Couples: Milan’s beautiful architecture is enough to make you fall in love with Italy all over again. Head up to the top of top of the Duomo for one of the finest views over the city and the dramatic scenery beyond. Enjoy an ice cream as you admire the gorgeous Castelle Sforzesco.
Culture lovers: From amazing Renaissance art, to gorgeous cathedrals and basilicas galore, Milan city breaks promise to be rich in culture. The local cuisine is part and parcel of it all; the first pannettone was baked here, and you’ll find top-class Michelin-star restaurants, too.
Fashionistas: As one of the world’s fashion capitals, it’s no surprise that Milan’s a superb shopping destination. Head to the Fashion Quadrangle for top designer shops or go vintage shopping in trendy Porta Ticinese.
Currency: Euro (€)
Local time: 1 hour ahead of GMT
Fly to: Malpensa Milan Airport (MXP) or Bergamo Airport (BGY)
Flight time from UK: 2 hours
Tourist information: Further Italy tourist information can be found at www.italia.it/en/home.html.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for Milan city breaks.
Best time to visit: April and May, when it’s just outside the peak season but with nice, warm weather.
If you don’t mind the crowds and you want fine sunshine, then book your Milan city breaks for July or August. This is also the hottest time of year, with average temperatures of 25°C. December and January are the coldest months of the year, when it can drop down to as low as 3°C. But the weather’s known for being unpredictable all year round, so it’s wise to bring a brolly with you.
On foot: If you want to get your bearings, it’s well worth exploring the city on foot. Milan’s a pretty easy city to navigate, and if you’re feeling tired, you can always take public transport back to your hotel.
Metro: There are four major lines to get you around the city, and the service runs from 5.40am to 12.20am from Monday to Saturday, and 6.15am to 12.20am on Sundays. Tickets are cheap, costing €1.50 per ride.
Tram and bus: The public transport system also includes an extensive tram and bus network. Again, tickets are inexpensive (they’re just €1.50), and if you want to take a ride on a gorgeous retro tram, be sure to hop on tram (it’s got pretty orange benches and all the original fittings).
Italian Grand Prix: At the beginning of September every year, this world-famous sporting event descends upon the city. It attracts big crowds from all over the world, and if you’re into Formula 1 racing, this is the time to visit.
Milan Jazz Festival: This vibrant cultural event runs during the month of November, and you’ll find amazing musicians playing in the city’s famous jazz bars. If you love jazz, then you won’t want to miss this.
Milano Film Festival: Held every September, film-loving locals enjoy a week-long festival of short, unedited films from directors from the area. This isn’t a big event, but it’s unique and low-key with a lovely laid-back vibe.