Malpensa Airport, Malpensa 2000 Airport - FERNO (Varese)
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Malpensa is a gateway to one of the world’s most exciting and creative cities – and the fabulous scenery of the Italian Lakes nearby. Renting a car is very helpful for touring both the city of Milan and the wider Lombardy region.
If you’re thinking of hiring a car at Malpensa, we realize you’ll want to set off as soon as possible. Our car hire pick-up location is at the heart of the airport complex to save you time, whether you’re traveling for business or for a holiday.
We’ve got a fantastic selection of vehicles to choose from and all our Italian offices operate our famous best-price guarantee. And you’ll be able to book a car rental from us without worrying about hidden extras. Everything is included and there are no cancellation, amendment or credit card fees*.
*When the booking is canceled within seven days of being made.
The unofficial capital of Northern Italy is a great base for exploring the beautiful Lombardy region and the incredible scenery of the Italian Lakes, just 20 miles to the north. If you hire a car to get around you’ll be able to use the extensive road network to see it all.
The main airport access road is very close to our pick-up car park, so you’ll be out on the local roads in no time. You’ll see there are several routes to reach the city. The E62 is quickest for most visitors, but heading south to join the E64 may suit you better.
Milan has three beltways, creating rings around the city at various distances. These can help you miss the worst of the rush hour traffic and get you to the part of the city you need. You’ll see there are major routes heading in all directions too, as Milan is an important transport hub for northern Italy.
The A1 motorway runs down the spine of Italy, allowing you to drive south to Florence and Rome; take the A7 southwest for Genoa and the Mediterranean coast. The E64 meets the A4 to take you west to Turin and east to Brescia and Bergamo.
To reach the Italian Lakes you’ll find a good choice of routes. Because they are such popular destinations for Italians, there’s an expressway to each of the main lakes and good roads to the minor lakes too.
You’ll find that driving in Northern Italy is generally safe and easy. The laws are similar to the rest of Europe. For example, the expressway speed limit is 80mph and 68mph on highways. These limits are reduced in rainy conditions. In urban areas the maximum is 31mph.
With elegant shops and boutiques, highly acclaimed restaurants and extraordinary historical monuments, Milan is one of the great Italian cities. You’ll also find that it’s just one of the highlights in a beautiful region that include the Italian Lakes, an area of sublime scenery and romance.
The distances between all these attractions is small enough to drive to and from in a day - provided you have a rental car to get around them all.
Exploring Milan's sights
The massive Duomo Cathedral in Milan is one of the biggest and most celebrated churches in the home nation of Roman Catholicism. Visit to gaze at its dazzling architecture and explore the atmospheric treasures of its cavernous interior.
Not far away is the convent housing Leonardo da Vinci’s famous wall painting of The Last Supper. It’s a mesmerizing picture but note how careless 17th-century builders knocked a doorway right through the bottom of the painting… and lost Jesus’s feet forever.
Food, fashion, and football
If you like shopping, you’ll love Milan. For a start, you’ll find one of the oldest shopping malls in the world: the wonderful, 150-year-old, glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Its four floors are full of luxury boutiques, a reminder that Milan is the home of Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana. In the Quadrilatero d’Oro district, literally the ‘golden rectangle’, you’ll find even more high-end designer fashion stores.
And Milan is a fantastic city for food. The specialties here include the creamy savory rice dish risotto. Check your menu: the proper local version includes saffron, one of the most expensive spices. The best–rated restaurants are in the Navigli district. Choose between traditional family-run trattorias or glamorous eateries full of the city’s beautiful people.
Finally, it’s time to shout and get excited like a Milan local… so head for the world-famous San Siro stadium. This spectacular sporting arena is shared between the city’s two main soccer teams, AC Milan, and Inter Milan. For the ultimate sporting atmosphere, look out for the fiery home matches between the two city teams.
Head to the Lakes
The foothills of the Italian Alps start just to the north of Milan and for centuries the residents have headed there for their recreation. Today the Italian Lakes are a world-renowned tourist destination. You’ll find the lakes are surrounded by towering mountains, with pretty old villages lining their shores. Look out for wonderful period villas with gardens sloping down to the water, memorable boat tours and pretty waterside restaurant terraces decked with flowers.
Lake Como is the most glamorous of the lakes and closest to Milan; Lake Garda has the best family resorts and watersports; and Lake Maggiore, with its magical islands, is the best to explore. But if you want to escape the crowds, head for the smaller, lesser-known Lake Orta. You’ll find it’s unbelievably photogenic.