Milan

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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

Hotel Da Vinci
Hotel Da Vinci
4 out of 5
Via Senigallia 6, Milan, MI, 20161
The price is $48 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Milan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Restaurant has very minimal offering. For the 4nights I was there Pasta was only available 1 night yet its on their menu. Staff English was a bit limited so had miscommunication on how many nights booked. Otherwise bfast was great and staff were helpful. Very near the train station which was ..."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Hotel Da Vinci
Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
4 out of 5
S.S. 336, Ferno, VA, 21010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $132 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Ferno. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,021 reviews)
"Super convenient to the airport. Very clean. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
UNAHOTELS Century Milano
UNAHOTELS Century Milano
4 out of 5
Via Fabio Filzi 25 B, Milan, MI, 20124
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $123 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Milan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Great hotel, central location, spacious and clean rooms, and friendly staff. Anna at reception was great and very accommodating. Would certainly recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

UNAHOTELS Century 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.
Residenza delle Città
Residenza delle Città
4 out of 5
Via Mauro Macchi 79, Milan, MI, 20124
The price is $126 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Milan. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (822 reviews)
"Nice way to enjoy Milan and have a central base to explore from. Enjoyed the kitchen as I don’t often get to cook with the local ingredients and here I did after a market visit"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Residenza delle Città
Duomo Hotel & Apartments
Duomo Hotel & Apartments
Via San Paolo 13, Milan, Lombardia, 20121
The price is $173 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Milan. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (639 reviews)
"Brand new, great room space, common area spaces."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Duomo Hotel & Apartments
Be Mate Via Tivoli
Be Mate Via Tivoli
Via Tivoli 4, Milan, 20121
The price is $191 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this aparthotel in Milan. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"This place was in a great location, next to some good restaurants and shops. The room was also is very clean, modern, and chic. The only downside was the lighting, a little too dim."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Be Mate Via Tivoli
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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