Transportation to Milan:
Milan has 2 airports. Malpensa, to the northwest, is a big international airport. The Malpensa Express train connects the airport to Cadorna Station near Milan's historic center. The smaller Linate airport to the east serves flights from Europe and within Italy and is connected to Milan by bus service. Find flights to Malpensa Airport or Linate Airport.
The main train station, Milano Centrale at Piazza Duca d' Aosta, links to major cities in Italy and western Europe. Domestic and international bus lines arrive in Piazza Castello.
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Milan Food and Hotels:
If you want to be near La Scala, the duomo, and shopping district, check these top rated historic center hotels. Here are user rated and reviewed hotels with photos and maps for Milan on Venere (book direct). More Milan hotels and lodging.
Nightlife in Milan:
Festivals in MilanMilan's biggest feast day for its patron saint, St. Ambrose's Day, is December 7 with religious celebrations and a street fair. The Festa del Naviglio with parades, music, and other performances, is the first ten days of June. There are many fashion fairs, especially in fall.
Shopping in Milan:
- The Duomo is the world's largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in Europe. Building began in 1386 and lasted nearly 500 years! Its marble facade is magnificent and its roof has 135 spires and 3200 statues. Inside, the crucifix is said to contain a nail from the cross of Christ. Its piazza is the hub of Milan. There is also a museum. Be sure to climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top for views of Milan and the Duomo's spires. See pictures from the duomo rooftop.
- La Scala is a very famous opera house seating over 2000 people. Built in 1778 it has a very opulent interior. You can also visit the museum.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a huge glass-roofed shopping arcade lined with expensive shops, bars, and restaurants. Built in 1867, it links the squares of the Duomo and La Scala and has mosaics with the symbols of the cities forming the newly united Italy. Some people consider it good luck to stand on the testicles of the bull of Turin.
- Castello Sforzesco was originally built in the 15th century by the ruling Visconti but was destroyed and rebuilt by the Sforzas soon afterward. It became a museum complex in the 19th century and and is one of Milan's major landmarks.
- Santa Maria della Grazie contains Da Vinci's famous fresco, the Last Supper. Although the building was bombed in 1943, the fresco survived. To visit, it is necessary to book in advance. How to Book Tickets to see The Last Supper.
- National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci is housed in what was once a 16th century monastary . The museum has a vast collection showing the history of science and technology starting from Leonardo da Vinci's machines.
- Sant'Ambrogio is the fourth-century church of Milan's patron saint. Inside are many relics, carvings, and mosaics.
- Pinacoteca di Brera, originally started by Napolean, is Milan's most prestigious art gallery. It holds a huge collection of over 600 works in 40 rooms.
- Milan makes a convenient base for day trips to the Lakes, Pavia, and the hill town of Bergamo. See Milan Day Trips for details and more day trip suggestions.