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The Bustling Metropolis of Milan
Milan, boasting the magnificent gothic Duomo Cathedral with more than 100 spires, is the second largest city in Italy, but for business and industry it is the most important. Hence its bustle. Milan is one of the most important capitals of fashion and a popular destination for clothes shopping, and home to many fashion designers, including Armani and Versace.
Best time to visit
Milan is an excellent city to visit all year round. Weather-wise, spring is a good time to visit, but be aware that trade fairs take place in April when the city becomes very busy with business people from around the world. Summer, especially in July and August, can be very hot and sultry. Winter can be grey and rainy. As for holidays and festivals, in early spring, during Cultural week (Settimana dei Beni Culturali) entrance to all museums is free. In the middle of June, another event to know about is the "White Night" (La Notte Bianca) when you find all the restaurants, bars, shops and cinemas open all night.
Tips and facts before you travel
Milan is the Italian capital of fashion and therefore the perfect fashionista destination. The quadrilatero della moda shopping district is the place to head for. Milan is Italy's most expensive city. The restaurants in tourist areas are not always of higher quality and are very expensive. Better value-for-money restaurants can be found elsewhere. Milan's time zone is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).
The city centre can be reached in about 45 minutes by train from Malpensa airport - Train Level 1 at Terminal 1. The bus from Terminal 1 and 2 takes about 50 minutes. Or you can take a taxi from Terminal 1 or 2. From Linate, you can take Bus 73 or x73, or a taxi from Arrivals (starting from about 40EUR). From Bergamo, the train takes you from Bergamo Station to Milan centre in about an hour. Autostradale, Zani Viaggi or Orio run shuttle buses to Milan Central Station directly from the airport. Travel time is about an hour. Taxi is the more costly option starting at about 100EUR. Accommodation offers many choices, with high star rated hotels being expensive. B&B is the cheaper option. For travelling around Milan, public transport is faster and cheaper than taxis. Public transport 24 hour tickets can be purchased and are recommended.