Milan Tourism, Italy

Visit Milan - Best of Milan

Milan is Italy’s second largest city and the capital of the Lombardy region as well as heading the province of Milan. With more than 1.3 million people living in what is considered the city centre, Milan is a lively metropolis with sprawling suburbs, stunning historic architecture, Europe’s most fashionably dressed inhabitants and excellent shopping facilities. Visit Milan and explore the rich heritage of Italy!

Milan is not just famous for being one of the world’s leading design and haute couture centers, this Italian city is also well-known for producing some of the world’s favorite dishes such as Panettone Christmas Cake, Salami or Risotto a la Milanese for example. Milan travel guide is a culinary tour through Italian cuisine.

Milan is also home to the wonderful opera house, Teatro all Scala, that is is a world-class venue for some of the world’s finest singers and performers. From the A.C. Milan Football Club to composer Giuseppe Verdi, from its Celtic roots to its ancient Roman monuments, Milan is one of those cities that will get under your skin. A Milan trip is a must on every art lover’s wish list! Choose the best time to visit Milan to enjoy all that this city offers.

Milan Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Milan tips for your visit

Essential Information:

  • Beware of pickpocketers.
  • Be safe while driving a car as the city face huge traffic during peak hours.
  • Learn  the Italian for “Tap Water Please”.
  • If you wish to buy signature clothes in Milan, visit the downtown region.
  • Traveling alone as a woman in Milan is not a problem at all. However, Journey Women must practice 'big city smarts' as they would do in any big city. It's good to keep your eyes open, especially to avoid pickpockets. Don't let suspicious characters get too close (they're very good at diverting your attention and extremely quick at emptying your purse) and always hold your bag in front of you when you are on public transportation.
  • Smoking in public is prohibited in Milan and this is indicated by the no-smoking symbols. However, you are free to drink and smoke in pubs and bars as most Italian are heavy smokers.
  • Time Zone – CET (Central European Time)
  • Currency – Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity and Internet – 220-240 volts; primary socket type is Italian, Europlug. Free Wi-Fi access is available in hotels and some regions of the city.
  • Languages – Italian is their official language. However, English language is also welcomed for the convenience of the visitors.  
  • Security – General emergency number: 113, Fire service: 115, Police: 112, Ambulance: 118, Pan-European emergency: tel. 112.
  • Tourist traps – Don’t fall in trap of the over friendly vendors who try to sell bracelets. Meandering around the city by bike is a nice alternative way to discover Milan, and bike-sharing has become rather popular even with Milan locals. There are now many stations throughout the city where you can take or leave your bike. The system is not the most user-friendly, though, especially for tourists.
  • Off-beaten Path – Exploring the city on foot is the best thing to do in Milan.
  • Tipping – Italians do not leave tips at restaurants and bar counters. In tourist locations, you will find a line blank for a tip to be added. Just leave few Euros over there. 

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Facts and Stats for Milan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Milan

    Know the pollution level of Milan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 70 (High)
    • Water Pollution 39.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.86 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 47.34 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.53 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.52 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 60.16 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 51.86 (Moderate)
  • Milan: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Milan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Milan.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.63 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.03 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.81 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70.4 (High)
    • Car Stealing 38.34 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.03 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.27 (Low)
    • Drug offense 49.66 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.3 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.17 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.15 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.71 (Moderate)
  • Living in Milan - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Milan is 128.82 (High)

    • Safety Index 55.19 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.26 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 64.17 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.85 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 81.14 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.87 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.03 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 76.01 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Milan

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Milan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 103.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 102.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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