Milan is the financial capital of Italy and is very much the engine room of the country so on the face of it might not be a number one destination for solo travelers who generally prefer Florence and Venice.
However Milan has a lot offer the single traveler and if you time your trip not to coincide with one of the many trade or fashion fairs then it can be quite affordable too.
On arrival in Milan
Most travelers will arrive at the Malpensa Airport that’s only a train ride away from city centre or the splendid Milano Central train station that actually acts as an excellent place to base yourself for your stay.
Getting around Milan is a breeze with a metro system, buses and trams. The city center is also very walkable with wide boulevards.
I am on my own, where do I stay?
The area immediately around the Central Station might not look that safe but generally you shouldn’t have any issues as there are many pensions, hostels and hotels catering to all budgets. There are a couple of youth hostels that cater to solo travelers too but outside of the main fashion weeks you will strike a good deal in a hotel.
What should I see in Milan?
You must head to Duomo Square. Milan’s main cathedral, is a massive late Gothic church (started in 1386) that dominates the tourist scene in Milan. Be careful for the many hawkers who are trying to attach wristbands to you to sell at high prices. If you are on your own they will target you!
The Castello Sforzesco is another major site in Milan and a must see and is where the Sforza-Visconti ruling families of Milan resided many years ago. The castle is surrounded by parks and gardens that makes for a lovely stroll.
Pinacoteca di Brera is one of Italy’s foremost art galleries with one of the most astonishing collections of art in the world. There are many other museums too but bear in mind they shut on Monday.
Eating / Drinking in Milan
People tend to eat a little earlier in Milan with lunch generally served between 12:30PM and 2:30PM and dinner from 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Dinner is proceeded with the aperitivo—a glass of sparkling wine or a Campari soda.
We advise that solo travellers head for the Como Avenue area for drinks as there are plenty of bars to suit all tastes and budgets.