Welcome to Milan

Italy’s second largest city, fashionable and sophisticated Milan boasts prestigious museums, excellent restaurants, delightful cafés, elegant boutique-lined avenues, busy markets, a magnificent Gothic cathedral, and the prestigious La Scala opera house. Cosmopolitan, stylish, cultural and energetic, Milan is perfect for a short break.

When to visit

Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit, less crowded and with bright sunny days. Summers are generally hot and humid and although winter can be grey it’s a good time to wander around the city’s galleries and museums and seek out cosy bars. The famous Milan Fashion Week is held in spring and autumn, the Design Week in spring and the city’s popular Ambrosian Carnival in February. The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monza is usually staged in September and the start of the opera season takes places annually in December, on St Ambrose’s Day.

Bosco Verticale, The Vertical Forest, Milan

Bosco Verticale, The Vertical Forest, Milan

Experience Milan

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Milan. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Domes, castles, parks, art and an aquarium

The view from the roof of the Duomo is not to be missed. But neither is
Sempione Park, home to the third oldest aquarium in Europe and
Sforza Castle with its Michelangelo and da Vinci artworks.

La Scala Museum and Theatre (1 hour)

Go behind the scenes at Italy’s most famous opera house. See the theatre and museum rooms’ curiosities, and hear anecdotes about the great artists, like Verdi and Toscanini, who performed there.

From £29 per person

Lake Como (full day)

Discover Lake Como in Italy’s beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Visit the fashionable lakeside town of Como, spending time shopping and dining, then take a two-hour panoramic cruise to the enchanting village of Bellagio.

From £77 per person

Grand Tour of Milan (3 hours)

A city where history, art and fashion go hand in hand. Discover the city’s highlights, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the medieval Sforza Castle, and the architectural splendour of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery.

 

From £86 per person

Bergamo (half day)

Take an afternoon tour to Bergamo and explore the old town ‘Città Alta’. Located at the foot of the Alps, this medieval mecca is a haven of history and culture. Learn about the city’s remarkable historical and religious monuments.

From £49 per person

Lake Maggiore (full day)

Surrounded by the majestic Alps and home to some of Italy’s most impressive gardens. Visit Stresa and take a twohour panoramic boat cruise mto the Borromean Islands: Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella.

From £60 per person

Maison Milan dinner show (3 hours)

Paired with a four-course meal and wine, the Maison Milan offers a variety of shows throughout the week to enthral its audience. Shows include burlesque, live music and DJ sets, as the venue becomes a nightclub.

 

From £67 per person

Out and about

Milan boasts numerous museums, monuments and churches, including the most grandiose of Gothic cathedrals, the Duomo. Overlooking the Piazza del Duomo, Museo del Novecento houses a fine collection of 20th century art. Bohemian Brera is the city’s traditional artisan area and home to one of Italy’s most prestigious art collections in the Pinacoteca di Brera; see works by Tintoretto, Caravaggio and the Bellini brothers.

Visit Milan’s vast cemetery, Cimitero Monumentale, famed for its numerous beautifully decorated tombs; sculptures representing The Last Supper, a pyramid and a white sculpted tower, numerous Greek temples, obelisks and Italian sculptures. The Porta Nuova area is the home of Italy’s tallest skyscraper and modern plazas, the Navigli neighbourhood with its pretty canals features vintage boutiques, antique stores and a wealth of bars.

For those looking for the latest trends and retail indulgence, this city is famed for its fashion, contemporary Italian creativity and style, all of which are an essential part of the Milan ethos. The shopping district, with exclusive designer boutiques set in an elegant 18th-century palazzo, easily rivals London’s New Bond Street and New York’s Fifth Avenue. The Armani Silos museum showcases Armani designs over the last 40 years. Nightlife is vibrant with an avant-garde theatre scene, stylish nightclubs and La Scala for opera lovers. Cocktails in historic Bar Cova are a must, followed by dinner in one of many superb restaurants.

Good to know

The historic centre is compact and easy to explore on foot. If you want to use public transport, Milan’s metro offers the quickest way of getting around, there’s an extensive bus network or hop on a tram; Tram 1 is a beautiful retro style tram. If you plan to use public transport extensively a travel pass for 24 or 48 hours can be good value. The Milano Card offers metro, bus and tram travel as well as discounted or free entry to museums and monuments, discounts in some shops and restaurants and savings on bike rentals.

Luxury hotels in Milan

SINA de la Ville

Milan

  • Romantic Hotel
  • Rooftop Plunge Pool
  • Spa & Wellness centre

NH Collection Milano President

Milan

  • Central Location
  • Fitness Centre
  • Eco-Friendly Hotel

Hotel Manin

Milan

  • Tranquil Setting
  • Beautiful Views
  • Ideal Honeymoon Destination

Milan musts

Duomo

One of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the world, accommodating some 40,000 people, 135 spires and 3,200 statutes, the Duomo stands as the major symbol of the city, and an awe inspiring architectural masterpiece.

Teatro alla Scala

The largest theatre in Europe and world famous for opera, its opening season has become Milan’s greatest social event, with first-class performances of some of the best-loved works of opera and ballet. Take a look behind the scenes on a guided visit.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

As beautifully designed and timelessly fashionable as the merchandise which it offers for sale, this shoppers’ paradise has been one of the city’s main attractions since 1867 and is home to Prada’s flagship store.

Parco Sempione

A huge variety of offerings includes a wonderful aquarium, a historic castle, a design museum, a plethora of Liberty-style buildings and architectural conversation pieces set amongst winding paths and parkland.

The Last Supper

Perhaps one of the most famous works of art, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting depicting the Last Supper decorates one of the walls of the Santa Maria delle Grazie; pre-booking is essential.

Castello Sforzesco

Originally a 14th century fortress, later home to the Sforza dynasty. Today it houses several specialised museums including ancient art, antiques, Egyptian and archaeological collections.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultant about combining a stay in Milan with a visit to Verona, Florence, Venice or Rome.
See our dedicated Italy brochure for further details.