Every bit as sleek and chic as you’ve heard, Milan is a city in which art and design are paramount to its identity. Travelers will find themselves awash in artistic pleasures (da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” is here, among many other famous works at museums and galleries), agape at the buzzworthy street fashion, and ultimately well-versed in the aperitivo, a beloved pre-dinner tradition involving exquisite cocktails and delicate snacks.

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Spring (April to May) and fall (September to October) are the best months to visit if you want to take advantage of bright, sunny (but not too humid) days and smaller crowds than in summer.


Visas: U.S. citizens visiting for less than 90 days do not need to obtain a visa. Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure (six months is recommended).
Money: Local currency is the euro. ATMs are widely available throughout the city. Although credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere you go, carrying a little cash is always a good idea.
Travel Health: As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travelers should be fully vaccinated before going to Milan. Be sure to check airline requirements — as well as requirements at your destination, including (but not limited to) proof of vaccination, testing or quarantine — before you go. The Italian Health Ministry and the CDC are the best resources for up-to-date information and guidance. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.


Getting Here: Milan is served by three airports: Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP), Milan Linate (LIN) and Bergamo (BGY).
Getting Around: Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) runs Milan’s public transportation system, which includes the metro, trams and buses. The metro is the fastest option if you’re staying in or around the city center. BikeMi is the public bike-share program, with 280 stations around the city.


Local Lingo: Italian is the official language. Make it a point to learn a few basic words and phrases before you go. Ciao! – Hello! Buongiorno – Good morning. Buonasera – Good evening. Per favore – Please. Grazie – Thank you. Prego – You’re welcome.
Must-Have Apps: ATMBikeMiCitymapper
Insider Tip: Spend an evening in Zona Tortona, a former industrial zone where once-dormant factories and warehouses have been transformed into galleries, offices, bars and contemporary art spaces.