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.
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&QuietMilan, Lombardy, Italy
Top guest reviewsfinally a comfortable couch this was a fantastic air bnbwifi was excellent and there are two smart tvswe loved the amenities and space in this apartment which had everythingvasco’s place was excellent firstly he had aircon a comfortable bed and a hairdryerthe bed was comfortable and the amenities were sparkling cleanvery clean and convenientclean and beautifulit was beautifully clean and warmbeautiful apartment very clean and modernthe house was very clean and cozy
Host:the host was so friendly and gave us great advice throughout our stayfirst the host: vasco was awesomethe host is very friendly and helpfulvasco is a fantastic host fast response and informativevasco a wonderful host courteous and responsiveRead more reviewsthe location is truly amazingthe location is pretty goodperfect location within walking distance to everything but not too crowdedthe location is walking distance to many great sites restaurants and shoppingquiet and secure in a great location
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.
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.
4. San Siro
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.
5. 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
Top guest reviewsroom was large with a great light and a view of the streetevery morning they had prepared a delicious breakfast with hot coffeealso the breakfast (and coffee) were super tasty and a great start to out travels i'm milanthe room was beautiful spacious and comfortable with a great little balcony overlooking the streetthe breakfast was yummy and the homemade strawberry jam was really epicthe flat was very clean and modernflat was really cleanprivate bathroom was modern and cleanthe apartment is very clean and beautifulthe room and the apartment were clean and beautiful
Host:diana was a wonderful hostdiana was a great hostdiana is really a great hostamazing hospitality by amazing hostsdiana is a lovely host and always helpfulRead more reviewsvery good position near piola stationthe location is great walkable to metrothe neighbourhood is amazing and it is near by the city centerit is easy to get around from this location beacuse of public transport stops being very closethe house is located in a safety area and only 10 minutes from the metro station
6. 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.
7. Wagner Buonarotti
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
Top guest reviewsthere is a cat in the apartment although it didn’t come into the room thankswe enjoy claudio's lovely room in milanoa really charming and artistic apartment with wall paintings in every roomthe apartment was very quaint and homey and the room was perfect for fourwe had a very nice and comfortable stayvery spacious and clean roomthe flat was very clean and we feeled very welcomeitaly style house very beautiful the bedroom is very clean and quiet bigthe room was very sweet charming and cleanthe place is very cosy beautiful and clean he also has a cat whom is really affectionate
Host:claudio was really nice and a great hostthe host is very polite and helpfulthe host family are very kindthe host is very nice and friendlyclaudio is a very friendly hostRead more reviewsgreat location in milangood location very near to tram and metro stopsconvenient and safe where the location of houseamazing place to stay near the heart of milana cute place to stay in milan
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.
9. 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 silenceMilano, Lombardia, Italy
Top guest reviewsair conditioning was a blessing and bed was extremely comfortablethe location is safe the bathroom (all to yourself) is huge and the air conditioning was a huge bonusnice house in a beautiful old courtyard comfortable bed and excellent private bathroomthe bathtub is a nice treat and the shower pressure was fantasticmy room and bathroom were perfectplace was clean and tidyit’s clean and cozy :)the room is clean and well appointed the adjacent bathroom large and also cleanthe room was very clean and sophisticated designedthe apartment was clean and tidy
Host:she is very kindshe is very kindshe is a super host for sure she is kind and always make you feel like homeshe is very kind and heartfulsilvana is a very gracious hostRead more reviewslocation is very goodawesome location in a quiet neighborhood but very close to the metrothe location is just perfectgreat place close to everythingit's close enough to the red metro station and it's in a pretty good location
10. Centro Storico
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 DesignMilano, Lombardia, Italy
Top guest reviewsthe bathroom and a/c were wonderfulthe wifi works great and apartmant provides everything what is needed to enjoy the milanmauro’s apartment was in the perfect location and had all the amenities we needed for a successful staythis apartment was perfect for our 2 nights in milanthe amenities are excellent (the shower is awesome ) and the building is very securevery clean and stylish apartmentthe place is very clean and well keptthe apartment was very clean and stocked well for our stayit was clean stylish and had lots of hidden gemsthe place was extremely clean
Host:good response and follow through by our hostmauro is a great hostmauro was a perfect hostmr mauro was a great host he paid attention for more than everythingmauro was a very helpful hostRead more reviewsgreat location really close to majority of the centralgood safe location and comfortablelocation is great - walking distance to the metro and duomogreat place close to duomogreat location within walking distance to the duomo
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.
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 apartmentMilano, Lombardia, Italy
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