Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) is situated 30 miles away from the city centre and is Milan’s principal airport. A number of airlines offer daily flights from London and other UK locations to Milano Malpensa such as British Airways and Alitalia. A taxi from Milano Malpensa to the city centre will take around 50 minutes. There are two regular bus services which connect arrivals to various locations throughout Milan. While a bus may take slightly longer it is significantly cheaper than a taxi. Alternatively, arrivals can take the Malpensa Express train to Milan Cadorna station. This journey takes around 40 minutes and trains run every half an hour.
Milano Linate Airport (LIN) is conveniently situated 4 miles away from Milan which makes it a popular airport with business travellers. Milano Linate mainly handles domestic and short haul flights from major European cities such as London, Paris and Madrid. Airlines offering flights to Milano Linate include British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa and Alitalia. In addition, Milano is a major hub for low-cost airlines EasyJet and Ryanair. If you do not have any transport prearranged, there are taxi ranks outside the airport which can convey you to central Milan in less than 10 minutes. Alternatively, there is a regular bus service which runs between the airport and the city centre.
Whichever airport you fly to, you can expect a nonstop flight to Milan to take around 2 hours from London. A connecting flight with one stop along the way will take around 4 hours and will often work out marginally cheaper.
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.