Located in heart of Lombardy, Northern Italy, Milan is fashionable, cosmopolitan and bursting with culture and history. Milan shopping draws visitors from around the world, but the city has more to offer visitors, from charming old buildings to lively nightlife. This popular city has accommodation to suit every budget, from self-catering apartments in Milan, to luxury villas.
Milan is a fascinating city to walk through. Most of the main attractions are within easy walking distance of one another. There are a wide variety of museums and galleries including Pinacoteca di Brera, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and the Sforzesco Castle that houses a number of museums and galleries. Milan also has interesting churches and cathedrals including the large Duomo, as well as Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is home to the famous “Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. This is a popular tourist attraction and it is recommended that visitors reserve tickets online a couple of months before holidays to Milan. Other attractions in Milan include the Branca Tower and Piazza Della Scala, which has a famous statue of Leonardo da Vinci as well as the La Scala theatre where you can watch an Opera.
One of the main reasons people visit the city is for Milan shopping. Known as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, Milan is home to boutiques and shops that carry every designer label imaginable. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is an upscale shopping mall that is every shopoholics dream. The Via della Spiga is a street that offers high-class shopping and will not disappoint visitors.
Milan is conveniently located within easy driving distance of some of Italy’s most beautiful attractions, including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. This impressive lake at the foothill of the Alps can be reached by train and offers beautiful scenery and water sports. There are also plenty of hiking trails surrounding the lake for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. The region also offers excellent skiing in winter.
The nearby town of Monza also makes a great day trip and can be reached by train. On non-race days visitors can race on the Autodromo Nazionale circuit, which is home to the Monza Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Milan is blessed with pleasant sunny weather in the summer months – prefect for taking a leisurely stroll around the city. Summer temperatures hover around a comfortable 26°C. Winters are cool and wet. The best time of year for holidays to Milan is in autumn or spring when the weather is pleasant but the city is not crowded.
Milan has two main airports, Milan Linate (LIN), which is 7km from the city center and Milan Malpensa (MLP), which 45km from the city center. Airlines that offer cheap flights to these airports from various locations in the UK include easyJet, Ryanair and BMI.