Milan Tourism

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.

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. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Milan

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

    • Air Pollution 75 (High)
    • Water Pollution 39.51 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.97 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 47.99 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.68 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.7 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 60.65 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 52.65 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Milan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Milan.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.23 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 44.2 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.42 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.38 (High)
    • Car Stealing 38.61 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.32 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.16 (Low)
    • Drug offense 49.35 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.44 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50.52 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.96 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.18 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.99 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Milan is 123.22 (High)

    • Safety Index 55.97 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.12 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.52 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.1 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 70.92 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.3 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 64.72 (Low)
    • 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.

  • 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 10.77 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 96.21 USD

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

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