Discover Italy's lifestyle capital on city breaks to Milan - a tasty cocktail of shop-lined avenues, theatres and glitzy nightclubs.
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.
Best of Milan city breaks for...
- Shopping: Elegant, inspirational and expensive, Via Montenapoleone holds the crème-de-la-crème of Italian shoes, bags and clothes. Browse the designer shops here for ideas then find similar items with lower price tags at the well-stocked Papiniano market.
- Nightlife: Buzzing throughout the week, Milan's bars and nightclubs spoil sophisticated locals with tasty aperitifs and cool cocktails. Mingle with them in the canal-side Navigli quarter.
- Families: Feed your mind at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci. While dad inspects Leonardo's extraordinary machines and mum plays with the interactive exhibitions, kids can explore the amazingly cramped insides of the original Enrico Toti submarine.
- Active types: Hire a bicycle at Milan Parco Nord and ride past glimmering lakes, 16th-century villas and the old control tower of Breda airport. Tackle the cycling track of the velodrome inside the park and relive the golden age of Italian cycling.
- Romance: Impress your other half on short breaks in Milan with an exclusive dinner on board an historic tram. Food is served as the tram passes the illuminated Sforza Castle, Museo Diocesiano and other landmarks. Personalise your route by picking your favourite monuments when you book.
Getting into Milan from Malpensa Airport
- 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.
Getting around on weekend breaks in Milan
- Public transport Trams, buses and the metro serve greater Milan, while several railway lines connect the city centre with outer areas.
- Bicycle 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.