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Milan Holidays

Holidays to Milan are for dusting off your finest clothing and surrounding yourself with all the Italian elegance and finery you could desire. The city’s known as the fashion capital of Italy for its fashion houses, Milan Fashion Week and stylish boutiques on every corner. Everything is done with a touch of sophistication here – the food, the ever-popular aperitivi, Michelin-starred restaurants and a growing number of ground breaking museums.

Milan’s rich history seamlessly combines with the ultra-modern - glitzy architecture which stands alongside iconic sights like the Duomo Cathedral. Couples can enjoy dipping in and out of boutiques, having fancy lunches in sun filled terrazzas, strolling through the arcaded ceilings of the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery and admiring mind bending attractions like vertical forests. A holiday in Milan offers the perfect balance of culture and historic sights paired with classic good food and wine to satisfy all your cravings on a city break.

Explore Milan like no other

As the specialists in all things to do with travel around Italy, we’re here to help you discover the best of Milan, even if that means going off the tourist trails.

We’ll guide you to cafés such as Pasticceria Cova, a historic Milanese spot which has been serving cappuccinos and tiramisu under grand chandeliers for over 200 years. And if you enjoy browsing a vast selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats, olive oils and other goods, you’ll love Peck – a deli and café which has been open since 1883. Then there’s Al Fresco Restaurant, which is located in the hip Zona Tortona neighbourhood where your drink or meal is served in the romantic garden terrace.

There’s nothing quite like a walk at dusk around Navigli, Milan’s canal neighbourhood, which is dotted with relaxed aperitivo spots by the water – perfect for a sunset view with an Aperol spritz. One of the best views of the Duomo cathedral comes from the top of the Museo del Novecento, a modern art gallery. Finally, after a few days of sightseeing, you’ll be ready to head to QC Terme Milano, the open air thermal baths set within ruins.

Milan Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our Trusted Advisers on 01293 762400* for a bespoke multi centre

Milan, Genoa and Liguria

11 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Pick up a slice of the delicious Genoise cake in its city of origin
  • Shop till you drop in the city renowned for its designer shops
  • Soak up the sun on one of the many white sandy beaches in Liguria
  • Ten night break to the city and coast
From £1279 per person
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Lake Como and Milan

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Cross over into Switzerland and take the Bernina Express
  • Explore Lake Como's picturesque towns by ferry
  • Visit opulent lakefront villas and gardens
  • Window shop and sightsee in Milan
From £1049 per person
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Excursions and experiences in and around Milan

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday. To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 762410*.

Handpicked Hotels in Milan
Discover the real Milan while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels
Tour Inspiration

The Majesty of the Italian Lakes, Small Group Escorted Tour


At a glance
  • Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys, into Switzerland
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Explore northern Italy’s spectacular lakes and their historic towns
  • Maximum group size: 18
  • See Verona’s many historic sites, including Juliet’s balcony
  • Take in Milan’s main cultural attractions and designer shops
10 days from £2689 per person
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Find out more about Majesty of the Italian Lakes Tour

Things to do in Milan

Milan is known for its excellent shopping, and the glass covered 18th Century Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II is one experience not to be missed. Wake up early to beat the queues and climb the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the city’s star attraction, and treat yourself to a gelato once you’re down. Make sure you set aside time to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper on our In the Footsteps of Leonardo tour, and top it all off at the illustrious La Scala Opera House.

Exploring Milan is easy, with everything within walking distance. Equally, it’s easy to explore further afield. Hop on a train at Milano Centrale and you could be strolling along the canals of Venice in two and a half hours, finding Juliet’s Balcony in Verona or relaxing at a spa resort on the shores of Lake Garda in about two hours. The pastel coloured villages of Cinque Terre are not far away either, as is the glamourous Lake Como.
Flight Information

Direct flights to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.

Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.

When to go

Milan is a year-round destination and there are benefits to travelling in every season, from the pleasant temperatures of spring and summer to the festive charms of December. There's plenty happening in this bustling city with major international events taking place throughout the year, including fashion shows, concerts, sporting events and exhibitions. If you're not planning to visit for a specific event it's worth considering being flexible with your dates as sometimes going a few days sooner or later can result in lower hotel prices. 

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

Introduction to languages

Listen to our Learn Italian podcast, where we cover everything from basic to intermediate phrases.

Our recommendations

Insider tips from our well travelled team
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Erin Bridewell

While in Milan, be sure to pay a visit to Caffe Cova, one of the city’s chicest cafés. It’s a historic Milanese coffee house which was founded 1817. You’ll find it near the Teatro alla Scala. 

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