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

  • Save 7% Lake Como Day Trip from Milan
    Lake Como Day Trip from Milan1492 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    Take in the stunning scenery of world-famous Lake como on this day trip from Milan, just a quick 1-hour drive away. Explore t...

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  • Save 7% Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan
    Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan401 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Discover Italys sublime Cinque Terre coastal region on a day trip from Milan. Renowned for its terraced landscapes and five c...

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  • Save 8% Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
    Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour568 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Days

    Discover the best that Milan has to offer with a 1 day or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. See all the main sights from aboar...

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  • Save 7% Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
    Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan1231 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs 30 Mins

    Take a ride on the Bernina Express, Switzerland's alpine delight. This train journey takes you along one of the most beautifu...

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

    • Air Pollution 69.52 (High)
    • Water Pollution 38.32 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.62 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 46.53 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.86 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.05 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 49.07 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Milan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Milan.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.08 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.32 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.97 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 69.62 (High)
    • Car Stealing 39.29 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.2 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.02 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.82 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.85 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30.74 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.36 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Milan is 127.04 (High)

    • Safety Index 55.62 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.12 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 63.13 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.75 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 72.59 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 70.93 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.23 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 68.59 (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.

  • 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 10.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.53 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92.66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.02 USD

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

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