Cultural highlights La Scala, The Duomo, The Piazza Duomo, The Convento di Santa Maria delle Grazie, The Galleria di Vittorio Emanuele II, The Castello Sforzesco. Festivals The festival of Sant’Ambrogio, the city’s patron saint is on 7 December and there are processions, fairs and festivities throughout the capital. The Festa Del Naviglio is held in the first ten days of June and sees numerous processions and street performances. The Opera season at La Scala runs historically from the festival of Sant’Ambrogio in December through to July, but of course there are concerts and performances on all the time, apart from in August, when it is generally closed. Gastronomy Milan lends its name to many regional specialities such as Risotto alla Milanese, Cotolleta alla Milanese, Minestrone alla Milanese, but is also home to the traditional Panettone Christmas cake. The cuisine of Lombardy tends to be hearty and meat based, such as Ossobuco (oxtail), but there are excellent vegetable and sea food ‘fritto misto’ dishes too. Wines of the region are generally from the Franciacorta wine growing region near Lake Iseo and the area is principally known for its sparkling wines.
Milan’s metro is very comprehensive and easy to negotiate and will take you to most areas of the city swiftly and inexpensively. Should you wish to leave the city, there are numerous other cities than can be reached by train, both within Italy and across the border into Switzerland. Alternatively, we can arrange for you to pick up a hire car at either Linate or Maplensa airport should you wish to explore Lombardy further or visit the Italian lakes.
How you get there British Airways flies daily to Milan Linate airport, as does Alitalia, from London. There are also low cost options to Milan Malpensa airport. We include private transfers in our holidays to Milan, but should you wish to hire car we are happy to arrange this for you from the airport.
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