Milan has a grown-up reputation – and that’s justified. But that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a family-friendly city. There are plenty of attractions that can appeal to children of all ages, plus the adults in your travel group.
Milan has been abuzz with the preparations for Expo 2015 for years, and now that the event has officially kicked off the city is even more appealing to travelers. Even if you hadn’t planned on going to Italy this year, perhaps hearing all about the Expo has you looking up Milan airfare – and if that’s the case, the next thing you’ll need to know is how to get tickets to the Expo.
Milan may not be as well-known for its cuisine as some other parts of Italy, but the city and the greater Lombardy region have some classic dishes that you’ll fall in love with – not to mention some famous Italian ingredients you probably didn’t know originated in Milan.
Since Milan is home to Italy’s second-busiest airport, it’s often the beginning or end of a trip through Italy. It’s not often a place people spend more than a day or so, however, eager as they are to move on to places like Venice and Rome. There’s much to see and do in this city, however, so if you set aside the time to explore here’s what you can do with three days in Milan.
Milan has long been the kind of city business travelers visit regularly and leisure travelers visit only because they’re flying in or out of the city’s big airport. But even if you’re not planning to spend a long vacation in the Lombardy capital, there’s actually quite a bit that you can accomplish in one well-organized day. In other words, even if you’re just using it as the starting or ending point for your trip, here’s what you need to know in order to spend one day in Milan seeing the city’s major sights.
Milan has been gearing up to play host to Expo 2015 for years, and all that hard work is about to pay off. The city has more than 7,000 events planned during the Expo, which runs from May 1 through October 31, both on the Expo grounds and elsewhere in the city. And this is, of course, in addition to the countless things to do and see in Milan that have nothing whatsoever to do with the Expo.
Milan is a big city with enough to keep most visitors entertained for a few days, but if you’re spending more time in the city and you’d like to see another popular northern city on a day trip, then hop on a train and head for Turin.
As if Lake Maggiore in northern Italy wasn’t beautiful and intriguing enough, there is a small archipelago of islands in the western part of the lake that’s especially worth visiting – the Borromean Islands.