All the Travel Guides of Milan: on paper, for Kindle, Apps, and online guides
“ They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome.
I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands. Mark Twain
Milan, Italy’s financial capital. Milan, the capital of fashion. Milan, the capital of luxury. Milan, the capital of culture. Milan, the capital of fun. There are plenty of reasons to visit Milan. The capital city of Lombardy is at the center of one of Europe's largest metropolitan area (9.3 million inhabitants), the fourth largest Region in the European Union.
The historical centre of Milan is a very sophisticated area, full of museums, historic buildings, shops and bars. All the guides of Milan do not fail to emphasize how easy it is to walk to the major places of tourist interest, starting from any of the hotels of the city centre.
Public transportation in Milan is very efficient. The 3 subway lines intersect Milan city centre and the major train stations – Central Station and Garibaldi Station. Milan airports, Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio, are well connected to the city via shuttle services, while Milan trade fairs, Fieramilanocity and Fieramilano Rho-Pero, can be reached directly via subway.
Having fun in Milan is easy and simple, even without spending a fortune. The city is filled with any kind of branded restaurants, pubs entertaining with live music, bars for happy hour – such as those in Corso Como, popular with young people and artists – or typical taverns on the “Navigli” canals – where you can enjoy excellent Milanese cuisine, from veal shank with yellow rice to boiled meats.
Tourist Guides of Milan are always very detailed about the possibilities for accommodation, transportation, entertainment and shopping in the city. A 'well done' Travel Guide of Milan will surely mention the address of Luini, that place near La Rinascente store in Piazza Duomo, where you can eat the best “Panzerotti” of the city (a pastry shell stuffed with tomato sauce, ham and cheese, or ground beef).
However, even the most updated Guides of Milan, fail to talk about some secrets of the city that only authentic Milanese people truly know. For example: in the centre, in Via Amedei, between Corso Italia and Via Torino, you can admire beautiful courtyards of the 1500s, rich in columns, frescoes and mosaics. Of course you must visit them in the daytime, when the entrance doors are open. Or else: fresh caught fish arrives in the city on Tuesdays. So it is advisable to book dinner at one of the seafood restaurants in Milan until Thursday-Friday.
To visit Milan, nevertheless, you must have a good travel guide with you. No matter if on paper or one of those available on many electronic devices... the important thing is not to miss a single attraction of this beautiful and modern city.
Milan on Internet
“In Milan, Out of the Ordinary” is the claim we read on the official tourism site of the City of Milan. The web portal, in three languages (Italian, English and Chinese) provides tourists with all the necessary information to visit the city. The main sections are five: Art and Culture, with the description of museums and main tourist attractions; City of Knowledge, with the presentation of universities, research centers and programs of intercultural exchange; Happening in the city, with the programs of exhibitions, trade fairs and events divided per area; Milan and surrounding areas, with tourist itineraries and an eye on flavours and tastes; Organize your trip, with travel guides and maps, but also all the services made available to tourists to visit Milan in the best way.
That's Milan! is a new website dedicated to Milan, its wonders and all it can offer. This brand-new guide of Milan presents the main museums, churches and tourist attractions of the city, but also gives a glimpse of how you can have fun in Milan. Because the city of fashion and business is also the city of nightlife and happy hour, and That's Milan! knows it well: dozens of bars, restaurants, and clubs are listed for those who wish to spend pleasant moments of relaxation in good company. That's Milan! also knows that Milan is now preparing for Expo 2015, the Universal Exposition that is totally changing the urban asset of the city.
Travel Guides of Milan on paper
Here is a list of the major paper-based Travel Guides of Milan in English. The best of these, besides color images, also provide detailed maps of major tourist areas of Milan.
Lonely Planet - Donna Wheeler
"Milan Encounter guide" by Lonely Planet, provides a close look to the main sights of the city and the surrounding area (Milan hinterland). This Travel Guide of Milan, produced by Donna Wheeler, depicts Milan as a metropolis famous for its art and gastronomy. Ideal for visiting Milan in two days, Lonely Planet’s "Milan Encounter guide" offers custom tours, excursions in the hinterland and several interviews with famous Milanese and restaurateurs (including Armani’s chef).
Time Out Milan
Time Out Guides - Kathryn Tomasetti
Published in 2009 in the series Time Out Guide, the Travel Guide "Milan Time Out" focuses on the city’s evening entertainment and catering. The guide talks about the clubs offering great music, but also describes the procedures to attend the trials of the Teatro alla Scala. Moreover, it provides addresses and reviews of restaurants, bars and cafes located both in Milan's chic historical centre and in areas less frequented by tourists. With opinions by locals, too.
Knopf MapGuide: Milan
Published in 2008, but still more than up to date, "Knopf MapGuide: Milan" is a travel guide of Milan a bit different from any other. Indeed, it develops on 6 large paper maps that describe and point out the main places of tourist interest present in 6 different areas (including several districts). Each map comes with several pages describing the places marked on the maps. The six maps regard the following tourist districts: Duomo-Historical Center, Piazza della Scala-San Babila, Sant'Ambrogio-Magenta area, Castello Sforzesco-Chinatown, Central Station-Via Brera and Ticinese-Navigli.
Milan Walks and Guides
DestinWorld Publishing - Edward Staiger
In the introduction to his travel guide "Milan Walks and Guides", author Edward Staiger points out how the city is a truly hospitable and unpredictable place. "It's finally time to learn more about Milan" Staiger said, thus creating a truly unique publication: four walking tours of Milan. Because Milan is a great metropolis, but it is also easily explored on foot. Distances are not so large, public transport are well distributed and the major areas of interest are fairly concentrated.
A Hedonist's Guide to Milan
Hg2 - Tristan Rutherford, Kathryn Tomasetti
Published in 2010, "A Hedonist's Guide to Milan" is all about Milan’s fashion and glamour. Published by Tristan Rutherford and Kathryn Tomasetti, this guide describes Milan as the capital of fashion, and tells readers about the boutiques and chic venues where you can find VIPs, fashion victims and It girls. As well as soccer players and personalities of politics, economy and culture. "A Hedonist's Guide to Milan" compares the Italian city to New York East Side: these are the places that call the shots on fashion and elegance, but also dictate times and ways of ... vanity. All this amid lounge bars and Sunday brunches.
Milan Pocket Map & Guide
Published in September 2010 for the series "Eyewitness Pocket Map & Guide", "Pocket Map & Guide Milan" is a richly illustrated guide of Milan. This book offers tourist-readers an accurate description of three areas of Milan: the historical centre, north-Milan and south-Milan. For each area are provided details and information on tourist attractions, restaurants, nightlife spots and cultural activities. The guide comes with a detailed city map.
Milan & the Lakes
DK Publishing - Brenda Birmingham
Published by DK Publishing, "Milan & the Lakes" is edited by Brenda Birmingham. Besides providing tourist information about the city (especially in terms of leisure, with addresses of restaurants, boutiques and shopping streets) this travel guide also provides information on the most prestigious tourist destinations on Lake Como. The lake, some thirty kilometers north of Milan, is easily reachable by car, train and shuttle buses. The volume also provides the addresses of 250 hotels on Lake Como and about 200 apartments for rent in the city of Milan.
Travel Guides of Milan for Kindle
Milan in 1 Day
Goran Rodin's Travel Guides
Size: 3153 KB
A travel guide for Kindle to visit Milan in a day. A detailed route to walk through the Fashion District and the main monuments of the city, with precise directions to reach the historical centre of Milan, the airports and railway stations. Excellent details and photos of the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Teatro alla Scala, Brera, Castello Sforzesco, Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Last Supper and the Fashion District.
Rick Steves' Snapshot Milan
Avalon Travel Publishing
Size: 1430 KB
Rick Steves is a great connoisseur of Milan, its secrets and the opportunities that the city offers tourists. In addition to classic information about the most important monuments and "must sees", this travel guide of Milan for Kindle provides news about restaurants and clubs, with detailed information on price/quality ratios. Maps of Milan and audio-guided tours are also available. The introduction points out helpful information to plan in advance your trip to Milan.
Milan & the Lakes
Size: 3191 KB
In the classic style of Lonely Planet guides, this travel guide of Milan for electronic devices is an abstract of the homonymous paper-based guidebook. In addition to tourist information about the city, it also provides news and information about the hinterland areas, and in particular Lombardy’s lakes region, including Lake Como, and Lombardy’s banks of Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda. Some chapters of the guide are also dedicated to other major cities of Lombardy, such as Mantova, Pavia, Bergamo and Cremona.
Smart Guide Italy: Milan & Lombardy
Size: 201 KB
Smart Guide Italy is a digital guide created by authors who lived in Milan for years. Smart Guide Italy: Milan and Lombardy, is a handy guide that offers information and tips for those coming to Milan for the first time, but also for those who have already visited the city but want to deepen their knowledge of it. In addition to information on the city’s major monuments, the guide provides useful directions on where to eat and have fun in Milan, as well as emergency numbers for use in the city itself. The guide offers several information even about some other cities in Lombardy, such as Pavia, Cremona, Bergamo, Mantova and the Stelvio National Park.
Travel Guides of Milan: iPhone, iPad, iPod APPs
Milan & More: A Marvelous Travel Guide
by Sutro Media
Size: 38.3 MB
A great App, easy to navigate, with lots of information on the main monuments and tips to find tickets for the main tourist attractions. Very clear maps are available, with directions to the several tourist attractions.
Milan: Travel Guide
Size: 234 MB
Travel guide to Milan and other places in the region like Como, Bellagio and Bergamo. Browsing offline is free and convenient, but this APP even offers the possibility to book online museum tickets, hotels and restaurants. Milan City Travel Guide also includes many detailed maps and audio guides.
Milan Travel Guide Offline
Size: 90.3 MB
This guide includes all of Milan's major attractions, monuments and museums, with lots of information and tips. In particular, it provides plenty of information about public transport, great restaurants and bars.
Milan: Wallpaper* City Guide
by Phaidon Press
Size: 119 MB
The Travel guide of Milan by Wallpaper City Guides is created by journalists and experts from the homonymous magazine. As stated by the same developers of this APP, this guide is dedicated to "travelers who love design." In particular, hotels and restaurants attentive to architecture and interior design, rather than only fashion design.
Size: 15.2 MB
A different way to visit Milan. Indeed, this App includes all the main sights of the city: monuments, shopping streets and more, in 3D format. The single landmarks are clearly shown on a map.