City of Milan | Complete Travel Guide

A visit to the City of Milan and you will know that it is unlike any other cities you have been to. It’s skyline speaks of centuries of history, from Roman columns to Gothic architecture that still dominates but also how Milan is embracing the future in grand spirits and style. Milan is a city of hidden treasures and you cannot find those if you don’t wander around at your own pace, and sometimes get lost. And to top off a truly amazing experience, there are no limits to the gustatory palate that will have you yearning for more.

While Rome remains the political capital of Italy, Milan has long been known as the “moral capital” because of the city’s quality and values, historical as well as contemporary. The City of Milan has, in modern times contributed in every field, economic, cultural and ideological to the Italian State.

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This page on City of Milan Travel Guide introduces Milan with a little background to its geography and its popularity as a City, both economically and culturally. As one of the major hubs in Europe, and its enormity (although some may say it is relatively a small city), it may be impossible to experience everything the city offers in one visit. Likewise, it is impossible to capture all that the City offers in one post page. Therefore, this page offers various individual articles from how to get to the city from any of the three airports (from the time you arrive), how to get around the city once there and various suggestions and guides on best places to visit in one day, or even in a few hours. In every article, included are cost-effective ways of experiencing these attractions, and how to maximise your time through guided tours.

For an authentic experience of Milan, other than the main tourist attractions such as the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio, Sforza Castle or the La Scala, spend some time in the City’s largest green space and/or head to the outskirts of the City. Do a day trip to Lake Como or to another city like Verona or Venice . All of these related articles are listed below under “What to Explore, Discover & Enjoy in and around the City of Milan” which you can adapt to suit to fit your itinerary.

Scroll further, and there are guides on best time to visit Italy which includes popular events and festivals as well as an article about its people and culture. Scroll all the way down the page for more articles, guides and inspiring travels. On the side bar, there are Related Articles on Resource, Travel tips, Places to Stay and much more.

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1 | The geography of the City of Milan

Milan is located in Lombardy, the northern region of Italy, in the heart of Po Basin at 122 metres (400 feet) above sea-level. The Lombardy region covers a vast landscape ranging from the Alps to the countryside. The region is home to many art cities to hamlets rich in history, beautiful lakes and some of the best ski resorts. The City of Milan itself is dominated by the Alps to the north and marshy groves towards Po River.

Climate wise, Milan has a humid subtropical climate where summers are hot, humid with little rainfall while winters are cool and damp. The temperature in July averages at around 29°C (84°F) and in January 5°C (41°F). Snowfalls are common in winter. Mean annual precipitation is 1000 mm (40 inches).

To support your travel planning to Milan, see table below on the month by month guide to weather in Milan. If you are planning a trip to other parts of Italy as well when you visit Milan, take a look at this comprehensive guide on “When is the best time to go to Italy” where I have listed the weather, main and popular events to experience.

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A month by month guide to weather in Milan. The METEOPROG gives you up-to-date information daily on weather in the City of Milan

Wherever you go in northern Italy, whichever part of the Lombardy region you choose to explore, you are sure to find beautiful destinations for an exciting and memorable holiday. You will find this City at the following GPS code.

45.4641° N, 9.1919° E

Milan, in relation to other cities in Italy

2 | Economy of Milan

In economic terms, Milan is the third largest city in Europe, after London and Paris . Italy’s only Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana is located here, and if you are a football fan, I’m sure you know, Milan is renowned for its own dedicated international football team, AC Milan.

Located in the northwestern suburb of Rho, is FieraMilano, the city’s Exhibition Centre and Trade Fair complex which is the largest trade complex in the world.

If you are planning a visit to FieraMilano, you may want to know how to get there on public transport. This post has all the information you need on “Getting around Milan like a local”.

In Italy, the city of Milano is the second largest city after Rome. It is one of the best known cities in the world and is arguably the global capital of fashion and design. As a fashion hub, the city is home to the most popular fashion brands such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Missoni to name a few. Every year the city attracts countless visitors to its runways and design showrooms. To experience all of these famous names under one roof, visit the Galleria, Vittorio Emanuele II which sits just next to the Duomo. Better still, walk along Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea, and Via Montenapoleone and learn about the rich history of fashion in Milan. as you tour some of the most iconic shopping spots of the city. A perfect tour for fashionistas!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

3 | History and culture of Milan

Besides being a fashion and financial hub, Milan is packed with historyculture and centuries old architecture, reflecting the influences of the Romans, Hans, and many more throughout its 2500 years of history. Milan was the home of lyric Opera in the 18th century and La Scala was the reference theatre then. This infamous theatre continues to attract passionate followers even now as tickets to performances are sold out months ahead of time. If you want to experience an evening at the Opera in La Scala, plan ahead and book your tickets at their official website here. Alternatively, if your visits are impromptu, you can still experience La Scala through a theatre and museum tour.

The City is home to many iconic buildings such as the infamous Gothic Duomo di MilanoCastello SforzescoSanta Maria delle Grazie Convent where you will find Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are just some of the sights that will have you in awe – reasons which makes this City a tourist hot spot, with 10.8 million visitors in 2019. Milan remains a city of culture today.


Since the City of Milan is one of the most visited in the world, the articles in this page listed under What to Explore, Discover & Enjoy in and around the City of Milan on City of Milan Travel Guide is curated to support your travel plans. Though the experiences and opinions expressed are my own, the ideas, suggestions and useful planning guides are adaptable to suit and will help design your vacation your way so you will have timeless memories to cherish as well. This page will evolve with more posts as I hope to return to Milan on many future occasions. As always, I am more than happy to answer any questions or design a travel plan for your visit. Contact me here.

Have awesome adventures exploring and discovering the City of Milano!

Georgina

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10 Responses

  1. Georgina
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    Thank you so much. I am glad my guide is comprehensive and will support your next visit to Milan. The Duomo is truly a majestic structure and I am sure you will have an awesome time when you visit.

  2. Georgina
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    Thank you so much for saving my post for future travels. I am glad my post has a lot of information to support your next travel to Milan. The Duomo took my breath away too when I first saw it! An absolute marvel.

  3. Jan Banerjee
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    Thanks for this comprehensive guide on Milan! I have visited Italy twice but never been to Milan. I really want to visit the stunning Milan Cathedral! I am saving your guide to help me with my future visit. 🙂

  4. Georgina
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    You are welcome and thank you so much. I am so happy to know that this is the type of article you love reading. Yes, I think choices are important and even more so if you are planning a visit, be it a day or several days – you can choose what to experience and what not to.

  5. duemidwest
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    I visited Milan when I was in college. I remember coming off the metro, heading up the escalator and there was the Duomo. It was so impressive, took my breath away! I definitely saved this post for later, you have tons of good information here!

  6. Jay Artale
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    Thanks for such a comprehensive guide of Milan. It’s the type of article I love reading before I got to a new destination. With a little bit of every type of info that gives you the inspiration to want to find out more when you arrive. Well written. Thanks!

  7. Georgina
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    You are welcome, Sue. I enjoyed Milan and felt really happy about sharing my experiences there. Also, it was great to reflect on past travels and hope that travel will soon be possible.

  8. Georgina
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    You are welcome! Great that you want to visit Milan. It is a fabulous City and hope it will earn a place on your list.

  9. sue
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    Great guide & loads of information. I’ve visited Italy many times but never been to Milan. When the world opens up again I’ll definitely add it to my list! Really useful, thanks for sharing.

  10. Ann
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    Oh thanks Georgina!
    MIlan is a city that I really want to visit, but for some reason I always seem to forget to put it on my bucketlist. I cant for the life of me figure out why!

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