Milan may end up a bit in the shadow of Rome, Venice and Florence when it comes to tourist cities in Italy, but is still a city that has many sights and experiences. The city of Milan is located in the far north of the country, and with over 1.3 million inhabitants is the largest inland city in northern Italy. For tourists, the city is known for its huge amount of fashion boutiques and fashion shows, so if you want to go on an all-time shopping holiday in Europe, then there is hardly any better destination than Milan.
According to Abbreviation Finder, the city of Milan extends over a large area, and many therefore choose to use a rental car for an optimal holiday. Milan has almost 1.4 million inhabitants and is thus a relatively large city. Sights and attractions are well spread out with great distances in between, so you should set aside plenty of time for a holiday here if you want to experience everything the Italian city has to offer.
Recommended hotels in Milan
- Senato Hotel Milano-Senato Hotel Milano is a great starting point for anyone who wants to experience everything Milan has to offer. The hotel is stylish and modern where colors such as black, gold and white are repeated. The hotel is centrally located in the center of Milan and you are just a stone ‘s throw away from the shopping streets with designer brands. The rooms are of a high standard and are as stylish as the rest of the hotel. The hotel has its own bar with lounge, fitness center, garden and rooftop terrace. All in all, the Senato Hotel Milano is a great four star hotel with a high standard and central location. Not among the cheapest, but also not among the most expensive hotels in Milan.
- Hotel Berna- Hotel Berna is a relatively affordable four star hotel near Milan Central Station. Here you are 7 minutes from the Corso Buenos Aires shopping street with over 350 shops, and you are within walking distance of the Duomo The hotel is known for its pleasant and pleasant service, here you are greeted with a smile and humor. Good and free breakfast is included in the price. Very good feedback from Norwegian guests on Tripadvisor.
- Residenza delle Città– Apartment hotel with large, clean and nice rooms with only a few minutes walk to the central station, perfect for those coming to Milan by train. You are also just a 10-minute walk from one of Milan’s major shopping streets. Nice and helpful staff.
Travel to Milan
Milan is a relatively warm place to stay in the summer, and the recommended travel time is in the period May to September. Then you can get good temperatures, something most Norwegians are interested in when traveling abroad. There are not too many direct flights to Milan, but in the summer it is possible to get there without a stopover. As a member of the EU, Italy and consequently also Milan practice the euro as the official currency.
The price level in Milan varies. Right in the center, it can be experienced as something expensive to both spend the night, eat and definitely shop. With all the world’s fashion brands next door, the price is not exactly screwed down. Nevertheless, the price level in Milan is generally lower than in Norway. It is considered safe for Norwegian tourists to travel to Milan, but one should be aware of pickpocketing. The drinking water from the tap is not recommended for anything other than brushing teeth.
Hotels and restaurants in Milan
Italian food should be familiar to most people, with everything from spaghetti, pasta and meatballs to the well-known Italian pizza. Of course, you will find lots of such restaurants in Italy, which are extremely proud of their food. Also remember to buy a real Italian ice cream on the square in the old town. Milan also abounds with restaurants with cuisine from other countries, and there are a number of Asian restaurants here.
Finding hotels in Milan is rarely a problem, but they are located on all sides of the city, and therefore the price level varies greatly. In general, it will be expensive to spend the night in the center of the city, but you may want to find out where most of the sights are, so that you get a hotel nearby and save money on transport. Renting a car is a good idea when visiting Milan, but it can be hectic in the city center.
Attractions in Milan
Milan is a historically important city with many sights and buildings that are several hundred years old, but also a fashion mecca of a modern shopping city. You should not ignore the fact that you see many celebrities on holiday here who burn their card in the designer shops that are centrally located – but the city has more to offer than that.
Katedralen in Milan
The biggest tourist attraction in Milan is the city’s largest and most famous cathedral – Il Duomo. It has stood since the end of the 14th century and is a gigantic and masterful building, which is actually one of the world’s largest churches. With over 3000 statues, there is plenty of decor here, and it is a human edifice you must bring with you.
Football match at the San Siro
Milan is home to not just one – but two world-famous football teams. Most people know them as AC Milan and Inter Milan, but what not everyone is aware of is that they share the same home ground. It is called San Siro and holds 80,000 spectators, and watching a football match here is an experience of a lifetime. Maybe you are lucky and get tickets to the rival settlement between the two teams – then you can look forward to a fantastic evening.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, which deals with Jesus’ last meal with the disciples, is perhaps his most famous masterpiece, and it is on display in the convent of Santa Maria. It is over eight meters wide and four meters high!
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
You thought maybe this was an art museum? But no, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is actually one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. It is located right in the center of Milan and extends over four floors, and has shops and restaurants in all price ranges.
This is the castle itself in Milan, and a sight you will not want to miss. It was built in the 16th century and has for many years been one of the largest forts in Europe. Now it is mostly suitable as a tourist attraction, but it is clearly a powerful building you are dealing with.