Vacation in Milano

Welcome to the city of fashion, history, culture and lifestyle – Milan! The elegant and magnetic Italian city is considered one of the most desirable and vibrant cities in Europe, which, in addition to its importance and great contribution to art, cuisine, styling and the tourism industry, maintains a very successful concentration of sites at a short distance from each other and with excellent accessibility. This allows Milan to become a very diverse center of attractions, giving the many travelers the option to have all the city’s options “in the palm of one hand” and with maximum enjoyment of the look, the views, the tastes, the shops and the atmosphere.

Hotels in Milan

Naturally, a large part of the hotels are concentrated in the city center – Milan City Center where the famous Duomo of Milan is located (the most central point in the city, we will expand on it shortly), but many good hotels are also located in the area of ​​the central station – Stazione Centrale, about half an hour’s walk from the city center and where there are also areas The main shopping as well as in the Naviglio Grande district, the canal district, which is located about a kilometer from the city center and excels in its entertainment venues.

There is a wide variety of hotels in Milan itself, with the hotels that are more recommended among travelers rated between 3 and 5 stars thanks to the quality rooms, the courteous service and the various hotel options such as a good breakfast, free internet (usually), a pool and spa centers (in some hotels). These hotels are usually in the range of 140-75 euros per night, depending on the type of room and of course the season. Another option for travelers interested in a low-cost trip with a cheap flight and also a fairly cheap place to stay can turn to one of the hostels in the city. Ostello Bello for example is one such, which is considered solid and particularly meticulous. The location is only a ten minute walk from the Duomo and is very suitable for young people or families with older children. Another Ostello Bello hostel is in the Nabili canal district.

Hotels near the airport in Milan

For those of you who land in the wee hours of the night, who want to get to the city but not stay in it or who are traveling in a short time to an onward destination, there is a good option to stay in a hotel that is close to the airport or even inside it.

There are three airports in Milan, the main of which is the Malpensa airport, which is located about 50 km from Milan and includes direct flights from the country (about 3 hours and 50 minutes) through a wide variety of airlines such as El Al, Arkia, Izig T and Alitalia. The other two ports are Orio al Serio, located in the nearby town of Bergamo (arrival from the country by direct flight is mainly carried out with the low-cost Ryanair company) and Linata airport, which does not include direct flights from Israel. However, each of these airports can be flown to in a variety of ways roads and through connections through other European capitals, which greatly lengthens the journey but significantly lowers the plane tickets. Please note that Malpensa is the most attractive and convenient airport to reach the city, while the Bergamo airport is considered the least convenient.

The hotels at the airports are very attractive especially to the businessmen and traveling travelers among you and they stand up very well in the value for money test, even though they are slightly more expensive (around 40-30 more euros per night) than hotels of the same level located within Milan itself. Some of these hotels have shuttles to or from the airport as well as convenient transportation to get to the city.

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A 5-star hotel in the Florence area, located 0.3 km from the Consulate General of South Korea in Florence. Price range: 348$ - 717$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 100 m from the beach of Leoneli. Price range: 286$ - 623$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 0.3 km from the Coralle Museum. Price range: 320$ - 673$ per night. recommended!

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מלון באזור טורינו, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מדורה. טווח מחירים: 197 ₪ - 380 ₪ ללילה.

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מלון באזור טרמיני / טיבורטינו / סן לורנצו / סן ג'ובאני / סן לורנצו, הממוקם בסמוך לסן לורנצו. טווח מחירים: 236 ₪ - 528 ₪ ללילה. מומלץ!

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מלון באזור סנטה קרוצ'ה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.3 ק״מ מקזינו ונציה. טווח מחירים: 382 ₪ - 825 ₪ ללילה. מומלץ!

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מלון דירות בדירוג 5 כוכבים באזור דואומו / סן מרקו / המרכז ההיסטורי של פירנצה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מגלריית האקדמיה. טווח מחירים: 24,426 PKR - ‏56,872 PKR ללילה. מומלץ!

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A 3-star hotel in the area of the historic center of Florence / Piazza del Independenza, located 0.1 km from Moia Panza. Price range: 88$ - 171$ per night.

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A hotel in the Turin area, located 0.1 km above Edi. Price range: 62$- 87$ per night. recommended!

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Restaurants in Milan

Italy is an extraordinary culinary power and in Milan in general, it is very difficult to fall for an unsuccessful meal here. The pizza will always be wonderful in its dough and cheese as well as the rich handmade pastas and lasagnas and preparation styles that range from family-traditional to fusion.

Most tourist restaurants invest a lot in what happens on the plate and maintain a good quality level. Among the famous and recommended ones in the city you can find Ceresio 7 which beyond the food menu is also considered a leader in the selection of wines and cocktails, Alice Ristorante with a Michelin star which serves apparently simple dishes but with an unusual creative concept, Il Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala known mainly for its tasting meal and more.

An Italian restaurant specializing in seafood and fish mentioned in the Michelin guide, with traditional and comforting Venetian food
A completely different experience: a luxury restaurant in an ancient space that serves Italian and fusion food at a high level – but it does not have a menu
A popular Venetian restaurant with a long pizza menu and also traditional Italian dishes with quality food at a reasonable price.
A restaurant near the Grand Canal that offers traditional Italian food with a warm and homely atmosphere
A restaurant on a cliff facing the Bay of Naples serving local food fresh from the sea since 1942
Wine bar with a rich menu of wines and beers and excellent food
A restaurant with a special atmosphere, which is also a bistro, a cafe, and a delicatessen
A restaurant that serves traditional Neapolitan food in the atmosphere of the past
A traditional Italian restaurant with old-fashioned food run by the chef who taught Jamie Oliver to cook Italian food

Attractions in Milan

Milan is not too big a city (compared to other major cities in Europe), with a small center that offers plenty of historical and cultural sites, a wide variety of cafes that fill the city streets and offer fine and stimulating Italian coffee, unrivaled shopping, excellent restaurants and good attractions for children.

Although the city’s public transportation system is wonderful and very convenient, the main traffic symbol of Milan is actually the bicycle. This is the perfect place for the urban cyclist: an almost completely flat city, plenty of bicycle paths, bicycle rental shops and parking facilities at every corner and the possibility of easy and spontaneous access from attraction to attraction, without additional expenses for transportation. And beyond that, it is impossible not to mention the wonderful romantic feeling of an urban drive in the evening.

According to most travelers, shopping in the city is divided into two main areas: the main pedestrian street named after the King of Italy – Vittorio Emanuele II where you will find all the well-known brand stores such as H&M, Zara, Diesel, Gap and also a central mall where the brand stores meet the vintage and market products. The second area is the Quadrilatero d’Oro – the “luxury shopping square” which contains many narrow and lively streets that open into a very impressive covered main street (and bicycles are not allowed, please note) where you will find Gucci, Prada, Miu-Miu, Versace, Louis Vuitton And many more prestigious ones. Although it is not certain that you will want to spend the best of your money here, the visit is well worth it, because it is a pleasure to see the impressive shop windows, walk on the mosaic floor, see the elegant Italians and businessmen from the top thousand and get a small, bastard taste of the world of the rich and famous.

For those looking for innovative bars where you can see beautiful and proper people with the right clothes and the right glass of drink, you should go to Piazza de la Repubblica which includes several good bars like this.

The main attractions in Milan

The Duomo of Milan

Every Italian city has its Duomo, but the breath-taking Gothic cathedral and the second largest in the world (which was also built over 400 years) is considered one of the main attractions in the city that should not be missed. Nearly 40,000 visitors come to admire it every day and it is the proof that God is in the small details: sarcophagi, fresco, mosaic, stained glass and monuments fill every good part inside and outside the cathedral. In addition, it is worth going up to the roof (don’t worry, there is a paid elevator for the lazy and free stairs for the determined) to watch from above the wonderful urban view of Milan. For your attention – the entrance is paid and modest clothing only. During the season, the queues may be so long as to give up entry, so you should be prepared to wait in line for about two hours on a particularly busy day and also make sure before you take a number to stand in line to buy the tickets.

Sforzesco Castle

What is your trip to Milan worth without an encounter with the Renaissance era of the 14th century? The famous citadel in the city from those days constitutes the art abode of Milan and includes no less than 38 museum halls that include art objects and fascinating collections located in the heart of royal gardens and constitute one of the most wonderful journeys into Italian history, especially that which was present here until the 17th century.

Teatro della Scala

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, home to the largest theater in Europe! The visit is also recommended for those of you who are not interested in any Italian opera, and there is also a museum open throughout the day.

Navigli district

Who said only Venice has maddening canals? The city’s canal district is an adventurous place with a more relaxed atmosphere than you can feel in the city center and it will also suit a whole day trip: boutique shops, galleries, churches, pubs and restaurants and of course boating on the water. Wandering around, you will surely notice easily that although it is a lively and quite cool area, it houses the locals in the city and not necessarily the crowds of tourists who are just taking selfies.

Leonardo da Vinci’s horse statue (Cavallo di Leonardo)

did you know This is the largest horse statue in the world, 7 meters high and weighing 17 tons! The horse is made of bronze, penned by the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. Its construction was only completed in 1999 and from then until today it is considered one of the most popular locations for taking pictures in the city.

Milan Natural History Museum

Even if you are not a fan of museums, you should not miss the next visit. The Natural History Museum presents in a tangible and experiential way the entire process of evolution and includes a huge and powerful dinosaur hall that is hard to forget. The museum also includes exhibits and stuffed animals of a variety of animals and you can spend several hours there with the children.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

If you pass by the Church of Santa Maria without knowing what the commotion is about, you find a very long line of tourists who are willing to wait patiently for quite some time to get inside. The reason for this is the famous mural (fresco) “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. Please note: a visit inside the church is by appointment only.

The ancient cemetery

Although a cemetery is not exactly the most touristic place on the planet, this cemetery is definitely worth marking your arrival with. It is a magnificent Italian sculpture that characterizes each and every grave, alongside a magical historical appearance of the entire site. If you are lucky, you will also be able to view one of the changing exhibitions held here.

San Siro Stadium

The largest football stadium in Italy is home to the two super teams Milan and Inter. Although we presented it under its old name, you should know that the name of the stadium has changed and is called – Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Most tourists get confused and assume that these are two different sites. In addition to visiting the stadium itself, you can catch quite a few matches of the Italian first league on weekends, derby matches or against other Italian rivals such as Juventus that simply must not be missed. The stadium is outside the city itself and it is advisable to reach it (and the nearby team museums) by taxi, car or organized transportation .

Brera district

Were you looking for the sweet, fashionable and tie-dyed Italy? It is here, in the most elegant and chic district in the city. A host of cafes, boutique shops, galleries and leading art exhibitions await you here

Pigeon Square (in front of Milan’s Duomo)

Well, how is it possible without a video of you running among thousands of flying pigeons, feeding five pigeons at the same time on your arm and taking pictures with all this goodness as befits any proud traveler? The road to the square is accompanied by quite a few vendors who will offer you to buy corn kernels to feed the pigeons and to be honest, the pigeons do prefer them more than any other food.

Attractions in Milan with children

And what do you do in the city with the children? Although the various restaurants, parks and museums are wonderful, there is no doubt that the children need more action. Well, Milan does not disappoint in this category either and includes several interesting offers:

Museum of the Toy and Children

And yes, you will probably find quite a few mesmerized and enthusiastic adults there as well. Over 2000 modern and antique toys, of every type and every color, from the 18th century and the 20th century, from the most elaborate ones from the factory to those knitted with an authentic crochet hook.

Civic Aquarium of Milan

Among the first aquariums in Europe, built as early as 1906, destroyed in World War II, renovated and returned to full function in the 1960s. Another renovation from 2006 brought into the aquarium nearly 40 huge tanks with over 100 spectacular fish, marine mammals, sharks, crabs, sea turtles, jellyfish and more. The aquarium of Milan is divided into floors and on the entrance floor there are also changing exhibitions, a cafe and a library with all possible information about the world of water. The place is located near Sempione Park.

Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Tecnica)

And how is it possible without a place that sanctifies the unique work of Leonardo da Vinci and in general, the field of human inventions? The museum named after Da Vinci includes original models and drawings, as well as amazing exhibits and displays for science enthusiasts: submarines and steam engines, television and telegraph, sophisticated products from the world of astronomy, electric waves and radio. A fascinating place for adults and children alike (note – the museum is closed to visitors from Christmas to New Year’s: 25.12 – 1.1).

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An ancient gate that dates back to 1285 and is considered one of the oldest gates in Florence

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A museum dedicated to the football team AC Milan, which is considered one of the most successful teams in the world

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One of Milan's oldest parks has lawns, walking paths, bike paths and more

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A museum presenting an impressive private collection containing valuable details from the 14th-19th centuries AD

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A fascinating museum where you will meet musical instruments from different periods of history, from the 15th century AD to the present day

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One of the most popular museums in Milan which are dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of world cultures

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The Children's Museum is museum that allows children to learn interesting life facts, environmental issues, and activities from the world of adults.

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Several museums including galleries and exhibitions show rare art details in over ten thousand different rooms.

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The Archaeological Museum of Milan allows you to peek into the fascinating history of Italy and the Italian nation

Car rental in Milan

In general, Milan is not recommended for trips with a rental car, unless there is a really good reason for this. The city center is off limits to private vehicles and is enforced by cameras and very heavy fines. The prohibited area is marked by a round white sign surrounded by a red circle. Beyond the fact that most of the sites are blocked for you to arrive by car, there is a parking shortage in the city and even if your hotel has parking, it will be expensive.

It is advisable to book the car in advance and it is preferable to rent a car with a manual transmission as the cheaper option. In addition, the rental companies include deals for bookings at the ends of the busy season so that if you schedule the trip for less busy times, you will also save on the car issue. The rental companies are located at the airports, or in the city center at the entrance to the old city and south of the Duomo.

What is important to know about the conditions and laws for driving in Milan?

You will need an international driver’s license that can be issued in Israel through MMSI or Teldor. The minimum age for driving in most companies is 21, with at least one year of license. Under the age of 25, you may be charged an additional “young driver” fee, so you need to check whether the rental is affordable for you.

The Italians respect the Israeli driver’s license, but that’s not how the rental companies always operate. In any case, the validity of your license in terms of the state is for one year. Driving without a license is considered a serious offense, so you must always take the rental and insurance documents with you in the car. The rest of the driving laws are similar to those in Israel, but if you are caught for a particular offense, know that tourists must pay 25% of the fine on the spot!

 

 

 

Flights to Milan

Milan is a very popular, interesting destination and it is also a wonderful starting point for trips in the entire region of northern Italy. It is therefore clear why in all months of the year you can find flights to Milan, most of them direct flights, when you can choose between regular flights and charter flights. Of course, there are also low-cost flights to Milan, so this is another option that can be considered for each of us. The flight duration is a little longer than to Rome and is about four hours. You should know that there are two airports in Milan:

  • Aeroporto Di Milano Malpensa
  • Aeroporto Di Milano Bergamo

Most flights from Israel arrive at Malpensa airport. If you were wondering how you can get from the airport to the city itself, you should know that you can take a train, bus or drive directly in your rental car. Also, there is also the option of taking a taxi, but there is no doubt that from an economic point of view this is the most expensive option and for not all of us it can be attractive.

When should you fly to Milan?

The peak of the season in the city is in the months of July-August, when tourism really flourishes: hundreds of performances, exhibitions and fairs are held throughout the city, but it must be remembered again and again that they are applied over a relatively small central area, which makes the city very attractive for entertainment, but extremely crowded at the same time. To this must also be added the high heat and humidity that make it difficult to go on long hikes, so a more suitable time would be precisely at the ends of the season: May-June or September-October. Christmas week is also considered busy and includes many changes in the transportation schedules in the city as well as the opening and closing hours of most of the main sites.

Milan is an attractive and wonderful European destination for trips for all types of groups. It welcomes tourists and is easy to navigate and get around. However, the way to travel depends very much on the personal character of each of you so that you can spread out all the possibilities of the city over several days, or devour it all in just one day.

Milan is in the north of Italy and it is recommended to visit it while the weather is warm enough to travel there. During the summer season there are many performances, fairs and exhibitions around the city, you can read about them on the website.

Even children definitely have something to do in Milan in particular and in northern Italy in general – amusement parks, water parks and a variety of other attractions. You can find details of all these places and more on the guides page on the website.

Because Northern Italy is full of attractions for children, there are of course also many hotels where you can stay comfortably and comfortably with the whole family. On the site you can of course find a list of the best of them.

Those coming to Milan are advised to spend a day or several days traveling in the area to enjoy the views and villages around, and the beautiful Lake Garda area. You can find information about trips in northern Italy in the guides section of the website.