Milan

An ancient Milanese garrison and today's industrial capital of Italy, the city of Milan is the undisputed pearl of the Lombardy region. Historical capital of the Lombardo-Veneto kingdom, the city of Milan, was founded around the 4th century BC by the Insubri Gauls (an ancient population present in north-western Italy), before "embracing and re-emerging" under the domination of the Romans, who changed the city name to Mediolanum. At first the capital of Transpadana (during the Augusteo rule), and later the residence of Emperor Diocletian, the city of Milan soon established itself in Italy and in the rest of the world as a true stronghold and cultural center of the Roman Empire. And even after the fall of the Empire, the city of Milan, although reduced in its cultural and artistic expansion, has not lost its hegemony. Already around the year 1000, in fact, the city returns to be a flourishing cultural and industrial pole, thanks to the vast and refined productions of silk, wool, metals and weapons. The history of Milan has therefore always been accompanied by great and profound changes, which have changed its physiognomy but have never scratched its identity. In fact, the city remains the beating heart of Italian culture and innovation, also thanks to the contribution of illustrious Milanese men. In this sense, the Visconti Family deserves to be remembered, a historical dynasty that has supported the city of Milan for over thirty years; the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, who settled in the Lombard capital for almost twenty years and who created masterpieces like the Gioconda and the Last Supper in Milan (which can be visited at the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie). Or Alessandro Manzoni, Italian writer and poet born in Milan on March 7, 1785, author of the famous novel "I Promessi Sposi".

Duomo - Milan

Duomo - Milan (Source: Kevin Poh - CC BY 2.0)

How to reach Milan

By plane

The city of Milan is easily reachable by air both with flag carriers and low cost. It is possible, in fact, to easily land one of the three airports located near the city center (Milan-Linate Airport), approximately 45 km (Malpensa Airport) or about 50 km from Milan (Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport). From all the airports you can then reach the city center by train (Malpensa Express) or by dedicated buses.To reach the Milan Linate airport (about 7 km from the central station), you need to take the A4 / A51 motorway in the direction of Linate, until you reach the roundabout of Novegro (municipality of Segrate), which leads directly to the entrance of the airport. Outside the Linate airport it is also possible to park the car in paid parking areas specifically dedicated to passengers in transit. To reach Malpensa Airport by car, instead, take the A8 / A9 motorway to the Busto Arsizio exit and then continue on the SS336 in the direction of Gallarate-Malpensa. The Malpensa airport also offers a guarded parking service, with a large area of ​​covered and uncovered parking spaces. Instead, to reach the airport "Orio Al Serio" in the province of Bergamo, you need to take the A4 (highway that connects the capital Lombardo with Venice) and continue until the exit of Seriate (distance from the city center about 50 km). Just in front of the airport there are several car parks, which can be used for both long and temporary stops. In any case, remember that you can reach the city of Milan by booking a transfer service that will pick you up at the arrivals or take you comfortably to the airport. On our web portal you will find the best licensed drivers in the area.

Navigli - Milan

Navigli - Milan (Source: Alberto Mari - CC BY 2.0)

Trains and Metro

The main stations that connect Milan to other Italian and European cities are the Central Station, the second in Italy for passenger flow, the Garibaldi Station (north of the city) where the high-speed section (Tgv) from Paris and the Rogoredo Station (located south-east of Milan). The main international and national high-speed rail connections, which are found in the stations of Central Milan, Milan P.ta Garibaldi and Milano Cadorna are guaranteed by the Italian companies Trenitalia, Italo Treno and Thello. While the regional and suburban routes (ordinary and fast) are managed by the Trenord company, which use the Milano Porta Garibaldi, Milano Cadorna stations and the belt and railway pass stations. The city of Milan is easily reachable by train from the main national locations: on average it takes about 2.5 hours from Venice; about 3 hours from Rome; 4 hours from Naples and about 7 hours from Bari. Milan is also crossed by an extensive underground network. The four lines (the fifth is under construction), cross the whole city and intersect at different stations: Loreto (Lines 1 and 2), Central (Lines 2 and 3), Duomo (Lines 1 and 3) and Cadorna (Lines 1 and 2). The Milan underground stops are about a hundred and they also reach several hinterland municipalities, such as Cologno Monzese, San Donato, Sesto San Giovanni, Abbiategrasso, Assago and up to the Rho-Pero Fieramilano stop.

Bus

Milan is easily reached also by road transport. The city is in fact served by numerous bus companies, including the main Flixbus and Megabus. The main stations are Famagosta (to the south) and Lampugnano (to the north). Only for tourist buses and organized shuttles is it possible to access specific parking areas within the LTZ and which are diversified between short and stop-off times. From the underground stations of Lampugnano M1 and San Donato M3 are on the other hand the bus services that connect Milan to national and international destinations. To find out in detail the times and costs of the service it is advisable to visit the website of the companies that make the service.

By car

If you plan to spend a few days in the center of Milan, the car is probably not the best choice. If you are planning to visit some of the most interesting destinations near the city, having a car (or rent one also through our website of bravodriver.com), is certainly the best solution: it will allow you to be autonomous, to move quickly and discover places and landscapes among the most fascinating and evocative of the city of Milan.

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