Milan Warnings and Dangers
Milan is one of Italy’s most famous cities. Home to lots of industry and lots of people, travel here can present some problems. Beautiful Milan attracts attention for it’s rich history and devotion to fashion. Today, any traveler will want to make sure their journey to the heart of northern Italy is as safe as possible.
Milan in the Summer
Milan is particularly popular during the summer months. It is a city of mosquitos during this time so make sure you have enough mosquito repellent to keep them at bay especially if you are near a canal area. Even though the city is in the north, be aware that it can very hot during this time of year. Even in the summer, you should bring something to cover your knees and shoulders if you are going to visit an area church. If you not wearing clothing covers those body parts, you can be denied entry to the Duomo.
Pigeons are everywhere. They tend to flock around the Piazza Duomo. Don’t feed them unless you’re prepared for flocks at your feet. Be wary as there are lots of bird seed sellers in the area. Sellers can be very pushy and demand you buy bird seed when you’d rather not. A polite no is usually enough to get them to leave you alone.
Be Careful Taking Local Transportation
As in many other places in Italy, you need to be careful on public transportation. Milan makes an ideal day trip from several local cities. If you are taking a train, make sure your ticket on the train is validated. Otherwise, there can be a heavy fine. Some people say the ticket machine in Bergamo can be broken so be particularly aware when going there.
Some Areas are Less Than Safe
While Milan is generally considered a very safe area, there are some areas that might be troublesome. Be careful around the main exit of the Central Station, and the area around the Piazza Duca D’Aosta. This is where large crowds congregate and so do pickpockets. Another area that can be a problem is Parco Sempione. Many people suggest that it is best to totally avoid this area at night. The Arc of Peace may also attract a crowd that may be engaged in illegal activities such as drug use. Be careful when walking around here even during the day. If you are walking around the Duomo area, there may be men who will try to put a leather bracelet on your arm and then ask for payment. You can often tell them no and they will leave you alone. Hawkers are also everywhere in the city. Many of them want to sell you guidebooks that aren’t particularly accurate. Stick to standard city guide from major publishers books instead.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Milan.