Milan Flights:

Flights to Milan

image of MilanMilan’s combination of both historical and modern makes this an inviting city to visit. Situated in the north of Italy, in the Lombardy region, Milan is known as one of the world’s fashion and design capitals and is a city all about lifestyle and success.

Milan has two major airports, and although the Linate Airport (airport code: LIN) is closest to Milan, it does not deal with international travel. So international flights to Milan have to arrive at the Malpensa Airport (code: MXP), which is 40 kilometres away from the city. There are train, bus and taxi services to get you between the airport and Milan. From South Africa a flight to Milan is available with South African Airways with one stop in Munich. Lufthansa also offers this route. Swiss Airlines has a shorter trip with one transfer stop in Zurich. Emirates Airlines also has flights to Milan, with one connection in Dubai.

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The Tourist Attractions of Milan:

Milan does have some grand and impressive landmarks, but if you’re looking for the best of ancient history Rome is the better place to visit in Italy. Milan was actually established prior to rising of the Roman Empire, around 400BC by the Celts, so this really is an ancient city, but it’s the modern cosmopolitan side that attracts many of today’s visitors to Milan.

Milan’s Architectural Sites

Though there’s not much left of ancient Roman times, Milan does still have a good selection of historical architecture. Milan has four very old churches, built in the 4th century at the city gates that still stand today – these are San Simpliciano, Sant’Ambrogio, Sant’Eustorgio, and San Nazaro in Brolos. Impressive in their own ways it’s the Milan Cathedral that’s the most striking piece of religious architecture in the city. It’s actually the fourth largest cathedral in the world and is built in the Gothic style.

Besides churches there are other landmarks in Milan; La Scala Theatre for example, and The Castello Sforzesco, are two impressive buildings.

Museums in Milan

Milan offers some excellent museums, many of which feature art, though there are history and technology museums too. Of the art museums there is Pinacoteca di Brera which houses one of Italy’s most important Italian art collections, while Museo d’Arte Paolo Pini offers contemporary art. Inside Sforzesco Castle are several museums which include exhibits on Egyptian arts and fine arts.

Away from the art museums visitors to Milan can also take in the Natural Science Museum, and the interesting Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, while at the Civico Museo Archeologico you can see Roman antiquities from Milan and the surrounding area.

Shopping in Milan

Being one of the world’s fashion and design capitals many tourists come to Milan to enjoy some great shopping. There are opportunities for shopping al over the city, but a couple of places are more famous than the rest: Via Montenapoleone, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Via Montenapoleone is Milan’s most exclusive shopping street, featuring the most expensive shops in the city. It’s famous for its fashion and jewellery and includes all the big names you would expect to find.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is famous too. This is reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall (though there are many others that claim this too!). Whether you want to go shopping or not this is one of Milan’s famous landmarks and was completed in 1877, so should definitely be experienced while visiting Milan.

When Should You Visit?:

Milan is popular throughout the year, though summer is the peak time to visit as the weather is warm to hot, but humid. Average high in July is 29C. Winters are mild to cool, but spring starts early so you can expect warm weather from April right though to October. Rainfall should be expected at any time of the year.

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