- Milan : Milano :: Rome : Roma :: English :: Italiano. In simple
terms, Milan and Rome are English names for Milano and Roma in Italian
(called as Italiano in Italian). Everybody will understand if you say
Milan or Rome but When in Rome, live like Romans and so pretend-like-a-local.
- Airports: Milan has two airports - Linate and Malpensa. Linate
caters to the domestic traffic and Malpensa to both domestic and
international. Malpensa airport is out of Milan and Linate is in the
city. Make sure to check which airport is closer to the hotel
(especially if you are planning a domestic and international trip out of
Milan) and book your flights accordingly.
The airport in Rome is
and is located in Fiumicino city. But all the locals call it as
Fiumicino airport and even all the directions mention Fiumicino.
- The taxi fare from Malpensa airport to anywhere in the city is fixed
at 70 Euros irrespective of what comes in the taxi meter. The driver who
dropped us from airport to the hotel of course did not convey that to us
because the meter in his taxi showed 95 Euros and he happily took the
money we gave him. The taxi driver who dropped us at airport told us
about this so make sure to not pay more than 70 Euros if you going
- In all my experience so far, Taxi drivers take only cash. So make
sure you know the approximate distance/time/cost from the airport to
your hotel and have sufficient cash. All the airports have an ATM
machine which is very convenient.
- Keep a jacket handy depending upon the city and time of the year.
Make sure to check the weather before packing your clothes. In winter
times, it's good to carry an Umbrella. We checked the weather online
before starting our trip but it turned out to be complete reverse of
what we expected.
- "Grazie" is "Thanks" and "Ciao" is "Hello" or "Bye" in Italiano.
- If you are traveling with kids, it helps to mentally prepare them by
sharing the itinerary, giving them an estimate of the flight time,
amount of walking/waiting required (especially in Rome which needs lot
of walking) for any tourist spots and of course
carrying some handy snacks for them if the wait is too long or if the
meal is delayed. In Rome, Gelato was easily accessible through out the
city and worked as a great incentive for my son :)
- Having breakfast included in the hotel package turned out to be a
big boon as it gives a good head start for the day. You can always have
breakfast in the hotel anyway but it might be more cost effective to be
included in the package.
- Avoid flights during peak office hours. We spent an extra 45 minutes
because our flight arrived at Malpensa airport at 5:30pm and then got
stuck in traffic going to the hotel.
- Both the hotels in Italy (Melia Roma Aurelia Antica and
Hotels) did not have Iron boards for some
inexplicable safety reasons. This might be a trend in Italy hotels so
make sure to carry clothes that need no ironing, or wear them without
iron or use the laundry service to get them iron. The later option
requires you to give the clothes a day in advance and pay an exorbitant
amount for getting a simple tee-shirt ironed.
- Most of the tourist spots in Milan are accessible using public
transport. We bought a day pass (for 3 Euros and available from most of
the kiosks near Metro stations or Light rails) that is valid in Metro,
Tram/Light Rails and other public transport. This keeps you mobile and
provides option to move around.
- McDonalds are available at most of the places in case you care.
- In terms of places to visit,
Duomo of course is the main
destination in Milan. There is a Fashion Galleria right next to Duomo
and a significant part of the day can be spent there. The Last Supper
painting has a 2 month wait but you can always talk to one of the local
travel agency who typically buy the tickets in advance and can take you
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