Why stay in Milan?
With all the expensive activities you can participate in, you might think Milan would be impossible to stay in cheaply. You'd be wrong! Even though the word "hostel" isn't used as often in Italy, the prices are often comparable to what you'd expect in most other major European hostels. Check out some of these Milan hostels:
- Hotel Trentina is in a peaceful neighborhood near the central train station and walking distance to public transportation. There are 11 rooms in this budget hotel.
- Hotel Stazione is, as the name suggests, near the train station. The staff is on hand to help with anything you need.
- Hotel Arno is close to a large public gardens area and local public transportation, so it's only minutes away from the things you'll want to see and do.
- Bed&Bed Milan has ten rooms and sits just over a kilometer away from Duomo Square.
While Milan is often the airport visitors to Italy fly in and out of, most of them never stop to visit this busy and modern city - and that's a shame. Sure, it's not full of Roman ruins or Michelangelos or canals, but it's got its own charm. All you've got to do is take a look and try to emulate the Milanese.
Milan is Italy's financial capital, as well as home to the country's trend-setting fashion industry. If you're in Italy to shop, Milan is your city. And if you've got any money left over, the other two passions of the residents of Milan are opera and nightlife. Get those new dancing shoes on and let's party!
But wait, that comes later. First you've got to at least take a peek at the unique things Milan has to offer. Nowhere else on earth will you find Leaonardo's stunning Last Supper in the dining hall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. It's a hot ticket item, and must be booked in advance - viewings sell out months in advance, so plan ahead. Milan's Duomo, or cathedral, is the symbol of the city with hundreds of spires all over its exterior. You can climb to the top of the roof to stand among the spires and statues, and get a great view of the city.
There are art museums in Milan as well, mainly focusing on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, and a Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology so you can explore another side of the master. Even if you're not an opera lover, you'll want to swing by Milan's La Scala Theatre, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, first opened in 1778.
And with all that out of the way, you can get down to business - the playing. Home to most of Italy's most famous fashion designers, Milan is a window-shopper's paradise. If you're a sports fan, be sure to see if the city's famous football team, AC Milan, is in town. And don't forget to save some energy for after hours, so you can enjoy Milan's famous nightlife.
Getting to Milan is easy - just search for international airfare to Milan. And then read up on what to do and see in the city with our Milan Travel Guide. If you're looking for cheap hotels in Milan, visit our friends at EuroCheapo.