Italy’s financial heart and the home of the national stock exchange is also a global fashion capital...
... and the place where you’ll find Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the world’s greatest cathedrals and many of its finest art collections. And then there’s football, making Milan a contender for the most multi-talented of modern cities.
Arriving at Linate Airport
As well as being a European business capital and hosting several major international Fashion Weeks, Milan is the gateway to the Italian Lakes. Hence, it’s one of Italy’s best-connected cities.
The most convenient airport to arrive at is Milan Linate Airport, less than six miles (9km) east of the city. Number 73 buses run from Linate to the Duomo every 10 minutes, from 6am to just after 1pm, seven days a week. The journey time is roughly 20 minutes. ATM bus stops close to the terminal building are clearly signposted.
Private shuttle buses are also available between the airport and Milan Central Station, Fiera Milano City, Rho Exhibition Centre and Malpensa Airport north of the centre.
If you’d rather take a taxi, there’s a rank just outside Arrivals at Exit 5. Cars operate a fixed-fare system from the airport.
If you’re planning to explore outside Milan, it’s best to book car-hire in advance.
Festivals and events
From its glamorous Fashion Weeks to the annual Monza Grand Prix, there isn’t a single month of the year in Milan without at least one cause for celebration.
Like most of Italy, Milan marks the week before Lent with abandon. But unlike the rest of the country, the revelry here lasts for another four days after Ash Wednesday. Apart from that break with tradition, all the customary parades, floats and elaborate costumes are firmly in place for this colourful event, which mainly centres on Piazza Duomo and surrounding streets.
Milan Fashion Weeks
Dominating January, February and September each year, these shows may be invitation-only, but most satellite, design-themed exhibitions and events throughout the city are open for all to enjoy.
At the beginning of March each year, more than 70 galleries, public and private museums, studios, historic monuments and cultural venues join forces to transform Milan into an enormous art centre for two days and nights. It’s an all-welcome celebration of culture that includes everything from late-night exhibitions to performance, lectures, events, children’s workshops and rare opportunities to view several of the city’s archived art collections.