SOME TIPS FOR THOSE WHO ARE VISITING THE FIRST TIME
If you have chosen to visit Milano and you have no idea where to start from, it’s a non-issue because you can now count on a digital guide which has been created to get you oriented in a city that has so much to offer and which should be visited periodically and in different times of the year to enjoy the best of each season. However, before starting your tour just keep in mind few basic rules: Milano is one of a kind in Italy or even better said in the local dialect ‘Milan l’è on gran Milan’ (Milan is a GREAT Milan).
RELY ON THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Milano is fundamentally a small city if compared to other European capitals: the best way to reach it is surely by plane or train and then tour around on foot or by bike. The toughest mission in Milan is actually parking a car and it’s highly probable you would get a fine.
PICK CAREFULLY YOUR DISTRICT
Milano’s beauty concentrates in the city centre and at the Duomo Cathedral but it can also offer delightful surprises in more suburban areas which are undergoing continuous up-styling projects and have been chosen by many artistic hubs as nestling spots. Therefore it’s strategically wise to pick first the district you prefer to stay at and then organize some focused visits around the districts.
PLAN THOROUGHLY YOUR VISIT
Milano is worldwide known for its elegance and therefore it has earned the title of capital of fashion and design. Nevertheless culture is the city’s pride and has always attracted many visitors. After sightseeing historical sites you should still devote some time to specific events.
SAVOUR GOOD FOOD
Milano is a triumph of culinary temptations prepared according to typically local recipes or according to foreign traditions, therefore save a good part of your travel budget for the heavenly food you’ll taste here. Take advantage of the great prices at lunch-time and take into account glorious aperitifs before going to dinner. Some good address here.
CHOOSE A GOOD PERIOD
Milano lives under a quite pressing schedule from September to June and from Monday to Friday – the average Milanese leaves the city during weekends, long weekends and holidays – and therefore it would be smart to visit it when the residents are away thus enjoying less traffic on the streets and less queuing at museums and exhibitions.
AVOID FASHION AND DESIGN PERIODS
Milano is swarmed by hordes of designers in April when it’s Salone-time and fashionistas at spring/summer – autumn/winter when the runaway-shows are on. Taking part to these major events can be real fun once in a lifetime, but if you are not directly involved into the business, you should favour less crowded – and therefore cheaper – periods.
SAVE SOME MONEY
Milano is basically a pricy city because it is excellence-driven at every level and in each sector but it can offer some good bargains too: nearly every museum, show or event provide reduced-price tickets at specific days per month or week and not to forget, the sales!
TAKE NO RISKS
Milano is generally a safe city but it is not recommended to walk around at night-time in dodgy areas, especially if you are an attractive woman: grab a taxi if it’s late, do not take a lift from strangers nor hang around the railway stations longer than needed.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE PRICES
Milano can be a luxury or a reasonably affordable destination according to the places you will visit and therefore it is always better to plan it in advance and check the prices before taking a sit at the restaurant or before entering a bar. As a general law, you should know that a coffee at the counter is around one euro and a glass of wine won’t be less than five.
UNDERSTAND THE MILANESE
Milano has a high living quality thanks to the always more efficient services but you could get surprised by the detached behaviour of its citizens. The truth is that a real Milanese works hard and indulges in no breaks. You will get a top service but he will get straight to the point. Don’t take it personally. That’s part of the tradition.