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Whether it's business or pleasure, plan your stay in Milan the best possible way, to discover the city's most famous places and its typical venues.

“Milan l'è un gran Milan”

Lombardy's capital never rests and offers an array of opportunities for discovering the city from each point of view.

We propose 6 tours so that you can discover and experience Milan's artistic and cultural beauties, famous streets of the fashion capital as well as its most typical venues. But there's more, the city also offers an array of leisure and outdoor activities!

  • From the Cathedral to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: with the "ART & CULTURE" itinerary, you'll uncover all of Milan's secrets
  • The most famous streets of haute couture await you in the city's "Fashion Quadrilateral", for a spot of exclusive SHOPPING
  • Fun, music and CONCERTS all reign supreme at the Mediolanum Forum
  • Discover traditional Milanese cuisine with the FOOD AND WINE TOUR: discover local specialities including risotto, ossobuco (cross-cut veal shank) and cutlets
  • The fashion capital's latest and trendiest SPORTS: keeping fit has never been so easy
  • Mantua, Bergamo and the Lakes: the SURROUNDING AREA is home to some of the world's most unique treasures

Art & culture

Ideal periods for visiting Milan are the late spring, for its lush woods and early Autumn, for the tranquillity of its landscapes. We suggest you begin your visit of Milan from Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), veritable heart of the city, the starting point of all its major streets and of course home to the magnificent Milan Cathedral, an outstanding masterpiece of Gothic architecture which combines Nordic and Lombard elements.

The famous Madonnina, a 4 metre golden statue, towers above its main spire.

Milan is rich in other monuments, including the Sforza Castle, one of Europe's largest. Originally commissioned by Galeazzo to protect the city centre, today it is home to a rich museum, enabling it embrace a more reassuring look, one befitting a cultural venue. Then there is the Royal Palace, the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art, Piazza S. Babila, the Scale Theatre and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the 'salon of Milan', built to connect Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala, the Brera Art Gallery, a museum dedicated to the training of students which distinguishes itself among other Italian museums in virtue of its origin: Napoleon strongly endorsed it to conserve works seized from churches and noblemen. Then we have the Church of S. Ambrogio, Milan's second church, considered to be the greatest example of Romanesque Lombardy architecture, along with its square, followed by the Pirelli Skyscraper and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Why not continue your visit of Milan by heading towards Ca' Granda, on Via Festa del Perdono. One of the largest historic buildings in Milan, for many centuries it was home to Milan's Ospedale Maggiore Hospital. In 1958 it became part of the university of Milan. Francesco Sforza strongly endorsed its construction in 1456 to provide shelter and assistance for the city's poor and sick.

The Monumental Cemetery was designed and built in a peripheral area, beyond the bastions. Originally conceived as a final resting place for the emerging bourgeoisie, non-Catholics were also allowed to be buried here. The central part of the cemetery is called the Famedio and contains the remains of illustrious individuals who shaped Milan's history, including Alessandro Manzoni.

Milan's Stazione Centrale was completed during the height of the Fascist Period. It presents an array of fascinating locations, equally rich in history. Mussolini and Hitler both walked on its parquet, which still presents swastika-shaped inlays.
More modern yet fascinating attractions include Fiera di Milano (the city's trade fair) and the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, where both of the city's most important teams play: Milan and Inter.

Piazza Velasca is home to the Torre (tower) which presents itself to tourists as a strange skyscraper which widens from the 18th storey up, somewhat reminiscent of an ancient temple tower.

It was erected between 1956 and 1960 and is considered one of the most important works of the post war period. It is named after the Square opened by the Spanish governor Juan de Velasco, in 1651.

Piazza delle Meraviglie d'Oro is home to Porta Romana, the official gateway to the city.
Milan is a city rich in streets and neighbourhoods just waiting to be visited, including: Via Ripamonti, Via Monte Napoleone, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Viale Monza, Corso Buenos Aires as well as the Milano 2 neighbourhood, with its famous Palazzo dei Cigni.

Milan's Navigli neighbourhood is a truly captivating destination, home to the Darsena, once a shopping centre and now a place of leisure and entertainment for youths and families

Why not take a stroll in the city's most beautiful green area: Parco Nord, located in the northern part of Milan's outskirts, approximately 600 hectares in size, originally conceived in the 60s and completed in 1975. The perfect chance to take a stroll and admire lindens, horse chestnuts, hawthorn and hazelnut trees, immersed in a natural landscape which has developed and created veritable woods, mostly containing poplars and maples. The city is home to two other wonderful parks: the Sempione Park and, of particular interest to younger visitors, the Fun & Fun playground.


Milan is the Italian and international fashion capital, home to the biggest names in design and luxury fashion, all concentrated in the so-called "Fashion Quadrilateral".

The district's name is inspired by its configuration: it is delimited by four streets: Monte Napoleone, Alessandro Manzoni, della Spiga and Corso Venezia.

A stroll along these streets is the perfect occasion for tourists to experience all the magic of Milan, discover its most exclusive ateliers and a stunning array of extraordinary creations by some of the world's finest brands, from Armani to Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton to Cartier, to name but a few.

Monte Napoleon is the heart of this area, considered to be one of the most expensive and prestigious streets in the world, on a par with New York's Fifth Avenue and the Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris. The name dates back to 1804, when the city was under Napoleonic dominion. Already back then, Milan was bustling with foreigners who flocked to the city for business and pleasure. The street first made its name as one of the most important international shopping venues during the Fifties.

Scalo Milano is another place where visitors can satisfy their desire for shopping, an area where aesthetics and innovation converge.

An array of brands are showcased here, with an impressive 30 single-brand stores featuring the biggest names in fashion and furnishing, including Luxury Living Store (with Fendi Casa and Trussardi Casa), Molteni & C, Poltrona Frau, Poliform, B&B Italia, Kartell, Alessi and Scavolini.

Scalo Milano embraces the same concept and philosophy as the Fashion Quadrilateral: the aim is to propose themed shopping areas, targeting both Italian and foreign clientèle, attracting all lovers of Made in Italy.


Hotel Alga is the perfect starting point for experiencing a concert or show by your favourite artist. It is ideally located a short distance from the Mediolanum Forum (or Assago Forum): with over 40,000 sqm of indoor space, it is one of the most important multifunctional facilities in Milan and in Europe.

Designed mainly as a sports stadium, for hockey and basketball in particular, the Assago Forum has since come to be considered a veritable temple of the national and international music scene, a major venue and often the only Italian stop of tours by the world's greatest artists. Frank Sinatra’s 1991 concert was considered ground breaking and has since hosted a succession of names needing no introduction, from U2 to Madonna and Vasco Rossi.

Over the years Mediolanum Forum has also offered the public fantastic open air events (including the Latinoamericando Festival) and many events guaranteeing fun for all the family (Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, and the Disney shows, Walking with Dynosaurs).

Food and wine tour

Before beginning this food and wine tour of Milan, it is important to bear in mind that today Milan is increasingly embracing its role as an ambassador of good food and typical products from various locations in Italy and beyond. Therefore, it is somewhat difficult to speak of typical cuisine, because food is increasingly being transformed into a mix of tradition, innovation and exoticism.

The main point, or platter of departure on this journey of discovery of Milanese food and wine specialities is risotto à la milanese, featuring saffron, the king of typical Milanese cuisine. Legend has it that during the mid 16th century, Belgian master glass-makers used saffron to add a touch of colour to their own products. During one celebration, one glass-maker convinced the cooks to add some saffron to the risotto. The rest is history.

Typical Milanese cuisine presents an astonishing variety of dishes. Gnervitt and modenghili are two examples: knee or shank veal tendons that are boiled for two hours and seasoned with onion, and small balls of left-over meat respectively, a humble rural dish which has since become a mouth-watering staple at Milanese aperitifs and happy hours.

The local cuisine also presents second courses which are appreciated throughout the world, such as veal à la Milanese, originally derived from Viennese cuisine: a breaded veal cutlet with bone. Ossobuco, or oss bus in Milanese, is another typical dish and is a cross-cut veal shank, with marrow, cooked in butter and broth.

What better way to conclude our journey through Milanese food and wine than with some Panettone, served from Christmas through to February on occasion of Saint Blaise celebrations, and which presents an array of recipes, fillings and glazes. The city's typical dessert has recently conquered PGI, or protected geographic indication status.


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is the perfect way to stay in shape, experience the outdoors and come into contact with nature. Milan offers the perfect setting for all this. There is no shortage of sports and activities, indeed this is the perfect city for all kinds of pursuits.

Milan is the Italian city onto which trends from abroad first début and enter into its lifeblood: food, fashion, design, music and last but not least, sports, indeed Milan offers you the chance to partake in disciplines that are off the beaten path, difficult to find in other locations.

Milan is full of runners as well as events for those who love marathons and a good run around the city, indeed just like any other self-respecting European city, Milan is home to an impressive array of events in this field.

Thanks to Naviglio Grande, Milan is also a wonderful venue for maritime sports, including paddle boating, canoeing and kayaking, with numerous boating clubs in the city giving you the chance to try your hand at these disciplines by learning techniques, training, outings. These disciplines offer a highly original way of discovering Milan, you can even participate in competitions organised in the city.

The Sempione Park is also another must for anyone looking to stay in shape. During the week and on weekend in particular, the park hosts fitness courses and lessons organised by different gyms in the local area, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, pilates, as well as running lessons immersed in the green corner of Milan.


While staying in Milan you simply must visit the local area, home to lakes and other unique cities.

We propose two itineraries: the first will take you north west of Milan, on a journey of discovery of some of Italy's largest lakes and breathtaking naturalistic landscapes. The second is based in the south east, and offers you the chance to discover two truly unique cities: Mantua and Bergamo.

You'll start after a rich and filling buffet breakfast at Hotel Alga, with American Breakfast dishes as well as a special celiac corner and an array of different solutions for a healthy start to the day with organic produce, fresh sliced fruits, fresh fruit salad, fruits in syrup, tropical fruits and fresh fruit smoothies.

Upon leaving the Hotel, the first itinerary will lead you north towards Lake Como, with a stop at the eponymous city where you'll admire suggestive lake views. What better way to take in the splendid lake scenery that a ride on the cable railway towards Brunate, where you can enjoy a full view of almost the entire lake, in all its splendour.

After visiting Como's historic centre, the best way to continue is by boat or hydrofoil towards Cernobbio followed by Bellagio, for an original and suggestive view of the surrounding area.

Cernobbio is home to large villas, such as Villa d'Este and Villa Erba, as well as charming views. The boat will then take you the "jewel of Lake Como": Bellagio is an exceptional tourist destination, with its picturesque alleyways, colourful homes and luxurious villas.

We'll then cross the border over to neighbouring Switzerland, to another beautiful city: Lugano, nestled on the banks of the eponymous lake. The Swiss city is home to casinos, a historic centre and enviable panoramic views, where the lake and mountain landscape coexist in perfect harmony.

The city's Monte San Salvatore funicular railway offers breathtaking views. You'll be able to admire the entire lake, discover its origins and how chocolate is made, at the Alprose museum of chocolate. Lastly, a visit to Villa Ciani in the centre of Lugano is well worth it, with 63,000 sqm of long walkways and centuries-old trees, where you can get back in touch with nature, in a wonderful array of Italian and English style gardens.

Upon returning to Italy you'll head towards Lake Varese. The smallest lake is framed by special towns, making it an unmissable stop on your journey of discovery of lakes near Milan.

Schiranna is located in the municipality of Varese and thanks to recent restoration works it is now the perfect venue for long and relaxing walks along the lake shore. Capolago is an ancient medieval hamlet, first documented in around 1200. Bodio Lomnago is another fully restructured city, where you can admire Lake Varese in all its beauty, with numerous Medieval hamlets and villages nestled along its shores, creating a truly unique landscape.

Lake Maggiore is next to Lake Varese and is Italy's second largest after Lake Garda, offering unique landscapes and locations which will leave you spellbound.

Stresa is the most famous town on this lake, the perfect starting point on your journey of discovery of these wonderful places. It is the venue for numerous international events and you can take a boat to the Borromean Islands from here too.

There are three Borromean Islands: Isola Madre, the largest, home to a botanical garden with exotic flowers and rare plants, where parrots, peacocks and pheasants roam free, Isola Bella, famous for its splendid Baroque Palace, botanical garden and terraces, and lastly, Isola dei Pescatori, an ancient and picturesque village which is still inhabited today.

Now that you have completed the first itinerary which led you along a journey of discovery of lakes near Milan, it is now time to focus on a few significant cities in the surrounding area.

Upon leaving Hotel Alga, you'll head south towards Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2008. The city was built on three lakes, in the heart of the Po Valley. The perfect time to visit it is July or August, when thousands of lotus flowers blossom on the its Lake Superior.

On a par with those of Paris, Vienna or Caserta, Mantua 's Ducal Palace can truly be considered a royal palace, with over 500 rooms, once the residence of the Gonzaga family until 1700.

What we stop to admire today is the result of the merging of several buildings, including Palazzo del Capitano, Corte Vecchia and Castello di San Giorgio, all located between Lake inferior and Piazza Sordello.

The San Giorgio castle deserves a small mention, insofar as it contains Mantua 's most important work of art: the Camera Picta, commonly known as the Camera degli Sposi, "Bridal Chamber", by Mantegna and dating back to the mid 15th century.

Palazzo Te is a short distance from here. Named in honour of Teieto, a small island in front of Mantua, it is famous above all for the Camera dei Giganti, in which Giulio Romano, the constructor, depicted the moment in which Jupiter punishes the giants for their attempt at supplanting the gods. The fresco is remarkably realistic, in virtue of the fact that it stretches from the floor to the ceiling.

Piazza Mantegna is home to the Church of Sant'Andrea, where faith and legend coexist in perfect harmony. Legend has it that it contains the Holy Grail, namely earth with the blood of Christ, a source of immortality and youth, spilt by the Roman centurion Longinus who pierced Jesus in his side and then collected it at the foot of the cross, it was then hidden in Mantua.

Our visit to the city will end in Piazza San Pietro, where the city of Mantua was founded and which epitomises the Lombard city's beauty, home to the Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Palazzo degli Uberti.

Before leaving the Mantua area, it is worth visiting the neighbouring town Sabbioneta, a splendid example of a renaissance town. It was built in just thirty years, upon the will of the Gonzaga family and is an extraordinary example of a residential, rural and fortified city built from scratch.

We now head east towards another important Lombard city: Bergamo, divided between an upper and lower area, the perfect mix of history and modernity.

The Walls of Bergamo, located in the upper part and recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, were built in the sixteenth century by the Venetian Republic as a defence for the city.

Piazza Vecchia is the heart of the city, with a characteristic vintage feel, home to some of Bergamo's architectonic masterpieces, such as the Capannone, the city's civic tower, the Contarini Fountain, centre of the old city, and Palazzo della Regione, Lombardy's oldest town hall.

Accademia Carrara is located a short distance from here, an art gallery rich in works by artists like Botticelli, Raphael and Mantegna.

We then come to the Cathedral, as candid on the outside as it is sumptuous and lavishly decorated in tapestries on the inside, exceeded perhaps only by the neighbouring Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, defined as magnificent in virtue of its Gothic details, including two lions at the entrance, and its eye-catching tapestries.

Piazza Vecchia is the fulcrum of the Upper part of the city, just like the more worldly and modern Piazza Matteotti constitutes the heart of the Lower City, a focal point of night life and shopping. Via XX Settembre, which branches off from this square, is the city's shopping centre.

As we make our way back to Milan, our last stop on this itinerary is a town short distance away: Monza, home to the world famous racing track.

Here you relax in the villa garden, or enjoy adrenaline-filled moments on the track. Monza's Villa Reale is the city's greatest treasure: with 8 km2 of park, it is the perfect location for anyone looking to relax or enjoy spending some time outdoors.

The Villa belonged to the Hapsburg family and is now open to visitors who can access the private apartments of the royal family, for a glimpse into their habits and customs.

For visitors looking for thrill, what better way to spend your time than at the national Monza racing track, the world's third largest permanent racing track, after Brooklands and Indianapolis, a historic circuit which features on the Formula 1 racing calendar each year in September, as well as the venue of many other events, also with the chance to book the track all to yourself.

All the staff at Hotel Alga is on hand for any information you may need or to organise a tailored tour around Lombardy's most secret, unique and wonderful locations.

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