Dear holiday goer, fancy a city trip to a fashion metropolis again? Then off to vacation in Milan Italy, where, after visiting the famous cathedral and many other hotspots, you can stroll through endless pretty alleys and make your credit cards glow. In addition to exclusive shops, cool shops, and a modern ambiance, Milan also offers a lot more for the eye and therefore also has a lot to offer for those who don’t like shopping. The second largest city in Italy inspires by a variety of sights, good food, a mild climate, and interesting nightlife.
Arrival in Milan Italy for vacation
Several airlines bring you cheaply from Germany to Milan Italy. The cheapest flight from Düsseldorf-Weeze is with Ryanair. However, you can also start from Cologne, Stuttgart, Berlin, Frankfurt-Hahn, Bremen, Hamburg, and Munich. The prices vary depending on the departure airport, airline, and travel period. in the base price, Most airlines only include hand luggage, which should be enough for a city trip for days.
Transfer from the airport to vacation in Milan Italy
If you are at Milan Bergamo Airport land, the fastest and most comfortable way to get into the city is by bus. You can get a bus ticket for around €5 per person.
Shopping while on vacation in Milan Italy
Hardly any other European metropolis is as dedicated to shopping as the fashion capital of Milan. However, the home of Armani and Versace has something for every budget.
Montenapoleone and three other streets are the most elegant streets in Milan and together they form the square of fashion, also called “Quadrilatero della moda”. They are the main streets of Milan’s fashion district and teem with famous fashion and jewelry shops such as Louis Vuitton or Valentino. But as you can imagine, shopping here isn’t exactly cheap. But even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s worth a visit just for the unforgettable photos with luxurious backdrops that will definitely be Instagram-worthy.
Corso Buenos Aires: “Buenos Aires” Milan Italy
- Is the largest shopping street in Milan and one of the largest in the whole of Europe. In countless shops, you can find a wide variety of goods, although there are mainly clothes from well-known labels here. The special feature: the prices are on average for everyone affordable, which is why Buenos Aires is in high demand among young people and teenagers.
- Weekly markets: Every day, except Sundays, there are weekly markets in many streets of Milan from 9 am to 1 pm and even until 5 pm on Saturdays. This allows you to test your negotiating skills on a daily basis and get a nice souvenir bargain from your Milan vacation…
- Maybe even a cheap designer piece? You can find these markets on Viale Papiniano, Via Fauché, Via B. Marcello, or Piazzale Lagosta. There is also a huge antique market (mercatone dell’Antiquariato) along the Naviglio Grande canal every last Sunday of the month (except in July) from 9 am to 6 pm with more than 380 different dealers. There you can find not only antique furniture (which probably wouldn’t fit in your hand luggage) but also old stamps, books, porcelain, clocks, and beautiful jewelry. Even if you’re not a fan of antiques, you should experience this 2 km long colorful hustle and bustle for yourself.
- Designer outlets: In Milan’s designer outlets you can find brands such as Gucci, D&G, Prada, Armani, or Versace with discounts often exceeding 50%. You can get hold of the unsold goods of the season there. There is a huge number of outlets such as Il Savagente, Emporio Isola Outlet, or Spaccio Kookai, but also label outlets such as the Dolce & Gabbana Outlet, the Gucci Outlet or the Armani Factory Store.
When is the best time to vacation in Milan Italy?
Not only in London you can do perfect Christmas shopping, but of course also in Milan, the shopping metropolis! But a summer trip to Milan also has its advantages, because what could be nicer than strolling through the pretty streets of the city in the sun, with a delicious gelato in hand? On average, Milan’s warmest months are June, July, and August, but generally, you can expect from April to the end of October sunshine and good weather. Another perk for a winter or summer holiday in Milan is that after Christmas and into the summer, Milan’s shop windows are filled with colorful discount signs. With all the bargains, you will certainly have your expenses for flight and accommodation covered again quickly.
What do you have to do in Milan Italy?
Here is a quick overview of what you should not miss in Milan:
The Milan Cathedral is the symbol of the city and the largest marble building in the world. A total of 40,000 visitors can find space here for services. You can even get to the roof of the cathedral for little money via elevators or 200 steps and get a wonderful view over the city. In addition to the great view, there are also 4000 Guglie, each of which is unique, on the accessible cathedral terrace. However, be careful in cathedral square, as some of the hawkers charge inflated prices for the pigeon feed.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
The magnificent “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II” with luxurious shops and cafés borders directly on the cathedral square. Here you can drink coffee in a cozy atmosphere or try one of the many delicious restaurants with genuine Italian and international cuisine. Although it is a shopping gallery, the building is a must-see for every visitor to Milan. From the terrace, you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view over Milan and learn more about the history of the gallery on the 250 meters of the terrace route.
In the northwest of the old town, you will find the Sforzesco Castle, which is one of the most important monuments in Milan. Today there is, among other things, the Museum of Ancient Art, where you can admire Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s last masterpiece. A guided tour of the castle’s crenelated towers is also worthwhile, as you can admire the entire construction of the castle from here and have an impressive view of the city center.
Teatro Alla Scala:
The Teatro Alla Scala, also called Scala for short, is one of the most famous and important opera houses in the world and has space for over two thousand spectators. If you want to see a play yourself, you should choose a seat in box 19, which is located in the middle of the back stalls. According to the opera house, this is where you have the best seats in terms of visibility and acoustics.
If you don’t have time for a trip to Venice during your Italy vacation, we can recommend the Navigli district, which is characterized by two large canals. During the day, the district with many small shops is a great place to stroll. From around 5 p.m. life starts to pulsate here and especially in summer you should definitely pay a visit to the lively restaurants and bars.
Santa Maria delle Grazie:
“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is a huge 15th-century mural that you can find in Santa Maria delle Grazie. You can visit this work of art from Tuesday to Sunday.
Pinacoteca di Brera:
The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important art museums in Italy and houses one of the leading collections of Italian paintings. However, not only the beautiful paintings are a good reason to visit, but also the historical place and impressive palazzo. In the old artists’ quarter of Brera, you can still find many boutiques and galleries and also the botanical garden of Brera, where the Italy lover Goethe is said to have been.
San Siro Stadium:
A visit to this stadium, home to both Serie A clubs Inter and AC Milan, is a must for football lovers in particular. Although the stadium is now officially called Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, it is still primarily known as San Siri Stadium. It is the largest venue in Italy, which can accommodate over 80,000 fans. There you can take a tour that includes a visit to the stadium history museum and access to the pitch, stands, and dressing rooms. However, we would recommend you even more to experience the Italian passion for football live at a game of one of the clubs.