Where to stay in Milan

The second most important Italian city is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, whether it’s for business, an urban city-break or a fashionista shopping spree, Milan will always have something to offer.

Best areas to stay in Milan - Top districts and hotels

Best areas to stay in Milan – Top districts and hotels

The metropolis of Lombardy is home to futuristic skyscrapers, such as the 127 meters high Pirelli Tower, metal and glass buildings, department stores and shopping centers.

Its artistic-cultural heritage is one of the most important in Italy, its many museums and galleries are among the greatest in the world. You can also visit the cathedrals, piazzas and other monuments, part of its emblematic cultural heritage.

Milan is attractive at any time of the year, although it is advisable to visit it in accordance with the seasons, the events planned for each season and the visitor crowds.

January and February attract winter lovers, as skiing is one of the top activities in northern Italy. Snow shoes and thick coats are recommended.

In April, spring arrives with a cool and moderately hot climate. This is the time for food festivals and other events to take place. It’s also a cheap time to visit, when many hotels have special rates and the city is not crowded with tourists.

Months such as May, June and July are popular among tourists, while in August, the streets and attractions are crowded, so you should book ahead and choose the area that best suits your needs.

Best areas to stay in Milan, Italy

1. Best area: Centro Storico (Old Town)

One of the advantages of this area is the obvious proximity to the most important attractions of the Lombardy region such as the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle and the Teatro alla Scala.

Walking through its collections of art is an great way to spend time, Museo del Novecento exhibits works of the 20th century; The Duomo is famous for offering a splendid panoramic view of the city. The last work of Michelangelo can be found in the Castello Sforzesco and as if it were not enough just a few steps away from the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie you can see one of the most representative works of art of all time, The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.

To dine, shop and enjoy a commercial environment, the ideal place is Galleria Vittorio Emanuel, where you can find prestigious brands such as Prada, Gucci or Louis Vuitton; nice coffee shops like the old Cafe Biffi and even foreign franchises like McDonald’s, visiting the Galleria is a true antidote against boredom.

Moving in and out of Milan’s Historical Center is simple, thanks to its several metro stations, trams, taxis or buses. There are plenty of options to visit every corner of this area of ​​Milan.

Shuffling accommodation prices takes time since the fares tend to be high and the quality of accommodation tends to be low.

Best areas to stay in Milan - Centro Storico

Best areas to stay in Milan – Centro Storico

Where to stay in Milan - Centro Storico

Where to stay in Milan – Centro Storico

Milano - Centro Storico - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Centro Storico – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great historical value
  • Commercial streets
  • Medieval buildings
  • Milan Duomo
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Accessible on foot
  • Best area for tourists

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Brunelleschi Hotel, located just 50 meters from Missori Metro Station and a 2-minute walk from Milan Cathedral, offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. – from €141.

  • Budget Option

    London Hotel offers excellent service in the historic center of Milan, a 10-minute walk from the Duomo. The Cairoli Castello metro station is right next to the hotel. – from €60 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Ariston has been renovated following the principles of sustainable architecture. It enjoys a central location in Milan, near the La Scala Theater and the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and parquet floors. – from €98.

  • Luxury Option

    NH Collection Milano President is an elegant hotel with free Wi-Fi located in the historic center, just 500 meters from the cathedral and Via Monte Napoleone, Milan’s famous shopping street. San Babila Metro Station is a 5-minute walk away. – from €241.

 

 

 

2. Stazione Centrale

Opened its doors in 1931, and it’s one of the largest railway stations in Europe, strategically located in Piazza Luigi di Savoia near the city center.

From it you can reach some attractions such as the Modern Art Gallery of Milan, the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.

Together with Roma-Termini station, it is part of the most dynamic and busiest terminals in Europe, an average of 330 thousand passengers per day and 120 million annually move through this terminal.

Eating in its surroundings is cheap and pleasant, but the accommodation, although can be cheap, does not guarantee the best conditions. Keep an eye on other travelers’ reviews before you book.

It is a good area to stay in Milan if you are looking for cheaper prices than those of the old town, but at the same time want to be close to the main attractions of the city.

Best quarters to stay in Milan - Stazione Centrale

Best quarters to stay in Milan – Stazione Centrale

Milano - Stazione Centrale - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Stazione Centrale – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Milan Central Railway Station
  • Bus and metro connections
  • Budget hotels
  • Great for city-hopping
  • Ethnic and budget restaurants

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Best Western Madison Hotel offers spacious and comfortable accommodation in an excellent area, just 5 minutes walk from the central station. The breakfast room on the ground floor overlooks the church of Sant’Agostino. – from €71.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Paradiso is just a 5-minute walk from the Milano Centrale train station. It offers rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served in the garden. – from €62 .

  • Midrange Option

    UNA Hotel Century offers spacious suites with TV and free Wi-Fi, and a varied American breakfast. It is just 200 meters from Milan Central Station, which provides excellent connections to Malpensa and Linate airports. – from €99.

  • Luxury Option

    Excelsior Hotel Gallia – Luxury Collection Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Milan, just in front of the central station and close to a famous street with designer shops. It houses the Shiseido Spa, with 1000 m² of space, and a rooftop restaurant. – from €279.

 

 

 

3. Città Studi

This district in the north of Milan is a showcase of the intellectual history and academic achievements of Italy.

Full of parks, green areas and beautiful gardens that during lective season become meeting places for university students.

Citta Studi, proudly exhibits its institutions, one of them is the Università degli Studi di Milano, is not only the largest in Milan but also belongs to the 21 most prestigious institutions in the League of European Research Universities, celebrates over 300 annual events and currently has around 64,000 students enrolled.

On the other hand, the Politecnico di Milano is the oldest institutes of its kind, it is dedicated to scientific research and technological advances with specialties in branches such as engineering, architecture and industrial design.

Città Studi may not be Stazione Centrale, but if it has good connections and efficient transport, the city center is 15 minutes away.

Where to stay in Milan - Città Studi

Where to stay in Milan – Città Studi

Milano - Città Studi - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Città Studi – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Cheap hotels
  • Universities
  • Connected by metro

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Gran Sasso is located 400 meters from Piola Metro Station, which offers connections to Milan Central Station, it offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is served daily. – from €55.

 

 

 

4. Navigli

Surrounded by canals, a maritime atmosphere and romantic terraces lies the Navigli neighborhood, a faithful representation of medieval Milan at its best.

This canal system dates back to 1179, it was an alternative route between Milan and the rest of Europe to move people and products. Thanks to it, it was possible to transport each stone block to build the Duomo and it was also the favorite path for the distributors of newspapers during a time of changes and conflicts.

Leonardo Da Vinci was hired for the redesign of the canals to improve the dam system.

It not only recounts memories of the Lombardy region but breaks with the urban scheme characteristic of large European capitals. The boat-restaurants are a recently added culinary experience. You can enjoy a Gelatto while watching the sunset or simply wait until nightfall and experience the famous Milan nightlife.

Summer is the preferred season for tourists in this area. One of the best ways to enjoy this charming district of Milan is to stay in an apartment as opposed to a hotel.

Best location to stay in Milan - Navigli

Best location to stay in Milan – Navigli

Milano - Città Studi - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Città Studi – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Goog transport connections
  • Most charming area to stay in Milan
  • Great restaurants
  • Canals

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Art Hotel Navigli is located in Milan, in the lively area of Navigli, and has a collection of paintings and sculptures of modern art. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, and there is also private parking. – from €109.

 

 

 

5. Fiera Milano City (Congress Fairgrounds)

The most important commercial exhibition in Italy takes place at the Milano fair complex, it has been in operation since 1906 and it currently has two strategically located complexes, one of which is Milano City.

It is centrally located but it is not as big as that of Rho / Pero, in its beginnings it displayed 26 pavilions; currently there are only four and 43 thousand exhibition spaces.

It is the most centrally located exhibition district in the city, it does not stand out for things to do or see but it’s a great area to stay for business travelers.

Accommodation in this area is cheaper than in Centro Storico and quality tends to be much higher.

Events, exhibitions and conferences last one or two weeks, the best recommendation to stay at Fiera Milano City is near the complex, around the buildings Portella or Viale Lodovico Scarampo.

Best areas to stay in Milan - Fiera Milano City

Best areas to stay in Milan – Fiera Milano City

Milano - Fiera Milano City - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Fiera Milano City – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Metro connections
  • Great nightlife
  • Fiera Milano City
  • Business-style hotels
  • Great area for business travelers

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Fiera Congressi is ideal for exhibitions and fairs, since it is only 300 meters from the Fiera Milano exhibition center. It is a 5-minute walk from the Amendola Fiera metro stop, which connects with the Expo 2015 exhibition center. – from €105.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Amendola Fiera is close to Fiera Campionaria di Milano and the Meazza stadium, making it ideal for guests wishing to attend football matches. There are many restaurants in the area and several nightclubs. – from €51.

 

 

 

6. Sempione

The area around Parco Sempione receive a good amount of visitors.

It is the ideal place for tourists and first-time travelers, most of the historical attractions. Parco Sempione is home of the Triennial Foundation, the Civic Aquarium, the Civic Arena and the Arco Della Pace.

Very close to the Parco you can find Castello Sforzesco, an architectural symbol dating back to the 14th century and a historical highlight of Milan.

During the Napoleonic era, the park served as the setting for important battles.

It currently welcomes a large number of tourists who travel to this beautiful city, its proximity to attractions makes it an expensive area to stay but offers certain luxuries that other areas do not offer.

If you decide to stay in this area, it is not necessary to take metro or other means of transport, there are good hotels around Sempione and walking to each attraction through the Parco is easy.

Best area to stay in Milano, Italy - Parco Sempione

Best area to stay in Milano, Italy – Parco Sempione

Milano - Parco Sempione - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Parco Sempione – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Muy céntrico
  • Great cafés
  • Parco Sempione
  • Accessible on foot

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Casa Calicantus is located in a 19th-century villa, just a 10-minute walk from the exhibition center of the city of Milan. It offers a quiet garden, free Wi-Fi and rooms with a balcony and garden views. – from €99.

 

 

 

7. Stazione Garibaldi

This is one of the busiest areas of the Lombard capital.

Stazione di Milano Porta Garibaldi is located north of the Garibaldi Historic Port in Piazza Sigmund Freud, hosts 25 million passengers per year and is the third busiest in the city, below Cadorna and Centrale stations.

It serves a lot of commuter traffic as it is a hub for many local train lines. It is one of the best areas to stay in Milan because from it you can reach any place in the city without any problem.

It is also easy to recognize it due to the two skyscrapers that stand out from its roof, they are the official headquarters of the Trenitalia offices and also the station’s operations center.

The area is home to many office buildings and it’s a great place to stay in Milan for business.

Where to stay in Milan - Stazione Porta Garibaldi

Where to stay in Milan – Stazione Porta Garibaldi

Milano - Stazione Garibaldi - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Stazione Garibaldi – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Central area
  • Train and metro connections
  • Varied accommodation options
  • Nightlife

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    AC Hotel Milano, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel is 300 meters from Porta Garibaldi Station, which provides connections to the Rho Exhibition Center and is well connected by tram with other areas of Milan. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. Free WiFi is available in all areas. – from €93.

 

 

 

8. Porta Vittoria

The “Gate of Victory” used to be call Porta Tossa and was part of the walled complex of the city until its demolition in 1861.

The Cinque Giornate square is the heart of Porta Vittoria, distinguished by its tall obelisk and its wide avenues.

Here you can find Corso di Porta Vittoria avenue.

Porta Vittoria is a shopping area, and has a lot of local shops, boutiques and souvenir stands, shopping in this area is not as high-end as in other parts of the city.

The area is connected by metro so moving around Milan shouldn’t be a problem.

Milano - Porta Vittoria - Click to see all hotels on a map

Milano – Porta Vittoria – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Perugino offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. It is located in a quiet area of Milan, next to the Largo Marinai d’Italia park, and it is very well connected by bus with the rest of the city. – from €86.

 

 

 

9. Aeroporto Malpensa

Some 15 million inhabitants of Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria benefit from the largest international airport in the metropolitan area of Milan.

Located to the northwest of the center, next to the Ticino river, it concentrates the highest percentage of international traffic in Italy and is the second in terms of passenger movement below Rome-Fiumicino, it remains among the 30 most active airports in the continent and moves almost 500 thousand tons of cargo per year.

Malpensa is a great area to stay in Milan if you’re in the city for a stopover.

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Idea Hotel Milano Malpensa Airport is just a 5-minute drive from Milan Malpensa Airport and offers a free shuttle service to terminals 1 and 2 (set schedule). – from €57.

 

 

 

10. Aeroporto Linate

Enrico Forlanini airport, better known as Linate international airport, is preferred for domestic and short-range international flights. It has an average 9.6 million passengers per year.

It was nicknamed Linate in honor of the town where it is located and its official name is a tribute to the Italian inventor and aviation pioneer.

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Allegroitalia Espresso Linate has an outdoor pool with sun loungers and is located in Segrate, a 5-minute walk from Milan Linate Airport and a 15-minute drive from downtown Milan. The property offers a shuttle service to the airport. – from €72.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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