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Alfa Romeo, risotto, Giorgio, Mi­lano! Wel­come to the heart of Ital­ian wealth and style, where the re­moval of sun­glasses is a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure and pop­ping to the deli with­out stil­lies is sim­ply il­le­gal. So the streetscape ain’t ex­actly pretty, but who cares when the peo­ple strut­ting on it are so fab­u­lous. Bene bella, put your fash foot for­ward.


Mi­lan ra­di­ates from Cen­tro, a very walk­a­ble area en­cas­ing the Duomo, Teatro alla Scala, Quadri­latero d’Oro (Quad) for all your la­bel needs, plus the an­cient, wind­ing paths of Vec­chia Mi­lano. North of La Scala are arty Br­era and hip Garibaldi. West are gen­teel Ma­genta, home to The Last Sup­per, Salone del Mo­bile hot­pad Zona Tor­tona and the Nav­igli canals. Far east is buzzy Lam­brate with De­sign Week hub Via Ven­tura, and fan­ning east to south are Porta Venezia, Porta Vit­to­ria and Porta Ro­mana for lo­cal vibe.

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Apart from Au­gust, when ev­ery­one flees and the city pretty much shuts down, there’s no bad time to visit Mi­lan, though mul­ti­ple fash­ion weeks (check cal­en­dar at fierami­ and the Salone del Mo­bile fur­ni­ture fair in April make Mi­lan a hec­tic (and pricey) sig­no­rina Main int’l air­ports are Li­nate and Malpensa. Try to avoid the lat­ter – it’s well on the way to Switzer­land and takes up­wards of 50 mins / € 90 by cab, or € 12 by the Malpensa Ex­press train. Li­nate is an easy-breezy 20 mins / € 20 Taxis gen­er­ally can’t be hailed. Ei­ther catch one from the stands on main roads, or call (see Very Use­ful), but note that they charge from the time the call is made Cy­cling (see V. Use­ful) and walk­ing are good op­tions around Cen­tro. Be­yond, metro and trams are easy Shops are usu­ally open 10am-7pm Tue-Sat and Mon af­ter­noon. Some close for lunch, and ev­ery­thing is shut on Sun, so make it a day for mu­se­ums and cul­ture Many shops, restos and ser­vices are hid­den away in­side court­yards, and buzzers don’t al­ways work, but nip in and you’ll of­ten find a lit­tle se­cu­rity of­fice to help Restau­rants are more about the scene, and al­though dress codes are non-ex­is­tent, your out­fit mat­ters A small cover charge (cop­erto) is levied at most restos, but it’s still nice to round up a cou­ple of euros Aper­i­tivi (6-10pm) is vi­tal to the Mi­lanese day The smok­ing ban ap­plies to all in­door bars and restos, un­less there is a spe­cial ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem and li­cence Coffee eti­quette: caffè/espresso is a sin­gle shot, doppio is a dou­ble shot, Amer­i­cano is a long black Milk in coffee af­ter mid­day puts an ‘L’ on your fore­head Italy’s in­ter­na­tional code is +39. Mi­lan’s area code 02 must be di­alled for land­lines but not mo­biles Emer­gen­cies: po­lice 113, am­bu­lance 118

Al­lora, par­liamo l’ital­iano e il mi­lanese...

Buon­giorno / Buonasera : Good morn­ing / Good af­ter­noon Per fa­vore / Gra­zie / Prego : Please / Ta / You’re wel­come Stai schis­cio : Take a chill pill, Bill

Dai, an­di­amo...

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