AIB 2008 Annual Meeting
June 30- July 3, 2008
AIB 2008 Milan Italy Travel Information
Getting to Milan
Milan is the Italian city with the best national and international connections, thanks to its airport, railway and road network, the most efficient in Italy. Milan has two airports: Malpensa (MXP) is the main airport and also has intercontinental flights, while the Linate airport (LIN) serves domestic flights and some European links. The Malpensa airport is connected to Milan by the Malpensa Express train (11 Euros) and by the coach bus Malpensa Shuttle (7 Euros). From Linate, there is a bus service that goes to Central Station. Since Linate is located within city limits, a regular bus ticket is used (see Public Transportation section below) Linate and Malpensa are moreover connected to each other by a shuttle service provided by Air Pullman. At 45 km from Milan you will find Orio al Serio (BGY) international airport. It is Italy's first low-cost airport with many flights for Italian and European destinations. From the airport there are 30 daily coach service runs to Milan Central Station provided by "Autostradale" and "Locatelli Air Pullman".
The Italian currency is euro (EUR)
Milan, Italy is on Central European Time (CET) until March 30, 2008 when the time zone becomes Central European Summer Time (CEST)
The electrical voltage in Italy is 230 volts, 50 cycles. For plug types utilized, please visit Electricity Around the World
Generally the weather is hot and humid in late June, early July, with the high temperatures usually around 26-29 C and the lows around 15 C.
Italian (official); German-, French-, and Slovene-speaking minorities. Many store owners do not speak English well, so having an English-Italian dictionary handy may help.
Business hours are usually 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, but can vary according to season and region.
The city has a strong provincial cuisine. Polenta is served with a lot of dishes and risotto dominates the first course of the city's menus, as compared with more pasta in the south of Italy. However you won't easily find polenta in July because it's mainly a winter delicacy but you won't have problems in tasting the most typical dishes like Risotto alla Milanese (yellow-saffron rice), Cotoletta alla Milanese (fried beef chop), and Ossobuco (veal shank) and all the desserts like tiramisu, panna cotta and meneghina (typical Milanese cake with cream).
The city centre is quite small and is served by a good public transport system called ATM. Milan has three underground/subway lines that are very reliable and safe and reach many parts of the city. It also has an extensive network of buses and trams that go where the underground doesn't reach. You may buy a week carnet or a 10 tickets carnet to travel around the city with every public means of transportation. For more information about the ATM, visit http://www.atm-mi.it/ATM/eng.
Taxis are also available and relatively inexpensive during the day. After 8:00 pm, there is a surcharge of 6 Euros for night service. Most taxis take cash only, so make sure you have enough currency available with you.
Restaurant prices are subject to IVA (value added tax) at 10% but this is always included within the prices given. A 15% service charge is usually added to the bill at the end. It is customary to round up the bill and leave a tip (maximum 10% tip) as well, if the meal and service have been good. It is also customary to tip bellhops, luggage handlers and taxi drivers, at your discretion.
Tips for a pleasant stay
- Buy a week carnet for the ATM so that you can use all public means of transportation for the whole week (available at newspaper kiosks and in many metro stations for 6.7 € for six days).
- Plan your visits in advance, checking opening times of museums and sites of public interest.
- Bring an English-Italian dictionary with you in order to communicate with everybody more easily.
- When you order a coffee remember that normal coffee is called "espresso". Italians drink it directly at the bar. If you wish to drink a cappuccino you may do it in the morning and not after lunch or dinner unless you want to be as an ignorant tourist…
- Italians are usually very friendly toward tourists, however knowing some basic words might ensure pleasant interactions: "grazie" (thanks), "prego" (you're welcome), "buongiorno" (good morning) and "arrivederci" (see you soon).
Arrivederci a Milano!