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Best time to visit
May and September. The city can get uncomfortably humid in the height of summer, so skirting around this time makes a lot of sense. Plus it’ll be quieter.
Petrol – benzina
Diesel – gasolio
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Hire a car in Milan
Elegant and sophisticated, Milan draws millions of visitors from across the globe each year.
Fashion capital of the world and the second-biggest city in Italy, Milan has plenty to offer its visitors. It is also surrounded by irresistible, road-trip-worthy scenery.
The cathedral took nearly 500 years to complete, and it is decorated with more statues than any other building in the world, so it’s no wonder it’s such an impressive attraction. Teatro alla Scala, a world-famous opera house and the largest in Europe is also up there with builds worth visiting.
Drive to the coast
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Rain is fairly common in Milan, so come prepared.
It is common to tip in restaurants – about 10% is the norm.
A big trend in Milan. Essentially happy hour, but you get free food with your drinks. Definitely one to check out.
Watch out for about 2 - 4pm each day, the time when most things close – even petrol stations – and people take their siesta.
Remember that you need to cover up if you want to visit any religious buildings.
There are quite a few seed sellers in tourist areas, hoping you’ll buy food for the pigeons. Just politely refuse if you are not interested (why would you be?)
- Flashing your lights can be polite in the UK, but in Italy it is more likely a signal telling you not to do something (don’t join the road, as opposed to go ahead).
- Be aware of ZTL zones which restrict where you can drive within Italian cities.
- Autostradas are highlighted green on signs and stand for the system of toll roads throughout Italy. These all start with an A.
- It will cost you around 20-30 Euros taking the autostrada from Milan to another major city or destination.
- Blue signs indicate state roads – highways which are not toll roads. These can be slower, but often much more scenic so it depends on your priorities.
- Attraction signs are brown and restaurants (which may or may not be nearby) are signposted in yellow or white.
Head to the lakes
The capital of Tuscany, filled with art and architectural heritage.
Home to a mysterious 10th century mountaintop monastery.
118 islands surrounded by an extensive canal network and the Venetian lagoon.