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Time in Milan before departure

Hello everyone. I am getting ready for my first trip to Italy. This forum has been a huge help. On our final day, we check out of our Levanto accommodation at 10 am. I am trying to decide if we should travel by train to Milan and spend a few hours there. If so, we will need to store our luggage. Other posts suggested this was easily done at Milan cetrale or through nannybag. Ultimately we need to end up in our hotel near MXP. We have a 9am departure the following day.

Is travel around Milan starting at the train station easy? I'd prefer to keep things as simple as possible and certainly do not mind walking. Enough things to do to make it worth staying there? Another option would be to spend more time around Cinque terre/Levanto and head to MXP later. Any other suggestions?

Thank you
Terrie

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You’re going to get several different answers about what is best but I would make sure you arrive and stay in the place near the airport you fly out of. Do not assume you can get there the morning of.

As far as whether Milan is a good place to end your vacay, we can’t answer that if we don’t know what you will be doing on your vacay prior to Milan and what your interests are.

Milan has the Last Supper, the Cattedrale, Galleria di Vittorio Emanuale, Pinacoteca di Brera. There are other goodies to see and do and so it sort of depends on interests. Getting around isn’t too bad but I’ve only been once.

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If Milan is easy to travel around, it seems like spending a few hours would be fantastic. We will have been to Lake Como area. Lake Garda, Dolomites, Venice and CT.

My only concern was that if it was difficult to navigate, it may not be worth the short time we have there. If there are a few things to see or do within walking distance that seems like a perfect way to end the trip.

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Milan has an excellent subway system and you can get to the Piazza Duomo in a few stops from Milano Centrale. Buy subway day tickets at a Tabac, as there are usually "helpers" hanging around the ticket vending machines at Centrale.

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As Sam says, you could go to the Duomo and, depending on when you get there, walk the rooftop. Quite the experience.

After you’ve done that - and if you want easy stops- head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuale for shopping and general revelry. If you want to push, see about going to view the Last Supper.

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As Sam says, you could go to the Duomo and, depending on when you get there, walk the rooftop. Quite the experience.
After you’ve done that - and if you want easy stops- head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuale for shopping and general revelry. If you want to push, see about going to view the Last Supper.

I agree that all of the above would make for an enjoyable few hours, especially if you appreciate architecture. The Duomo is next to the stunning Galleria. I think if you focus on that area of Milan and find a nice place for lunch, you’ll have a lovely final day. A reminder that if you want to view the Last Supper you would need to reserve timed tickets, usually months in advance (unless that has changed, which I doubt given the increase in tourism this year).

I hope you love Italy as much as I do! Ciao.

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Milan was super crowded near the Duomo, etc. they do have a city bus tour that was ok. not much around the train station, kind of a sketchy neighborhood I thought. Busses do gather at the station though. Note that it takes about an hour to get to MXP from the train station. have fun!!

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As for the subway ticket, you can just tap your credit card in and then again at the exit station, so you don't have to stand in line at a tabacchi or go to the ticket machines. Much easier.

You can take the yellow line to the Duomo, walk around there and to the Brera district, all the way to Porta Nuova, around the Garibaldi station, where you can take the green line back to Milano Centrale

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This is wonderful, thank you.

Has anyone used the luggage storage at Milan centrale? Or another recommendation? We will have two small carrry-on suitcases.

Im so excited!!.

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We used luggage storage at the Milan train station without any problem.

Our plane was delayed and others in our party were already at the duomo so we took a taxi from the train station. It was simpler than figuring out the subway jet lagged. The others had walked.