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Your essential Milan travel guide

Find out how to make the most of your trip with helpful tips on where to stay, things to do and how to get around

We've put together an essential travel guide for your next trip to Milan.
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Long a stopover for visitors on their way to the Lakes or Piedmont, Milan has started to attract more attention, particularly since it hosted the World Expo in 2015. The city has its fair share of architectural wonders both old and new; beautiful buildings, enchanting churches and, perhaps most importantly, a sense of style, home as it is to some of the world’s best design firms and fashion houses.

Adding to its appeal is the relative ease with which you can visit most attractions, restaurants and other points of interest in this relatively compact city, a product of Milan’s flat terrain and extensive tram, metro and bus lines.

Navigate Milan like a pro

The best time to visit Milan
Things to do

The best time to visit Milan

Follow the lead of Milan’s trendsetters and visit during spring or fall for Milan Design Week and Milan Fashion Week. 

Where to stay in Milan
Hotels

Where to stay in Milan

Whether in Brera for the artistic vibe, Duomo for sightseeing or Porta Nuova for design-conscious architecture, Milan has it all.

Travel tips every first time Milan visitor needs to know
Things to do

Travel tips every first time Milan visitor needs to know

We’ve gathered some tips to help first-time Milan visitors find the often-surprising wonders of this gritty city.

Public transportation in Milan
Things to do

Public transportation in Milan

Milan has an easy-to-use, integrated public transportation system; alternatively, the city is incredibly walkable.