I think this is something that Americans struggle with when in Milan, and much of Italy. People eat dinner late here. It's not uncommon to sit down to dinner at a restaurant at 10 or 11pm. Most restaurants don't even open until 8 or 9pm. This is actually pretty nice, once you get used to it, because having dinner can be your whole evening's entertainment!
The beautiful Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
Thought I'd include a pic of this grand hotel to entice you a little. Start planning for your trip to Northern Italy... and don't forget to include this hotel and Lake Maggiore in your itinerary! ;-)
Panificio Tre Spighe
Panificio Tre Spighe is the kind of shop from where the natives buy many types of newly baked bread.
The best shops are usually located in the suburbs and offer a wide range of bread: focaccia di patate (Italian bread made of potatoes), tartarughe (tortoises - round white bread looking like a tortoise shell) or just simple bread.
The prices are surprisingly low of a tourist used to the prices downtown (Eur 0.06- for a foccacia di patate).
The shop is located near Inganni subway station (red line).
From Airport to Milano:
# By Car
Access roads to Milan are A8, A26. A new road is planned linking the A4 Milan-Turin highway to Milan's western ring road.
Journey time is around 45-50 minutes but can be longer at peak times.
Metered taxis are available outside both Arrivals and Departures areas.
Journey time to central Milan is around 50 minutes.
Fare: EUR 65.00 - EUR 75.00.
The Malpensa Express departs from Terminal 1 for Milan's Cadorna Rail Station every 30 minutes. It also stops at Milan Bovisa and Saronno stations. First train departs Malpensa at 06.45, the last train departs 21.45. Journey time is around 40 minutes.
Fare: EUR 9.00 one-way. Same day return is EUR 12.00, open return EUR 14.50.
The Malpensa Express information line is 02 20222.
There are also rail links from Malpensa airport to Milan Central and Milan Garibaldi Stations via Gallarate. A local shuttle bus connects the airport with Gallarate Rail Station every hour.
Shuttle bus fare: From Terminal 1 EUR 1.30, Terminal 2 EUR 1.05.
To Milan Central trains depart Gallarate from 05.54 until 23.24.
To Milan Garibaldi trains depart Gallarate from 05.30 until 23.00.
The State Rail Information number is 848 880.
Bus services leave from outside the Terminal 1 Arrivals area. They serve various destinations in Milan and beyond. Journey times vary. There is also a local service to Gallarate Rail Station.
To Milan Central Station the Malpensa Shuttle departs every twenty minutes from 06.20 to 00.15. Journey time is around an hour.
Fare: EUR 4.50.
To Milan Gallarate Station the service runs every twenty minutes from 05.35 to 19.50.
Fare: From Terminal 1 EUR 1.30, Terminal 2 EUR 1.05.
Linate Airport Shuttle: There are 11 services daily between Milan's Malpensa and Linate airports. First bus departs Malpensa 07.50; last bus departs 00.25.
Fare: EUR 8.00.
There are also bus links from Malpensa airport to Turin, Genoa, Borgmanero, Novara, Como, Varese and Pavia.
So relaxing I spent two afternoons here
Adam only had one day off work and we spent the afternoon grabbing a bite to eat and some wine here. They were so friendly that the next day, when I was in Milan alone, I ate a late afternoon lunch with some more wine. It was very good, very quiet, with lots of pictures on the walls. They were very patient with my limited Italian and were decent with English. I loved their timamisu. And I loved their Chianti wine.