Best areas or districts for your Milan hotel, hostel, apartment or b&b


Milan's best areas / districts / neighbourhoods - for finding a room to stay on your trip, and enjoying your stay when you visit or move to Milan.

- an introductory index of articles in Milanfinally.com

(SEE Interactive Map below, with listed areas marked with a blue star)



1. Milan's Castello (Sforza Castle) and Largo Cairoli: Get a room near Milan's Castello as an alternative to staying around the Piazza del Duomo Cathedral... a collection of accommodation options that cluster around the Castello area of old Milan... Many of the historical attractions are still close by... and the expansive greenery of of central Milan's largest park... Parco Sempione, is just as near. read more 

Castello Milano Sforza Castle from Via Dante, with Largo Cairoli and Garibaldi statue* * * *milano porta garibaldi station with skyscrapers of the Porta Nuova new business district behind

2. Porta Garibaldi: Get a room in a hotel or apartment near Milan's 2nd most important transport centre... and enjoy Milan's now famous Corso Como, a short pedestrianized street, lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and very famous nightclubs/discotheques, that has been named "Milan's night life frontrunner"... read more 



3. Milano Centrale Station: The place in Milan with the biggest number and supply of hotels... is most definitely in the area that fronts on to Milan's major railway terminal station, Milano Centrale... serving the entry of visitors into Milan from other cities in Italy, and international visitors coming from other European countries... read more

Milano-stazione-Centrale-Via-Pisani* * * *Stazione Milano Centrale #3 rated restaurant Vyta bakery / boulangerie

4. Best restaurants to try and the worst to avoid, inside Milano Centrale: While waiting for your train at Milano Centrale, find your way to the best dining choices available; and avoid the worst. (Great options too, if your hotel is somewhere around Centrale.)... There are close to 30 restaurants inside Milano Centrale railway station. What are your best restaurant choices to avoid a bad experience? read more 



5. Around the Sempione neighbourhood/district of Milan: Staying in a hotel or other accommodation around the Sempione district and also the Milano Domodossola Station, north of inner Milan's largest park, the Parco Sempione, can be a good choice. It is a lively area with a great number of good restaurants, often used as a district for evening leisure, and there can be leafy avenues to be had. read more 

milan tree-lined tram tracks sempione via cenisio* * * *weird roof of Milan's MiCo convention centre adjacent to Fieramilanocity in Fiera district

6. Fiera / Lotto area: Staying in the Fiera west area between the Fieramilanocity trade fair grounds and the large Piazzale Lotto can be a popular choice due to the trade fairs, exhibitions and conventions at the Fieramilanocity site with Europe's largest convention centre at the MiCo facility, and quick access to the nearby San Siro Stadium, one of Europe's most famous arenas of football. read more 



7. Just west of centre, around Via Marghera, P.za De Angeli, P.za Wagner and P.za Piemonte: ... the many busy cross-streets and intersections, make much of the area relatively busy and lively with many shops and restaurants... in contrast to other areas in Milan, almost all the streets are green and leafy... and the heart of the city is less than 20 minutes away by public transport... almost too many popular restaurants nearby to choose from.. read more 

Leafy Via Sanzio with many restaurants, near Piazza Wagner and Via Marghera* * * *Tram 16 cuts across tree-lined Viale Monte Nero, east of Milan, where it crosses Via Bergamo, a lively intersection with several restaurants cafes

8. Along the traditional way to the San Siro Stadium on Tram 16, from Milan's southeast across to its northwest terminal: Interesting places to stay along the Tram 16 route to the San Siro Stadium, one of Europe's holiest cathedrals to football - venue for the Champions League Final 2016! read more 



9. Milan's Outer West is also connected to the San Siro Stadium by four bus routes: These outer suburbs are mostly residential... There are no high concentrations of shops or restaurants, but we point you to the best spots... it is probably wise to find your apartment or accommodation either near the Tram 14 line in the south; or near the Metro's fork of the M1 line that runs... straight through the middle of this western area; or finally near the three end stations of the new M5 Metro line (or Tram 16 that runs almost on the same streets)... but four bus routes thread through this area, all running past the San Siro Stadium. read more 

Milan bus 49 passing San Siro Stadium* * * *Milan, Bicocca on M5 Metro Line, University of Milano-Bicocca, aerial view of the Piazza della Trivulziana commercial centre there

10. North along the lilac M5 Metro Line 5: Milan's newest metro line has opened up new accommodation options north of the External Ring Roadread more 


(SEE the corresponding numbered blue stars in the interactive map below.)

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Interactive Milanfinally Google Map of landmarks of accommodation neighbourhoods / districts / areas / quartieri for your hotel, hostel, apartment and b&b in Milan (plus tourist attractions and all Mercato Comunale, municipal food markets). Feel free to click, drag and zoom in and out to explore. For the full page map, click on the following: [ https://goo.gl/MVkQIo ]. Neighbourhoods/districts with pages in Milanfinally.com are marked with a "light blue star": 1) Sforza Castle and 1) Largo Cairoli, 2) Porta Garibaldi Station, 3&4) Milano Centrale Railway Station, 5) Corso Sempione, 6) Fiera Milano City and 6) Piazzale Lotto 7) Via Marghera, 8) Tram 16 western terminal at San Siro Stadium, 8) Tram 16 eastern terminal next to Ortomercato, 9) Bisceglie M1 Station - western terminus of red M1 Metro that runs through the middle of Milan's Outer West, 10) Bignami M5 Station - newest Metro line M5 opens up new accommodation options north of Milan's External Ring Road 


11. Rings around Milan - ancient walls and modern ring roads around Milan


Feel free to click and drag around inside this interactive map of all the Ring Roads of Milan. You can also go to the larger original Milanfinally Google Map of the Ring Roads of Milan, ancient walls & modern routes (Circonvallazioni di Milano).


12. Ring of National Bypass Motorways (Tangenziali): Locations in Milan are often referred to in relation to the various ring roads that encircle the almost perfectly circular Milan city.Let us begin with the most modern and outermost one... the system of "Tangenziale" around Milan, which are national-level bypass motorways around Milan. The system consists of... read more 

roadworks still in progress to complete Tangenzailae A52 along SP 46 and SP 33 which will join together the entire Ring of National Bypass Motorways around the outside of Milan* * * *the Beruto Plan, Milan's first city plan - an old paper edition - showing the route for Milan's External Ring Road

13. External Ring Road of Milan, from the "Beruto Plan": The Tangenziale ring road (made up of National Bypass Motorways) is not to be confused with the "Circonvallazione esterna" external ring road of Milan which is found 3-5 km further in. This "relatively" new external ring road was in fact joined together as part of the 1884 "Beruto Plan", Milan's first city plan. read more 



14. Inner Ring Road, the "Cerchia dei Bastioni" of the 16th century Spanish Walls: ... the "Circonvallazione interna" inner ring road. This circular route of roads mostly follows Milan's old Cerchia dei Bastioni (Circle of Bastions) along the old "Spanish Walls"... This inner area largely corresponds with the new Area C in Milan used to levy a congestion charge on traffic. read more 

gates of Milan's old Spanish Walls - the Inner Ring Road now travels along this old Cerchia dei Bastioni* * * *Medieval map of Milan from the Vatican Library, drawn in 1472, shows the walled Milan as very round and circular

15. Circle of Canals (Cerchia dei Navigli) encircling Milan's "Centro Storico" along its previous Medieval Walls: The "Cerchia dei Navigli" (circle of canals)... is important for encircling the historical centre of Milan known as the "Centro Storico"... the moat or moats around the Medieval Walls were later turned into canals. It was these walls that caused the 13th century Bonvesin da la Riva to remark about the perfection of the city's roundness. read more 



16. Lost Path of the Roman Walls of Milan: ... a smaller and more ancient circle... This of course marks the Roman Walls around Mediolanum - the city's name during Roman times. Some roads here and there still trace the path of these walls, and a handful of towers and some wall ruins remain. read more 

map of Mura Milano, the Milan wall, in Roman Milan




Milan transport: Metro lines, train stations, trams, buses, airports


Milan Transport - articles in Milanfinally.com - an introductory index:


A) Milan's public transport system; Metro trains, trams and buses - Tickets; what to buy, how to buy, how to use on ATM's network: Milan's Metro system, the trams and city buses are all managed by Milan's public municipal authority for transport, ATM... extensive, efficient, frequent and affordable - something which Milanese expect, demand and use in their daily lives. There is hardly any place within the city of Milan, that is not reachable for the tourist by public transport... Milan City's Boundary for the Urban Fare Limit... read more

 * * * *network map of Milan trams from Urbanrail.net

B) Tram routes through central downtown: ... there is no point where many Metro lines converge. In contrast, more than ten tram routes all head towards the downtown area, aiming for the very heart of old Milan's Centro Storico... almost as many trams converge on Piazza Cordusio one stop away just a short distance to the northwest of the Cathedral... read more 



C) Red M1 Metro Line - Milan's "Shopping Line": ... running the length of Corso Buenos Aires (candidate for the world's longest shopping street), and past the popular shopping destinations of Porta Venezia, San Babila, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by the side of Milan Cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo, as well as Corso Vercelli. read more 

Map of Milan red M1 Metro Line to popular shopping destinations* * * *satellite image Milan Navigli Grande canal and Porta Genova Station with Metro M2 Porta Genova

D) Green M2 Metro Line - the only Metro line for the Navigli area at Porta Genova: Milan's longest Metro line that connects the important and older railway stations of Cadorna, Porta Garibaldi, as well as Milano Centrale - and also to shopping-haven Corso Buenos Aires at the busy Loreto Station, and the interesting leisure and entertainment district of Navigli near Porta Genova Metro Station... read more 



E) Yellow M3 Metro Line - the only Metro line to Porta Romana: ... the only Metro line that directly connects the two extremely important points on the map of Milan: Milano Centrale and Milan Cathedral square (Piazza del Duomo), along the Piazza della Repubblica - Montenapoleone axis; before heading to the southeastern districts of Milan, passing through Porta Romana on the inner ring road. read more 

Porta Romana Metro Station underground entrance for the yellow M3 line with historical Spanish Wall in background of this Google Streetview* * * *champions league final 2016 in Milan San Siro Stadium

F) Lilac M5 Metro Line - the newest and most convenient way to get to the San Siro Stadium (N.B. the M4 line is not yet open): ... connecting Milan's north to Porta Garibaldi, then westwards to the city districts of Sempione, Fiera then the San Siro Stadium ... opens up new accommodation options north of Milan's External Ring Road... makes an accommodation choice for hotel or apartment along this M5 line perfect for attending the San Siro... Watch out! The M5 is so new that the trains are automated and driverless. read more 



G) Milano Centrale Station: The passenger numbers in this station are over 4 times the next ranked sGation in Milan, Milano Porta Garibaldi (which serves mainly as Milan's suburban commuter hub), and over 6 times the passenger numbers that use Milan's main airport at Malpensa. So you can now see the scale of importance that Stazione Milano Centrale signifies... serving the entry of visitors into Milan from other cities in Italy, and international visitors coming from other European countries... read more

Milano-stazione-Centrale-Via-Pisani* * * *Stazione Milano Centrale #3 rated restaurant Vyta bakery / boulangerie

H) Best restaurants to try and the worst to avoid, inside Milano Centrale: While waiting for your train at Milano Centrale, find your way to the best dining choices available; and avoid the worst. (Great options too, if your hotel is somewhere around Centrale.)... There are close to 30 restaurants inside Milano Centrale railway station. What are your best restaurant choices to avoid a bad experience? read more 



I) Porta Garibaldi Station: Milan's second most important train station after Milano Centrale, and is the most important one for suburban commuter traffic, with 9 out of the 12 suburban "S" lines having Porta Garibaldi as their focus (with a handful of international and national inter-city train services). It is now also a Metro interchange station for Metro lines M2... as well as the newly expanded M5 to the San Siro Stadium... and also enjoy Milan's now famous Corso Como, a short pedestrianized street, lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and very famous nightclubs/discotheques, that has been named "Milan's night life frontrunner"... read more 

milano porta garibaldi station with skyscrapers of the Porta Nuova new business district behind* * * *Milan bus 49 passing San Siro Stadium

J) Milan's Outer West - Metro, trams and the four bus routes that connect to San Siro Stadium: These outer suburbs are mostly residential... There are no high concentrations of shops or restaurants, but we point you to the best spots... it is probably wise to find accommodation either near the Tram 14 line in the south; or near the Metro's fork of the M1 line that runs... straight through the middle of this western area terminating at Bisceglie Station; or finally near the three end stations of the new M5 Metro line (or Tram 16 that runs almost on the same streets)... but four bus routes thread through this area, all running past the San Siro Stadium... read more 



K) Tram 16, the traditional way to reach San Siro Stadium: ... passing the Cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo through the centre of Milan - the traditional way to reach... one of Europe's holiest cathedrals to football: the San Siro Stadium - venue for the Champions League Final 2016! Where are some good places to stay along this route? read more 

Line 16 Tram at San Siro Stadium Milan



Milan Metro system geographic map of lines and stations
Milan Metro System. Click on the picture to expand, or click the following link to go to the Wikipedia page on the Milan Metro, or go to the interactive Google Map with Milan Metro lines.



Top bars & restaurants for Aperitivo in Milan's Navigli - list of some of the most popular with some claim to fame (and interactive map)

Milan is famous for "aperitivo", and the Navigli is the most famous spot for aperitivo in Milan. Which are the best bars & restaurants for aperitivo in the Navigli?


Q: I heard the Navigli district is the best spot in Milan for evening bars & restaurants for "aperitivo" (set deal with one drink and usually unlimited snacks, starting from the early evening). I see there are so many there - which are the best to try?

A: It is true that there are just so many bars and restaurants in the Navigli district - the canal neighborhood of Milan. So the short answer is just to try whichever looks the best to you (also take a peek at what people are having on their "aperitivo" snack plate, and what aperitivo spread that they have on the buffet table if they have one).



To help you, here below, we've curated a list of some of the best and most popular aperitivo spots in Milan's Navigli area with some claim to fame (check the Foursquare & Tripadvisor reviews for price ranges and customer descriptions); plus a link to an interactive map of Navigli, right at the bottom of this page, so you can see the relative locations of each one:




Top 10 Bars & Restaurants for Aperitivo, with some Claim to Fame in Milan's Navigli canal district (more than 10!)



# Rita & Cocktails - This place is also very popular and very highly rated on both Tripadvisor and Foursquare.

Rita Cocktail Bar drink and snacks for aperitivo in Navigli Milan
... Rita on Tripadvisor

Bar Rita cocktail making shaking inside the bar for aperitivo in Navigli Milan

Milan's Navigli district: Metro or trams for public transport? Fastest way from Milan Airport? What's the best way to get to and from the Navigli, and to get around?

Q: What is the best way to get to Milan's Navigli district for its bars and restaurants? Can I catch the Metro or trams for public transport? And if my hotel is in the Navigli, what is the best way to get around? What is the fastest way to the Navigli if I come from Milan airport?


A: Possibilities include green M2 Metro, Tram 2, Tram 14, Tram 9 and Tram 3.


Green M2 Metro for the Navigli district, using Porta Genova station


Fastest way to the bars and restaurants of the Navigli area... green M2 Metro line to Porta Genova Station in the southeast. Important stops on the green M2: Loreto - Centrale - Garibaldi - Cadorna - Porta Genova. (SEE the detailed article on the green M2 Metro Line.) Thus if you are coming from Malpensa Airport to your hotel, apartment or b&b in the Navigli district, the fastest and shortest route is the Malpensa Express train to Cadorna station (rather than Milano Centrale), then take the M2 Metro to Porta Genova. Coming from the opposite destination of Linate Airport, there are buses between Linate Airport and Stazione Centrale. Then from the Centrale Metro Station, take the green M2 Metro line to Porta Genova in the south.

Public transport routes converging on Porta Genova station on the green M2 Metro line in the southwest corner of Milan, in the vicinity of the Navigli leisure district. While Tram 14, shown in pink, comes only as close as one stop away from Porta Genova station, Tram 2, shown in light blue, travels on virtually the same route from the centre of the city, but does in fact go by Porta Genova station, then continues southwest along the Naviglio Grande. Tram 9, shown in light brown, takes a round-about route along Milan's Inner Ring Road, originating from Stazione Centrale, which is actually northeast of the city centre. Tram 3, shown in dark brown, originates from its central Duomo terminus, but only comes as close as Porta Ticinese at the Piazza XXIV Ventiquattro Maggio stop where it intersects with the Tram 9 route. You can use the original online interactive map at Milan's official Giromilano.atm.it: choose English at the top left corner, and input the line numbers under "find lines"

Tram 2 and Tram 14 via the city centre


From Brera > Duomo > Corso Genova > Porta Genova Station, there is Tram 2. Tram 2 comes from further north near Porta Garibaldi. There is a tram stop just for the Naviglio Grande, after Porta Genova Station and just before the canal bridge. Tram 14 comes along virtually the same route, but originates from the far northwest Cimitero Maggiore, going past Piazza Firenze and Via Cenisio of the Sempione district; and does not go directly to Porta Genova Station - you will have to get off just one stop away at Piazzale Cantore (the original site of the Porta Genova gate to the Spanish Walls of the city, the only remnant being a customs house to the gate that now houses a fashion boutique, near the centre of the piazzale).


Tram 9, around the Inner Ring Road from Stazione Centrale


Coming along the semi-circle of Milan's Inner Ring Road, and before that Porta Venezia < Piazza Repubblicca < Centrale (its originating terminus, at Piazza Quattro Novembre on the west side of Stazione Centrale), is Tram 9 that terminates at Porta Genova Station, on this round-about route. If you wanted, you could stop off a little earlier at Porta Ticinese (Piazza XXIV Ventiquattro Maggio stop); take a few photos of the picturesque historical triumphal gate there, and maybe even wander up the interesting Corso di Porta Ticinese - then later, walk back to the Navigli district. (Tram 10 - the sister-service to Tram 9 - will also arrive at Porta Genova station from Stazione Centrale; but taking the opposite anti-clockwise route along that Inner Ring Road of Milan.)


Tram 3, from city centre to Porta Ticinese


Tram 3 - originating from its Duomo terminus, then heading south down Corso di Porta Ticinese - also passes through Piazza XXIV Ventiquattro Maggio, which you can use to access the Navigli neighbourhood; but Tram 3 continues directly south, and does not go nearer to Porta Genova Station.






Click to enlarge. Image Credit: Navigli district Panoramio photos by.



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Milan's best & biggest shopping centres and shopping malls - some easily reached from the centre of Milan, the big malls outside Milan

Q: Where are the best and biggest shopping centres and shopping malls in Milan that I can get to for indoor shopping? The weather is cold and wet outside. I don't want to go walking outside on any of Milan's many famous shopping streets.


If you want to avoid the rain and do a lot of indoor shopping, here are a few suggestions listed in rough order of distance from the centre of Milan (Refer the list below to a Metro map of Milan):

- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II right at the Piazza del Duomo heart of the city; historic and beautiful with many expensive things. A few steps away is the large upscale department store, La Rinascente; again lots of precious expensive things here.

- Milano Centrale station is a mini shopping city in itself.

- There is a small suburban shopping mall next to the Bonola Metro station on the red M1 line northwest of Milan, the Centro Commerciale Bonola.

- The Centro Commerciale Piazza Portello is larger (but some of it could be considered outdoors) and is also northwest of Milan's centre; but to get there, it would be best to catch Tram 19 from its terminus near Sforza castle / Cairoli on the red M1 line.

- There is even a bigger shopping centre at Assago at the southern end of the green M2 Metro line. There is a nice new complex connected to the Assago Milanofiori Nord station, and then two big shopping malls beyond that.





Biggest shopping centres are outside of Milan


The biggest shopping malls are outside of Milan's centre; most easily reached by car. Here is a list, with links for directions:

- "Fiordaliso", Rozzano, south of Milan.

- "Carosello", Carugate, northeast of Milan, directions.

- "La Corte Lombarda", Bellinzago Lombardo, northeast of Milan.

- "Il Globo", Busnago, northeast of Milan.

- "Il Centro", Arese, northwest of Milan, newest & biggest just opened April 2016, 200 stores.

Milan biggest shopping mall centre, Il Centro Commerciale Arese, interior view
Il Centro, shopping mall in Arese outside of Milan - with 200 stores, and touting itself as Europe's largest mall. Image credit: Centrocommercialeareses.it



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How do I, or can I, catch a train to Milan city from Malpensa Airport Terminal 2? Are they going to open a new train station for Malpensa T2? Or are buses the only option for public transport?

Answer: Yes, you can get a train from Malpensa Terminal 2 to Milan city - starting from December 2016; so that's good news for Terminal 2's Easyjet passengers.


The first Malpensa Airport rail station was built only at Terminal 1


Malpensa Terminal 2, despite its number, is the original and older one of the two terminals at Milano-Malpensa Airport. There was never a train station there. Terminal 2 passengers often just used the services of the three bus companies on the route T1 > T2 > Milano Centrale Station; rather than having to catch the free shuttle bus (every 7 minutes) to the Terminal 1 train station for the Malpensa Express train service to Milan (option of Cadorna or Milano Centrale termini).

The train station at Terminal 1, built under the conference complex facing the front of Terminal 1, was only opened in 1999, the year just after the modern and impressive Terminal 1 itself was opened.


Where is the location of the new railway station for Malpensa Airport Terminal 2?


The train line is being extended from Terminal 1 northwards to Terminal 2, with the station at Terminal 2 expected to open for the Malpensa Express train service in December 2016. Here below is the train station for T2 on Openstreetmap.org marked out with the train lines shown, just north of the arrivals hall of T2. The rail line back to T1 heads west from here, then continues beside the main road south to T1.



How do you find the new train station at Milan Malpensa T2?


So, how do you get to the station? Unless an underground passageway is built from Terminal 2 to the new train station, then this is the way you would take to get to the station...

When in Terminal 2, take the large exit in the far north side of the arrivals building. Here below is the internal Google Streetview of that very exit (and see the position of this exit in a regular Google Map further below this page):

(To head in the direction of the train station for Terminal 2, first take the large exit in the far north end of the arrivals building of Terminal 2, in the direction of "Parking P5". Exit Terminal 2 here, then continue walking to the train station. Feel free to click and drag around inside the interactive Google Streetview to explore the area. You can also go to the original streetview on Google Maps.)


And here below is an August 2016 photo (taken from the air from an Easyjet aircraft) of the connection between The Terminal 2 train station and the north end of the arrivals building of Terminal 2. In this photo below, I have traced with red dots the path that you would walk: out of that northern exit from Arrivals, take the next zebra crossing across the road from the corner of the Arrivals building, then take the covered walkway (won't be so great in really bad weather) that runs most of the way parallel to the Moxy Hotel on the other side of the main access road into Terminal 2, that leads all the way to the train station entrance. As soon as you enter the doors, a short escalator will take you down to the station area.

view from the air of path to new T2 train station of Milan Malpensa Terminal 2
The red dots show the path from the Arrivals building of Malpensa Terminal 2, northwards along a covered walkway to the entrance of the new train station, passing parallel by the Moxy Hotel on the other side of the main access road into Terminal 2. Photo taken from the air in August 2016. Image Credit: @ Mxpairport.it.


And following below is the Google Maps version of those walking instructions:

interactive map of new T2 train station of Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 2
Google Map showing the path from the far northern exit of the Arrivals building at Malpensa Terminal 2 to their newly built train station, going past the Moxy Hotel on the other side of the main access road. Click here to go to the original interactive Milanfinally Google Map of important places & landmarks of Milan Malpensa Airport.


What does the new railway station at Malpensa T2 look like?


You can see more of the newly built Malpensa Terminal 2 train station in the video below (Credit: AeroportiLombardi):




covered walkway to T2 train station of Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 passing the Moxy Hotelcovered walkway up to entrance of T2 new train station of Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 2

Photo 1) The covered walkway going parallel past the Moxy Hotel on the other side of the main access road into Terminal 2. Photo 2) The covered walkway ending at the entrance to the Terminal 2 train station which goes slightly below ground. Click to enlarge. Image Credit: Varesenews.It.




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