51 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Answers about Milan

New in Milan or planning your adventure? Get started with these 51 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers to kick off your experience!

  • What Country is Milan in?
  • Italy
  • What religion is widely practised in Italy?

Christianity (Catholic)

  • Do locals speak English in Milan?

Largely yes, compared to other Italian cities.

  • What currency is spent in Milan?

Euro €

  • Do I need to get a Visa to visit Milan?

It depends on your nationality, check with your local embassy to find out if you need a visa. However, if you hold a Schengen Visa, you are allowed to visit Milan without a Visa.

  • When is the best time to visit Milan?

During summer excluding August, or April to May and September to October. Practically everywhere is closed in August – Ferragosto.

  • What’s the weather like in Milan?

Milan has four seasons: Summer is from June through to August. Autumn is during the months of September, October and November and winter is from December to February.

  • What are the nearest touristic towns to Milan?

Como, Garda, Maggiore, Turin, Florence, Brescia, Bergamo, Bologna, Pisa, Monza, Verona, Mantova and Venice.

  • Is Milan a safe city?

Largely yes, you can read my post on Safety in Milan

  • What are the best countries to visit on a budget from Milan?

They are many countries you can visit on a budget like Paris. See all the countries here

  • What are the taxi services available in Milan?

RadioTaxi Milano 02-6969, MyTaxi, Taxicab 02-8585, Easy Taxi, Taxiblu 02-4040 and Uber

  • How can I get to Milan from Malpensa Airport?

By train, bus or taxi. Find more information here

  • How can I get to Milan city centre from Linate Airport?

By bus or taxi.

  • How can I get to Milan from Bergamo Airport?

By train, bus or taxi.

  • How do I get the Permesso di Soggiorno?

You will need to obtain it 8 days within your arrival in Milan. See my step by step guide on how to apply here

  • How long does it take to get the Permesso di Soggiorno?

Usually between 30 to 90 days after thumb printing.

  • Where can I get the Marca da Bollo stamp?

At a Tabacchi.

  • How can I send items outside or within Milan?

Through Poste Italiane (Italian Post office).

  • How much is the cost of living in Milan?

On an extremely tight budget, €500 should cover accommodation in a shared room + feeding costs monthly.

  • Can I see Milan in one day?

Yes you can, see my do-it-yourself tour guide here

  • Can I visit Museums for free in Milan?

Yes, many museums in Milan are free on the first Sunday in the month. See the museums here

  • What food is Milan known for?

Risotto alla Milanese, Panettone and Osso buco are three of the famous dishes.

  • What can I eat in Milan?

The traditional meals like Risotto or international dishes are available all around the city. See my guide on local dishes to eat

  • Where can I eat cheaply in Milan?

Tratorria, they serve homemade meals at very pocket-friendly prices.

  • What is Milan best-known for?

Fashion – it’s called the fashion capital.

  • What are the best ways to travel from Milan to other European countries?

By air, train or bus.

  • What are the famous tourist points in Milan?

Duomo Cathedral at Piazza del Duomo, Galleria Vittori Emmanuele, Corso Sempione, Brera, Porta Garibaldi, and Navigli.

  • What are the best things to do in Milan?

Sightseeing and shopping.

  • Where can I watch Football in English?

There are places like the English Football Pub near Duomo.

  • Where can I watch movies in English?

The Space Cinema, Anteo Palazzo del Cinema and Arcobaleno Film Center.

  • Where are the best aperitivo spots in Milan?

Navigli and Corso Sempione.

  • Where can I buy fresh foods in Milan?

At the open markets.

  • Where can I get Asian, African and Intercontinental recipes in Milan?

At Intercontinental stores, China Town at via Paolo Sarpi, open markets and supermarkets.

  • How do you say “I do not speak Italian” in Italian?

Io non parlo Italiano

  • Where can I shop in Milan?

Corso Buenos Aires, La Rinascente, Via Torino, Piaza del Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele and Via Montenapleone.

  • What can I do at night in Milan?

Aperitivo, movies, clubbing, game night at Biccoca Village.

  • Where are the best places to stay in Milan?

The city centre axis.

  • Is there a beach in Milan?

No. However, you can visit nearby towns in Liguria region that have beaches.

  • Is Milan expensive to live?

Yes, it is ranked among one of the most expensive cities to live in – even more expensive than it’s capital – Rome.

  • Can you rent a car in Milan?


  • Can you rent a bicycle in Milan?

Yes, check the City of Milan’s bicycle service called BikeMi.

  • Are there second-hand or vintage stores in Milan?

Yes, there are places like Wait and See, Cavalli e Nastri, Share located near Loreto Metro Station and Humana nel Mondo near Duomo.

  • Where can I swim in Milan?

Milan doesn’t have a beach, however, there are many public and private swimming pools you can enjoy a cool bath during the hot summer months.

  • What days are the open or flea market in Milan?

Several and different days by location.

  • What public transportations systems are available in Milan?

Metro, Train, Tram, Bus and Bicycle Service.

  • How is the Nightlife in Milan?

Great, if you know the right places to go. Read my guide here

  • When is the Milan Fashion Week?

Fashion week generally refers to the womenswear shows that happen twice per year in February and September.

  • When is the Milan Design Week: Fuorisalone?

Usually in April

  • When is Expo in Milan?

Date varies yearly.

I hope you enjoy your time in Milan.

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