A city famed for the three Fs; fashion, football and food, Milan has a unique draw in that it appeals to pretty much everyone. The pulsating metropolis is home to some of the world’s most famed historical pieces of art, sculpture and architecture punctuated with a decidedly modern gastronomic and retail scene. Whether you decide to visit in the balmy summer months for al fresco dining and outdoor strolling, or wintertime for Christmas markets and mesmerising window displays, you’ll undoubtedly come away having fallen hook, line and sinker for the Italian city’s charms. Book one of our cheap flights to Milan today and discover the city for yourself.
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As the main industrial and financial city in Italy, Milan is part commercial trade hub, part tourist mecca with an unparalleled shopping and dining scene to thrill both locals and tourists like. Biannually the city is descended on by the fashion elite who come to witness a flamboyant showcase of all the latest clothing trends, whilst year round it appeals to tourists who want to see for themselves some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art and architecture. Whilst Milan treasures its historically significant monuments, the city has a decidedly modern feel and has emerged as one of the top places in Europe to enjoy a wild night out or a getaway dedicated to retail therapy. The city is relatively easy to navigate with a comprehensive public transport network and a series of quieter canals that are best enjoyed via a boat ride for stunning views without the tourist queues.
With one of the finest gastronomic scenes in the world, it’s impossible not to eat well in Milan whatever your budget. Celebrate your trip with a blow-out meal at the Tuscan inspired Il Luogo Di Aimo E Nadia, which has seen its impeccable food awarded 2 Michelin stars, or take a trip back in time at 13 Giugno where Sicilian seafood is served in a setting that has the old time feel of a Gentleman’s club. Whilst the pull of the fine dining scene is undeniable, Milan has so many boutique restaurants and hip cafes selling stand out dishes for less that there’s no need to splash out. Hit Pane e Acqua for a relaxed Mediterranean menu and romantic atmosphere or seek out mouth-watering pizza, pasta and fresh fish dishes in any one of the friendly trattorias that pepper the city centre. If it’s a night out you’re after then the city’s extensive after dark scene won’t fail to impress – from rooftop bars with panoramic views to throbbing club nights hidden underground, you can rest assured you’re in for a night out to remember wherever you decide to go!
Universally acknowledged as one of, if not the fashion capital of the world, it’s little surprise that Milan is a serious shopper’s paradise. Make like the Italians and shop for flamboyant glamour at Quadrilatero d’Oro, where high end fashion is sold against the backdrop of ‘the rectangle of gold.’ Even if you’re spending on a budget it’s well worth a visit just for the window shopping. For shoppers after a high concentration of stores in one place it has to be Corse Buenos Aires, Milan’s main high street that boasts hundreds of big name stores down the length of one very fashionable street. Budget shoppers will also rejoice on the city’s love of an outlet store, with places like Corse Como 10 Outlet offering on-trend pieces at a slice of the price. If you’re after an area with a slightly more bohemian vibe then head to the Brera district for boutiques selling homegrown Italian fashion.
Milan is the kind of city where simply strolling the streets and soaking up the atmosphere is enough to entertain, but if you’re after more of a structured ‘must-visit’ list then why not start with one of the city’s ancient buildings. Arguably Milan’s most recognisable sight is the cathedral Duomo, a marble vision with hundreds of spires and even more statues. If you can get your hands on the coveted tickets, then Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is certainly worth seeing in the flesh. If that’s given you a taste for art then make time to check out some of the older galleries like Pinacoteca di Brera or more modern collections such as 2010’s Gallerie d’Italia. Other more contemporary sights worth a visit are the San Siro stadium for a tour and visit to the fascinating football museum or a stroll down the Navigli Canals, where it’s impossible not to stop for coffee at any one of the bohemian cafes and restaurants.
Milan Malpensa Airport (often referred to as City of Milan Airport) is the largest airport in northern Italy and can be found 40km northwest of central Milan.
IATA code: MXP
Name: Milan–Malpensa Airport
Address: 21010 Ferno VA, Italy
Telephone: +39 02 232323
Milan Malpensa airport offers five different parking options to suit your needs: Long Term, Executive, Express, Holiday and Easy. All are situated less than a five minute walk from the terminal building.
The Malpensa Express train will take you from several points of the city to terminal one – a shuttle bus is also in operation between terminal one and two. A direct coach service is another way to travel from the city centre to the airport and vice versa.
Six different taxi companies are in operation at the airport and can be easily accessed on the arrivals floor once you’ve departed your Flybe flight.
Both terminal one and two have a range of car hire companies allowing you to explore the city of Milan your way, plus the airport even operates a service for car hire with a driver.