Milan is regarded as the Fashion Capital of the World, with its mix of business, artistic, entertainment, cultural and leisure activities. It is a city unlike others in Italy. From high-end shopping and fine dining, to relaxing at cafes and having the famous neopolitan pizzas by the roadside, to experiencing the nightlife at some great neighborhoods, the city is for everyone.
PIA flies to Milan twice a week.
BEST TIME TO GO
April and May or September and October have the best weather. July and August are the busiest peak tourist months. Summers are warm. Winters can get chilly and there might be some snow, but there is more rain than snow. Christmas markets starting in early December are always fun to check out. Winter is also the cheapest time to visit outside of the fashion weeks in January & February.
TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE
SCALA OPERA HOUSE – one of the most famous opera houses in the world and your go-to place if you’re a fan of opera. It has hosted some of the most well-known operas and ballets for over 200 years. The building is magnificent and seats more than 3000 people.
BRERA – the artistic heart of Milan, this neighborhood is famous for its Renaissance-style architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant atmosphere. Brera is filled with upscale shopping and dining options, but it really comes to life at night when the sidewalk cafes are swarmed by people enjoying the chic neighborhood.
NAVIGLIO GRANDE CANAL – one of the hippest spots in Milan, the canal is lined with several bars, restaurants and shops, attracting people in droves. The neighborhood is a popular spot for locals to relax and unwind after work
GALLERIA EMMANUELE II – right next door to the Duomo, this grand four storey building with its spectacular iron and glass domed roof, is the main shopping arcade in the city. Dotted with designer stores, and traditional cafes and restaurants, this place is a must-visit.
DUOMO MILANO – the Duomo (cathedral) and the Piazza del Duomo are the highlights of the city, located in the center of Milan. The Duomo attracts thousands of people (and pigeons) every day. Visiting the place at night is a treat to the eyes as the Duomo and surrounding buildings are beautifully illuminated.
THINGS TO DO
DUOMO’S ROOFTOP – while the Duomo is magnificent on its own when viewed from the ground, it’s an extra treat to go up the roofs of the cathedral to see the city. You can purchase your rooftop-access tickets online and in advance to avoid the long lines. Keep at least half a day to fully experience the views from the top, as well as from the inside of the cathedral, which is big enough to hold 1,000 people.
THE LAST SUPPER – one of the most famous paintings in the world by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, and also one of the hardest paintings to actually see in-person. Why? Only around 1000 people a day are allowed to see it, because the painting isn’t in very good condition. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as they go on sale at least 3 months in advance, and are quickly sold-out. The Last Supper painting is located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
PIZZA – pizza originated in Italy, so naturally you can have one of the most authentic Neopolitan pizzas in Milan. Margherita pizza is quite popular, and a number of local chains have a variety of it. Pizzeria Spontini, a local favorite pizza place, has been around since the 1950s.
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