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Depending on who you ask, Milan is either Italy's second or first city. Although Rome is the capital city, Milan is the economic and financial powerhouse of the country, and the centre of the wealthiest region. It's also been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt so many times that there's barely anything left from past settlements. As a result Milan is very different to other Italian cities. However this is a vibrant modern city that has a lot to offer as a destination in itself or as a base to explore the beautiful Lake Como to the north and the Alps.
Direct flights to Milan operate from a number of cities like London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast and these days it's easy to get indirect options from a number of other cities like Bristol and Newcastle, although you may pay extra to do so. Flights to Milan take just under 2 hours and a number of operators like British Airways and Alitalia provide scheduled services, however these don't always provide the best option for cheap flights. Milan is well catered for by a wide range of budget operators like Ryanair and easyJet and often these offer the best chances to find a cheap flight to Milan.
Milan has three airports. Linate is the closest to the city and it's also where budget airlines arrive, great if you're after a cheap city break. Malspensa accepts flights from the bigger airlines but it's a little further out, and Milan-Bergamo is further away still. All airports have a good range of public transport options for your onward travel as well as cheap car hire from the airport if you'd rather be able to get around under your own steam.
Not being a big tourist destination means that you can find bargains on Milan flights throughout the year. The winter months - November, December and January can get a bit cold and foggy but if you avoid Christmas and New Year you should be able to find cheap flights to Milan. The summer months around May, June, July and August can get a bit stuffy and August in particular offers great possibilities on finding bargains on Milan flights as well as hotels in Milan as this is when most locals take their holidays. Beware though you may find that many places close for the holidays.
The main time to avoid the city is for the twice-annual Fashion Week which is a big deal here and sees hotels crammed to bursting, so save your pennies and go the week before or the week after!
Having found your cheap flight to Milan there are a number of sights you should see and things to do. Despite its reputation for urban sprawl, most of the key attractions are all centrally located and there are good transport links throughout the city and you can also hire a car. The city is most famous for its fashion industry which rivals that of Paris offering unrivalled opportunities to update your wardrobe with the best cutting edge fashion - but expect to pay as this is not a cheap city. However not all the pleasures the city has to offer are so demanding on your purse. The centrally located Duomo is breathtaking and taking the walk up to the roof will give you an incredible panorama of the city and out to the surrounding mountains. Pop into one of the cafes surrounding it for some serious good coffee and and food to get your breath back. The culture vultures among you will love wandering around the city's many museums and art galleries where world famous works of art will compete for your attention. No matter where you are and what your budget expect to find fantastic cuisine and after dinner why take a stroll around the tranquil Canal Districts of Brera and Navigli and admire the architecture.