Milan Holidays

Italy’s style capital

There’s nowhere quite like Milan. The stylish city in northern Italy is where it all started for fashion superstars such as Armani, Versace, Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. The city’s gilded city centre is packed with their flagship boutiques, plus locals who really know how to put an outfit together. It’s a centre for interiors too, so if you fancy browsing the most cutting-edge design, you’re in the right place.

However, Milan holidays are not only about style worship. A visit is a chance to encounter some spectacular bucket-list treasures, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and the city’s extraordinary Gothic cathedral. Milan really knows how to have a good time. There are some superlative restaurants in the city centre, and the city is famous for being the home of ‘aperitivo’, a delicious buffet of snacks to accompany your sundowner.

As well as the dazzling architecture of the city centre, Milan boasts the charming Navigli district, a network of canals lined with bars and restaurants that’s a favourite nightlife spot for glammed-up locals. Holidays to Milan will thrill those who love clothes and design, but there’s plenty here for everyone, from art and architecture to fantastic food and wine.

All resorts in Milan

Three tips for a top trip

Take public transport
Milan has an efficient local metro, buses and trams, and both trains and buses serve the airport. Only hire a car if you want to explore the area outside of the city.
Dine on aperitivo
From around 6pm until 9-ish cocktail hour strikes, and buffets of snacks appear in bars citywide. This is aperitivo – a Milanese invention, and an essential part of city life.
Learn some phrases
Many Milanese don’t speak English, so it’s a good idea to learn a few key phrases while you’re there – locals will appreciate you making the effort.

Best attractions to see in Milan

The Cathedral

Milan’s Duomo is a Gothic masterpiece, with 135 spires and more than 3,000 statues, that took over five centuries to build. Take a walk around its terraces for superb views.

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of Christ and his disciples is one of his most famous works, a huge mural housed in an adjoining a church. You can visit by reserving ahead.

The Parmesan at Peck

Open since 1883, this glorious food and wine emporium is a Milanese institution. Check out the huge range of cheeses, great places to eat, ice cream and foodie gifts.

Your Milan questions, answered

Milan caters to all budgets, and the cathedral is free to enter. You can also eat cheaply by dining on aperitivo – snacks with a drink.

Italians are always extremely welcoming to children, and with pizza, pasta and some of the world’s finest ice cream on the menu, kids will be in culinary heaven.

The elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a gilded shrine to some of Milan’s grandest boutiques. It was built in the 19th century and features ostentatious frescoes, glass roofs and mosaics.