A practical guide to holidaying in Milan

Friday, 8 February 2015 10:35 PM

If you have booked or plan to go on holiday to Milan in the near future, it is a good idea to read up on some practical advice to help your trip go as smoothly as possible. That way, you can enjoy everything this stunning Italian city has to offer, without having to worry about the small details.

First and foremost, you will probably book your flights into Milan. If you do this in advance, you will have time to search for the best deals and flight times. The city is around four hours away from the UK, so you won't arrive in Italy feeling tired and unable to see the sights.

Quite a few airlines service the city, including British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet and Swiss, so you should easily find a deal that best suits your needs. It's also a good idea to book car hire from Milan Airport, such as the service offered by Auto Europe, as that way you can simply jump into your vehicle and drive to your accommodation.

When booking your car hire, keep in mind there are three airports in the area. Malpensa is the biggest with two terminals and the journey by road from here to the city centre should take around an hour. You'll follow the A8 motorway and Milan itself should be well signposted.

Linate is closer still to the centre and is popular with businesses thanks to its proximity to the city centre. There is also Orio al Serio, which also is around an hour away by car from the main tourist attractions, although you will drive along the A4 motorway, rather than the A8.

Of course, there are other transport options than a car, with both the bus and train also servicing Malpensa Airport. Your next step will more than likely be arranging where to stay. If it is a luxury holiday you want, Milan has plenty of four and five-star hotels that will provide all the comfort and amenities you are looking for.

Just two of the most popular accommodation options among holidaymakers who are looking for a chic place to sleep include Westin Palace and Sheraton Diana Majestic, with the latter located close to La Scala, Pinacoteca di Brera and the expensive boutiques of Via Della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone.

Milan boasts so many tourist attractions, it can be difficult knowing where to start when deciding which ones to put on your itinerary. City tours take place at Largo Cairoli from Tuesday to Sunday and typically commence at 09:30 local time and last 3.5 hours.

You will visit top sights such as the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, Sforza Castle, the cathedral and La Scala Theatre Museum. This takes the hassle out of organising which places to see by yourselves, not that a holiday to Milan can ever be stressful!

Indeed, booking through an organised tour operator is a fantastic option for avoiding queues, as it guarantees you quick access to the Last Supper. This masterpiece commands a waiting list, which you will no doubt want to avoid being on, especially if you only have a few days to enjoy in Milan.

As you take in the sights of your tour, you might like to ask your guide where the best restaurants are. If you're staying in a luxury hotel, you will want to dine there at some point. However, Milan has plenty of renowned chefs leading restaurants, so if you want to guarantee a table, it's worth booking your place well ahead of your holiday.

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The Italian city of Milan is chic, glamorous, stunning and culturally rich. It's the capital of the Lombardy region and lies in the wider Milan province, both of which are fantastic places to explore if you manage to secure a great deal for car hire in Milan.

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With its glamorous boutiques, top-quality restaurants and iconic landmarks, Milan really is a fantastic place to enjoy a luxury holiday. Although it has all the amenities you'd expect to find in any modern city, what fascinates many people - tourists and locals alike - is the breathtaking traditional architecture.

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Milan is a beautiful city and one of the most popular places to visit in Italy. It boasts world-famous attractions such as artistic masterpieces, basilicas and monuments, but its surrounding area should also not be forgotten about when on holiday here.

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If you want a sophisticated holiday that includes fine wine, good food, chic shops and amazing historic attractions, look no further than Milan. The Italian city boasts a wealth of sites, although its churches should be at the top of your agenda.

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When on a city break, you will strive to ensure you do everything that you want to in sometimes the few days you have. Milan is a destination where you could spend weeks exploring everything it has to offer, so you will no doubt be keen to visit the best places.


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