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Milan
Travel Guide

Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

The capital of Italy’s Lombardy region is a pulsating metropolis defined by its cosmopolitan culture. Known around the world as a fashion destination, Milan is also Italy’s financial center. With an urban population of more than 5 million residents, it is one of Europe’s largest cities. Milan was partially destroyed during World War II, but countless beautiful, old monuments remain.

Visit Milan’s many stunning churches to discover its rich religious history. In the heart of the city lies the Cathedral of Milan, known to locals as the Duomo. As one of the largest churches in the world, it is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Cross the Piazza del Duomo to reach Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a church and convent that is home to da Vinci’s Last Supper. The Chiesa di San Maurizio features many notable frescoes and hosts Milan’s archaeological museum.

See art without religious context as well. The beautiful Villa Reale is home to two of Milan’s best secular galleries. Browse works by some of today’s best artists at the Contemporary Arts Pavilion, or see masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries at the Modern Art Museum next door. From here it’s just a short walk to the Brera Art Gallery where you can see works by Raphael and Carravagio.

Eat hearty risottos and pastas or visit pizzerias and gelaterias you’ll find on most streets. Italy is known for its aperitifs and wines; enjoy your favorite or sample something new in one of the city’s many bars. Explore the Navigli nightlife district after an event at the Teatro alla Scala to mingle with locals in the fresh air. In summer, the city remains warm throughout the night. In winter, make a trip to the nearby Italian Alps for skiing and snowboarding.

Milan is served by an international airport but can also be reached by train from many European cities. Once in town you’ll find the metro and tram systems easy to use and affordable. Join the locals and walk around, soaking up the style and grace of one of Europe’s most fashionable cities.

Where to stay in Milan

Top Hotels in Milan

Hotel Osteria della Pista
Hotel Osteria della Pista
4 out of 5
Via Verbano 1, Casorate Sempione, VA
The price is $84 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Basilica di Saint Agnese, Castle Visconti San Vito, and Church of Saint Peter. Hospital Sant Antonio ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (897 reviews)

"This is probably one of my favorite hotels I've ever stayed at. It's extremely well kept, the staff is friendly and helpful. We had a layover at MXP so we stayed here. They ahve a free hotel shuttle, and there are a handful of quaint bars and resturants within walking distance. Each room even has ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Hotel Osteria della Pista
Uptown Palace
Uptown Palace
4 out of 5
Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
The price is $131 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Milan Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Milan, Piazza del Duomo, and Palazzo Reale. Bocconi University and Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. The staff was very helpful. I have planned a trip to Bernina early morning before breakfast hours and the staff has advised us they can pack it for us. They kept the breakfast packed and readythe next day on time."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Uptown Palace
UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
4 out of 5
Via Cusani 13, Milan, MI
The price is $148 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Dal Verme and Castello Sforzesco. Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"Location is perfect and staff very good. My room was big and clean"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

UNAHOTELS Cusani Milano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Milan

INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo
INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo
2 out of 5
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 22, Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano
The price is $99 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Milan Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Milan, Piazza del Duomo, and Palazzo Reale. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"una location in pieno centro, molto elegante e pulita. tutti i confort per un buon soggiorno."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo
Brera Apartments in San Babila
Brera Apartments in San Babila
Via Santa Cecilia 2, Centro de, Milan, MI
The price is $103 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is steps from Piazza San Babila and Palazzo Serbelloni. Piazza del Duomo is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. San Babila ...

4.4/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"Excellent presentation and location, helpful and professional service"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Brera Apartments in San Babila
Italianway   - Fiori Chiari
Italianway - Fiori Chiari
Via Fiori Chiari, 20, Milan
The price is $65 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pinacoteca di Brera, Teatro alla Scala, and Castello Sforzesco. Galleria Vittorio ...

3.7/5Good! (13 reviews)

"I would never rent this apartment again. all of your body were swallowed by insects in bed"…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Italianway - Fiori Chiari
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Milan

Milan is easy to get around without a car, and indeed most tourists who visit the city don’t even consider renting one as it’s just not necessary. A one-day, two-day or week-long pass for the city’s public transportation system will cover trips on the Metro as well as the bus and tram network. Alternatively, get active with Milan’s bike sharing program, BikeMi, which has stations around the city. Visit the Milanese Transport Company website. Browse Milan rental cars.

Best time to visit

Milan is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and just like most other European destinations, its peak period is right in the middle of summer. To avoid the high costs for accommodations, very hot weather and crowded streets of high season, consider visiting in spring or fall. The weather will be warm but not overly so, and you can still get to wear your favorite summer clothes.

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