Whether it’s the classic weekend away with the girls or a cultural break for two, Milan needs to be on your holiday list for 2020. For the quintessential Italian city experience, packed with chic couture shopping venues, gastronomic delights to die for and cultural highlights beyond compare, Milan has it all and more. Families won’t be disappointed either. There’s plenty to keep inquisitive minds and active legs happy for visitors of all ages. You’ll discover historic museums brimming with art, artifacts and curious inventions, lavish gardens bringing green landscapes to the city and Italian architectural wonders. Ranging from the mighty and impressive Duomo di Milano Cathedral to a tiny optical illusion tucked away in a church on via Torino, Milan is full of surprises.
With Monza just a short drive away, you can hit the racing circuit or take a tour of the impressive Ferrari Museum. A road trip away from the city can see you taking in the sights of the magnificent Lake Como in under an hour or heading into the Italian countryside. Take a walk in Milan’s streets, explore the magic of the city, or relax and unwind in one of the many sophisticated cafés and bars.
Your guide to Milan holidays
When most people think of a holiday to Milan, there’s just one thing on their list: shopping. But Milan’s streets have so much more to offer. From beautiful botanic gardens to well-stocked museums brimming with artifacts, there are hidden gems around every corner. With an aquarium, water park and water sports lake, there are plenty of chances to enjoy the typical sun, sea and sand holiday activities – even without a beach. The San Siro stadium is the place to catch a game, while Milan’s sports bars can keep you up to date with all the sporting action back home. Milan’s Duomo di Milano cathedral, the Museo del Novecento art museum and the Sforzesco Castle are the city’s best spots to enjoy moments from Milan’s past. Don’t forget to book tickets in advance to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Tucked away in a monastery next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, it’s a highlight among the many treasures in Milan’s winding maze of streets.
A holiday to Milan needn’t mean you have to miss out on some quality beach time. Heading south for a day trip gets you to the nearest ocean. Clocking in at around a two-hour journey, the road trip will take you through some beautiful Italian landscapes. Head to Sori for a sandy beach or Genoa’s coastal strip for pebble and shingle beaches. If you head north out of Milan you can reach the shores of Lake Como in around 40 minutes. With many beautiful lake beaches to enjoy, there are also all the facilities you’d expect from premium seaside locations – sun loungers, umbrellas, and plenty of cafés and restaurants to enjoy. With stunning views over the lake, plus the chance to enjoy boat trips and water sports, Lake Como is a fantastic place to top up your tan on a holiday to Milan. If you’re keen to stay in Milan, the Gardaland water park has an artificial beach, water slides and plenty of pools in which to take a refreshing dip. You’ll find it west of Milan and easy to reach by public transport.