Milan

What to do

#1 BEST VIEWS - See Milan and the Alps so close (on a clear and windy day!) from the 39th floor of the Palazzo della Regione: every Sunday from 10 to 18, and what's more? It's free!

 

#2 LEONARDO DA VINCI - The Last Supper and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie: you have to book well in advance because it is always full, but it is tremendously worth it! After that, take a stroll through the locks of the canals designed by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Conca dell’Incoronata.

 

#3 GO UP TO THE DUOMO - It costs a kidney (9 euro to climb 251 steps or 13 euro for the lift), but it's the queen of things to do in Milan. The city amidst the neo-gothic spiers and gargoyles is simply stunning!

 

#4 PINK FLAMINGOS - Did you know that, in Milan, you can admire an entire colony of pink flamingos? It seems impossible, but that's it: just reach for Villa Invernizzi in via Cappuccini 3 to see them with your own eyes.

#5 ART NOUVEAU - The most beautiful liberty house in Milan? The Galimberti house in via Malpighi 3.

 

#6 QUIRKY - Look for the villas with the strangest architectures in Maggiolina, the Journalists' district.

 

#7 CONTEMPORARY ART - Milan is the city of contemporary art: there are numerous places dedicated to art lovers, one of these, it's the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. If we add that admission is always free, what better destination for a dip in the surprising works?

 

#8 LA BELLE EPOQUE - Inaugurated in 1925, the Albergo Diurno Metropolitano still has its sitting rooms decorated with fine furniture and rich mosaics, fountains and statues, spread over a space of 1200 square meters and decorated with the most sublime taste of the time.

Where to Stay

Hotel Spadari Al Duomo

Milan

Superb service and a central location make the Hotel Spadari al Duomo the obvious choice in Milan.

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Milan + Beach Holiday

World-class Milan and the Italian Riviera with sea views

Milan

A 10-night car-free holiday staying in two attractive boutique hotels, perfectly located to explore the sights of Milan and for jumping from bed to seabed in Lerici.

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Milan, Lake Como and beyond.

If you can spare a few extra days to add to your city break in Milan, a stay in Lake Como makes it the ideal combination. You can choose to pick up a car hire or a car-free location. You may even continue over the Swiss border on board of the legendary Bernina Express.

Varenna

Just two hours from Milan, Varenna is a small fishing village overlooking Lake Como, famous for its picturesque alleys, colourful houses and the romantic air that characterises it. The best way to reach the city is by train, with hourly departures from Milano Centrale.

 

As soon as you set foot in Varenna, you will be immersed in a postcard atmosphere that makes this village one of the most beautiful places to visit near Milan. Start with a stroll around the historic centre, get lost in the narrow streets, stop for lunch in one of the many typical restaurants, and if you are in the mood for romance, take the famous Lovers Walk, which will lead you from the centre to the pier.

Where to stay

Albergo Milano

Lake Como

Small and unpretentious, this gem of a hotel is in a prime position on the shores of Lake Como.

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Rail Holidays

Rail to Italy: the Bernina Express

An exciting journey from Switzerland to Italy and vice versa on board of the Bernina Express, between natural beauty and engineering masterpieces.

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Where to stay

Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl

Lakes and Mountains

Fresh mountain air, dramatic views and a night or two at this alpine hotel is the ultimate precursor to a magical rail journey on the Bernina Express.

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Travelling to and from Milan on board of the Italian High-Speed Rail Network

Art, culture, entertainment and gastronomic delights... from Milan, you have many treasures at your fingertips! The capital of Lombardy is located in the centre of northern Italy and in the Italian high speed railway network, making the train the ideal means of transport for a short break or day trip. It allows you to reach many cities comfortably, quickly, economically and without stress.

 

Here we propose four perfect destinations for day trips or twin-centre holidays suitable for different types of travellers: tell us what you are looking for and we will tell you where to go... by train, of course!

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