Milan Car Hire
While driving around the city can be somewhat chaotic, especially at peak times, renting a car in Milan gives you the freedom to visit attractions outside of the city centre. Nearby towns Como and Vigevano offer a glimpse of traditional Italy and just northwest of Milan there are some charming Alpine villages to visit too such as Valtournenche and Aosta.
Car rental offices can be found throughout the city centre and at Milan’s airports: Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Milano Linate Airport (LIN). Rental companies can also be found at the Porta Garibaldi and Centrale train stations. A number of popular international car rental chains have offices in Milan, such companies include:
In order to rent a car in Milan you will need to be at least 21 years old and have held a driving licence for at least 1 year. In addition, some car rental companies will not rent vehicles to those younger than 23. Some car rental companies will also require drivers to leave their credit card as a deposit. When renting a car in Milan it is a good idea to complement basic third party insurance with Personal Accident Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver.
What to Do in Milan
Milan’s cathedral, Duomo, is not to be missed when visiting Milan. The impressive cathedral took 500 years to complete and after St Peter’s and Seville Cathedral, it is the third largest cathedral in the world. Construction of the cathedral began in 1386 and it is a truly magnificent building with its gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. The cathedral has a cavernous interior which is full of interesting statues and paintings. Without a doubt the most notable of the cathedral’s relics is The Holy Nail of the Cross. When you are finished exploring the interior of the cathedral you can take a wander among its roof terraces, be sure to bring your camera as the views are great from here!
The Museum of Historic Art (Museo d’Arte Antica) is the most venerable museum housed inside the attractive red-brick Sforza Castle. The museum has a large collection of sculptures and paintings including works from Antonello da Messina and Leonardo da Vinci. However, the Museum of Historic Art’s main attraction is the Rondanini Pietà, Michelangelo’s final and unfinished sculpture.
Built in 1776 in the spot of a former church, Teatro alla Scala is one of the city’s most important landmarks. The opera’s opening night is held on the 7th of December as this is the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Sant’Ambrogio. Be sure to check out the theatre’s museum which is full of mementoes celebrating the Scala theatre. Highlights of the collection include Giuseppe Verdi’s spinet which he learned to play on and some of his handwritten scores. In addition, theatre’s museum is home to a number of excellent paintings, ceramics and sculptures.
No trip to Milan is complete without visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This elegant shopping centre is one of the earliest shopping malls in the world and is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops. Gucci and Louis Vuitton are just some of the famous designers which have shops in this large shopping arcade. The building itself is particularly stunning too as it has mosaic floors and a 47-metre high dome made from glass.