Other places to stay in Milan
You may decide that you want to stay in an area within easy reach of the main city centre, but away from its crazy bustle and high prices. There are a number of other neighbourhoods to choose from when staying in Milan, including in the centre. These include:
(Nightlife, shopping, art, museums, dining, solo travelers, couples)
Brera is a lively district located by Milan’s city centre. It is known for being a small haven in a city known mainly for its pragmatic lifestyle: a web of narrow roads surrounding the ‘Pinacoteca di Brera’ - the state-run academy of fine arts founded in 1776 - populated by artists, students, street performers and magicians.
Beautiful cobbled pavements and historic buildings add to the bohemian atmosphere, making this enchanted district the perfect place to stay to get a taste of Milan’s arty and eccentric side.
Brera never sleeps. During the day the district’s shops - a nice integration of modernity and tradition - attract residents and tourists alike. The antiques market that takes place every third Sunday of the month is a beloved institution. But Brera’s authenticity shines brightest in the moonlight. From happy hour until nightcap, hundreds of little bars, restaurants and ice cream shops serve excellent cocktails and cuisine, accompanied by the melodic sound of Italian chatter.
For all its bohemian charm, Brera is conveniently situated a few streets from ‘Castello Sforzesco’, ‘Teatroalla Scala’, and via Monte Napoleone. Brera is served by Milan’s green (M2) and yellow (M3) Metro lines (‘Lanza’ and ‘Montenapoleone’ stops), a cheap and efficient way to connect with the rest of the city.
Hotels in Brera
(Nightlife, tourist, sightseeing, art, shopping)
Navigli is a triangular-shaped district located south of Milan’s historic centre. It is delineated on two sides by ‘Naviglio Grande’ and ‘Naviglio Pavese’, part of Milan’s ancient canal system, and by ‘Darsena’ - an ancient inner city port - on the upper side.
As part of Milan’s Expo 2015 project, Milan renovated its Navigli area and its waterways, respecting the original aesthetics. The renovation turned this distinctive quarter into one of the hippest places to stop at for a short city-break as well as for a longer stay.
The area is immediately adjacent to Milan historic center, within the second oldest ‘growth-ring’ of the city, and offers hundreds of distinctive architectural features, historic buildings and churches, especially towards the district’s northern side.
When staying in Navigli, don’t miss a walk along Naviglio Grande until ‘VicoloLavandai’. This narrow road is where Italian grand-grandmothers used to do the laundry in the open-air, using water from the canal. It is still perfectly preserved: a postcard from a bygone age.
Navigli’s nightlife has been Milan’s favourite for a several generations. If you stay in this area and plan to enjoy happy hour and partying, do not worry about a car: Navigli is well-served by Milan public transports with late-runs, taxis, and green line (M2) Metro station ‘Porta Genova’.
Hotels in Navigli
City Life (Fiera)
(Business trip, luxury accommodations, shopping, with a car)
CityLife and its surroundings is a modern, eco-friendly, high-end district that rose on what used to be Milan’s Trade Fair. While some of its newest buildings are still under construction, CityLife is already a great place to stay in order to experience Milan’s avant-garde eco-architecture and lifestyle.
CityLife’s green heart is a 170.000 square metres park, open to all and integrated with a network of pedestrian walks and bicycle lanes. Car access is limited to underground throughways and car parks, and the area is well-served with public transport and the lilac (M5) Metro line.
Some of the world’s greatest contemporary architects designed CityLife’s buildings. Two skyscrapers - Isozaki tower (nicknamed ‘ilDritto’, the Straight) and Hadid tower (‘lo Storto’, the Twisted) - and a third one soon to be completed - Libeskind tower (‘ilCurvo’ - the Curved) overlook the area. Beautiful residential complexes and shopping centres complement these designer high rises.
The skyscrapers, the new residential complexes, as well as many other buildings in the area integrate high-tech and environmentally sustainable features.
CityLife is a residential and business area, as frenetic as the rest of Milan during the day but quiet and liveable at night. Italian and international restaurants abound. For some night-time action, a few minutes’ walk will take you to ‘Corso Sempione’ and ‘Arco della Pace’, lively parts of the city, especially during the spring and summer months.
Roughly 1km from CityLife lies the famous Giuseppe Meazza stadium, known to the locals simply as ‘San Siro’ - home to AC Milan and a must for all football fans!
CityLife is a good area to stay if you’re visiting Milan on a business trip: a modern, functional, and ecologically-aware district located north-west of the city centre.
Hotels in Fiera Milano
(Business trip, luxury accommodations, with a car, shopping, nightlife)
‘Porta Nuova’ area represents Milan’s effort to modernise city services and the transport hub. This luxurious and cosmopolitan district is located right next to ‘Milano Porta Garibaldi’ train station, and a few minutes away from ‘Milano Centrale’, making it the ideal place to stay if you plan to visit other parts of Italy using the railway system.
The area takes its name from the well-preserved Napoleonic gate, erected in 1810. In the 1990s, Porta Nuova was a post-industrial wasteland. In under ten years, a clever regeneration project transformed it into the most glamorous district of any European city, home to beautiful parks, buildings and modern facilities.
The district’s heart is Piazza Gae Aulenti - a pedestrian area surrounded by curved buildings and Unicredit tower, Italy’s tallest high rise building, designed by architect César Pelli.
In addition to this massive skyscraper, Porte Nuova has more than 20 other important buildings, including cultural centres, urban villas and tall office buildings that form an impressive display of cutting-edge architecture. Solaria tower, the tallest residential skyscraper in Italy, Diamante tower, which sports a futuristic diamond-shaped design, and Bosco Verticale, a vertical forest with 711 trees, are just some of the astonishing features that you can admire in the redesigned Porta Nuova.
From Porta Nuova, head south to ‘Corso Como’. This flamboyant street is home to some of the most expensive restaurants and nightclubs in Europe. Milan’s VIPs, bankers and public figures come here to see and be seen.
Hotels in Porta Nuova
Citta Studi Area
(Transportation/connections, shopping, nightlife, family trip, nightclubs, tourist, sightseeing, restaurants)
CittaStudi is in Milan’s Zone 3. Its name translates as ‘City of Studies’, and as its name indicates, it has become an educational hub and home to a number of different educational institutions. These include the Politecnico, a tech university, and several of the technical and science divisions of the University of Milan. When you stay in this area, you benefit from convenient access to public transport that links to the main attractions in the centre of Milan, as well as to a variety of places to shop or eat out.
There are a number of places of interest within the immediate area, not least the East End Studio, a popular events venue that holds up to 9,000 people. This pleasant district is close to the designer shops of Mount Napoleon Street as well as attractions such as Teatroalla Scala and the Duomo. You can select from a range of hotels in the area, with options to suit a variety of needs and budgets.
Hotels in Citta Studi
Stazione Centrale Area
(Connections/transportation, with a car, business trip, single travelers, shopping, sightseeing)
This area is in Zone 2 of Milan. It was named for the Milano Centrale Railway Station, one of the main railway stations in Europe. Situated to the north-east of the city centre, it provides easy and convenient access to Milan’s sights and attractions.
Though it opened in 1931, the station’s architecture is in the style of the Italian monuments of the late 19th century, grandiose and imposing with a magnificent interior. Hundreds of trains per day run from this station and huge numbers of passengers pass through each year. Staying in this part of the city means that you will still be close to the city centre and its sights and attractions.
Hotels in Stazione Centrale