Insider tip no. 2; good apps for your trip to Milan.

Who wants to carry round a guide book if you can have it all on your smartphone (which, on the other hand, is indispensable).

Milan Tourism has published a comprehensive list of apps made especially for visitors. Here are the most important ones:

APP: Guida MilanoGuida Milano
A classic city-guide full of all the normal tourist attractions and it links text and maps.
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

 

 

Duomo di Milano
The official app for the museum “Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano” so you can be your own guide.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

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A great app for visiting Milan with information on Public transport, exhibitions, concerts etc, a little simpler than Guida Milano above

(Download for Android ! iPhone)

 

 

 

 

 

Car2Go
the popular international car sharing service is also present in Milan.
(Download til Android | iPhone)

DriveNow
The new car sharing service is now also in Milan.

Languages: English, German and Italian
(Download til Android | iPhone)

 

 

Milano Gay Life
All the bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and special events for the 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)

imageATM 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 worldùs msot famous ride sharing service is legal in Milan and works fine so if you cannot get a taxi or you have to wait too ling this is a good alternative.

(Download Android | iPhone)

Mobike
A 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 bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. At the moment free of charge, in October the price will be revealed.

(Download Android | iPhone)

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Take a cooking course in Milan with the Italians.

When you are abroad you want to get close to the locals.. So why not do a cooking course with the Italians?

When you’ve been traveling a lot you begin to look for experiences that get you closer to the local population, because who wants to sit at the hotel and have dinner when you could be out meeting people and getting some fun anecdotes to tell.

It may take some courage, but isn’t it the courageous decisions you never regret? So if you feel like a slightly different evening in the company of Italians, try a cooking course in Italian. Nothing beats “I learned how to make this sauce from a chef in Milan” when your friends come over.

You can choose the very personal experience with a course in English at a private home, Clara opens the doors to her home in the center of Milan for morning courses between September and June and on market days she takes you to the local open air food market to pick the fresh seasonal products for your cooking class.

 

Aurora holds both morning and evening classes with a professional chef and she lves by the yellow metro line 4 stops from Duomo. If you can’t make it to her courses (or for some reason don’t feel like participating) you can still come and have dinner with the paticipants.

Both Clara and Aurora put emphasis on the fact that their courses aren’t just about cooking but also about socializing.

 

Another possibilty is the cooking school Teatro7 (Find on map) where they teach in _mg_8431Italian but you can be certain that they will try anything with a combination of gestures and English to make you understand. And if Italians have bad English skills their gesturing is formidable.

You are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening and you will learn to make some great food. At Teatro7 you get the course including dinner from €75 to €150. Check out our Right now in Milan (in the menu) for courses.

Important instructions for booking a course online as the course calendar only exists in Italian: first close the pop-up window by clicking on the red CHIUDI in the upper right corner, then go to your course, here click on “acquista” (purchase) and then follow the instructions on the screen for paying by either credit card or paypal, if you don’t receive a confirmation via email within 24 hours, send an email to iscrizioni@teatro7.com – you won’t be able to attend if you don’t have the email. The course calendar is here.

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Milan in one day – the best shopping route with a side of culture (Brera).

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.
  • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera for a shot of culture.
  • The area is rich on places for lunch and a great aperitivo
  • 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 €.

Enjoy your perfect day in Milan!

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Milan by night.

Milan is an amazing city for night life and there are lots of clubs and Piazzas where you meet the young, the rich and the beautiful – and perhaps the famous.

The club scene is very young most places. a good rule is that the average age is higher Fridays (20-25) than Saturdays (16-21), because high school students have school on Saturday (!) here. Remember not to go earlier than midnight/1.00 p.m

The hottest area is around Corso Como, see the map here.

The most popular clubs are:
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Hollywood

Cavalli Club – For a more adult crowd (25-40). It’s located in Via Luigi Camoens, right next to Torre Branca and the museum Triennale di Milano (find on map).

Le colonne di San Lorenzo by nightDo you prefer bars to clubs
If you’re not that crazy about clubs, the area around Le colonne di San Lorenzo (here is the map) is full of cool bars with outdoor service and lots of life on Friday and Saturday nights..

 

 

Another great area to go out in at night is Corso Sempione  all the way up to Arco della Pace (see map here). Worth mentioning are:
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And of course you mustn’t miss the Naviglio district (See map here) This area is packed with cool bars – just to mention a few:
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One of the classics for nightlife by Corso Magenta (find on map).
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Two fantastic places with great cocktails on a high level in the area around Bocconi University (See the map here):
\ Pravda
\ Zinc 

 

Another area with a lot of night life is the so-called Isola area (see on map)
\ Opera 33
\ Nordest Café

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Insider Tip no. 12: classic sightseeing in Milan.

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.

IMG_7910Hop-on Hop-off tours.

With the double-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.

Segway tours.

See Milan from a segway in small groups with 8 participants, choose between the day trip of 3 hours. or the night trip of 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.

IMG_8932Tours on the canals (April-September).

You can go on a boat trip round the Milanese navigli and see the city from a different perspective. You can book tickets in advance here: Call Center +39029094242 every day 10 am-6 pm or by email Monday-Friday info@navigareinlombardia.it

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 info@navigareinlombardia.it

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 – info@autostrdaleviaggi.it

Rickshaw tours with VELOLEO

IMG_9014An 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.

Also check out the guided tours on bicycle here.

The Duomo roof.

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.

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NY Times: Milan is the city to visit in 2015 (and still is).

If you are traveling anywhere this year, then Milan is the number one place to go. This is the advice of one of the world’s most respected newspapers; The New York Times, which has published a list of the 52 places in the world you ought to visit in i 2015.

You could expect that Rome Venice or Florence would be among the top cities to visit in Italy but the NY Times has included only Milan and Rome on the list. And Milan is an impressive no. 1 whereas Rome only makes a no. 48 out of a total of the total 52 that have been chosen.

Milan is expecting 20m visitors for the world’s fair EXPO 2015, where 130 countries will exhibit in over 60 pavilions and the newspaper also mentions that the EXPO themes, very suitably for Italy, are food and sustainability.

But it isn’t just EXPO that qualifies Milan as a great travel destination. The NY Times mentions the extensive works of urban restructuring that have taken place in Milan in e.g. the Darsena area and around the historical canals of the city.

The newspaper highlights Italian cuisine and mentions restaurants as U Barba and Lievito Madre and praises the upscale hotels in Milan as Mandarin Oriental Milan, which is opening next year

Obviously we were already aware of all this here at appsolutelymilano, but it sure is nice to see that such a respectable newspaper has noticed the delights of Milan.

Business services in Milan.

Many foreign companies choose to organize conferences and/or special corporate events in Milan for their staff and clients.And there are companies that can help you organize what it takes to make your conference a success.

AIM Group international has more than 50 years of experience in that area and a very professional staff whose English is excellent.

Insider tip No. 6: Christmas markets 2017, the L’Artigiano in Fiera fair and other Christmas events in Milan.

In Milan the beginning of December is rich on Christmas markets and the grand Artisan Fair and if you want to get some different Christmas presents you should definitely visit them. December 7th and 8th are religious holidays in Milan but all shops are open.

The first is the huge Fair for artisans from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map) and takes place from December 2nd-10th from 10 am-10.30 pm. Here you can buy beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. Be prepared for crowds and if you possibly can go during the week not at weekends. You are going to need more than one trip if you want to see everything.

December 4th 11 am-9 pm Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map), from 5-9 pm there will be live music and DJ set.

Then there is the traditional market Fiera degli Obej Obej which dates all he way back to 1288 and is always held on the days around December 7th where the Milanese celebrate their patron saint Sant’Ambrogio on December 7th – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. This year the market is held on December 7th-10th 8a,m.-8 p.m. in Piazza Castello (find on map). The atmosphere is wonderful and there are lots of local specialties to taste like vin brulè (mulled wine) and chestnuts.The name Obej Obej originates according to tradition from the exclamations of the Milanese children  “Obej, Obej” (dialect for oh belli,oh belli which means “How pretty!”) when they saw the gifts  Pope Pio IV’s emissary brought to the city of Milan in 1510.

December 9th–January 6th Christmas market on Piazza Duomo (find on map) with crafts and gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. The market is open every day from 9 a.m.-9 p.m..

December 7th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year.

December 2nd-January 7th “Il villaggio delle meraviglie” in the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) for the youngest, there are rides, meetings with Santa (starting December 6th) and an Ice skating rink, where you can rent skates. Open every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. but the rides open at 3 p.m.

December 16th-17th (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) Green Christmas eco Christmas market with jewellery,clothes amd things for your home at Fonderia Napoleonica di Milano at 21, Via Thaon de Revl (find on map).

The events above this line have been updated for 2017.

img_6971Until February 12th (10 a.m.-midnight every day) there is a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map). It costs €8 per hour..and you can rent skates.

December 2nd-January 8th there is also a skaing rinkand small market in Piazza del Liberty (find on map).

 

 

 

December 1st-24th there will once again be a musical advent calendar; every day during the period at 6 p.m. a window wil open in the municipal hall (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) and a piece of music will be played.

December 4th 10 a.m.9 p.m. East Market Super Xmas Editon in 14, Via Ventura (find on map). Milan’s best flea market..

December 17th-18th 10 a.m.-9 p.m. East Market XMAS EDITION in 14, Via Ventura (find on map). Lots of bargain with the motto Buy, Sell, Swap.

December 10th (2 p.m.-8 p.m). and 11th (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) Christmas market “Le Pulci Pettinate” (The combed fleas) in Magazzino76 in 76, Via Padova (find on map).

December 17th 10 a.m.-midnight Rainbow Christmas Market in the area between Corso Buenos Aires (find on map) against discrimination, lots of stands and Christmas gift ideas.

On December 18th 9 a.m.-6 p.m. there is the Shops under the skyscrapers Christmas market in the Isola area where you can find both vintage and hot new design. It is held in Via Revel and Via Bors

December 7h-January 8th Monday-Friday 3-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Darsena Christmas Village (find on map) this is not a market but a big Theme Park with a Christmas tree on the water Santa’s house and Santa’s floating sleigh. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.

December 7th-24th 10 a.m.-7 p.m. XMAS Market 2016 in Via delle Ore (find on map).

December 17th -18th 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wunder MRKT  Christmas edition in 21/23,  at BASE Milano, 34, Via Bergogonone  (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity,  the perfect place for those who are looking for original gifts.

December 20th 8.30 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) with “I solisti Veneti” who will be playing Vivaldi and Mozart.

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Insider tip no. 7: New Year’s 2017 in Milan.

Happy 2017 everybody and thanks for an amazing year. We will be back with updates in December 🙂

New Year’s in Milan? There’s something for everyone whether you want to celebrate the night together with the Milanese on one of the squares of the city or go clubbing.

img_7142There-s a huge free New Year’s show in Piazza Duomo (find on map) starting at 8.30 p.m. with Italian sing Annalisa followed by internationally acclaimed Mario Biondi and at midnight there are fireworks  – you may not understand everything being said but the Italian New Year’s atmosphere doesn’t need any translating.

Free concert in Piazza del Cannone between the Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione (find on map) starts at 8.30 p.m., perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the city to celebrate the arrival of the new year. There will be fireworks afterwards.

Piazza della Scala

These 2 squares are within walking distance from each other so if it’s cold  – and it probably will be  – you can circulate between them,

These arrangements end shortly after midnight after we have made a toast for the New Year together. For those who go on into the city the metro runs until 1.30 a.m. but the BikeSharing service runs all night.

 

Of course Milan’s hottest clubs celebrate New Year’s with and without supper. Find the list with the various arrangements here

You can also choose a package with hotel, restaurant and party here.

For ballet lovers there is a special performance of Romeo and Juliet on at 6 p.m. on December 31st at Teatro alla Scala.:Book your tickets here.

For Gospel lovers there is a gospel concert with the Angels of Harlem with supper at legendary Blue Note. Book tickets here you can also skip supper and just come for a glass of champagne and the concert – book here.

New Year’s supper on the Tram ATMosfera at 7 p.m. €70 per person. Book here.

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Insider tip no. 13: Ferragosto (August 15th) 2017 in Milan.

Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy, shops are closed and it can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.

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Milan’s newest street food area Allo Scalo at 2, Via Valenza 2 (find on map) is open all evening on the 15th from 5 pm, they’ve got good food and activities for children.

August 15th 9.30 pm there is classical Italian ballroom dancing for everyone with a live 10-man orchestra and dance floor. Come and join the fun in Piazza Castello (find on map).

August 15th from 3-11 pm live music and activities for kids in Piazza Cannone between Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (find on map).

August 15th from 9 pm there is a free Ferragosto Reggae Summer Party at Carroponte (find on map).

August 15th 10 am-8pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)) with live music by Barabba Gulasch and free watermelon at 6.30 pm – the price is €18 for the entire day and €12 for the afternoon (after 2 pm).

All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.

You can visit all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.

August 15th at 8.30 Milan’s Sympnonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi performs a concert of Argentinian music in the Milan auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler (find on map), get tickets to the concert “Una Noche en Buenos Aires” here.

August 15th 3 pm-3 am and August 16th 7 pm-3 am Beer Festival at Circolo Magnolia at 14, Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo (find on map).

On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).

Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.

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