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Milan, depending on how you want to tour the city, is virtually visitable all the year. Keep in mind most places, including tourist destinations and museums, are closed on Mondays.
In autumn, the weather is warm/cool, and in later months can be quite rainy and foggy. At this time of the year, the city's inhabitants are very busy with work, so, the only people you're likely to see wandering around are tourists. All the major venues and shops are
In winter, the city can become cold (often below or around zero degrees centigrade), and the weather is usually foggy and rainy if not snowy. However, the city, in the few weeks before Christmas, becomes delightful to visit - the main sights are all illuminated by stunning lights, a huge Christmas tree is set up in front of the Duomo, vendors and markets can be found everywhere, many shop and display windows are decorated and the streets become bustling with locals and tourists alike. However, the only downside is that it can become extremely crowded, noisy and busy.
In spring, the weather is similar to that of autumn. People go back to work, and the atmosphere becomes more quiet, yet serious unlike that of the winter. Parks become nice to visit, as trees blossom. The city is also quite nice to visit at Carnival, where people dress up and celebrate, and during Easter, where there are special services held in churches and some special events.
In summer, Milan can become extremely hot and humid, with the odd powerful rainstorm here and there. Whilst in July, apart from the weather, most shops remain open, in August, as many locals go off to take their summer holidays, many businesses and venues shut down (with the notice '''Chiuso per ferie''', or shut down for vacation). The city may become quite empty with the odd tourist strolling around, and with several of the main sights shut down. Despite it's not the best time for shopping and the weather's not at all times very pleasant, it's good if you want to enjoy the city to yourself when it's quiet, and maybe want to stroll around, sipping at the odd open bar or at an ice cream, or walking in a silent park. Despite many businesses shut down, some still do remain open, and you will still be able to find some open shops, restaurants and museums.
** '''The Malpensa Express Trains between Malpensa and Milano Centrale''' connect the the terminal 1 of the Malpensa airport to Milano Centrale. These trains also connect to Milano Bovisa and Milano Porta Garibaldi. There are 1 or 2 trains each hour. These trains stop at Milano Bovisa, Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Centrale. Some trains also stop at Busto Arsizio, Saronno, and some trains also stop at some intermediate stations. For full timetable see [http://www.fnmgroup.it/website/file/4922.pdf] Running time varies,[http://ticket.malpensaexpress.it] (please note that the procedure to buy ticket from this web site is not completely easy and you have to strictly follow the procedure described) 4) From the self-service ticket machine located at the beginning of platform 3 in Centrale railway station
*'''Buses''' leave approximately every 20 minutes for Centrale Station and Linate airport, costing about
* Using a '''taxi''' to get from Malpensa to the city center is expensive: €90 (fixed fee for a City-Airport trip, without further stops). Only taxis registered in Milan itself have signed up to the fixed fee agreement - taxis from outlying cities (which you will also find at Malpensa) have not signed on to the agreement, will still take you to Milan but will charge you the meter reading (generally €80+ in light traffic). If upon entering a taxi you do not see a card on the window or rear of the driver/passenger seats, then you are in a non-Milanese taxi. You can request the fixed fee if the driver refuses, then take the next taxi in the rank. You may find that if you take the fixed fee from a non-Milanese taxi then they take a slower non-toll road rather than the toll paying motorway (tolls are ALWAYS paid by the driver so are included in the meter or fixed fee). For more information about taxi fare see [http://www.comune.milano.it/portale/wps/wcm/jsp/fibm-cdm/FDWL.jsp?cdm_cid=com.ibm.workplace.wcm.api.WCM_Content/Muovermi%20In%20e%20Fuori%20Citta_Taxi_Tariffe%20del%20servizio%20taxi/363c660046c2d0c5a73da7a8a70207b8/PUBLISHED&cdm_acid=com.ibm.workplace.wcm.api.WCM_Content/tariffario%20taxi%20Milano%20-%20f76abd0046c2ef5aa8fea8a8a70207b8/f76abd0046c2ef5aa8fea8a8a70207b8/false] (in Italian, the fixed fares between airports and the city are in the bottom part of the page)
* Taking connecting flights in Linate might take much longer than elsewhere because there is no through passage: you get off the airplane, get out of the security area, go through security again together with those passengers who have just arrived from Milan and not with a connecting flight, and only then can you board the new plane. If you're taking a connection from abroad it doesn't make much difference, because in these cases you have to go through security again (say, London to Palermo via Rome Fiumicino), but if both flights are domestic then you don't have to go through security again if the airport has a through passage (e.g. Palermo to Genova via Rome Fiumicino). This is common in most countries: the rationale is that apparently no one seems to trust security checks performed by other countries!
* Since the airport is so close to the city, it is served by buses of the city public transport network: '''Bus no. 73''' outside the terminal building goes to San Babila Square, in the city centre, which is served by metro line '''MM1'''. This bus is not a dedicated service but a city transportation network bus with many stops en route, may get crowded during peak hours. The bus runs every ten minutes and costs €1.50. This bus service is managed by ATM [http://www.atm-mi.it], the public transport company of Milan. Tickets can be purchased from the newsagent inside the airport terminal or by the ATM vending machines close to the bus stop. Remember to validate the ticket when boarding the bus. With the same ticket, you can transfer to the metro (subway) system once and unlimited buses or
* A new express service '''Bus no. X73''', by ATM [http://www.atm-mi.it], connect the Linate airport and San Babila Square, in the city centre and vice versa, via a route similar to the bus 73, but with just one intermediate stop (at Dateo, where interchange with the ''Passante Ferroviario'' is possible). As it is a direct service it takes less time than the normal 73 bus and it is usually less crowded. The advertised journey time is 25 (but take into account more time than this, especially if you are travelling in peak time). This express service operates only weekdays 7AM-8PM and there is an express bus every 20 minutes. The ordinary ticket of €1.5 is accepted on this route, no supplement is needed, and you can transfer to the metro (subway) system and other bus (for more details about tickets see above and the Get around section).
'''Azienda Trasporti Milanesi S.p.A.''' (ATM) [http://www.atm-mi.it/] operates a public transport network which is pretty efficient (especially the underground lines and the trams (streetcars)). Single tickets cost €1.50 and are available from newsstands, tabaccherie, bars and automatic ticket machines in metro stations. 24h (€4.50, as of Sept. '11) and 48h (€8.50) tickets, as well as a "carnet" of 10 single trips (€13.80) are available from most newsstands (including subway newsstands), tabaccherie (tobacconist - look for large T sign), coffee bars and the tourist information office. Please note that you must have a valid ticket before boarding a bus or tram. Tickets are not sold on board and you will not find a self-service ticket machine at bus and tram stop. You need to buy a valid ticket from one of the place listed above. Single tickets are valid for
* The '''Metro''' (short for Metropolitana [http://www.atm-mi.it/ATM/eng/], the logo is a big white '''M''' on a red background) has three lines, each commonly identified by a color as shown below, and is the best way to get around Milan. The lines are: MM1, red ('''rossa'''); MM2, green ('''verde'''); MM3, yellow ('''gialla'''). Lines MM4 and MM5 are under construction to be completed by 2015, as many other extension of existing lines. The subway network is rather extended (lines split into different sections and its 72 stations cover most areas of town). Trains run every 1-3 minutes. Service starts at 6.00AM and the last trains run at around midnight (2AM on Saturday nights).
* '''Trams''' (''streetcars'') run above-ground on rail lines running through the streets. Being above ground means you get a view of what you're passing, so if you don't need to go far, they're convenient and fun. Some tram lines are operated by the ultramodern 'jumbo' green tram, others are run by yellow or orange antique traditional carriages (similar to the ones in San Francisco) with wooden panneling inside and glass chandeliers. There is also a restaurant tram and a party tram with disco music. Many tram stops have electronic information panels with indications on how many minutes to wait before the next available service. These are known as trams and an Italian (or non-American foreigner for that matter) will have no idea what you are talking about if you ask them where to find a 'streetcar'.
* '''Buses''' should probably be your third public transport option. Equally comfortable, rather punctual and clean with many routes to choose from. ATM
* The '''Suburban Railway System''' or '''S-lines''' (the logo is a big green '''S''' on a blue background) includes a special line known as '''Passante ferroviario''' (railway link), considered Milan's fourth subway line (although trains run every 6-15 mins), and has eight more lines, each identified by a number (S1, S2, S5, S6, S10 trough Passante Ferroviario and S3, S4, S8, S9, S11 trough other railways), connecting metro area towns with Milan. Suburban trains run less often than Metro trains (depending on the line, they range from 1 to 4 per hour) but, as some lines share tracks and stations, you can expect as many as 10 trains per hour in central Milan between Lancetti and Porta Vittoria stations. Suburban Railway 'S' Lines are usually marked in blue on subway maps. The Passante is not heavily used by the Milanese and in non-peak hours stations can be deserted so would not be recommended for lone (and particularly female) travellers.
Milan offers the visitor a large variety of art museums, mainly of Italian Renaissance and Baroque.
* '''Pinacoteca di Brera''', Via Brera [http://www.brera.beniculturali.it/]. Reach by subway MM2 ''Lanza - Piccolo Teatro'' Station, MM3 ''Montenapoleone'' Station, trams lines 1, 4, 8, 12, 14, 27 or buses 61 and 97. One of Italy's most important art collections and one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings.
* '''Pinacoteca Ambrosiana''', Piazza Pio XI, 2, 02 80692 1, ([mailto:[email protected]], Fax: 02 80692 210) [http://www.ambrosiana.it]. Historical library that also houses the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art gallery.
*'''Civico Museo Archeologico''' — Roman antiques from Milan and the surrounding area.
* '''Contemporary Arts Pavillion (PAC)''', Palestro
* '''Museo del Duomo (Museum of the Cathedral)''' [http://www.duomomilano.it]. Subway: MM1 and MM3 ''Duomo'' Station. Displays the 700 year old history of construction of the cathedral, with impressive walk-in wooden models, façade designs originating from several centuries, sculptures and more.
* '''Museo d'Arte Paolo Pini''' [http://www.mapp-arca.it] — Contemporary art gallery collection.
* '''Galleria d'Arte Moderna''' — Mainly features 19th Century Italian art.
* '''Hangar Bicocca''' [http://www.hangarbicocca.it/] — Contemporary art museum located in a giant hangar in the industrial district just north of Milano Bicocca university. They have a few permanent sculptural installations along with rotating temporary exhibits and events. Subway: MM1 ''Sesto Marelli'' station.
* '''Saint Ambrose''' (Basilica di Sant' Ambrogio), in Piazza San Ambrogio. A beautiful and huge Byzantic/Romanic church which was almost destroyed by allied bombing in World War 2, although some of its Byzantic mosaics are well preserved. Reachable by subway: MM2 ''Sant'Ambrogio''.
* '''Saint Maurice''' — A must-see! A stunning fully frescoed Renaissance church. Most of the paintings are the work of Bernardino Luini.
* '''San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence)'''— a lovely 4th century basilica, famous for its beautiful courtyard, with Roman-age columns and statue of the emperor Constantine. The church can be reached by tram, or the ''Missori'' metro station.
* '''The Castello Sforzesco''' [http://www.ruba.com/place/Castello_Sforzesco-Piazza_Castello_3_20121_Milano_Milan_Lombardie_Italy]— Where the Sforza-Visconti ruling families of Milan resided. Later it was the Austrian governor's residence, when Lombardy was part of the Hapsburg empire. It houses several museums. Reachable by subway: MM1 ''Cairoli - castello'' Station.
* '''La Scala Theatre''', Via Filodrammatici 2, [http://www.teatroallascala.org/], +39 02 88 79 1. One of the most renowned opera houses in the world. It first opened in 1778 and re-opened in 2004 after extensive renovation. It has seen performances by stars such as Maria Callas and Pavarotti. Reachable by subway: MM1 and MM3 ''Duomo'' Station.
* '''Cimitero Monumentale''' — Milan's old cemetery in Neoclassical style. It is filled with lavish sculptures, impressive mausoleums and monuments. Well worth a visit!
*'''I Navigli''' — Once the hubs of the city's commercial life (the industrial canals), after years of abandonment, these pretty and "quintessentially Milanese" places are currently the location where many night spots are open until late, and today, there is a nice mix of old-world ancient shops and cafes, and funky bars and fashion boutiques. I Navigli (or The Canals) consist of Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese. On the last Sunday of every month there is an antiques market along the Naviglio Grande.
*'''San Siro Stadium''' [http://www.sansiro.net/] — The famous stadium of Milan, home to AC Milan and Internazionale, two of the most famous and successful football(soccer) clubs in Italy. Terminal point of
*'''Leonardo's Horse''' [http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Il_Cavallo_di_Leonardo/] — A bronze sculpture realised according to an original project of Leonardo da Vinci. It is on the courtyard of the race-track of San Siro, just behind the Stadium. The race-track is open on race days but the courtyard is open everyday.
Milan is a great city to walk around and see the sights and people.
* '''Football''' — Watch '''AC Milan''' [http://www.acmilan.com/] or '''FC Internazionale''' [http://www.inter.it/] at the famous Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, also known as San Siro, which is shared as a home stadium by both clubs. Tickets for most matches are available in advance or on the day. The rivalry between the two sides is very bitter, and considered to be one of the biggest in Italy, and matches between both sides, known as the ''Derby della Madonnina'', are particularly charged affairs which always attract sell-out crowds. Watch out for the scalpers at the stadium as they sell the tickets for much more than the official ticket offices. As many as 60 matches per year are played in San Siro from late August until late May. MM1 Lotto Station or
* '''Exhibition Fairs''' — Many exhibitions are held during the year, ranging from wines to computers, industrial equipment and chocolate. The old exhibitions area is in central Milan (MM1 Amendola Fiera or MM1 Lotto - Fiera 2 Stations), the new one is in Rho (North West Milan, MM1 Rho Fiera Station, A4 highway Pero exit). For more information, visit the Fiera Milano website [http://www.fieramilano.com].
*'''Università degli Studi di Milano''' [http://www.unimi.it/], commonly known as '''La Statale''' — Established in 1924 in a 14th-century building named Ca' Granda with a marvellous internal courtyard. The University is on Festa del Perdono Street, very close to the Duomo. Reach by bus or subway, line MM1 MM3 Duomo Station. It also has other facilities around the city, the most important in Celoria Street.
*'''Politecnico di Milano''' [http://www.polimi.it/english/] — A Technical University established in 1863 and is now one of Europe's most outstanding centres for engineering, architecture and industrial design. The main building is on Leonardo da Vinci Square, reach by bus,
*'''Università Bocconi''' [http://www.uni-bocconi.it/] — Established in 1902 as a private college, its one of the leading universities in Italy for economics and is renowed internationally. The central buildings are in Roentigen and Sarfatti Street and other facilities are in the surrounding area. Reachable by bus 79 and
*'''Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore''' [http://www.unicatt.it/], commonly known as '''Cattolica''' — Established in 1921 in the XV century Saint Ambrose Monastery, it has two very beautiful cloisters designed by Bramante. Università Cattolica is on Gemelli Street, right behind Saint Ambrose Basilica. Reachable by bus or subway, line MM2 ''Sant'Ambrogio'' Station.
*'''Università di Milano - Bicocca''' [http://www.unimib.it/] — A new university born as a spin-off from Università Statale. Situated between Milan and the once-industrial small town of Sesto S.Giovanni, in a recently restructured area of former old tire factory grounds. Reachable by bus,
*'''LIUC''' [http://www.liuc.it/] — Established in 1991 north-west of Milan, in the small town of Castellanza, half way between Milan and Malpensa Airport, is a young yet very active university. Reachable by commuter train, FNM Castellanza Station.
*<buy name="La Rinascente" alt="" address="Piazza Duomo" directions="Metro: Duomo" phone="02-88521" url="http://www.rinascente.it/webapp/" hours="M-Th: 9:30AM - 9PM; F-Sa: 9:30AM - 10PM; Sunday: 10AM - 9PM" price="" lat="" long="">A big department store in Milan, right in the centre of the city near the Cathedral and Galleria, and very close to the chic Montenapoleone shopping zone. Here you can get houseware, design and appliances, male, female and children's fashion, youthful sports' clothes, jewellery, accessories, cosmetics, watches, perfumes, glasses, socks, underwear, lingerie, gifts, table decor, a hair stylist, a restaurant, sushi bar, food market, sandwhich, drink and chocolate bar, an enoteca (wine bar) and several other things. Good place to do some shopping of all kinds in a very central location and then stop for a drink, snack or meal at the cafe or restaurant.</buy>
*<buy name="D Magazine" alt="" address="Via Montenapoleone 26" directions="Metro: Montenapoleone or San Babila" phone="02-7600-6027" url="http://www.dmagazine.it/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located in Milan's, and one of the world's, most exclusive shopping streets, the D Magazine is an outlet where you can a lot of
*<buy name="Basement" alt="" address="Via Senato, 15" directions="Metro: Montenapoleone" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This small hidden shopping outlet called Basement cannot be seen from the street above. To reach it, you have to go to the Via Senato no. 15 parking lot, go down a staircase, go to your right, and then you'll see a purple sign, which shows that you've arrived. It contains a lot of designer clothes, including that from Moschino, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, to D&G and La Perla with huge discounts </buy>
The other market in Milan is the Mercatone del Naviglio Grande. This takes place along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande on the last Sunday of each month. Dedicated to antiques, the market has over 400 exhibitors, so you're certain to find something that catches your eye.
If outlet shopping is your thing, the shopping outlet in Serravalle Scrivia (a town roughly an
In bars you can enjoy great caffè espresso, cappuccino and a brioche for as little as €2.
* '''Ambasciatori Hotel Milan''', Galleria del Corso 3, 20122, 0039 02 76020241, ([mailto:[email protected]], Fax: 0039 02 782700), [http://www.hotel-milan-ambasciatori.com/]. 300 metres from the Duomo. Singles from €190, doubles from €260.