.
  • Credit Cards and ATMs: In Milan, there are no problems in finding ATMs /cash machines that accept foreign credit cards or bank debitcards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like metro tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs etc.
  • Power Plugs: The plugs & sockets in Italy are Type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a worldwide universal travel adapter which you can use in any European countries.
  • WiFi – WiFi is usually available at the hotels and the high-rated restaurants but there may be a need to have WiFi at all times (like me). I recommend subscribing to Unlimited Portable Pocket Wifi (my favourite and a must have) when travelling to Milan or wider Italy/Europe. Works out much cheaper than roaming charges by a mobile carrier.
  • Safety – While Milan is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.
  • Getting around – Milan has an awesome transport system that connects all the landmarks so it is easy to navigate. You can find all the information on Getting around Milan like a local on this page. I loved travelling to other cities on day trip by train. The countryside is beautiful and Italy has excellent high-speed routes. Have a look at this page

I hope this overview has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Italy. Browse through all related articles so you can make an informed decision and know before you go. Milan is a fabulous city and you really got to experience it at least once.

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Have a splendid time discovering Milan!


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By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.


  1. Thank you so much and I am very happy to know that this is “the best guide out there” 🙂 As always, I appreciate your comments and the time taken to read my articles.

  2. As always just about the best travel guide out there. From the UK it will be so difficult to keep up to date at the different stages of Brexit so, to have a guide through the rest, where to go, what to expect etc is so useful especially when it is so accessible like this.

  3. Thank you so much! and thank you for stopping by! I am a Londoner myself. Have a great rest of the week. 🙂

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