Milan Business Travel Guide

The best hotels, restaurants and activities for Milan business travelers.

Milan means business. Vibrant, open to fresh ideas and little inclined to rest on its laurels, the city has always been at the forefront of business and industry. Today, it is fashion and finance, in the past, it was industrial development, trade and banking. Not a city that springs immediately to mind when it comes to great art, but Milan's movers and shakers commissioned the likes of Leonardo da Vinci. In terms of sports, Inter Milan and AC Milan soccer clubs are constantly in the news, while the Italian Grand Prix is run at nearby Monza. Many of Italy's leading companies are based in and around Milan — a choice made by some 80 percent of foreign multinationals operating in Italy.

Many business visitors to Milan come for the trade fair events, the biggest being the Milan Furniture Fair, held in mid-April. Always vast, the Milan fairgrounds complex moved to Rho in 2006, some 15 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of the city.

Milan can trace its origins back to the Celts. The Romans came along a while later, followed by others who believed the city to be strategically important: a crossroads between north and south, east and west.

These days, Milan still attracts visitors, particularly business people who spend their time between airports, offices and hotels, before rushing for flights to the next destination. Even if downtime is brief, there is plenty to do in Milan and our business travel guide will shows you.