Excellent transport system but to get the most of the 75minute travel time make sure you validate your ticket on leaving. The Canal area has some reasonable restaurants, Metro Porta Genova FS.
There’s plenty of Sights to see: The Central Station[built by Mussolini to impress & it does!] & it’s below ground shopping Mall, the Cathedral, Victor Emmanuel Arcade, La Scala and the associated banking & shopping district [Gucci, B &O, Prada,etc], Sant’Ambrogio Basilica which dates from 379 [ If you’re squeamish & don’t like skeletons give the crypt a miss], the Science & Technology Museum, the Castle Museum and the Park, Da Vinci’s the Last Supper [15 mins viewing tho’ and a wait to get in]. Most Museums have discounts for Seniors & and the disabled are free. If you fly into Linate walk outside and get bus 73 to San Bablia [1.5€ ticket from inside the Airport] and then get the Metro Line 1 to Loreto ,then change to Line 2 to get Lambrate FS. With luck you’ll manage the complete trip in 75 mins so will need only one ticket.
If you’re looking for a cheap place the pound Euro rate means prices are fairly high. Note that ATM is the public transport system so if you want to draw cash you need to find a Bancomat. These have a normal numeric keypad but also have a full size QWERTY key board, which makes them some what daunting. However you don’t need to use the QWERTY keyboard and you can set it for English prompts.
Ticket Carnets are the best way of getting around but are now not transferable as the station electronic system detects a second usage of the ticket. So two people need two carnets.
Watch out for pickpockets. Street vendors can be a pest but "Nein, bitte" seems to get rid of them, maybe the Germans know something we don’t!. Don’t engage with them as you may get threatened with a knife by some of the more unsavoury ones.
Get the Airport bus back to Malpensa as the Airport trains to the airport are less frequent from the Central Station.
Milan has experienced a long and often violent history, on the doorstep of Italy it was initially conquered by the Romans and then sacked by wave after wave of invaders when the Western Roman Empire fell. The Holy Roman Empire practically destroyed Milan, which was, at the time, at the heart of the Lombard League, but subsequent peace agreements brought a period of prolonged peace. This ended abruptly in the 15th century and since then Milan has been conquered by Italian forces, French forces, Austrian forces, Spanish forces, and finally, in the 1860s becoming part of Italy as it is known today.
The reason for Milan’s incredibly chaotic history is the importance of its location as a centre of trade and influence. Through the centuries, each invader has built in Milan and the city is filled with remarkable architecture, even with so many different overlords, the cathedral in Milan took five centuries to build and is the fourth largest cathedral in the world and a fine example of gothic architecture. Aside from the cathedral there is also Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the oldest shopping mall in the world and a truly outrageously beautiful building, as well as the famous La Scala opera house and the gallery of Vittorio Emmanuelle II, the first king of the unified Italy.
For all its reputation as an expensive place to visit, the city caters to tourists on all budgets and there are countless cheap hotels in Milan. If you’re not operating on a budget, there are a number of luxury hotels in Milan which offer all the pampering one would expect from a city that annually hosts the rich and the famous for the Milan fashion show. Milan is a truly fantastic place to visit, and once you’ve been, you’ll almost certainly want to go back.
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