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Where To Stay in Milan, Italy: 10 Best Neighborhoods To Check Out - Updated 2020

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Milan is known best as the global and fashion capital of Italy’s Lombardy region. It is a metropolis with lots to offer, from architectural excellence to top fashion and attractions. If you’re wondering where to stay in Milan, this article lists out the top 10 neighborhoods where visitors can choose to stay, or for those wishing to migrate to the city.

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1. Navigli

Navigli
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Navigli can be aptly dubbed as the party district of Milan. Located in the south of the city, it is a lively district which is home to a large group of students and young professionals. This locality is home to 3 major univiersities; IULM, Bocconi and Naba. While the district is largely quiet in the daytime, it becomes vibrant and bustling with activity and energy after 6pm when school is out. Much of the life in Navigli is about its nightlife and the many things to do at night here. It lies between the two banks of the canal. On Sundays, a Sunday market is set up and one will be able to visit several vintage stalls selling interesting knick-knacks.

Enjoy all Navigli has to offer by staying in this modern and stylish condominium that’s walking distance from top sites and attractions.

Sant'Ambrogio Central&Quiet
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
614 reviews
Entire apartment 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
finally a comfortable couch this was a fantastic air bnb
wifi was excellent and there are two smart tvs
we loved the amenities and space in this apartment which had everything
vasco’s place was excellent firstly he had aircon a comfortable bed and a hairdryer
the bed was comfortable and the amenities were sparkling clean
Cleanliness:
very clean and convenient
clean and beautiful
it was beautifully clean and warm
beautiful apartment very clean and modern
the house was very clean and cozy
Host:
the host was so friendly and gave us great advice throughout our stay
first the host: vasco was awesome
the host is very friendly and helpful
vasco is a fantastic host fast response and informative
vasco a wonderful host courteous and responsive
Location:
the location is truly amazing
the location is pretty good
perfect location within walking distance to everything but not too crowded
the location is walking distance to many great sites restaurants and shopping
quiet and secure in a great location
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2. Bicocca

Bicocca

Wondering where to stay in Milan? Bicocca is an interesting district which is enveloped by the very green Parco Nord. This park, also known as North Park, is one of the largest parks in Europe. The famous University of Milan Bicocca has an amazing architecture which is somewhat similar to a movie set. The campus also boasts several coffee shops, a multiplex as well as a shopping mall.

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3. Brera

Brera, Milan

If you’re wondering where to stay in Milan, consider Brera. It is a district in Milan which is a splendid blend of history and modernity. While retaining the historical heritage of the area, design and innovation are prominent features of Brera. Head to Via Brera and view the famous Pinacoteca, which are galleries containing works of art like the National Gallery of Modern and Antique Art and the Academy of Fine Arts. Brera also features several fancy cafes and restaurants which many university students frequent. Admire the architectural excellence of the buildings in the area as well. On Sundays, a local market pops up and this is where people can get to see a combination of art, lifestyle and fashion being featured.

To get the full Brera experience, book a room at the Hemeras Boutique House - Montenapoleone, with suites designed with details that reflect the district’s elegant vibrance.

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4. San Siro

San Siro Stadium

One highly residential, yet green district, worth staying in is San Siro. It’s one of the best places to stay in Milan. San Siro is close to other conducive residential areas like De Angeli and Wagner. San Siro is also home to the famous San Siro Stadium where soccer matches take place on a regular basis. During important matches, crowds throng to San Siro to catch their favorite matches or soccer players. San Siro has beautiful residential complexes and is full of attractions such as vibrant bars, affordable pizzerias and restaurants. If you are looking to be away from the chaos of hustle and bustle of city life as well as being able to breathe the atmosphere of the soccer season, then San Siro is the place for you. It is also family friendly with many playgrounds around for kids to play in.

Want to stay in San Siro? Consider the popular Antares Hotel Rubens, which is also known for its amazing breakfast buffet.

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5. Citta Studi

Citta Studi

Citta Studi is best known as the home to the University District of Milan. As such, this makes Citta Studi a student-centred district. The heart of Citta Studi is Piazza Leonardo, where the College of Engineering and the School of Architecture are. Walk along the streets and you will be able to find works of the street artist PAO. The atmosphere of the district is lively and youthful owing to the presence of the university. Whilst in Citta Studi, enjoy the artisan beers as well.

For accommodation, try this bright and spacious room in an early 20th-century building.

Do you want to be my guest?
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
217 reviews
Private room in apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
room was large with a great light and a view of the street
every morning they had prepared a delicious breakfast with hot coffee
also the breakfast (and coffee) were super tasty and a great start to out travels i'm milan
the room was beautiful spacious and comfortable with a great little balcony overlooking the street
the breakfast was yummy and the homemade strawberry jam was really epic
Cleanliness:
the flat was very clean and modern
flat was really clean
private bathroom was modern and clean
the apartment is very clean and beautiful
the room and the apartment were clean and beautiful
Host:
diana was a wonderful host
diana was a great host
diana is really a great host
amazing hospitality by amazing hosts
diana is a lovely host and always helpful
Location:
very good position near piola station
the location is great walkable to metro
the neighbourhood is amazing and it is near by the city center
it is easy to get around from this location beacuse of public transport stops being very close
the house is located in a safety area and only 10 minutes from the metro station
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6. San Donato Milanese

San Donato Milanese

San Donato Milanese is a municipality located about 10 km (6 miles) southeast of Milan. San Donato Milanese is best known for being the home base for several industries. Many Italian companies have their headquarters in San Donato Milanese. For instance, Italy’s main oil companies like Saipem and ENI all reside in San Donato Milanese. If you are considering staying in this locality, then chances are that you are there to visit a company. There are several comfortable accommodations in the area and being close to Linate is a major benefit.

Santa Barbara Hotel is a great accommodation option in this neighborhood.

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7. Wagner Buonarotti

Piazza Wagner

This is a bourgeois neighborhood, which is situated in the west of Milan. Many families stay in this locality due to the peace and solace the area provides. It’s also one of the best areas to stay in Milan. There are also several green parks in the area such as Parco Pallavicino and Parco CityLife. As such, Wagner has been dubbed as the greenest part of the city. Piazza Wagner is home to several supermarkets and bookstores. One will be able to find restaurants serving varied cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese and Italian in Wagner. The area is well connected by the M1 underground line and this connects Wagner, Pagano, Buonarroti and Amendola stops to Duomo and central Milan.

One of the top places to stay in this area is Stanza Delle Nuvole, which translates to ‘room of the clouds’.

stanza delle nuvole (ring up Claudio)
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
468 reviews
Private room in condominium 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a cat in the apartment although it didn’t come into the room thanks
we enjoy claudio's lovely room in milano
a really charming and artistic apartment with wall paintings in every room
the apartment was very quaint and homey and the room was perfect for four
we had a very nice and comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
very spacious and clean room
the flat was very clean and we feeled very welcome
italy style house very beautiful the bedroom is very clean and quiet big
the room was very sweet charming and clean
the place is very cosy beautiful and clean he also has a cat whom is really affectionate
Host:
claudio was really nice and a great host
the host is very polite and helpful
the host family are very kind
the host is very nice and friendly
claudio is a very friendly host
Location:
great location in milan
good location very near to tram and metro stops
convenient and safe where the location of house
amazing place to stay near the heart of milan
a cute place to stay in milan
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8. Moscova

Parco Sempione

Be treated like a VIP when in Moscova, as the locality is best known for its upmarket boutiques and fancy cafes. Located between Garibaldi and Lanza underground stations, it’s one of your best options if you’re looking for a place to stay in Milan, Italy. The area is highly visited by fashionable people and those looking to visit the several boutiques. Many young people also hang out at Moscova for after work aperitivos with friends. One will also be able to find modern skyscrapers along with a famous green park, Parco Sempione. This park is a great place for people to exercise at or have a stroll with their friends and families. As with the upmarket stores in the area, the residential complexes are also expensive with high priced rentals. Moscova is best known for its role as host to the annual event, Salone del Mobile, one that attracts visitors from around the world.

Consider staying at the NH Milano Palazzo Moscova if you’re looking for an accommodation that matches the grandeur of this neighborhood.

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9. Porta Venezia

Porta Venezia

If you are in the city primarily for shopping, then Porta Venezia is the perfect place to be in. Corso Buenos Aires, around Porta Venezia, is the longest shopping street in Milan and will suit the needs of everyone wanting to shop in the city. When you shop here, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to buy first. It is a highly accessible street with the metro line M1 right in front of it. Porta Venezia is also populated with local restaurants at affordable rates. There is a large residential community in this area, making it a relatively safe neighborhood. Staying at this locality puts visitors at a central location to access major sights and shops.

Among the great accommodations in this area is the quiet and cozy MM Venezia, which even comes with a lovely fireplace.

MM VENEZIA confort and silence
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
361 reviews
Private room in condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning was a blessing and bed was extremely comfortable
the location is safe the bathroom (all to yourself) is huge and the air conditioning was a huge bonus
nice house in a beautiful old courtyard comfortable bed and excellent private bathroom
the bathtub is a nice treat and the shower pressure was fantastic
my room and bathroom were perfect
Cleanliness:
place was clean and tidy
it’s clean and cozy :)
the room is clean and well appointed the adjacent bathroom large and also clean
the room was very clean and sophisticated designed
the apartment was clean and tidy
Host:
she is very kind
she is very kind
she is a super host for sure she is kind and always make you feel like home
she is very kind and heartful
silvana is a very gracious host
Location:
location is very good
awesome location in a quiet neighborhood but very close to the metro
the location is just perfect
great place close to everything
it's close enough to the red metro station and it's in a pretty good location
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10. Centro Storico

Zona 1 Centro Storico, Milano, Italy

Centro Storico is considered to be the historical centre of Milan. Centro Storico is home to Milan’s most famous landmarks and sightseeing attractions such as the Duomo Cathedral. It is mainly a walking district and also contains a range of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. This area is well connected to the other parts of the city by using the metro lines M1 and M3. Staying at this zone puts visitors close to all the essentials that need to be seen in the city without having to travel much.

To fully experience everything that Centro Storico has to offer, pick an accommodation like this sleek apartment that provides easy access to major attractions.

CENTER: DUOMO Luxury Design
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
555 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bathroom and a/c were wonderful
the wifi works great and apartmant provides everything what is needed to enjoy the milan
mauro’s apartment was in the perfect location and had all the amenities we needed for a successful stay
this apartment was perfect for our 2 nights in milan
the amenities are excellent (the shower is awesome ) and the building is very secure
Cleanliness:
very clean and stylish apartment
the place is very clean and well kept
the apartment was very clean and stocked well for our stay
it was clean stylish and had lots of hidden gems
the place was extremely clean
Host:
good response and follow through by our host
mauro is a great host
mauro was a perfect host
mr mauro was a great host he paid attention for more than everything
mauro was a very helpful host
Location:
great location really close to majority of the central
good safe location and comfortable
location is great - walking distance to the metro and duomo
great place close to duomo
great location within walking distance to the duomo
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Frequently asked questions about the best neighborhoods to stay in Milan, Italy

1. Which is the best area to stay in Milan The best Milan neighborhood to stay in depends on what you’re looking for. If you want to go sightseeing, Brera is a good option. If you want to experience a wonderful nightlife, Navigli is the place to be. For great food, head over to Isola.

2. How do you get around Milan The local public transportation system of Milan is a great way to get around the city. It’s composed of subway, bus, and tram routes that can easily help you go from one place to another. The best thing about this is that tickets for each ride are pocket-friendly.

3. Where should I stay when visiting Milan for the first time If it’s your first time visiting Milan, the best place to area to stay at is Centro Storico. It’s found at the very heart of the city, and you can find a lot of tourist attractions here, including the famous La Scala Opera House.

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Choose one of the best neighborhoods

Where To Stay in Milan, Italy

Now that you are in a better position to make a decision on the best neighborhood for you to stay at, go ahead and make a booking in one of the best accommodation options to make your trip extremely memorable.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in this neighborhood, try this lovely, recently refurbished two-bedroom apartment.

Bicocca Univesity - Two-room apartment
Milano, Lombardia, Italy
132 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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