The second largest city in Italy, Milan is modern, cosmopolitan and a fabulous holiday destination. World renowned as a capital of fashion and design, the city sees an influx of fashionistas twice each year for Milan Fashion Week. But there’s plenty to see off the catwalk too. Art buffs shouldn’t miss Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie, and can spend a whole day wandering the 12 (yes 12) museums of Castello Sforzesco. Shopaholics can give their credit card a workout at the luxe boutiques of the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Rectangle of Gold), or hunt out a bargain at the outlet stores clustered around corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Opera lovers will be overwhelmed by the emotion of an aria at La Scala, while football fans can cheer alongside the fanatics at an AC Milan or FC Internazionale match. If all that has left you with a healthy appetite, you’re in luck – Milan’s food is a tourist attraction unto itself. Fill up with some traditional Milanese cuisine, including osso buco (braised veal shanks), risotto alla Milanese (risotto with saffron) and cotolette alla Milanese (crumed veal cutlets.) If you choose self-catering Milan accommodation, you can also take advantage of the city’s exceptional delicatessens and food stores. Stock up on incredible breads, cold meats, cheeses and other delicacies and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but also get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of local Milan life. Our pick is Peck, a gastronomic mecca that has been selling gourmet delights for over a century.
When to go to Milan
A holiday in Milan is best timed for spring and autumn, when you’ll enjoy mild, pleasant weather. However, each season has its own charms. Summer brings fantastic touring bands and DJs, in Milan on the Italian festival circuit, while winter means the joys of the feast of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan’s patron saint, as well as the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas Market.
Getting to and around Milan
Most tourists arrive in Milan via flights to Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio Airports. Once in Milan, it’s easy to get around via the city’s excellent public transport network, including the metro, trams and buses.
Where to stay in Milan
When choosing accommodation in Milan, apartments offer a great alternative to more expensive hotels. Not only will booking a Milan apartment save you money, you’ll enjoy superior space, freedom and privacy too. HouseTrip has a number of Milan accommodation options, ranging from affordable studio apartments suitable for couples through to large, multi-room apartments ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, finding and booking your Milan apartment is easy with HouseTrip – you can even do it in as little as six clicks.