Milan: a glamorous city for fashionistas and culture vultures alike
Milan has long been associated with Italian fashion, so naturally this city is a shopper's dream. There are highlights for culture fans, also, with art, architecture and opera to enjoy.
The best time to travel to Milan
There is so much to see and do in Milan that it is worth a visit at any time of year. Those who don't enjoy the heat might choose to avoid July and August when the sun really beats down on the city. Early spring is a good time to come to Milan for anyone who relishes learning and enjoys culture, as the city holds a 'Culture Week' where entrance to all museums is free. A different sort of festival, White Night in June sees restaurants, cinemas, shops and bars stay open all night.
Some facts before you travel
Many tourists each year flock to Milan purely for the shopping. If this is you, you will want to head straight to the shopping district of 'Quadrilatero della moda' and loosen those purse strings. While we talk about purse strings, it's worth noting that Milan is the most expensive city in Italy, with many restaurants, bars and hotels charging over the odds, so be prepared. Milan is one hour ahead of GMT, so when you arrive, wind that designer watch forward.
Local transport and accommodation tips
Milan is served by two international airports: Malpensa and Linate. There are trains and buses from both airports to the city centre, and taxis are widely available. A number of budget airlines fly into Orio al Serio airport, which is slightly further away, near Bergamo. There is a train or shuttle bus from Bergamo to Milan. Once in the city, the best mode of transport is the underground, as the roads are more congested. It's a good idea to purchase a 24h ticket to get around for the whole day. There are many options for accommodation, ranging from hotels to hostels, bed and breakfasts to apartments, with every possible star rating covered.