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Milan: How to get there, where to stay and what to do

The second most populous city in Italy, Milan is one of the worlds four fashion capitals. Renowned for its museums, music, fashion and design, and sports, Milan really does offer something for everyone.

Must sees for free

Milan Cathedral is every traveler’s favorite photo backdrop. Taking six centuries to complete, it would be a crime to visit the city without least stopping by to see the cathedral. You can pay a small fee to climb up and see the view but ensure you are fully covered clothing if you do: it is a working religious building.

In the early evening, there is no better place to stroll than the Navigli, Milan’s canals. Himself, so I don´t miss out on the chance to get out of the city and step into the quiet countryside.

A little bit of self-control, our next must see for free can remain free. Zara’s flagship store Milan store is a shockingly grand building, four floors of Zara IN TARDIS of retail, entering this store is like entering a whole other universe where even the most frugal of us would struggle not to be tempted.

Navigli: Milan's canals

Must sees for a fee

MUDEC Museum, Milan's Museum of Culture, a permanent collection, including over 200 pieces, for their extraordinary cultural and aesthetic value. 5, and additional entry fees for traveling collections including Roy Lichtenstein's past exhibitions, Banksy, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat, each fee you pay is well worth it.

No visit to Milan is complete without experiencing for yourself Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper painting. Housed in a convent, the painting's room itself is classed as a museum, advance booking is recommended and advanced booking of a five-museum Da Vinci based group ticket is even more recommended. For up to € 40 (only € 8 for museum equivalent) paid at the Cenacolo You can access five museums that preserve work by Da Vinci and his students.

Another Milanese architectural marvel is Sforza Castle. For a small entry fee of € 10 you can gain access to the Castle Museums and Leonardo never seen exhibitions. This is also included in the aforementioned five-museum Da Vinci ticket. Built by Duke Francesco Sforza in the 15th century, you can wander through the vast courtyards, or take in the indoor artefacts, before strolling through the Parco Sempione parks for yet another stunning Instagram opportunity.

MUDEC: Museum of Cultures

Getting around

Milan has a whole network of buses, trams and subways. There is even an ATM official app where you can buy tickets on the go. The app accepts PayPal or credit card and even useful features like "around me", "journey planner" and "find lines". Single tickets are from € 1.50 and day tickets are from € 4.50.

Milan underground

eating

For an expensive but authentic taste of Milanese food, try Ratanà. Just outside Isola and with dishes between € 15 and € 30, Ratanà is renowned for its Milanese risotto. This dish is the highest priced item on the menu.

Anyone with a sweet tooth knows Milan is best can be found at Cucchi pastry. Based in Corso Genova and with a confectionary counter, and a coffee bar serving breakfast and lunch, their panettone can be eaten in or taken away. Their traditional, unpreserved panettone set you back € 25, but last up to 15 days and how to taste, including candied apples and cinnamon, candied pears and chocolate and black cherry.

More of a snack-based menu can be found at Ace of flowers. Based in thethe Naviglio Great area is known for its variety of cheeses, you can get a daily selection of cheeses for just € 20, or selections of salami, soaked cheese, and cold cuts for similar prices.

Italian panettone

Going out

For those of you wanting a legitimate night out, Armani Prive is the place to see. In the same building as Armani Hotel Milan and the Armani / Nobu restaurant, the club was designed by Giorgio Armani himself. It describes itself as "the fun of a nightclub with the intimacy of a club," giving the whole place to high-class vibe. However, with drinks priced from € 20, this one is not the place for someone on a budget.

For a less formal night, try La Chiesetta. Housed in a deconsecrated church, this pub is unusual and gothic. With a huge selection of shots, as well as beers, cocktails and sangria, and reasonable price, this is someone looking for something a little bit different.

A quieter out night can be found at Anteo Palazzo del Cinema. A stunning building, housing a variety of box offices and indie films. Tickets are priced very fairly, from € 10, and English screenings every Monday, Antaeus Palace is an age-old comforting way to spend a night.

Popular Italian cocktail, the Negroni

Hotels

Luxury: Mandarin Oriental: This five-star hotel offers a set-up occupying four elegant 18th century buildings, wood floors and oak floors and floor to ceiling windows. Via Andegari. From £ 782 per night.

Mid-range: Plus Welcome Milan: This three-star hotel offers an outdoor garden, a common area with flat-screen TV and satellite channels and early or late check-in available on request. Viale Famagosta. From £ 67 per night.

Budget: Hotel Amendola Fiera: This one-star hotel offers multilingual staff 24 hours a day. Via Filippo Carcano. From £ 42 per night.

Milanese neoclassical architecture.

Fact file

Currency: Euro (€), € 1: £ 0.89

Time zone: GMT + 2

The flight: Fly direct to Milan Bergamo with Ryanair. Flight duration: 2 hrs 10 mins. From £ 44 return.

Best time to visit: April to May or September to October mean you avoid Milan's peak tourism season and maintain pleasant outdoor temperatures and weather. September is also the month of Milan's Fashion Week, allowing you to take the bust of all the latest trends.

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Sforza Castle

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