Book a Milan city break and start planning your stay in this cool, classy and cultured city...
The shining statue atop Milan's Duomo watches over a mix of ornate historic buildings and sleek skyscrapers, sharp business types and cool fashion models. The city oozes style, from the precious art exhibitions at Brera Picture Gallery in the university area to the chic boutiques filling the Golden Quadrilateral, Milan's fashion headquarters. Just west of the city centre, the red-brick Sforza Castle and its museums show off works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
There's certainly no doubting the potential for first-class fun and high-class culture during Milan city breaks.
Getting into Milan from Malpensa Airport is fairly straightforward, though the airport (MXP) is a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Organise your ground transport in advance of your stay so you don't waste a precious moment of your short break. The Malpensa Express and the Malpensa Shuttle take you to Milan Central Station in about an hour. In summer, the shuttle runs through the night.
Alternatively, consider car hire in Milan. You can collect your rental at the airport - this is a great option if you plan to combine your stay in the city with some time at the Italian Lakes (Lake Como is a 90-minute drive from Milan).
Getting around on weekend breaks in Milan is also easy. Trams, buses and the metro serve greater Milan, while several railway lines connect the city centre with outer areas. For short journeys, opt for BikeMi, Milan's practical bike-sharing programme. Register in advance on the BikeMi website, pick up a bicycle, ride it and leave it at any station around the city.
Milan is a busy international destination and the city's convention centres host many large-scale events. It's worth checking what's on before you go (including some of the events below) as demand for hotel rooms can see prices rocket.
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