When to fly
Many Milanese are on holiday for the month of August, but the city is filled with foreign visitors. Twice a year the city fills up with fashion lovers in February/March and September/October when the city hosts Milan Fashion Week. Bear in mind that flights to Milan and accommodation prices can rise dramatically during this celebrity-filled event.
Spring (March to May) into early summer and autumn are the best times to see Milan and the lakes while the weather is comfortable and there are few crowds. Keep in mind, before booking a cheap flight to Milan that many of the ferry services stop running in October and do not start back up again until May.
Early September sees the ever so popular Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix on the track located 10 miles away from Milan so if you are planning your trip around that time, book your flights to Milan well in advance.
Find a cheap flight to Milan and see the city on the Lombardy plains, beautiful, dynamic and very well dressed. It's a financial centre, a city of the arts, a sporting town and a world-famous fashion capital. You can almost fall over the art works, churches, museums and statues spread around the city.
The spiky-spired, statue-laden cathedral (Duomo) occupies a central position in Milan - the streets fan out from there. No less impressive is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This enormous shopping mall is home to the likes of Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.
The fashion district takes in Via Montenapoleone, Via Sant'Andrea, Via della Spiga and Via Manzoni - all high-end. A city where several designers including Armani, Missoni, Valentino, Versace and Prada started out.
The other Milanese passion is football. Home to two football teams - Inter FC and AC Milan. The San Siro is one of the temples of football.