Cheap Flights to Milan Malpensa
Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Malpensa Airport welcomes international flights from all over the world, and sees millions of passengers transit through its gates every year. The airport comes well equipped with duty-free shops, several dining outlets, as well as ATMs, currency exchange and a post office. Located 50km north of central Milan, Malpensa still offers excellent links directly into downtown. There are trains that head into Milan Cadorna or Milan Centrale, which take 30 and 45 minutes respectively. There are also buses, and taxi services, though taking a taxi tends to be the most expensive way into the city, generally costing about 90EUR ($130).
There are two other airports that service Milan other than Malpensa, these are Linate Airport (LIN) and Orio al Serio Airport, sometimes called Bergamo (BGY).
Airlines that offer connecting flights from Australia to Milan are Alitalia, Qantas, Air Canada, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air China, Qatar Airways, Korean Air and Etihad Airways.
Why visit Milan?
The northern city of Milan strikes an entirely different pose to her counterpart Italian cities, such as Venice, Florence and Rome. Rebuilt after World War 2, this city has had to forge its own look and feel, distinctive to that of the chocolate box cities of Italy. You’ll find that Milan mixes the strong Italian personality with a softer continental flavour, and the result is that this city is chic, unshowy and very contemporary. It is the financial and fashion capital of the country, and has a reputation for serving up some of the best food in Italy—which given the cuisine, is no small feat. Step into Milan and be enchanted by its vibrant and fast-paced atmosphere.
Things to do in Milan
The best way to understand Milan is to think of it in terms of its layout. Divided by three ever-increasing rings, the best place to start is right in the centre of the city.
Within this part of town, you will discover the Castle Sforza, an impressive fortress once owned and run by the Duke Sforza, a powerful Italian family. Within the structure there are museums that display Italian furniture and art from the medieval ages, right up to modern works. The can’t-miss display is of course Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietà, which stands separately in a room of its own. Just outside the castle, you can grab a drink and take in the sun at the lovely Sempione Park, or exit the castle on the other side, and shop on the Via Dante. In fact, Milan is probably the best place to shop for clothes in all of Italy, with several big label designers having a base in this city. Browse in the flagship stores of Armani, Dolce and Gabbana and Versace, or look for the trendy shops in corso di Porta Ticinese.
If you’re a fan of the great Leonardo Da Vinci, you can see his scientific models at the National Museum of Science and Technology or go visit his most famous work, The Last Supper in Santa Maria delle Grazie, though be sure to book in advance.
Book a show in the city’s most famous theatre La Scala, and watch performers sing and act on the same stage as greats like Maria Callas. For excellent dining, or nightlife, head to the Naviglio or Brera, where the old buildings of Milan are still standing, and restaurants, bars and cafes line the streets.
Of course, you must make time for the city’s jewel, Milan’s Duomo, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, carved in white marble, one of Italy’s most prized buildings, and an absolute architectural work of art.
Best time to visit Milan
· Spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) are probably the best seasons to visit Milan, when the average temperatures hover around 17°C and the crowds aren’t as thick as they are in the summer.Just be aware that prices spike around the trade shows in spring, and during Easter.
· Summers are popular because of the almost-guaranteed sunshine, averaging 27°C highs
· Winters are cold, but many come to the city at this time to take advantage of the nearby ski resorts in Bormio and Livigno. Highs reach 6°C, and lows sink to around 0°C.
Arriving to Milan by plane
· You’ll find that flying from Australia to Italy will typically involve one or two stopovers in an international hub. Usually, in cities like Dubai (DXB) or Bangkok (BKK).
· Euro (EUR).
· Australians can fly to Italy without applying for a visa beforehand. Italy is in the Schengen area of Europe and so you should be granted a stay of 90 days. Please check the smart traveller government website for the latest information.
Please note that information is correct as of June 2016
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