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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Insider tip no. 4: Open WiFi Milano and public chargers for your smart devices.

Milano_Wifi_Hoejkant Milan’s municipality offers free outdoor WiFi to residents and visitors – It is continuously evolving and the areas that are covered (hotspots) are getting larger and larger.

You get 300mb free outdoor broad band access for  per person per day, if you use up all 300mb. you”ll get a slower connection, but it’s more than enough to check emails, read the news, get some tourist information and upload a couple of photos to Instagram.(And why not tag your photos with our hashtags that you can read about here)

In order to register (if you have a sim card) go to one of the Open WiFi Milano hotspots and fill in your phone number with country code, you get a free sms with your password and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t got a sim card, in order to register you must go to an ATM Point (see the list below). Remember to bring valid picture ID (e.g. passport).

You can read all about the service here, the app GuidaMilano, tracks when you are within range of a WiFi hotspot, but please note that the information on the app about how to register are outdated.

ATM Points (at metro stations) and their opening hours (if you want to avoid the mother of queues, go in the morning, before 11 a.m.):

  • Duomo M1-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Centrale M2-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Cadorna M1-M2, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Garibaldi M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Loreto M1-M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Romolo M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.

Besdes this network many shops and cafés have their own open WiFi networks you can access.

You can now charge your smartphone completely for free here in Milan at the public isole lillalocations for charging batteries. Some have been set up by A2A (Milan’s power company) and others by the municipality.So far Phase 1 has been completed with 15 purple so-called open living rooms, where Milanese and tourists can sit down, relax and charge their smartphones. Find the nearest points here.

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