Milan at a Glance
Milan is one of the most travelled cities in Europe and a magnificent destination. You can spend hours or days getting lost here. Milan at a glance sets out an outline of what to expect on your first visit.
Milan at a Glance
1 | Legal Entry to Italy – Visa
Italy is part of the common travel area known as the Schengen Zone. This means that if you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel to Italy with just an Identification Card. However, if you are non EU/EEA, you will be required to present the following as a minimum at the port of entry to Italy:
i | A valid passport or travel document.
Your passport or travel must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your planned exit from the Schengen Area.
The passport or travel document must be issued in the last 10 years.
ii | A Visa
If you are a national of a country that is subject to the Italy’s visa regime.
iii | Additional information
At border control, you may be asked about your purpose of visit, how long you intend to stay and your financial means during your trip.
iv | Entry stamp
Ensure your passport is stamped by the border control officers so that you could move freely within the Schengen Area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained.
**EU – European Union | EEA – European Economic Area
***British passport holders are exempt from the criteria of passport validity and issuance date.
Recommended read: Italy Tourist Travel Visa – A Simple Overview
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2 | Language
The official language spoken in Milan is Italian but the majority of Milanese speak Milanese. Milanese is a dialect of Italian’s commonly spoken in the Lombardy region.
3 | Currency
The currency in Italy is the Euro (€) and was introduced in 1999. Euro is the only form of legal tender in the country. It’s predecessor, the Lira was taken out of circulation in 2002.
*1 Euro equals 0.85 Pound sterling (August 10, 2021)
4 | Credit Cards and ATMs
In Milan, there are no problems in finding ATMs or cash machines that accepts foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. 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.
5 | Power plugs
The plugs and sockets in Italy are type F and L. The standard voltage is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
6 | WiFi
7 | 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.
8 | Getting around
9 | Activities to do in Milan
In short, Milan is a city that has so very much to offer its visitors that even a few days may not be enough to soak-up the Milanese culture. Read through the following articles for some ideas on activities to do in Milan.
10 | Resources to support your travel plans
Travel resources at a Glance
Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.
I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com
My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.
Unique experiences & tours
My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals.
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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 one not to miss on your travel bucket list.
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Milan at a Glance – An overview of what to expect was first published at timelesstravelsteps.com and is regularly updated. Last update Aug 16, 2021