The hip city of Milan needs no introduction; it is often referred to as the fashion capital of the world, the city of glamour, and other labels along the same lines. The capital of Italian region Lombardy, Milan has a population of about 1.3 million and is the largest industrial city of Italy. It is served by Milan Malpensa Airport, the largest airport in the Milan metropolitan area. Malpensa Airport boasts 2 terminals and 2 runways, giving it the capacity to handle more than 10 million passengers annually. Located about 50 kilometres from the city of Milan in the province of Varese, Milan Malpensa Airport has been in operation since 1948 and is the second-busiest airport in Italy (after Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport).
Getting around Milan
Getting from Milan Malpensa Airport to the city of Milan isn’t difficult – numerous trains and buses ply the route, and taxis and car hire agencies are also readily available from the airport itself.
For a fast and cheap ride into town, take the Milan Malpensa Express from Level 1 of Terminal 1; this train will shuttle passengers to the city centre in less than an hour. Otherwise, those opting to helm their own vehicle can rent a car from the airport and take the Milano-Varese Highway into the city.
What to see and do in Milan
If you’re in Milan don’t miss a visit to the city’s iconic Duomo, even if just for a quick photo. The 3rd largest church in the Christian world, the Duomo – whose structure boasts 135 spires – is made of pink Candoglia marble, took 500 years to complete, and contains more than 3000 statues in its collection. Be sure to go closer for a look at the amazingly intricate detail and pattern that was carved into the exterior; you can even take the stairs or an elevator up to the roof of the cathedral for a panoramic view of the city (where you might see as far as the Alps on a clear day).
After you’re done with the Duomo, head over to the church of Santa Maria della Grazie for a look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous works - The Last Supper. One of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance, The Last Supper captures the historic moment where biblical Jesus reveals that one of his disciples will betray him. An immensely beautiful work of art with great historical significance, The Last Supper is a painting you’d want to take your time looking over (and if you’ve read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, you may want to look even more closely for little nuances in the painting mentioned in the book). Be sure to reserve your place before you go though; The Last Supper is so popular a sight that walk-in viewings are generally not possible.
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