Rejuvenated by the postwar economic boom, Milan is known across the world as the fashion hub of Italy. Expect a beguiling mixture of old and new: a place where chic fashion houses, stylish boutiques and chi-chi restaurants rub shoulders with churches, museums and other historical attractions.
And if you’re looking for a convenient and affordable place to stay, you may well want to check out Airbnb. Luckily, we’ve done lots of searching and scrolling, and have put together this list of Milan’s top rental properties. Take a look below and start exploring a city rich with things to do and see.
Best Airbnbs in Milan
Elegant one-bed near the Duomo
Milan’s Duomo, a stupendously beautiful gothic cathedral, is an essential for all visitors to the city. This spacious, tastefully decorated one-bed apartment is just short walk away. As you might imagine, this really is the tourist hub of the area, so you’ll be surrounded by shops, cafés and restaurants.
Minimalist two-bed in Bicocca
This two-bed apartment is situated in the Bicocca area, on the northern fringes of Milan. It’s a up-and-coming area away from the well-trodden tourist zone – and it shows in the price. If the full five guests allowed stay, this could prove to be very cheap indeed. Not far away is the celebrated contemporary art museum Hangar Bicocca.
Quirky apartment near Teatro degli Arcimboldi
This place has some, er, curious decor – but whatever your thoughts on zebra pelts and the like, the comments by left previous guests attest to the generosity and helpfulness of the hosts. Another property in the Bicocca area, this is close to the world-famous opera house Teatro degli Arcimboldi.
All-white canalside apartment
Wow! This apartment, based in a 200-year-old building, is so bright and white that you might want to put some sunglasses on. It’s also located by a naviglio, one of the canals built in Renaissance-era Milan that’s every bit as charming as you imgine (take a look at the full range of the host’s pics).
Studio with terrace in Brera
Definitely one to consider if you want to soak up the Italian sunshine during your stay in Milan. This one-bed studio has a large terrace that overlooks its leafy neighbourhood of Brera: an area known for its chic fashion, shopping and al-fresco dining.
Gorgeous loft near Sempione Park
Another property in Brera, this split-level loft is a real treat for the eyes: an elegant mix of old and new, with contemporary decor offset by timber-framed ceilings. It’s in a quiet neighbourhood, and not far from the haven of Sempione Park.
Design loft in Navigli
A truly lovely choice for those who like to stay in places with a bit of clutter and lived-in personality. This one-bed loft is another property based on the Navigli, this time near the Porta Ticinese, in an area rich in nightlife. The host mentions he’s an art historian – so make sure you get in touch ahead of your stay for cultural recommendations.
Huge penthouse in the city centre
Visiting Milan with a big group of mates? Take a look at this place, which is slap-bang in the city centre. There are five beds across two rooms, and if you factor in the couches in the living area, this place can accomodate up to eight people.
Family-friendly apartment near the canal
This bright, cheerful-looking two-bed apartment looks like a good choice for families visiting Milan. While it’s near the Navigli, and so not far from the buzz of canalside bars and restaurants, it’s also away from car traffic and so pretty tranquil as a whole. Bellissimo!
Jawdropping high-rise apartment in Centro Direzionale
It won’t be within lots of people’s budgets – but had to include this apartment in one of the Bosco Verticale buildings. An astonishing skyscraper featuring growing, living trees, this is won its designer an architecture awards – and inside is just as impressive. You’ll find it in the Centro Direzionale, the business district of Milan.
Sumptuous split-level apartment with an incredible view
This gorgeous split-level apartment is basically in the most desired location possible for visitors to Milan: in the Piazza del Duomo. Which means you have one heck of a view as you eat breakfast on the balcony – the cathedral sits directly opposite. And even though it’s at the higher end of the price spectrum, divided across five guests, and it’ll hardly break the bank.