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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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With a climate similar to that of London, Milan enjoys mild winters and pleasant spring and autumn seasons, when daytime temperatures hover in the upper teens. Milan sees higher summer temperatures than the English capital and the city can really sizzle in July and August. Italians are known to flee to the coast in summer so you might find some hotel bargains at the peak of the summer season (though you might also find that some restaurants and shops are closed for family holidays). In the canal area, the Navigli, the summer months are blissfully free from traffic and cafes and restaurants take over the streets – this is a nice base for summer trips to Milan.
Take a few layers in your luggage in winter. It’s a quiet time to see the sights, though temperatures can range from below freezing at night to 8C in the day.
The calibre of annual events in Milan is high. Just be aware of events such as Fashion Week, which see hotels filling and prices soaring...
Milan Fashion Week; February/March and September/October: Two of the big fashion events on the global calendar: the cream of the catwalk world strut their stuff and show off the latest designs here in early spring and autumn. If you wish to visit during these times, book your break as far in advance as possible to secure a room. Prices will be high during these events.
Settimana dei Beni Culturali; spring: Find out exactly when cultural heritage week is running and consider timing your trip to coincide with the free opening of public museums, galleries and some private collections. A varied programme of events runs alongside this special event.
Festa dei Navigli; June: Another great reason to stay around the Navigli area. During this two-week feast of culture and entertainment, the canal-side streets of Navigli host concerts, markets, street art and so much more.
There’s never a dull moment in the city of Milan. Find out what you could get up to during your short break in Italy’s capital of cool...
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 Diocesano and other landmarks. Personalise your route by picking your favourite monuments when you book.