Where to stay during your trip in Italy’s second largest city? Presentation of the best areas to stay in Milan!
With an estimated population of 1.369 million and extending over 182 square kilometers, Milan is Italy’s second-largest after Rome, and the fourth-largest urban area in Europe after Moscow, Paris, and London. Finding an apartment in what is known as Europe’s “fashion capital” will not be an easy task, especially on a limited budget. Prestigious and highly-coveted, Milan’s exceptional historical and cultural heritage, coupled with a high level of economic wealth, explains its reputation as a chic, sumptuous, and luxurious megalopolis.
7.65 million: this is the number of visitors who spent at least one night in Milan in 2016. The richest city in Italy, nestled in the Po Valley, at the foot of the Alps and on the Lyon-Venice route – the ideal route to travel to the Balkans -, Milan occupies an ideal geographical location. Here are a few tips to help you find the best area to stay in Milan.
Historical Center, the tourist neighborhood
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Every visit to Milan always begins with a tour of its most famous landmark: the duomo (dome). Dubbed “the marble hedgehog”, this cathedral blends Gothic, Neo-Gothic, and Neoclassical architectural styles. In the Centre Storico (city centre), don’t miss the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the Palazzo Reale and the famous Teatro alla Scala, one of Milan’s opera houses. Packed with a myriad of bars, restaurants, and shops, the city centre is a great place to enjoy Milan while being close to everything. Accommodation-wise, needless to say this part of Milan is expensive, so don’t hesitate to target other areas if you don’t want to spend a fortune.
Navigli, the picturesque neighborhood
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Located at the southern side of downtown, the Navigli area is your best choice if you are young and in your element in a student, multicultural, and party-until-dawn atmosphere. The neighbourhood of choice for young night owls, this area offers a sharp contrast to downtown, mostly frequented by diurnal animals… In the evening, the quays of the canal turn into a giant squat where young people come to party. On weekends, the daytime scenery takes on a more tranquil ambiance, with the more family-oriented Sunday market, and host of exhibitions and flea markets where you can hope to find little treasures of a bygone era. However, the district is rather dense, so you won’t easily find accommodation as vast as you would in the peripheral districts. This is a good area to stay in Milan if you enjoy spending time in a lively and festive area.
Porta Venezia, for students
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Perched on the north-eastern side of the city center, Porta Venezia is a small neighbourhood that is sure to delight young visitors. A lively district, the area is most frequented by Milan’s youth and the LGBT community. It is home to many 19th-century historical buildings, along with the Natural History Museum and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (“Modern Art gallery”). Porta Venezia houses the park Indro Montanelli, where you can enjoy a shady walk, away from the urban hustle of the city center and boulevards. If you are young, party-loving and enjoy cultural getaways, this is definitely the best area to stay in Milan.
Brera and Quadrilatero della Moda, Fashion Milan
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In this area nestled in the heart of the Via Senato – the boulevard surrounding the districts of the hypercentre – you will find all the comfort and charm of a city centre: bars, colourful and picturesque narrow streets, art galleries, restaurants… Swarming with people all day long, the neighbourhood is in constant effervescence. Brera is known for hosting the famous Pinacoteca de Brera, one of the most important ancient and modern art museums in Italy. Further east, the Fashion Quadrilateral brings together a string of prestigious boutiques such as Armani or Dolce & Gabbana. Book an apartment in this area if you are looking for security and comfort.
Parco Sempione, the family neighborhood
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To the north-west, the Sempione district and its park will appeal to family travelers. The neighborhood is lush greenery in the city, very quiet and shady, quiet and pleasant. It is a good area to stay in Milan if you are looking to escape the raging areas. Your children will appreciate the proximity of the park, the lawns and the walks that the park has to offer.
Moscova and Corso Como, the upper class area
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This area is the favorite haunt of celebrities and the well-heeled Italian class, who come to spend a good time in Moscova and Corso Como’s trendy bars and chic restaurants. Like the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Saint-Tropez, or Santorini in Greece, this is Milan’s wealthiest district, a place infused with both opulence and style. Very lively and attractive, this neighbourhood of Milan is a great area to stay in Milan if you’re a well-off luxury aficionado and socialite.