Milan's fashion and culture

One of Europe's oldest cities, Milan is Italy's financial capital, a paradise for lovers of fashion and shopping, and packed full of cultural attractions.

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When is the best time to travel to Milan? 

Milan has a temperate climate and it is great to visit all year round; July and August are the hottest months for people seeking some real Italian summer sun. There are plenty of festivals and other events going on throughout the year. In early Spring, for instance, there is 'Settimana dei Beni Culturali' (Culture Week) when all museums open free of charge. Mid June heralds 'La Notte Bianca' or 'white night' when shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants are open all night.

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Hints and tips for before you travel to Milan

Holidaymakers from the UK do not need to worry about a visa or vaccinations when visiting Milan. If you plan to work or reside there, or are coming from further afield, check with your embassy about any preparations that you need to make. Milan is the fashion capital of Italy so dress to impress! Milan is also the most expensive city in Italy, so be aware that you may need extra travel money. Tourist areas in particular can be highly priced, without giving you better quality than less central areas of Milan. So look around in the downtown areas for cheaper, more authentic restaurants. The time zone is GMT +1 (and DST + 1).

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 Getting around once you arrive in Milan

Once you arrive in Italy, there are various ways to get to your destination in Milan. Take the train from Malpensa terminal 1, Level 1 (the journey takes 45 minutes) or take the bus from terminals 1 or 2 (this takes 50 minutes). Alternatively, take a taxi from terminal 1 or 2 to reach Milan in 50 minutes. From Linate, take buses 73 or X73 or a taxi from the arrivals gate exit 5 (this costs from 40 EUR). Or, take the train from Bergamo Station to Milan (this takes 1 hour). From Bergamo you can also take the Autostradale-, Zani Viaggi- or Orio shuttle buses direct from the airport to Milan (these each take an hour), or a taxi (from 100EUR). There is a wide choice of accommodation in Milan; hotels with a high star rating are usually expensive, whilst B&B's are the cheapest options. 24-h tickets are recommended on public transport. The fastest mode of transport is often the underground. Taxis are slower and more expensive.

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