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.
Nightlife in Milan varies from district to district, and occasionally from street to street, and has as many different faces as the city itself. But whether you’re bound for the opera or planning to stay up all night in the buzzing Navigli neighbourhood, almost every evening begins with aperitivo and takes it from there.
For sleek bars and expensive clubs, follow the glimmer of skyscrapers to Corso Como, just north of Duomo. This is the smart district where Milan’s celebrities prefer to play, particularly at the weekend, and the dress code is strictly designer.
It’s all about now in Corso Sempione. If you want to meet cool, creative locals listening to the latest bands, drinking inventive cocktails and trying out new bars, this is the area.
Meanwhile, aptly named Isola may be one of the city’s smallest districts but it has a great reputation for authentic atmosphere and excellent live music.
On a classic note, a night at La Scala Milan is far from limited to opera. The theatre has an extensive annual programme of ballet, orchestral concerts, children’s concerts and recitals. It also hosts regular Invitation to La Scala performances, designed as an accessible introduction for first-time theatre-goers.