Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It is the capital of the province of the same name and also of the Lombardy region. The city is the financial and industrial center of the country. Tourists go there mainly for the stores, but the city also has many tourist attractions including the famous cathedral.
All about Milan (travel guide)
Useful tourist information
Province: Milan. Region: Lombardy. Zip code: From 20121 to 20162. Area code: (+39) 02. City hall: Piazza della Scala, 2 – 20121 Milano. Tourist office: InfoMilano – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (at the corner of Piazza della Scala). Tel. +390288455555. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00; Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00; Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 (Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1).
Public transport and driving directions
By car: Milan is connected to the main Italian cities by a number of freeways, the A4 leads to Venice, the A1 to Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples, the A7 to Genoa and the A8 to the lake district north of the city.
Public transportation to/from Milan: In and around the city there are three airports, Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio. From the central station there are direct train connections to all major Italian cities. In addition to the Stazione Centrale, there are train stations of various sizes.
Public transportation within the city: Public transportation in Milan consists of a network of metro, street car and bus lines.
Milan Tourist attractions
The San Lorenzo Maggiore Basilica is especially famous for the Sant’Aquilina Chapel. The San Simpliciano Basilica is one of the oldest churches in the city, while the Chiaravalle Abbey is one of the oldest Gothic buildings.
The Archaeological Museum is located partly in a former monastery and partly in the Castello Sforza. The Cimitero Monumentale (“Monumental Cemetery”) is not a museum, but could actually be labeled one.
The Sant’Eustorgio Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Milan.
The Ca’ Granda is an old hospital converted into a university seat.
Milan boasts one of the most impressive and famous shopping galleries in the world with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The original name of Milan was Mediolanum, a Latinised version of a Celtic word meaning “land between the rivers”.