Milan is all about design and high fashion, so the range of shops and trendy bars can be almost overwhelming. But Milan also boasts the impressive Duomo cathedral, da Vinci’s "Last Supper" and the simple neighbourhood restaurants where no long lunch is complete without ossobuco and risotto alla Milanese. Take a lesson in elegance from the city's fashion-conscious denizens, and let the glitz and glamour of Milan overwhelm your senses.

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Il Duomo

The cathedral is the symbol of Milan. Building began in 1386 and was not completed until 500 years later. It is a late Gothic masterpiece, made more interesting by the fact that this style can’t be seen anywhere else in Italy. Towering over the Piazza del Duomo, the marble building is marked by 135 spires and countless statues.

Piazza Duomo, Milan
Cenacolo Vinciano

Cenacolo Vinciano is the home of one of the world’s most legendary and beloved works of art, Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper". It’s rarely possible to simply walk in and take a look though, so a good way to avoid the long queues is to book a time in advance.

Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, Milan

This Latino-Japanese fusion restaurant (inside the Armani department store) has an interior that is as exciting as its menu. The translucent screens, elegant dining room furniture, and the strict lines are reminiscent of luxurious airport lounges. For those who find it hard to choose, there is a tasting menu.

Via Gastone Pisoni 1, Milan
Ristorante Cracco

This storied deli also has its own one-star Michelin restaurant. The young chef, Carlo Cracco, lets his creativity seep into his culinary exploits, resulting in interesting and delicious dishes like goat milk ravioli with bunching onion and Norcia truffle.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan
La Rinascente

This is Milan’s equivalent to London’s Harrods department store, where exclusive selections of fashion items for men, women and kids are on offer. Across its eight floors you will find exclusive fashion, accessories, perfumes and toys by more than 200 brands. La Rinascente is located in the heart of Milan, just a few steps away from the Duomo.

Via Sante Radegonda 10, Milan
Enoteca Cotti

Enoteca Cotti is a well-stocked wine shop in the artsy Brera neighbourhood with an original 1930's interior. Italy produces an impressive quantity of high quality wine, and this wine shop stocks more than 3,000 selected labels representing every region of Italy. In addition, here you can find culinary specialities crafted in the Italian tradition.

Via Solferino 42, Milan


Malpensa lies approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) from downtown Milan and can be reached by bus, train and taxi (these can easily be hired at the airport). The Malpensa Express trains stop at terminals 1 and 2, depart frequently and run until late. Multiple buses and shuttles run between the airport and city centre, too. These might be a slightly cheaper option, and the only one if your time of arrival falls between after midnight and before 5am. Linate Airport is situated eight kilometres from the Milan city centre. Buses and taxis are available to transport you to and from the airport. This airport is mainly used for domestic and short-haul international flights. ( Orio al Serio Airport lies 50 kilometres northeast of Milan, just outside of Bergamo. Buses depart from here for Milan city centre, and the journey takes one hour.

Malpensa Airport


Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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