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General Information on Milan

Although Milan is a really easy and tourist-friendly city to visit, you might have some doubts about certain topics, which we will try and answer here:

Frequently asked questions

  • Documentación necesaria para viajar a Milán What travel documents do I need to travel to Milan and Italy? Do I need a visa? Can I travel with my Identity card?
  • Horario comercial en Milán When do stores normally open and close in Milan? Are shops open on Sundays? Do stores open during the public holidays?
  • Idioma en Milán  Will I be able to get by in English? Do the Milaneses speak English or any other language that is not Italian?
  • Tiempo en Milán How are the weather averages in Milan? Is it very hot in Milan? When is the best time to visit Milan?
  • Días festivos en Milán When does Milan celebrate its public holidays? Are there any special events during Italy’s bank holidays in Milan?
  • Precios en Milán How much does an average holiday cost in Milan? How much does a good restaurant cost in Milan? How expensive does a centric hotel cost?

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Milan facts & figures

Milan is the second largest city in Italy, after Rome. Its urban center has 1.3 million inhabitants and its metropolitan has over 7 million. It is one of the heaviest populated areas in Europe.


The official currency in Italia is the euro.

Electricity and plugs

The majority of the plugs in Italy are "Type L" (Italian socket type) with three prongs. However, it is also possible to find the "Type C" (Europlug), both with a voltage of 220V.

If you're travelling from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need a travel plug adaptor. You can either purchase one before you leave or you can ask to borrow one at your hotel.

Healthcare system in Milan

If you are a UK citizen or from any other EU member state, you have access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card, which is free, will enable you to have access to Italian healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. For those from the United States, Canada, Australia or any country outside the European Union, it is not obligatory to get health insurance to travel to Italy. Nevertheless, we recommend buying some type of travel insurance before your trip since healthcare can sometimes be expensive.  

Current local time

The current time in Italy is CEST (Central European Summer Time) in the summer and CET (Central European Time) in winter, like Spain and France.   

Helpful telephone numbers

  • Ambulance: 118
  • Fire department: 115
  • Emergency: 113
  • Police: 112
  • Area code: 02
  • Country code:+39