24 hours in Milan
Written by Erica Firpo Illustration by Patrick Hruby
Fashion, finance, and industrial design converge in Milan, making it unique to its Italian counterparts.
An ever-evolving metropolis, Milan relies on the machinations of modernism as it catapults itself through the 21st century. Haute couture sponsors cutting-edge contemporary art spaces, high-tech swaps philosophies with industrial design, and illustrious architects experiment with environment.
That said, Italy’s ironically nicknamed ‘moral capital’ also beautifully balances its progressive present with a rich historical past. A former seat of the Roman Empire, medieval stronghold, and Renaissance republic, Milan has had many incarnations whose remnants are seen throughout the city in its churches, palaces, castles, and museums. The Milanese are known to be proud, and rightfully so – what other city can boast a monumental da Vinci painting, two overly trophied football teams, an internationally recognised opera house, a range of art galleries and museums, and an entire neighbourhood dedicated to haute couture?
The interconnected metro and tram systems reliably connect the city. Fares range from US$1.35 for a single, with more options for day, two-day and week-long passes.
A hybrid bus/taxi service, RadioBus is available from 8pm to 2am by reservation only. It’s perfect for an evening out in the centre. Fare is US$3.35.
Milan’s city centre is pedestrian friendly, with main attractions easily reachable and sidewalks wide and welcoming.
Taxis may run rampant in Milan, but as a passenger you cannot flag one off the street. Head to a taxi stand, or call a taxi service such as RadioTaxi 024040.