City of Milan Travel Guide
GUIDE TO BEST THINGS TO DO IN BEST EUROPEAN CITIES
History | Art | Architecture | Culture | Cuisines | Unique Experiences
A visit to the City of Milan and you will know that it is unlike any other cities you have been to. It’s skyline speaks of centuries of history. From Roman columns to Gothic architecture that still dominates but also how Milan is embracing the future in grand spirits and style. Milan is a city of hidden treasures and you cannot find those if you don’t wander around at your own pace, and sometimes get lost. To top off a truly amazing experience, there are no limits to the gustatory palate that will have you yearning for more.
While Rome remains the political capital of Italy, Milan has long been known as the “moral capital” because of the city’s quality and values, historical as well as contemporary. The City of Milan has, in modern times contributed in every field, economic, cultural and ideological to the Italian State.
So, come along with me and find out what Milan can offer you on your visit.
About this page on City of Milan Travel Guide
This page on City of Milan Travel Guide introduces Milan with a little background to its geography and its popularity as a City, both economically and culturally. As one of the major hubs in Europe, and its enormity (although some may say it is relatively a small city), it may be impossible to experience everything the city offers in one visit.
Therefore, this article offers various individual articles from how to get to the city from any of the three airports (from the time you arrive), how to get around the city once there and various suggestions and guides on best, bucket list places to visit in one day, or even in a few hours. In every article, included are cost-effective ways of experiencing these attractions, and how to maximise your time through guided tours, if you choose to do so.
For an authentic experience of Milan
For an authentic experience of Milan, other than the main tourist attractions such as the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio, Sforza Castle or the La Scala, spend some time in the City’s largest green space and/or head to the outskirts of the City. Do a day trip to Lake Como or to another city like Verona or Venice.
All of these related articles are listed below under “What to Explore, Discover & Enjoy in and around the City of Milan” which you can adapt to suit to fit your itinerary.
I hope you will enjoy reading everything that’s here, on this article as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
About the City of Milan
Here are some background info to the City of Milan which you may like to know.
1 | The geography of the City of Milan
Milan is located in Lombardy, the northern region of Italy, in the heart of Po Basin at 122 metres (400 feet) above sea-level. The Lombardy region covers a vast landscape ranging from the Alps to the countryside. The region is home to many art cities to hamlets rich in history, beautiful lakes and some of the best ski resorts. The City of Milan itself is dominated by the Alps to the north and marshy groves towards Po River.
1.1 | Climate
Climate wise, Milan has a humid subtropical climate where summers are hot, humid with little rainfall while winters are cool and damp. The temperature in July averages at around 29°C (84°F) and in January 5°C (41°F). Snowfalls are common in winter. Mean annual precipitation is 1000 mm (40 inches).
To support your travel planning to Milan, see table below on the month by month guide to weather in Milan. If you are planning a trip to other parts of Italy as well when you visit Milan, take a look at this comprehensive guide on “When is the best time to go to Italy” where I have listed the weather, main and popular events to experience.
1.2 | Location of City of Milan
Wherever you go in northern Italy, whichever part of the Lombardy region you choose to explore, you are sure to find beautiful destinations for an exciting and memorable holiday. You will find this City of Milan at the following GPS code.
45.4641° N, 9.1919° E
Milan, in relation to other cities in Italy
2 | Economy of Milan
In economic terms, Milan is the third largest city in Europe, after London and Paris . Italy’s only Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana is located here, and if you are a football fan, I’m sure you know, Milan is renowned for its own dedicated international football team, AC Milan.
Located in the northwestern suburb of Rho, is FieraMilano, the city’s Exhibition Centre and Trade Fair complex which is the largest trade complex in the world.
2.1 Popularity of Milan
In Italy, the city of Milano is the second largest city after Rome. It is one of the best known cities in the world and is arguably the global capital of fashion and design. As a fashion hub, the city is home to the most popular fashion brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Missoni to name a few.
Every year the city attracts countless visitors to its runways and design showrooms. To experience all of these famous names under one roof, visit the Galleria, Vittorio Emanuele II which sits just next to the Duomo. Better still, walk along Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea, and Via Montenapoleone and learn about the rich history of fashion in Milan. as you tour some of the most iconic shopping spots of the city. A perfect tour for fashionistas!
3 | History and Culture of Milan
Besides being a fashion and financial hub, Milan is packed with history, culture and centuries old architecture, reflecting the influences of the Romans, Hans, and many more throughout its 2500 years of history.
Milan was the home of lyric Opera in the 18th century and La Scala was the reference theatre then. This infamous theatre continues to attract passionate followers even now as tickets to performances are sold out months ahead of time. If you want to experience an evening at the Opera in La Scala, plan ahead and book your tickets at their official website here. Alternatively, if your visits are impromptu, you can still experience La Scala through a theatre and museum tour.
3.1 | Milan’s tourist hotspots
The City is home to many iconic buildings such as the infamous Gothic Duomo di Milano, Castello Sforzesco, Santa Maria delle Grazie Convent where you will find Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are just some of the sights that will have you in awe – reasons which makes this City a tourist hot spot, with 10.8 million visitors in 2019. Milan remains a city of culture today.
An ultimate guide curated to support your travel plans
Since the City of Milan is one of the most visited in the world, the articles in this page listed under What to Explore, Discover & Enjoy in and around the City of Milan on City of Milan Travel Guide is curated to support your travel plans.
Scroll further, and there are guides on best time to visit Italy which includes popular events and festivals. As well, there is an article about Italy’s people and culture. Scroll all the way down the page for more articles, guides and inspiring travels. On the side bar, there are Related Articles on Resource, Travel tips, Places to Stay and much more.
While the experiences and opinions expressed are my own, the ideas, suggestions and useful planning guides are adaptable to suit. The information contained within these articles will help design your vacation your way, so you will have timeless memories to cherish as well.
This page will evolve with more posts as I hope to return to Milan on many future occasions. As always, I am more than happy to answer any questions or design a travel plan for your visit. Contact me here.
Have awesome adventures exploring and discovering the City of Milano!
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