As one of the most important cities in Italy, Milan is a prosperous location that has proven very popular with tourists the world over. Despite being partially bombed during World War II, Milan is a very beautiful city that balances its heritage with a modern, urban lifestyle.
The activities on offer in this illustrious city are some of the richest and most indulgent; Milan is the centre of Italian fashion, while opera and football also take prominence here. However, there is a huge range of places to visit for those uninterested in these modern hobbies.
A hatchback is ideal for driving the Italian roads as well as manoeuvring through the busy centre of Milan.
There are a large number of museums around Milan that predominately feature classical artwork from the Renaissance period. Pinacoteca di Brera features Italy’s most important art collections including the internationally renowned ‘the Kiss’ by Francesco Hayez.
The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology is also one of the best museums in Italy to feature the technological achievements of the artist.
While travellers may choose to visit Rome for a taste of ‘old Italy’, Milan is home to the oldest churches in the country as it was the capital of the northern part in the late Roman Empire. The Duomo is the most celebrated of these churches and is a true spectacle for all to admire.
While the city of Milan can feel like an urban sprawl, there are numerous parks and gardens dotted around the city. The Sempione park is a large space behind the Sforzesco castle and a true spot of peace and quiet.
Due to the size and business of the city, Milan experiences heavy traffic during the working week (Monday-Friday). However, traffic is much quieter during the weekend making the city very easy to travel around.
A congestion charge is implemented for a price between two and 10 euros per day to enter the city by the second city ring.
Parking can be difficult in the city centre at all times of the day. Drivers are recommended to consider parking on the outskirts of the city and either use public transport to enter or walk.
There are four airports with access to Milan, the main two being Linate airport and Malpensa airport. Both of the airports are within comfortable travelling distance to the city centre by car.
The other smaller airports are Orio al Serio and Parma, both of which are travelled to by major airlines from the UK.