It is the biggest industrial city of Italy with many different industrial sectors. It is a magnetic point for designers, artists, photographers and models.
Milan has an ancient city centre with high and interesting buildings and palazzos, which is why so many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour.
Those who have never been will finally experience it… for those who know it better, it will be interesting to note how it is changing.
Milan has a comprehensive transport network run by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi or ATM. Services operate daily from 6.00 to 24.00 hrs.
Tickets can be bought from newsagents, tobacconists, most coffee bars and automatic selling machine at major metro and bus stops. No tickets available on the buses.
The metro has three lines: red (MM1), green (MM2), yellow (MM3). The lines converge at Duomo, Stazione Centrale, Loreto and Cadorna.
Taxis are white and can be hailed on the streets. It is better to hire them at taxi ranks outside train stations. Telephone booking is possible and run by cooperatives at the following numbers: 026767, 025353, 028585, 024040.
Duomo: In the heart of the city of Milan, DUOMO is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, begun in 1386. The best time to visit it is in bright sunshine, when the windows create a kaleidoscope of colours through the cavernous interior.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: The class-domed cruciform Gallery is a vast Belle Epoque shop arcade.
Museo del Teatro La Scala: Opera lovers should visit this museum, crammed with rich mementoes of the celebrated opera house La Scala.
Santa Maria delle Grazie: the Last Supper (L’Ultima Cena) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Lodovico Sforza commissioned Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece for the refectory adjoining the Dominican Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Despite deterioration, the painting is lucky to have survived and the experience of seeing it for the first time is quite unforgettable.
Opening Hours: 09.30-13.00 / 15.30-19.30
Here’s your recommended itinerary:
– Quadrilatero d’Oro is the collective name for the streets holding the greatest concentration of top designer studios, such as Montenapoleone, Della Spiga, Borgospesso, Sant’Andrea, Manzoni and Santo Spirito. Even if you’re not planning to shop for high fashion, take a stroll down these boulevards to experience their unique chic atmosphere.
- Navigli is home to several noteworthy second-hand female shopping venues.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, located between the Duomo and La Scala, is an original 19th-Century shopping mall that continues to impress as one of the city’s most elegant landmarks.
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Buenos Aires are the place to visit for popular international labels.