Milan’s Required Information

CURRENCY

The lira was the official unit of currency in Italy until January 1, 1999, when it was replaced by the euro(euro coins and notes were not introduced until 2002). Old lira denominated currency ceased to be legal tender on February 28, 2002. The conversion rate is 1,936.27 lire to the euro.

POWER OUTLETS

In Italy the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Italy, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).

MEDICATIONS

Open pharmacies display a green neon cross out front, making them easy to recognize, even from a distance. Pharmacists in Italy are allowed more leeway in dispensing health advice and selling pharmaceuticals than in the US. If you can describe your condition well, you may be able to procure a prescription directly from a pharmacist in Italy.However, if you are carrying prescribed medicine with you while traveling to Italy, that is permitted.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Milan’s public transport options include the subway, bus and tram. Prices for tickets and passes valid for the subway, bus and tram include €1.50 one way, €4.50 for an unlimited day pass, €11.30 for a weekly pass and €35 for a monthly pass, with further discounts for children, students and senior citizen.

VISA AND ENTRY

You are allowed to travel to Italy and to all other members of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa, as long as your U.S. passport is valid for at least 3 months after your planned return to the United States!
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BIKES

Bicycling is an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and practical way to travel around the city. Milan offers circa 144 kilometers of lanes and bicycle routes for bike lovers.

Bike Sharing in Milan provides two types of service: bicycles available at docking stations or free-flowing (dockless) bicycles located around the city streets or on racks positioned throughout the city.

AIR TRAVEL

Milan is served by 3 international airports:

  • Malpensa Airport– the main international airport
  • Linate Airport– a smaller airport for domestic and European services
  • II Cavaggaio Airport, near Bergamo – another airport for domestic and European services

TRAIN TRAVEL

Milano Centrale  is the main railway station of the city of Milan, Italy and is the largest train station in Europe by volume. The station is a terminus and located at the northern end of central Milan.

The station has 24 tracks. Every day about 320,000 passengers pass through the station using about 500 trains, for an annual total of 120 million passengers. The station is served by national and international routes, with both long-distance and regional lines