This guide helps you to get the most out of your visit to Milan and the lakes of Northern Italy by providing detailed descriptions of sights, practical information and expert advice. Introducing Milan, the first chapter, sets the city in its geographical and historical context, and Milan at a Glance provides a brief overview of the architecture and cultural background. Milan Area by Area describes the main sightseeing areas in detail, with maps, illustrations and photographs. A special section is dedicated to the lakes of Northern Italy, which are all within easy travelling distance of Milan's city centre. Information on hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, sports facilities and entertainment venues is covered in the chapter Travellers' Needs, and the Survival Guide section contains invaluable practical advice on everything from personal security to using the public transport system. The guide ends with a detailed Street Finder map and a map of the public transport network in Milan.