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Milan City Guide

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Welcome to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! Milan is situated in the north of the country, close to the Swiss border, and is the second largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 1.3 mllion. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy, and is proud of its two giants of European football, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Milan is serviced by 3 airports. Malpensa International Airport (MXP) is the largest and busiest, and is situated 25 miles north-west of the city centre. There are daily domestic and international flights, and the airport is connected with the city centre via the Malpensa Express train service. (TIP: the other two airports close to Milan are Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport (BGY) and Linate Airport (LIN).) If you are travelling by train or bus, Stazione Centrale, the main railway station, and the main long-distance bus station, located next to the Lampugnano Subway, are both located in the city centre. 

Public transport in Milan is excellent and is operated by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The transport network is extensive, servicing the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The main forms of transport include a mixture of bus, tram and trolley lines and a 4-line subway system, which runs from 6am until midnight. ATM also operate the 'Passante' suburban rail link, which is very popular with commuters. All public transport is clean and reliable and tickets are inexpensive. Milan also operates the BIKEMI bike service, which is an inexpensive bike hire system, with approximately 200 bike stations throughout the city. 

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's excellent hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Milan.

Eating Out in Milan. More coming soon.   

Socialising in Milan. More coming soon.  

Milan is one of the most visited cities in Italy with plenty to see and do. Spend a few hours in the Castello Sforzesco or the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia, visit the Alfa Romeo Museum, or enjoy an opera at the Teatro alla Scala. If you are a sports fan, there is 'Serie A' football at the San Siro, and for the more energetic, enjoy a run or a cycle through the streets and parks of the city to see some of the famous landmarks, including Piazza del Duomo and the Palazzo Reale. 

As Milan is recognised internationally as one of the world's most important fashion capitals, it offers a fantastic shopping experience. The streets around the Piazza Duomo (Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea and Via Manzoni) is a recommended highlight. Here you will find designer brands and commercial chains. Corso di Porta Ticinese offers smalller independent stores, and the city has several shopping malls including the oldest one in the city, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Milan also has a large number of interesting and fun street markets, including the Mercato di via Lorenzini Market.

Milan is home to some of Italy's most prestigious universities. There are 7 in total and they include, the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, the Università degli Studi di Milano, the Politecnico di Milano and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. For more info. on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website. 

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