The second most populated city in Italy, Milan is often regarded as the financial capital of the country. Although the centre of the city was partly destroyed during the Second World War, it still retains the beauty and charm of the renaissance era. In addition to its rich history and cultural attractions, Milan is a modern, thriving city and a paradise for fashion, shopping, and opera. The city's main airport (Malpensa Airport) is very well connected internationally, and with Terminal 2 dedicated to the low-cost carrier EasyJet (the airlines biggest hub outside of the United Kingdom), there are many options for getting a cheap flight to Milan from Edinburgh and other UK airports. Visitors should be cognisant of the fact that some European and domestic flights arrive at Linate Airport, which is the city's second smaller airport and there are even some, especially low-cost, carriers which fly to Bergamo, which is a city that is definitely worth a visit but it is about an hour from Milan. For example, those searching for flights from East Midlands to Milan will land in Bergamo.
If Rome represents the classical side of Italy, Milan represents the new and modern side of the country. Despite the fact that Milan is at the forefront of the fashion industry, the city is not all about expensive shops and designer clothes. The region has plenty to offer lovers of history, with such historical attractions as La Scala Opera, the Cathedral, and the outstanding Brera Art Gallery. The city is also home to the San Siro, a world renowned stadium, and the mammoth medieval castle, Castello Sforzesco. Perhaps most impressive of all is Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that houses one of the most legendary paintings in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper". For travellers who are looking for a flight to Lake Como or a flight to Lake Maggiore they should be aware that they must fly to Milan and take a transfer from there, but Milan is perfectly positioned for easy access to the Lakes of northern Italy which provide a lovely escape from the city.
For passengers arriving at the airport there are a variety of options for onward travel following your flight. The Malpensa Express Train is a highly dependable and efficient service from the airport's Terminal 1 to the city centre (and vice versa). Trains to the city's main station depart every 30 minutes, and the journey will take 29 minutes aboard a non-stop train (all others take 36 minutes). If you would prefer to take a bus once your flight has landed, a journey to Milan's Centrale Station will cost you about EUR10, and should take between 40 minutes and one hour, depending on traffic. Taxis are also available, but the journey from the airport to the city can be very expensive (the fixed fee is EUR90). The option of renting a car is also, of course, available and worth a investigating since it gives travellers the flexibility of being able to take a trip to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore with ease.