Forget all the stuff youâ€™ve heard about Milan being the â€˜fashion capital of Europeâ€™, Italyâ€™s second largest city actually has two passions: clothes and football.
The Milanese have good reason to love the glorious game, because their city boasts not one but two of Europeâ€™s leading clubs â€“ FC Internazionale (known as â€˜Interâ€™ Milan) and AC Milan. It is the presence of these two colossuses of football that makes the city a mecca for serious football fans from all over the world.
A Temple of Football
Imagine if Manchester United and Manchester City shared the same stadium, one venue hosting two mega clubs! Well, that is the situation here. Both Inter and AC share the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (known locally as San Siro). A trip to this hallowed football ground will see you walking in the footsteps of all the legendary players who have played for both teams: Paolo Maldini, Gianni Rivera, Roberto Baggioâ€¦ to name but a few.
The stadium has its own museum (and gift shop, of course) so you can wander around taking in the old photos, shirts and boots belonging to both clubsâ€™ most legendary players, as well as the impressive trophy case. Then pop into the shop and buy yourself a little footballing memorabilia.
This is such an exciting stop for most football fans that youâ€™d be excused for forgetting to check into your hotel first, and taking your Malpensa shuttle transfer straight here from the airport instead.
More Footie Sights
Once youâ€™ve walked the hallowed ground at San Siro, why not go the whole hog and check out the Museo Mondo Milan at the teamâ€™s headquarters, Casa Milan.
A museum dedicated to AC Milan, this uses cutting-edge technology to immerse visitors in this fully interactive, football experience. Stand in the clubâ€™s virtual trophy room, listen to the players talking about their time at the club, and find out more about the research that goes into keeping the players match fit.
Also at Casa Milan, is the official AC store where the latest kit and souvenirs can be bought.
Watch a Game
Getting tickets for a game can be tricky (virtually impossible for derbies) but you can get a taste of the atmosphere by standing shoulder to shoulder with the passionate locals as they watch their team in one of the cityâ€™s many sports bars. My favouriteâ€™s include:
â€¢ Murphyâ€™s Law â€“ I often stop off here for a game when Iâ€™ve finished taxiing visitors to the airport as a driver for the Malpensa shuttle service. It can get pretty crowded and the atmosphereâ€™s always electric
â€¢ Old Fox â€“ Another favourite haunt, this bar shows every Serie A game to a rowdy, local crowd
â€¢ Hall of Fame â€“ This is a serious sports bar for serious sports fans, the owners live and breathe football and if thereâ€™s none of that on TV, theyâ€™ll watch motorsports, skiing or anything else competitive
The great news is, itâ€™s seriously easy to get here with flights out of the UK with a range of budget airlines. Make sure you book your Malpensa shuttle with Shuttle Direct online before you leave home and, who knows, I might be there to meet you and your mates when you touch down!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable Malpensa shuttle transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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