A buzzing contemporary city
Milan, capital city of Lombardy, is a large city with an ancient centre surrounded by contemporary high buildings. This glamorous city is home to designers, artists and models making it an exciting place to visit al year round.
The Best Time To travel
A good time to visit Milan is from November to March when the cooler weather means fewer tourists and easier access to attractions. April, May and September have the best weather and are perfect for strolling and exploring. July and August are the hottest months when locals leave the city and some hotels and restaurants may be closed. Milan is alive with festivals in the spring. This is the time of Fashion Week, the Stramilano marathon and the Oggi cycle race. Private palaces and homes are open to the public in early spring.
Important information before you travel
Milan is on the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00) This city is expensive and accommodation, drinks and food are more expensive than in the UK. Shop around for less expensive restaurants. EU Nationals do not need a passport or Visa when travelling to Milan. Enjoy Italy's fashion capital and explore the shopping area 'quadrilatero della moda' during Settimana dei Beni Culturali, Culture Week when restaurants, shops and bars are open all night. During summer there is a Food Festival, concerts and there are outdoor movies in Rotonda della Basana.
Local information: arrival, accommodation and transport
Milan central is a forty-five minute journey on the express train from Malpensa Airport. The train leaves the Airport's Terminal 1, Level 1 for Malpensa, it takes 45 minutes. Bergamo station is 1 hour away. The 73 or X73 bus service runs from Terminals 1and 2 into the centre of Milan, the journey tales 50 minutes. Taxis are available at the airport exit 5 and Terminal 1 and 2 and cost 100 EUR. The Orio shuttle buses run directly from the airport to Milan and take about one hour. The city centre is quite compact and easily explored on foot. It has ample, public transport for trips into city neighbourhoods and beyond. Buses and trams provide an inexpensive way to discover Milan. There is a wide variety of accommodation in Milan suiting every budget from bed and breakfast to luxury hotels.