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Making the most of a short stay in Milan

  • By SilverTraveller Female-retiree

    2 reviews

  • Oct 2012
  • Husband

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Ryanair flight to Bergamo; very straight forward, cheap and easy to book the transfer to Milan online with Terravision. The coach trip is between 50- 60 minutes and the booking time does not have to be strictly adhered to. ATM's are located downstairs in the central station you are dropped at, whilst OK maps can be got free at the Information kiosk on the top floor of the station, tucked away inside the departure point. Get one or two day travel passes at most tobacconists for either 4.50E for one day or 8.50E for two. The underground, buses and trams are frequent and easy to work out. Time it right and you can easily make 3 days of passes last 4 days as your 'day' only starts when you put your ticket into the machine. Foe example, end a 'day' at the cathedral and then start the next hours later when you are moving on. Over 65's get into many places either free or half price so have your passport handy if that applies to you. Only EU citizens, however. To buy tickets to visit the fabulous rooftop of the magnificent cathedral you need to find the shoppy-looking cathedral point just off the main square. If you have a National Trust card, take it so that you can visit the Villa Necchi Campiglio, Via Mozart, 14, and get in free due to a reciproal arrangement with the FAI. ( www.fondombiente.it )for details and full list of participating properties. We found the cost of living surprisingly reasonable, especially coffees at 1 to 2 euros, regardless of where they were taken, at the bar or at a table on the street. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. A special feature of Milanese life is the aperitivo where many bars and restaurants offer free food for the price of a cocktail, after 6.00pm for a couple of hours or even most of the evening. There is even a guide book featuring them all. For each overnight stay, each person pays a city tax but it's not much. Loads of museums and galleries. If you want to see The Last Supper, you really have to book online wellin advance though we had a whole Leonardo da Vinci room all to ourselves at the Castle complex. Brilliant.

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