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"The Fashion Capital of Italy"

Milan Tourism

Milan, the vibrant city located in northern Italy, holds significant importance for travelers due to its rich cultural heritage, fashion influence, and historical landmarks. It serves as the capital of the Lombardy region and is well-connected to other major Italian cities, making it a convenient travel hub. Milan is renowned worldwide as a fashion capital, hosting prestigious fashion events like Milan Fashion Week. It's a paradise for fashion enthusiasts and a great place to witness the latest trends and styles.

Milan boasts a wealth of historical landmarks that captivate travelers. The city's cultural heritage is deeply rooted in its artistic treasures. It also embraces contemporary art and design, with museums and galleries dedicated to modern artistic expressions. Museums like the Pinacoteca di Brera, housing Renaissance masterpieces, and the Teatro alla Scala, an opera house of international acclaim, offer immersive experiences for culture lovers. 

Milanese cuisine is a treat for food enthusiasts. Indulge in traditional dishes such as risotto alla Milanese, osso buco, and cotoletta alla Milanese (breaded veal cutlet). Explore the local markets and savor delicious pastries, gelato, and espresso. Milan is also home to Michelin-starred restaurants, offering exquisite dining experiences for gastronomes.

Milan is a fashion capital, home to numerous high-end fashion boutiques and designer stores. Shop in the famous fashion district known as the Quadrilatero della Moda, where you'll find luxury brands and internationally renowned designers.Its cultural richness, fashion-forward reputation, and convenient location make it a compelling destination for travelers from all walks of life.

Must Know Before You Travel to Milan

  • Public Transportation:Milan has an excellent public transportation system, including the metro, trams, and buses. Purchase a rechargeable travel card, such as the "Io Viaggio" card, which allows you to use multiple modes of transport.
  • Validate Your Tickets: It's essential to validate your public transport ticket before boarding. It can be done through the yellow validation machines at metro stations, tram stops, or inside buses.
  • Validate Museum and Attraction Tickets: While visiting museums and attractions, it's important to validate your tickets at the designated machines or counters before entering.
  • Beware of Pickpockets: Be cautious of your belongings, especially in crowded areas and public transportation. Keep your bags close to you and be mindful of pickpockets.
  • Opening Hours: Shops and businesses in Milan typically follow a common schedule. Many shops are closed on Sundays and have a midday closure (usually from 1 pm to 3:30 pm) during weekdays.
  • VAT Refunds: Non-EU visitors can claim a refund of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on eligible goods purchased from stores displaying the "Tax-Free" or "Global Blue" signs in Italy. Ask for a tax refund form and make sure to keep the receipts and follow the necessary procedures at the airport before departing.
  • Electrical Outlets: In Milan, the standard voltage is 230V. The plug type commonly used is the Europlug (two round pins). If your devices have different plug types, you may need a travel adapter.
  • Seasonal Sales: In Italy, there are two main sales periods regulated by law, typically occurring in winter and summer. The winter sales, known as "Saldi Invernali," usually begin in early January and can last for a few weeks. The summer sales, called "Saldi Estivi," generally start in early July and continue for a few weeks as well. During these periods, you can find significant discounts ranging from 20% to 70% off in many stores.

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Shopping in Milan

Milan is known for its fashion so people can have their pick here. But prices soar and not everyone is willing to cut an arm and leg off for a dress. Some high end stores include - Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni (Armani superstore), Via Sant'Andrea, Via Montenapoleone, Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II. The Gallerie is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and the flagship store of Prada. Il Salvagente, Dmagazine Outlet and Basement are more pocket friendly destinations. Basement is mostly for women's wear as is Dmagazine. Il Salvagante or Lifesaver is best for both men and women's fashion wear.

Nightlife in Milan

From trendy bars to chic lounges and bustling clubs, Milan has something for everyone. The Navigli district is a hotspot with its charming canal-side bars and vibrant atmosphere. The Brera neighborhood offers a more artistic ambiance, with trendy bars and stylish wine lounges. Corso Como is renowned for its upscale clubs and exclusive venues, attracting a fashionable crowd.

Daily Budget for Milan

A budget meal at a local trattoria or pizzeria can range from €8 to €15 per person. Opting for street food, such as pizza by the slice or panini, can cost around €5 to €8. Consider purchasing a rechargeable travel card like the "Io Viaggio" card for convenience. If you plan to use public transport extensively, allocate around €5 to €10 per day for transportation. Milan offers a mix of free and paid attractions. However, some museums and galleries can range from €8 to €15 for entrance. It's recommended to plan your must-visit paid attractions in advance and allocate a budget of around €10 to €20 per day for attractions. With a daily budget of around €35 to €55 for food, transport, and attractions, you can explore Milan on a reasonable budget while enjoying the city's offerings.

Exchanging Money in Milan

Using the ATM/Debit card is the best way to get a cheap exchange rate. Plastic money is acceptable all over Italy and getting cash exchanged is becoming harder.

History of Milan

Celtic Insubres settled around Milan in 400 BC. The Romans renamed it Mediolanum in 222 BC. The name Milan comes from the Latin word Mediolanum. Milan later went on to be one of the leading cities of Italian Renaissance. Milan commercially dominated Northern Italy after being the political unification of Italy. In 1919 Mussolini's blackshirts rallied here for the first time. In the 21st century Milan has emerged from a tumultous history to again become one of the most important centres of finance and fashion in the world.

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FAQs on Milan

What are the top hotels in Milan?

There are 4493 in Milan which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Milan are Miniattico Fara, Milano Apartments Porta Genova, Milano Apartments Sant'Agostino, Antonella's House, La Casa di Paolo a Milano, Vesta. You can see all the hotels in Milan here

What are the places near Milan?

The top places near to Milan are Venice which is 244 km from Milan, Florence which is located 249 km from Milan, Bologna which is located 201 km from Milan, Siena which is located 293 km from Milan, Rome which is located 477 km from Milan

What are the things to do in Milan?

The top things to do in Milan are The Last Supper, Milan Cathedral, Sforza Castle , La Scala, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, San Siro. You can see all the places to visit in Milan here

How much does a package cost for Milan?

The packages for Milan start at INR 58093 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Milan?

Milenese cuisine is rich, meat dominated and reflects the bourgeois luxurious preferences of the upper class. The dishes one must try in Milan are - Risotto alla Milanese(try it at Ratana) , Cotoletta alla Milanese (veal cutlet), Cannoncino (pastry).
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What is the best time to visit Milan?

Spring and Fall are the best times to visit as the climate is very conducive. Summers have scorching heat and Milan is foggy and emptied out in the winters. Moreover Spring and Fall sees the Milan fashion week for men and women respectively.
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