From the greatest Renaissance art to the most exciting contemporary fashions, Milan is one of Europe’s most inspiring cities to visit. And you’ll find that the unofficial capital of northern Italy is also a world-class center for food, football and finance.
You’ll find that, whether you’re here on business or for pleasure, a hire car will allow you to visit any part of this widespread city and the beautiful areas of Lombardy surrounding it. We’ve got car hire pick-up locations right across this amazing city, including the airports and railway station, the city center and the financial district, so you can conveniently rent a car when you need to.
Remember that we never charge credit cards fees or for cancellations* and we provide a free 24-hour helpline if you need some assistance before, during or after your rental period.
*when the booking is canceled within seven days of being made.
Milan is known as one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the world, which means it is a hot spot for everything from commercial design to ingenious cuisine. This busy, non-stop city is ready to be explored and, of course, that’s much easier if you’ve got a hire car.
Driving in Italy can sometimes have a bad reputation but up here in the north of the country, you’ll find the traffic is generally very well behaved. In fact, Milan’s road system is modern and logical and the city forms one of this car-mad country’s vital road hubs.
Helping you get around the different areas of the city are three useful ring roads at different distances from the center.
Spreading out from the orbital routes, like the spokes of a wheel, are northern Italy’s most important main roads. The A4 runs west towards Turin and east to Bergamo and Brescia, while there is choice of trunk roads heading north to Como and the Italian Lakes. Meanwhile, the A1 heads south to Florence and Rome, while the A7 can take you southwest to the Mediterranean coast.
You’ll find the Italians love cars, so driving in Italy is usually fun. The roads may vary from excellent motorways to 2,000-year-old Roman highways but there’s always something amazing to see along the way. The rules of the road are similar to the rest of Europe. The speed limit on motorways is 80mph but this reduced to 68mph in the wet and the dual carriageways have a speed limit of 68mph, which again reduces to55mph in the wet. In urban areas the maximum is 31mph. Find out more about the Italian rules of the road here.
Italy’s stunning second city is an inspiring place to do business or have a holiday break. It seamlessly combines classic historic sites with the best in modern design, making it truly a sight to see.
Seeing classic Milan
You’ll find a lot of buzz about the latest designs for clothes, shoes, cars and graphics in the cafes and bars of Milan. But if you’ve time, don’t neglect the ancient roots of the city.
You can gaze upon the fabulous Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci, for example. It’s one of the greatest Renaissance masterpieces and a World Heritage Site all on its own. Nearby is Milan’s lavishly decorated, multi-towered gothic Duomo cathedral – one of the biggest church in Italy. Inside, you’ll find it has a daunting spiritual atmosphere and is stuffed with religious and artistic treasures.
Right at the center of the city is the imposing Sforza Castle, but you don’t have to storm the walls of this vast intact 15th-century fortress to get inside. Simply walk through the gate and you’ll find a series of acclaimed art galleries and museums.
Other impressive Milanese landmarks include the 250-year-old La Scala, which is one the world’s leading opera and ballet venues, and the quaint old Brer district, an area of narrow cobble alleys and streets bursting with bohemian cafes, antique shops and street markets.
Exploring the modern day city
From the landmark San Siro stadium, which is the spectacular home to both Milan’s legendary soccer teams, to the extraordinary new Bosco Verticale residential tower blocks covered with vegetation, Milan is famous for its brave contemporary architecture. As you drive around the city, you’ll see many of the most creative buildings in Europe, like the Pirelli Tower and Torre Velasca.
At the same time it’s a busy shopping city too, with everything from leading high fashion boutiques to quirky streets of independent shops to explore. Head for the area known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro, ‘the rectangle of gold’, to find some of the swankiest haute couture shops. The fashion thrills hit a crescendo during Milan Fashion Weeks in February or March and September or October.
And Milan is the main hub for Italian business, with many organizations like banks and media companies choosing it as the base for their headquarters. The best place to get an overview of modern Milan is from the top of the Torre Branca. This metal tower rises more than 100m high from the popular Sempione Park, giving great views from the top.
The idyllic Italian Lakes
Milan may be a business powerhouse but you can spot the foothills of the Alps from the city and it’s a short drive north to reach some of the most acclaimed landscapes in Europe.
The Italian Lakes are beautiful stretches of tranquil water framed by towering mountains and ringed by impossibly pretty pastel-painted villages and magical gardens. You’ll find Lake Maggiore has most to see, thanks to a series of tiny island villages which can be reached by boat trips, and Lake Garda has the best resorts, with superb facilities for swimming and watersports.
But Lake Como is closest to Milan. It’s also the grandest lake and offers the best chance to spot international jet-setters, like film star George Clooney who lives there.
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