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The four-star Hotel Spadari Design was one of the city’s first ‘art hotels’, with rooms doubling up as miniature galleries showcasing the work of emerging Milanese artists. The place is owned by an architect’s family – they designed everything, right down to the sinuous pale-wood furniture (spadarihotel.com; Via Spadari 11; from £190).

Getting around
The Metro is the best way to get around. Urban tickets can be purchased for either one journey or 90 minutes of bus or tram travel within the city centre (tickets £1; atm-mi.it). Taxis can only be caught from ranks, so cannot be flagged down.

When to go
The heat in July and August makes hotel air conditioning a must – late spring or September are good for warm, but bearable, weather. Winters are mild, and a visit in early December offers a chance to catch the opening opera of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.

How to go
Flights to Milan Malpensa airport leave from Birmingham and Manchester with Flybe (from £110; flybe.com), and Edinburgh, Gatwick and Luton with easyJet (from £75; easyjet.com). Milan Linate airport is served by Alitalia, BA and easyJet from London airports (from £80; easyjet.com).

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The article ‘Mini guide to Milan, Italy’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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