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Milan Orio al Serio Layover

| January 31, 2014

Stuck on a Milan layover at the Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY)? The airport is the fourth busiest in Italy and a hub for Ryan Air. It is located in Orio al Serio which is approximately three miles of Bergamo and 28 miles from Milan. The airport also offers quick flights to Milan as well, and both cities are accessible for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Milan layover, click here for useful tips.
Layover in Milan, Italy
CLICK HERE for the Layover Guide to Milan’s Malpensa International Airport (MXP)

If you’re stuck in the Orio al Serio airport during your Milan layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport offers a number of shops, and food and beverage options. In addition there are many services available at the airport including a bank (the Banca Popolare Di Bergamo) and a money broker, a church, a pharmacy, and a tourist office in the arrivals area.

There is a VIP Lounge at Milan’s Orio al Serio International Airport where you can check-in, get refreshments, use electricity sockets, TV, and more. Single entry fee is Euro 18,00 (VAT included) or 5 entries for Euro 65,00 (VAT included).

CLICK HERE for the Layover Guide to Milan’s Linate Airport (LIN)

If you’re looking to drop your bags off while you explore during your layover, there are Left Luggage offices in the arrivals area, open from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. One item of luggage costs 4.00 Euros and three items of luggage is 10.00 Euros.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many nearby hotels.  Click on the following to find hotels of varying price points — Orio al Serio hotels, Bergamo hotels, and Milan hotels.

There are a number of transportation options from the airport including shuttle bus, train, taxi, car rental, and car rental with a driver.  Click here for more information.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On An Orio al Serio Airport Layover:

In Bergamo:

Citta Alta

Bergamo’s Citta Alta is the upper town where you’ll find many attractions including Piazza Vecchia, Palazzo della Ragione, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore and much more.

Citta Bassa

Bergamo’s Citta Basso is the lower town where you can find a number of attractions and sites including the Accademia Carrara art gallery, old town Bergamo and much more.

Bergamasque Alps

The gorgeous Bergamasque Alps are a great skiing destination as well as for cyclists, hikers, or those who enjoy the dramatic scenary. There are many places in the Bergamasque Alps to check out, and there is a good summary of the sights here.

For more suggestions of things to do in Bergamoduring your Orio al Serio layover, click here.

In Milan:

Milan Tours

There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Milan, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. Tours include bus and walking tours, the Last Supper Tour, food tours, Milan By Night and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Milan, into the surrounding areas, click here.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

One of the world’s most famous paintings, Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1495-97), is displayed here at the Santa Maria delle Grazie (a former Dominican Monastery Church). The address is Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, off Corso Magenta, Sant’Ambrogio, Milan, Italy. Viewing costs €6.50 plus €1.50 reservation fee and the church is open Tues.-Sun. 8-7:30, last entry 6:45. Try to book ahead by telephone at (+39) 0289421146 (Mon./Fri. from 9am to 6pm, Sat. from 9am to 2 pm, closed on

Milan Duomo Cathedral

Finished in the early 1800s, the Duomo is one of the largest churches in the world. The Duomo is in the center of Milan in the Piazza del Duomo and very accessible to other attractions. Take the church’s elevator or stairs up to the roof to take a look at the incredible view. The entrance is round the side of the Duomo; follow the signs for the roof (Salita alle terrazze). Tickets cost €3.50 (stairs) or €5 (elevator).

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIl

Completed in 1877, this glass-topped, barrel-vaulted tunnel is now a shopping mall and event center. It is centrally located linking the secular Piazza della Scala on the north to the spiritual Piazza della Duomo on the south.

Navigli District

This area in Milan offers reasonably-priced, good restaurants, top-notch hotels and some of the city’s most popular nightclubs. It’s a great place for window shopping at boutiques and art galleries, as well as stopping by cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Viale Papiniano Market

This is a great place for shoppers or those looking to pick up some gifts or souvenirs. The Viale Papiniano flea market, where you can wander among stands of food, plants, clothes, and textiles. You can find great deals on quality leathers and cashmeres.

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