The traffic in Milan is awful! If you go by car during the "wrong" hours (morning and afternoon) you might get stuck in lines for hours.
If you come with car, try to find a parking-place (easier said than done...) and let the car stay there for the week while you're taking the metro, bus or tram instead. You'll earn much time on that!
Two things to watch out for:
(1) Trams... it's surprising the number of people who don't pay attention to on-coming trams on the roads. Especially people from cities without trams, I guess.
They're big and orange (the modern ones are green) so you can't miss them. They don't have engine noises, but you can nonetheless hear them.
(2) Cars.... especially at pedestrian crossings. Don't expect anyone to come to a stop for you immediately as you wait expectantly to cross a pedestrian crossing, as they would in the UK. You have to be bold but not foolish. Stare approaching drivers down and maybe they'll stop!
The best way to avoid Milanese traffic is to use metro. Usually you will be stuck somewhere in traffic with car or bus. Tram lines are not segregated from the streets and this makes more traffic during peak hours. Due to heavy traffic, Italians use scooters rather than cars. This is the only way to sneak through traffic jams.
Driving car in Milan might be adventure (a nightmare) for you because of a very huge traffic. However, if you want to test your nerves and courage you are welcom in the club.
The best entrance in the centre of the city, I can suggest, is: Cinisello Balsamo, on rotonda turn on the left in Vialle ZARA untill the end of it, on another rotonda go left - third on the right and going streight on you will arrive to Central Railway station - take Via Vitruvio - after 500 m turn on the right to Corso Buenos Aires and going streight you will find yourself right in the heart of Milan.
pubblic tranport are difficult to find after nine o'clock.
cassoula it's atipycal food very good but difficult to forget!'
'vigili'...it's a special corp who works only for made money for comune of milano',givenings a lot of tips to anyone who incidently leave the car into a no- parking zone, take care with the car!!!!!
The DK guidebook mentions that it was not easy to walk around in Milan because cars are parked all over the place. And it is correct that cars are parked all over the place (I would have driven a Smart car if I had lived in Milan, that is for sure) but it was not that difficult to move around on foot. And on major streets we just had to wait for the green man to cross the street. We had one odd incident when crossing the road to get to the Statione Centrale. We had a green light to cross but pedestrians facing us were not crossing. So I turned around and people going the opposite way still had a red man (Don?t walk signal). If anyone can explain the logic in that I?ll be happy to hear from them :-)
Hmmm. Be careful when you are driving. Those people are driving like mad!! I wondered what red traffic lights were for...