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Milan is a city in Lombardy, Italy. Famed for being one of the world’s fashion, design and shopping capitals, Milan is also renowned for its art, architecture and dining. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Monza,Bergamo and Como.
If you’re arriving via Linate Airport then it’s an eight-mile drive by rental car to Milan. En route, you could visit the tranquil Parco Forlanini, a public park with a lake. If you’re arriving via Milano Malpensa Airport then it’s a 32-mile drive by rental car to the city. One the way you could visit Parco del Roccolo, a national park encompassing almost 4,000 acres.
Finding a hire car in Milan is straightforward. You can rent a car from a range of providers at Linate Airport and Milano Malpensa Airport and within the city itself. Parking in the city centre is expensive and limited, but various hotels offer free car parking so do check before booking. Milan has a variety of hotels to suit a range of budgets, including Starhotels Anderson, Hotel Berna and UNA Maison Milano.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including InterRent, Firefly and Alamo. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
There is much to see and do by hire car in Milan. Beauty, style and design are the lifeblood of this stunning city. Whether you’re admiring centuries-old architecture, viewing a world-famous work of art, or shopping at a designer fashion store, Milan is a feast for the eyes. Not only that, but it’s a feast for the mouth too, and you can enjoy breakfasting on cappuccino and brioche, treating yourself to a sumptuous mid-afternoon pastry and sipping on a classic Negroni cocktail in a pavement cafe at sunset. Other sights to see in Milan by rental car include the Gothic Milan Cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent (home of da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ mural), Brea botanical garden and the Teatro alla Scala opera house.
Breathtaking Lake Como is a 53-mile drive from Milan by hire car. Also in the Lombardy region, this serene lake at the foothills of the Alps has a number of attractions on its shores, including the picturesque village of Bellagio, Como Cathderal and Villa Olma botanical garden.
Turin is a 91-mile journey from Milan. The city is renowned for its Baroque architecture, historic boulevards and stately squares. Key attractions include the Roman Palatine Towers, Turin Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Turin, the iconic Mole Antonelliana, a 19th century tower, and the Museo Egizio, which houses Egyptian artefacts. The world-famous Shroud of Turin is in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Two of the best public squares in Turin are Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello.
If you’re driving through Milan’s city centre, bear in mind that there’s a congestion charge at various times and tickets have to be bought in advance. Drivers can sometimes speed in Milan, so stay alert at the wheel. Italy is right-hand drive.
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