Milan & Northern Lakes Travel Guide

The city of Milan is a combination of fast life, great classical art galleries, famous designer stores and a lively night scene. Considered as the business capital of Italy it is also a historic city full of churches and museums and you can easily spend a few days here to enjoy this bustling city. Commonly considered the gateway to Italy's alpine region, Milan is home to the world's largest Gothic cathedral, the remains of cardinal St. Charles Borromeo, the largest library in Europe the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and a luxury range of designer brands including Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Versace.

Milan Accommodation

Renowned as the gateway to the Italian Alps, Milan is also home to a fantastic range of shopping as well as historical landmarks and attractions and ornate architecture. There is a wide range of Milan accommodation options to suit all travellers and budgets however inner city accommodation is ideal for tourists wanting quick and easy access to public transport, shopping and dining options and iconic attractions such as the Piazza del Duomo. There is also a stylish range of accommodation near the luxury shopping centres of Via della Spiga, Quadrilatero d'Oro, Corso di Porta Ticinese and Via Monte Napoleone. Book Milan Accommodation

Getting Around Milan

The Malpensa Airport is 50km outside of Milan and offers bus and train services to the city. There is also the Linate Airport just 7km from the city centre if you want to arrive by domestic flight. Milan has an excellent public transport system including buses, trams and the metro which is also the quickest transport option. Milan's roads can be confusing and traffic is often bad so its recommended that you avoid driving in the city if you can. However, there are a number of taxi ranks located throughout the city if you need quick and direct transport. Getting around Milan


The Piazza del Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and mixes Gothic and Baroque design with stained-glass windows, marble columns and on a massive scale. Nearby the San Satiro church is a charming sight while one of Europe's largest libraries, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, features an amazing collection of ancient manuscripts. Stroll past the trendy shops and cafes found in the glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and you'll find the world-famous La Scala. There are also a number of upmarket areas which offer luxury shopping at designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace, Prada and Armani. More Milan Attractions.

Northern Lakes

Another popular region of Milan located nearby is the Northern Lakes, home to famous Lake Como and a number of charming little islands such as San Giovanni. It's said that many of Italy's famous operatic composers spent time writing music here including Bellini, Rossini and Verdi. More information about the Northern Lakes.

Milan Facts

Milan is Italy's second most populated city and is home to the most skyscrapers of any Italian city. Milan is home to the Italian Stock Exchange and is also renowned as one of the world's major design and fashion capitals. Some popular Italian cuisines to come out of Milan include risotto and cotoletta (crumbed veal cutlet). Milan is home to the world's fourth largest cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Santa Maria delle Grazie church home to paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.