Visiting Milan

Let our knowledgeable on-site staff help you plan your trip to Milan, Italy. Below we provide information on accommodations and hotels, eating and restaurants, and tourism, compiled by our on-site staff living in Milan. If you would like any more specific information, please reach out to us!

Getting to Milan

There are two airports that service Milan. Flights arriving from outside of Europe generally fly into Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP), while those arriving from other parts of Europe can also fly into Linate City Airport (LIN). Visitors have various options for getting into Milan’s city center from the airport.

Taxi: Taxis from Malpensa airport to the city center are approximately 45 minutes long, and cost a flat rate of €95. Taxis from Linate airport have a minimum fare of €13.50.

Buses: From Linate Airport the X73 airport city express bus is an easily accessible public transportation option costing €1.50 each way. The bus drops off at San Babila Metro Station.

Train: The Malpensa Express is a very convenient option that goes from the airport to Milan Central Station (the main train station of the city) or to Cadorna Station. Both stations are directly connected to the subway system. A one-way ticket costs €11 and it departs every half hour.

Five Stars

The Four Seasons: Via Gesú, 6/8 20121 Milano. +39 02 7708 5000. In one of Italy’s sleekest and most fashionable shopping districts, find a 15th-century convent transformed into an urban sanctuary of luxury and comfort.

Hotel Principe di Savoia: Piazza della Repubblica 17, 20124, Milano. +39 02 62301. Enjoy the true Milanese experience at Hotel Principe di Savoia, where effortless elegance meets timeless tradition.

Four Stars

Hotel La Spezia: Via La Spezia 25 (Neighborhood: Sant’Ambrogio / Naviglio). +39 02 8480 0660. Just a few blocks from NABA and Domus Academy, this business hotel offers simple and comfortable rooms with continental breakfast. SAI discount available – contact SAI for more information!

Grand Visconti Palace: Viale Isonzo 14 (Neighborhood: Porta Romana). +39 02 540 341. Grand Visconti Palace plays the best role of Milanese hospitality and represents a perfect balance between tradition and modernity.

Hotel Berna: Via Napo Torriani 18 (Neighborhood: Centrale). +39 02 9475 5704. A 2-minute walk from the metro station, this understated hotel with an annex allows one to easily reach La Scala, a lavish 18th-century opera house, and the Duomo, Milan’s imposing Gothic cathedral.

Art Hotel Navigli: Via Angelo Fumagalli 4 (Neighborhood: Navigli). +39 02 89438. Within a block of the Naviglio Grande canal, this traditional hotel is filled with modern artwork. It’s a 5-minute walk from Porta Genova metro/train station and a 12-minute metro ride from Milan Cathedral. SAI discount available – contact SAI for more information!

Hotel D’Este: Viale Bligny 23 (Neighborhood: Porta Romana). +39 02 5832 1001. A 10-minute walk from the Crocetta metro station, this straightforward hotel is well connected to the Naviglio district as well as the historic center.

Three Stars

B&B Hotel Milano Sant’Ambrogio: Via degli Olivetani 4 (Neighborhood: Sant’ Ambrogio / Naviglio). +39 02 4810 1089. This casual hotel is a 5-minute walk from both the Sant’Ambrogio subway station and the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, home to Da Vinci’s iconic The Last Supper mural. Straightforward yet stylish rooms feature black-and-white wall-sized images of important Milan landmarks. SAI discount available – contact SAI for more information!

Hotel Milano Navigli: Piazza Sant’Eustogio 2 (Neighborhood: Ticinese / Naviglio). +39 02 6955 3751. Situated in a quiet location in the center of Milan, facing onto Piazza 24 Maggio, near Porta Ticinese and the subway stop, the Hotel Milano Navigli is a modern business hotel with free Wi-Fi, totally soundproofed rooms and an attractively pleasant breakfast room with a terrace.

Hotel Perugino: Via Perugino 12 (Neighborhood: Porta Vittoria / Cinque Giornate). +39 02 5518 9164. Recently renovated, Hotel Perugino provides comfortable accommodation in a quiet location near Largo Marinai d’Italia Park well connected to the city, it is an ideal venue for the business traveller and tourist alike.

Hostels

Ostello Bello Medici: Via Medici 4 (Neighborhood: San Lorenzo / Duomo). +39 02 3658 2720. Ostello Bello is only 500 meters from landmark Duomo Square, uniquely central to Milan’s vibrant downtown, walking distance to all its historical points of interest, the city’s nightlife and world famous shopping neighborhood.

Ostello Bello Grande: Via R. Lepetit 33 (Neighborhood: Centrale). +39 02 6705 921. Ostello Bello Grande is only 100 meters from Central Train Station, where you can find the Airport shuttles to Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo airport, the green and yellow subway line, buses, tram and, of course, train to all the italian cities.

Near Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Domus Academy

Osteria Conchetta: Via Conchetta, 8 20136 Milano. +39 02 83 72 917. At Osteria Conchetta taste the most authentic and genuine, traditional Milanese cuisine, from braised dishes to risottos, from cassoeula to ossobuco, you will be overwhelmed by the scents and flavours of traditional Milanese dishes which have resisted the passing of time and changing fashions in taste.

Viola Enoteca: Via Pavia 6/2 – 20136 Milano. A small enoteca and bistro that offers a delicious menu and a great fixed lunch menu, located just off the Naviglio Pavese it is very popular with the locals.

Coke: Via Pavia, 10, 20136 Milano. +39 02 839 4886. Great place for a casual late night of pizza, some of the best pizza in Milan!

Near Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Marchesi: Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11a, 20123 Milano. +39 02 862770. Pasticceria Marchesi, one of Milan’s most iconic cafes, was founded almost 200 years ago in the same location in which it continues to operate today, the tale of this landmark venue is one of the tradition triumphing over trend.

Bar Magenta: Via Giosuè Carducci, 13, 20123 Milano. +39 02 805 3808. This traditional bar-bistro with wood-paneled walls, rustic tables & a panini counter is a popular lunch and aperitivo spot for students.

212 Hamburger Delicious: Via Terraggio, 9, 20123 Milano. +39 02 7202 3842. Small hamburger place which offers just a few stools and bar, great for on the go or a quick bite!

Near Centro Storico

Luini’s: Via Santa Radegonda,16 20121 Milano. +39 02 86461917. Consider a landmark of food to all Milanese, Luini’s bakery has been in the same location since 1888 serving hot on the go panzerotti.

Near Porta Garibaldi & Moscova

Corso Como 10: Corso Como, 10, 20124 Milano. +39 02 29013581. Hidden in the heart of a quiet courtyard behind a discreet façade of gates and gardens, this garden café is surrounded by a conservatory of lush perennial plants and seasonal flowers.

Milan is located in the north-western section of the Po Valley, approximately half-way between the river Po to the south and the foothills of the Alps with the great lakes (Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano) to the north, the Ticino river to the west and the Adda to the east. The concentric layout of the city center reflects the Navigli, an ancient system of navigable and interconnected canals, now mostly covered, with the Duomo at its center.

Resources:

Where Milan: The ultimate online visitors’ guide. Events, shopping, dining, culture and entertainment: all you can do in the city of Milan.

TimeOut Milano: Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Milan.

Lonely Planet Milano: Classic guide to the city of Milan by Lonely Planet.

Tours:

Leonardo A Milano’s Last Supper Experience: Experience the Last Supper like never before with a unique Last Supper Experience where participants recreate Leonardo da Vinci´s masterwork. The experience is composed of three parts: a workshop, a guided walk and an exclusive visit to the Last Supper.

Vinosfera Enoteca Bistrot: Located near Parco Sempione and the Arco della Pace, this enoteca and bistro offers guided wine tastings of local wines tailor-made to your specifications.

Cook in Milano: Learn to cook authentic Italian food, then enjoy what you cook. Classes are held daily for groups of 2 to 6 people.

Transportation:

Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM): Azienda Trasporti Milanesi is a public company, responsible for public transportation in Milan city and some surrounding municipalities. The city is extremely well connected with the use of buses, underground, trolleys, and a bike share system. Their website offers a journey planner link that helps with planning travel. Also check out their mobile app “ATM Milano” available on IOS, Windows and Android. A 90 minute ticket costs €1.50, a 24 hour pass is €4.50, and a 48 hour pass costs €8.25.

Taxi: Taxis cannot be hailed, but must be picked up at designated taxi stands. Alternatively, you can call +39 02 4040, +39 02 6969 or +39 02 8585 to order a taxi (English is spoken). Be aware that when you call for a cab, the meter runs from receipt of call, not pick up. The average short city ride costs €10. You can also use the mobile app “AppTaxi” to request a cab with certain specifications: size, payment type, etc.

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