Why visit Milan, Italy
Milan is located in Italy’s northern Lombardy region and is considered to be the global capital of fashion and design. The city is also an Italian financial hub.
Milan hosts one of Italy’s biggest annual events, the Salone del Mobile (Furniture Fair), each year.
Things to do in Milan
Shopping is often front of mind for tourists when they travel to Milan. The city is home to a plethora of boutiques and high-end chain stores. Check out spots like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade, a glamorous old shopping mall that was built back in 1867, and which has housed the first Prada store since 1913.
There are also lots of other things to do in Milan, particularly when it comes to dining and culture. You can have dinner on a vintage tram; see Leonardo da Vinci’s famous The Last Supper piece (held within a refectory attached to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie); check out the 500-years-in-the-making Duomo gothic cathedral; visit the Teatro alla Scala opera house for opera and ballet; and visit museums and art galleries like the Pinacoteca di Brera, Gallerie d’Italia, and Museo del Novecento.
Best time to visit Milan
The best time to visit Milan tends to be from either April to May or September to October when the weather is lovely but the city is not as crowded as it is in summer.
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Expect to pay
The currency in Milan is the Euro.
You can expect to pay just AUD$2.15 on average for a regular-sized coffee in the city.
Arriving in Milan by plane
There are three airports servicing the city of Milan in Italy. Your flights may land at Malpensa Airport (about 49km from the centre of the city); Bergamo Airport (approximately 45km away); or Linate Airport (roughly 7km from the Milan CBD).
A number of different airlines operate flights from Australia to Milan. Some of these include Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific.
Australians do not need to seek a visa for visits to Milan.
Transportation to city centre
Where to stay in Milan
During a visit to Milan you might like to stay in the city centre around the iconic Duomo cathedral; choose the Brera for its exclusive boutiques, art galleries and bars; stay in Navigli, the canal quarter, with its flea market, narrow streets and quirky galleries; or opt for accommodation in Parco Sempione, the largest green space in Milan that is also close to the train station.
It is a good idea to book a hotel online if you want to find the best rates.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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