Milan

Europe’s fashion capital is also Italy’s economic and financial center. While some parts of the city have been destroyed during WW2, the modern aspects of certain parts of the city still hides some historical gems : the Duomo Cathedral, the Scala theatre, the Pirelli Tower.. It is also in Milan that travelers can admire one of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper.

Although the center city is very safe even for women travelling alone,  some areas attracts a lot of pickpockets and crooks who take advantage of the crowds on the city’s streets. Some neighborhoods outstide the city are best avoided.

SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Milan is a very safe city, but has some pickpocket issues. With a rating of 78% Italy,  is ranked 34th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Milan. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the map for most frequent pickpockets locations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Milan is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Milan. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Milan, and fake taxis can  be an issue sometimes.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There can be some rare natural hazards (earthquakes) in Italy.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Milan has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Milan is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

City Center

The city center is organized around the Duomo, the huge gothic cathedral, on a main square (Piazza Del Duomo). There are also art galleries, museums, the Scala Opera and shopping malls in the area. There are also a lot of accommodation options in the area.

There are some pickpockets, scammers (the scame where they tie a wristband around your hand and ask you 20€ to remove it) and street vendors selling counterfeit luxury goods. Know that, on top of being of poor quality, you can get fined up to 300,000€. There also are some scams at the center of the Duomo where people will give you ‘free’ corn to feed pigeons, and then ask you for some money.

Brera & Montenapole

  The exclusive Brera district is know for its high-end fashion stores and famed art galleries. The Montenapole area is truly the fashion heart of Milan, where italian brands like Valentino, Armani or Versace have their stores. There is a large police presence in the area but some pickpockets still operate in the area, as well as bag-snatchers.

Central Station

North of the Duomo, the Central station is the main gateway to Milan. It is situated in a busy neighborhood with a huge concept store, the 10 Corso Como. Is it a sketchy area at night and is best avoided.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Italy and most of Europe is the Euro. Italy is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 70€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Italy is hot and dry, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long. If you want to avoid the masses, travel in Spring or Autumn.
The main international airports are in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Pisa and Venice If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page