Postcard from Milan

9 Aug 2017

Visiting Italy’s capital of chic this winter? Here’s our guide of essential places to visit, art to admire and food to devour!

Best Sights & Attractions

In addition to taking in the spectacular views from the top of the Duomo, splashing on lavish shopping sprees, viewing world-famous art and enjoying the traditional Milanese Happy Hour – Milan has plenty of hidden corners, where you will discover a wide range of cultural activities!

The first ‘must-see’ on our list is Leonardo di Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Although, don’t forget to book your visit in advance!

After this, head to the Duomo. This spiked gothic cathedral contains some magnificent treasures, but for a truly breathtaking experience, pop up to the roof. On a clear day, the view spans far beyond the city as far as the snow-capped Alps.

Near the Duomo, you will find the charming and picturesque Piazza Mercanti. Chill out and enjoy a cappuccino here surrounded by medieval, Milanese architecture!

You can shop in style at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world’s oldest and most glamorous shopping Malls. With its glass dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floors – the arcade is worth a visit, even just for some window shopping.

If you don’t fancy the high-end, designer shops dotted around the city centre, take a walk around the stalls of Fiera di Senigallia, a popular flea market where you’ll find all sorts of trinkets.

If you’re a football fan, San Siro Stadium must be on your to-do list. Enjoy the unforgettable thrill of watching a match here or take a tour of the museum and stadium on a non-match day.  

Finally, we recommend booking an evening ride on ATMosfera. Hop on this vintage tram and have a unique dining experience while you tour around the historic centre of Milan. The menu includes four courses with wine and is a great way to see the city in a different light!

ATMosfera Milan

 Winter Events

Christmas Markets in Milan are situated in piazzas throughout the various districts all over the city. They range from very large to very small and carry a variety of items. From flea and food markets to craft and antique markets, they have something for everyone to enjoy!

“O Bej! O Bej!” which occurs once a year at the beginning of December is one of the most popular festive markets - giving locals, Europeans and artisans from around the world the opportunity to showcase their craftmanship.

Where to Eat

When you visit the city, forget fast food and avoid touristy restaurants! Like everywhere in Italy; Milan has magnificent culinary culture!

You will find plenty of authentic, good-value restaurants and eateries close to all the main attractions. Try Al Cantinone or Al Mercante for local delicacies and traditional Milanese risotto!

Where to Drink

For a city break, you will struggle to find better bars than those in Milan! The city oozes class as the famous fashion houses boast their own ultra-chic bars and restaurants.

Most Milan bars open until 02:00am and nightclubs go on until around 04:00am.

Head to the lively area of Navigili for the best nightlife the city has to offer. You can find ‘Il Barcone’ located right next to the canal. The bar’s outdoor seating area offers amazing views of the canal and great spot to watch the nightlife going on in the rest of the quarter! A great place to start and plan your evening, while sipping on their famous cocktails! 


Where to Stay  

The Cities neighborhoods are split into 9 zones, arranged in a circle around the Milan Duomo. In each zone, there are different neighborhoods offering different atmospheres and price points.

Centro Storico is the historic center and heart of the metropolis. Here you can find all the top tourist attractions on your doorstep. While convenient and undoubtedly beautiful, it’s the most expensive place to stay in the city when it comes to hotels and restaurants.

Porta Nuova is the new business district and another high-end place to stay. This area is great for business travelers. You’ll find a pedestrian district full of restaurants, bars and clubs. By day the Milanese visit designer shops and by sundown, they fill the streets and bars for Happy Hours and dancing – don’t be afraid to join them!

Ticinese is by far the hippest neighborhood in all of Milan. Located here is Navigli with an exciting mix of artists, young-intellectuals, ladder-climbing professionals and hipsters. This lively, creative scene with artisan shops and noisy nightlife, offers tiny streets and stone alleyways to explore. 


Getting About

Milan’s city centre, where most tourists spend their time, is nicely compact and easily explored on foot! However, there are also three major modes of transport available throughout the city centre and further neighborhoods – Metro, tram and bus. Milan’s public transport system is quick, cheap and not difficult to figure out! See a full guide to the city’s network here.

Getting There

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