Heading to Milan in early April for 2 nights. Already booked a last supper tour. trying to make sense out of the rest of our time. The day trips to Lake Como seem great - but will it be cold and not worth a whole day - or should we spent time touring the city itself? Never have been there - it will be the first city when we arrive in Italy. Also need recommendations on how to get to the city from the airport - not afraid to use public transport. Thanks for any advice.
how to get to the city from the airport
By train of course - https://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/from-to/by-train
thank you - was looking at the train options - it is recommended to buy tickets before you go? how do I know what terminal we will be arriving at?
You can purchase the train ticket into Milan's central city after you arrive--from a vending machine with a credit card. Trains make that route constantly. I would think there's a yellow box by the train where you validate the ticket.
Milan is one of the few cathedrals in Europe you can access the roof. Wonderful up close view of the architecture and sculpture.
Please spend some time in Milan; it's a beautiful city with lots to see. We spent 3 or 4 days there a few years ago, and didn't see half what we wanted to. And we've learned since about some great sights we hadn't even heard of before!
Do access that roof…it is AMAZING!
With two nights I would concentrate on the area around the Duomo. Arrange for a morning tour of the Duomo, have lunch and then visit the Duomo museum. So many beautiful churches to visit, museums and great restaurants. Milan is a walk-able city. Plan your visit around your Last Supper tour. Enjoy.
You don’t have time to visit Varenna and Bellagio on Lake Como if spending two nights in Milan. You need three nights in Milan to enjoy a day trip to the lake district. Arrival day is a business day i.e., withdraw euros if needed, etc.
When I settle into a hotel or Airbnb, I like to explore what’s nearby in case I need a pharmacy, store, ATM, laundromat, café, etc. You don’t want to be touring a museum on your first day after landing from a transatlantic flight. I've done it a couple times and once I was miserable. The second time I took a brief tour which was better but there are some museums where you need to spend a lot of time.
On arrival day you want to freshen up and stay on your feet and end the day with a nice dinner and go to bed early so the next day you’re ready to tackle the sights.