Stuck on a Milan layover at the Malpensa International Airport (MXP)? The Malpensa airport is Milan’s largest and a third runway is expected to be completed in 2012. Malpensa International airport is located roughly 25 miles from downtown Milan which makes the city 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.
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If you’re stuck in the airport during your Milan layover, there’s a number of airport services available. In addition to a plethora of regular and duty free shops, the airport also has laundry facilities in Terminal 1 arrivals, a couple bars including Harry’s Bar and Sky Lounge. For eating options, La Galleria restaurant is located in Terminal 1, pizzerias in both terminals as well as a number of fast food options. MI Rilasso relax and massages, and Farmacia pharmacies are in both terminals, and there is also banking, post office, travel agencies, first aid and a chapel (more info on these services can be found here).
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a list of hotels very close to the airport in Somma Lombardo, click here. If you’d prefer to stay in Milan, click here for a comprehensive list of accommodations.
There’s a Left Luggage facility available if you’d like to drop your bags off while you explore. Left Luggage offices are located in Terminal 1 at T arrivals G, ground floor (pre-security area) and prices run from 3.50 to 4.00 Euros per piece per day. (Tel: +39.02.58580298)
If you’re planning on leaving the Malpensa airport and traveling into Milan during your layover, taxis are available outside arrivals. In addition, you can travel by train directly from Terminal 1 by the Malpensa Express. Bus services are also available, as well as Car Rental.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Milan Layover:
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.
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.
For information of things that might interest you to see or do in Milan, the airport suggests this interactive map of various points of interest in the city.
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