With Autoclick, leisure or business trips to Milan become a pleasure in equal measure. Our fleet is backed by the best car rental conditions in Milan, reasonable and adaptive, competitive and comfortable, always including totally free GPS and Wi-Fi systems, so that you will be able to tour the city sights safely and at your own pace. Start from one of the three airports - Malpensa, Linate or even Bergamo - and enjoy our free transfer to your car, then explore further, in and out of the city, as far as you wish or need. Although Milan is filled with wonderful attractions, you should not forget that here you are in the Lombardia and, no matter where you go or what period of the year you have decided to visit there is always something interesting to see and do. A city with over 2,000 years of history, strongly influenced by Europe's most advanced civilizations, today's Milan is not only the economic and commercial stronghold of Italy, but also a major industrial hub and the capital of fashion and design. It deserves full attention and it requires time - you should set your own goals and we will provide the means to achieve these by offering you the best way of transportation within the city as well as beyond.
Although an important part of Milan was destroyed during the Second World War, it is still the second largest city in Italy and the birthplace of famous collections made by Versace, Gucci or Prada and headquarters of Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. It has been powerful and influential since ancient times, a place where artists have found their inspiration and created invaluable masterpieces. Milano, as a modern metropolis, manages to attract opera lovers, fashion models and history buffs, shopping addicts and major industrial brands, without losing its authentic Italian character. Having that in mind, it is obvious that travelling along, from north to south, you need weeks to get the most from Milan, therefore, some places should be prioritised. So, what to see in Milan?
We have compiled a list of the five top attractions you should see even if you are just passing through for a day or so:
Duomo di Milano, the Milan Cathedral is the city’s symbol and one of the most spectacular religious buildings of Europe, whose construction started in 1386 and continued for the next 500 years. Its white marble façade displays a late Gothic style, with Baroque and Neoclassic influences. Entrance to the Duomo is free, but you have to pay 2 € if you wish to take pictures. It costs 7 € to climb up the roof.
19th Century commercial Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is found in the vicinity of Milan's cathedral. Famous for mosaics and a glass cupola, the galleries are open every day, free of charge.
Castello Sforzesco - former residence of the Visconti and Sforza noble families, the actual castle dates from the 15th Century. Today, it hosts a couple of museums featuring ancient art, applied art, musical instruments and archaeology. The castle's courtyard can be visited for free on a daily basis. The museums have a 3 € entry fee and are open every day of the week except for Mondays.
Teatro alla Scala is located just behind Vittorio Emanuele II galleries and is arguably the world's most famous opera house, open since 1778. You can only gain entry with a ticket for a performance or else, by contacting theatre staff for an official tour.
"L'Ultima Cena” (the Last Supper), found inside Santa Maria delle Grazie church, can only be seen with a reservation, usually made online months before visiting. Leonardo da Vinci's 4.60 m x 8.80 m iconic mural masterpiece from 1498 was restored a few years ago, a process that took no less than 21 years (1978-1999).
Milano means way more than these 5 recommendations. You should also consider a visit to San Siro stadium or the Museo del Giocattolo (Toy Museum), Basilica Sant’Ambrogio, Pinacoteca di Brera, Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery) or Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (National Science and Technology Museum), to name just a few other important sights. And if you are ever done with seeing Milano itself, just get in your car and leave the city behind you.
Things to do around Milan
As if all the sights Milan shelters were not enough, the city sits in the middle of one of the most amazing landscapes in this part of the world. A long chain of lakes are only a few hours’ drive away - from Lake Garda in the east, to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore or Lake Varese to the north. Add these lakes to the all magnificent parks found in the lakes area, plus the significant historic cities in the area, like Cremona, Bergamo, Bologna, Parma or Turin, just to mention a few, and you will feel the indisputable splendour of Italy. Here are a few suggested itineraries:
50 km / 59 min
Recommended for: landscapes, water sports, swimming & out-of-doors activities, luxury resorts
A few gems border the lake on all sides, small picturesque towns like Bellagio, Como, Menaggio, Varenna, Lecco, Cernobbio or Laglio.
143 km / 1 h 45 min
Recommended for: urban sights, religious and historic buildings, archaeology, arts & culture
Drive less than two hours by car and you are in Turin, the largest city of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region in Italy. While driving towards Piedmont it may be worth diverting a little to the south to see Vercelli, a lovely town developed around an ancient settlement, dating back to 600 BC.
135 km / 1 h 40 min
Recommended for: landscape diversity, outdoor sports, water-based activities, medieval and Roman sights
Half way between Venice and Milan, Lake Garda – also known as Lake Benaco - is encircled by some of the most amazing towns of northern Italy. Although it is a bit in the shade of the mighty Lake Como further north, Lake Garda is an oasis of beauty, peace and traditions and should be added on any "to do list" of attractions.
That was our small list of suggested landmarks and itineraries for the Lombardia (Lombardy) and its capital, easy to reach by car from downtown Milan. As with any other major Italian city, we honestly recommend hiring a car in Milan to get the most of the city in the shortest period of time. Whether you visit for business or for pleasure, do not forget to contact Autoclick online, select your favourite car model and you could start exploring Milan and the area without delay with our free GPS and Wi-Fi systems. Alternatively, you could rent a car from us in Milan, by filling in the simple booking form. You will be welcomed with a classic "benvenuto a Milano!" by our airport staff.