A very characteristic local experience in Milan is visiting the big open air markets with fruit, vegetables. cheese, fish, charcuteri and good bargains in shoes and clothes, there are several every day except on Sundays. There’s life, commotion, genuine Italian atmosphere and competitive prices. We have chosen the most central ones for you.
See Milan from a different perspective with bike tour rentals. You can also rent a bike for the entire time you spend here.
If you’d like to have your “own” bike during your stay you can rent it at the historical bike shop Rossignoli, which you find here:
71, Corso Garibaldi.(find on map) open Monday 2.30-7 pm Tuesday-Saurday 9 am.-12.30 pm/2.30 -7 pm
40, Via Solari (find on map) open Monday 3.-7.30 pm Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m./3-7.30 pm Saturday 9-12.30 p.m.
Cost 1 day €12 2 days €24 3 days €34
4 days €43
5 days €52
6 days €59 1 week €65 Deposit €100,00
Rossignoli also organize tours of the city on bicycle in Italian and English and to book and get information call +3902804960 some days in advance.
BikeMi is a bike sharing service a bit like Boris-bikes in London. It’s a great feature in public transport, but beware Italian traffic habits.
BikeMi is part of the public transport system, you must register at ATM (Milan’s municipal transport agency) and to do that you need to have a valid credit card (so they have security for the bike and possible damages) read about the legal and practical issues here. You can get a card for either 1 week, it’s €6, or for a single day, €2,50.
Cycling Italian Style Cycling in Milan is a risky business. Milan is a car city, and cyclists are not respected as equals in the traffic.
So remember to signal your intentions in the traffic clearly, so the drivers have time to give you space. Take it easy and don’t insist too much.
Two important tips: Keep an extra eye on the tram rails (believe you us; it is the voice of experience telling you this) and remember that the cobble stones get extra slippery when it rains.
Short trips are the cheapest BikeMi is meant to be used for short trips and it becomes proportionally more expensive the longer you use them If you change bicycles frequently the trips can end up being totally free of charge. If you forget to deliver the bike within 24 hours, there’s a stiff fee.
0 – ½ hour: €0,00
½ – 2 hours: €0,50 every half hour.
2 – 24 hours: €2,00 every started hour
Over 24 hours: €150 fee
Summer operating hours. April 1st-November 2nd the service will run Sunday-Thursday 7 am.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday the service will operate 24 hrs a day.
Junior BikeMi. The municipality of Milan has now added a bicycle service for kids aged 6-10, you’ll find the junior bikes near some of Milan’s parks Parco Sempione/Piazza Castello (find on map), Giardini pubblici Indro Montenelli (find on map), Parco delle Basiliche (find on map),Parco Don Giussani (find on map) and Parco Ravizza (find on map) the bicycles are available between 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and helmets are mandatory. Read more here.
Mobike (on the left in the photo) and OFO.
2 operators in the dockless or free flow bike sharing service, also called Uber for bicycles, have arrived in Milan, you need to download the apps for the services in order to begin to use it. Find the links for the app download here.
The first one is Mobike, the orange and black bicycles you have probably seen around the city, The price is €0.30 for every half hour.
The second is OFO with the characteristic yellow bicycles that technically are of a slightly better quality It costs €0,20 for the first half hour, €0,30 for the second half hour and €0,50 every half hour after that. You can also rent the bike for a whole day at €5.
Milano Gay Life All the bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and special events for LGBT visitors.
Languages: English and Italian. (Download for Android | iPhone)
ATM Milano Official App This is a great app for public transport, it tells you which bus and metro stops are near you, you can plan your trips and you can also use it to find the BikeMi hubs (See the article on public transport). (Download for Android | iPhone)
ATM City Tour Milano. The app for the sightseeing services provided by the city´s public trasnport agency ATM. It gives your the departure times for the trams and doubledecker buses. (Download for Android | iPhone)
MyTaxi If you need to call for a taxi and don’t speak Italian the easiest thing is to use the official app myTaxi. (Download Android | iPhone)
Uber The world’s most famous ride sharing service is legal in Milan and works fine so if you cannot get a taxi or you have to wait too long this is a good alternative. (Download Android | iPhone)
Mobike A dock-free bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. The price is €0,30 for every half hour. (Download Android | iPhone)
OFO A dock-free bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. It costs €0,20 for the first half hour, €0,30 for the second half hour and €0,50 every half hour after that. You can also rent the bike for a whole day at €5. (Download Android | iPhone)
For those of you who are only in town for a short visit we have made a mini route where you get all the best Milan has to offer in terms of both shopping, food, architecture and culture. For our first express shopping route we have chosen the area from Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza della Scala, from the new and modern to the old and traditional.
Start on Piazza Gae Aulenti; Milan’s newest area, where you should see “Bosco verticale (the vertical forest))
On the piazza you find the famous Muji,
Grom ice cream,
Replay store with Italian denim and a nice bar where you can have your morning coffee,
and Illy café – the world’s best espresso.
Located under the square is the supermarket Esselunga if you want to shop for specialties.
From there continue down Corso Como and check out the famous design store and art gallery at no. 10 – good place for lunch.
at the end of Corso Como turn left and check out High Tech with all you can desire for your home and on the square (Piazza XXV Aprile) is food temple Eataly
Continue into the Brera area (Via Solferino, Via San Marco and Corso Garibaldi) which is the old artistic neighbourhood of Milan with lots of quirky and chic stores and galleries.
If you’re here on either a Monday or a Thursday it is worth your while to visit the open air market in Via San Marco.
Continue down to Piazza della Scala with Milan’s famous Scala theater.
If you still have energy and time to spare you are now directly behind Piazza Duomo just walk thorugh the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which links Piazza della Scala and Piazza Duomo and you have Milan’s cathedral right in front of you.
Now you are probably starving and you are close to several good restaurants e.g. Langosteria Cafè,4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood €€€, Piz, 34, Via Torino (find n map) genuine Neapolitan pizza €, I 12 Gatti,11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the corner of Piazza della Scala (find on map) with a fantasic terrace on the top of Milan €€ and Mama Burger,18, Via Agnello (find on map) good quality burgers €.
A classic sightseeing tour on your first day here can actually be a really good way to get a feeling of the city and of which things are in the same area. Here we have a list of the best tours Milan has to offer.
Hop-on Hop-off tours.
With thedouble-deckers you can buy tickets for either 24 or 48 holurs (repspectively €22 and €25) with departure from Piazza Castello (find on map)
In Milan you can also do your sightseeing from a tram, TraMilano, a charming and different way to vist the tourist attractions. This costs €15 and departs from Milan’s central station (find on map) near the Zara shop, check the link above for more precise details.
If you have the MilanoCard you get a 15% discount on tickets. There is also an app for the Hop-on Hop-Off service, find the link to download it here.
See Milan from a segway in small groups with 8 participants, choose between the day tripof 3 hours. or the night tripof 2.5 hours. Both trips are €75 and start on the ´corner of Via dei Chiostri and Via Ancona (find on map) there is a 30 minute orientation before the trip begins.
The evening tour of the canals costs €10 and is 40 minutes long with departures at 9 pm – 9.50 pm -10.40 pm. You must purchase the tickets at the point of departure but you can book here:,Call Center +39029094242 every day bewtween 10 am and 6 pm or with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like an aperitivo while sailing through the navigli the the Happy Boat tour is what you’re looking for,it’s on every Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and costs €22 cocktail and buffet included in the price. You can book tickets here: Autostradale Viaggi – Milano 2, Passaggio Duomo (find on map) 1, P.zza Castello (find on map). Tel. +390230089900 email – email@example.com
Rickshaw tours with VELOLEO
An untraditional and green way to visit the city is by rickshaw or bike taxi, they organize both shopping- and city trips and prices €25-45 for 1/2 and 1 hour respectively. The trips start from both Piazza Castello, Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila. You can also book online and personalize your trip here.
The view from the roof of Duomo is breathtaking especially on clear days, were you can see the Alps from up there.It’s a really good idea to reserve tickets in advance so you can skip the line. Book here‘
If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consider getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.