The 10 Best Airbnbs in Milan, Italy

Stroll along Milan’s Naviglio Grande
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24 January 2020

Millions flock to Milan every year to luxuriate in the city’s mixture of ancient splendour and cosmopolitan glamour. As one of the most visited cities in Europe, Milan offers plentiful accommodation, ranging from luxury hotels to bare-bones hostels. Take advantage of the unique properties by staying at one of these Airbnbs.

A luxury apartment in the heart of Milan

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There is a list of attractions that every first-time visitor to Milan must visit, like the Duomo (Milan’s famous cathedral), the Quadrilatero della Moda (a section of the city teeming with fashion brands showcasing their latest wares) and Teatro alla Scala (the whimsical opera house). All of these (and much more) are within a 10-minute walk or short train commute from this luxury apartment. While most lodgings at this desirable location are reserved for luxury hotels, this property gives you an upscale feel at an affordable rate. The one-bedroom apartment with a private rooftop terrace is suitable for a couple looking to uncover the best of the city without compromising on quality accommodation.

A spacious room in a 14th-century castle

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This Airbnb is in a prime location for anyone who wants to be immersed in the history and romance of Northern Italy. Located just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Milan, this 14th-century castle can be found in a Medieval village called Coazzano. The adults-only retreat lies on a sprawling estate and features a moat encircling the red-brick castle that you’ll call home. An interior courtyard adds to the fortified vibe, while the gardens outside are the perfect places to wind down after a long day. Though you’ll be in a house share, the spacious room comes with a private bathroom.

A rooftop apartment with a greenhouse feel

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This penthouse apartment is decked out with modern amenities to make even the most discerning travellers feel like they’re right at home. The property – which has a contemporary design – is centrally located in a quiet area on the third floor. While each room is unique and full of character, the rooftop conservatory with roof-to-ceiling windows is a dream. Sip home-brewed espresso and gaze at the tops of other buildings bobbing above the roofline, or read a book while you tan. If it’s raining, curl up under a blanket while the raindrops gently tap against the glass.

A stay at a historic castle

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Located just outside Milan, this 13th-century structure was originally a Catholic convent before being transferred to the nobility and refurbished in the 1500s as a full-fledged castle, housing generations of viscounts and their families. The historic castle is only a 20-minute ride from Milan but equally close to wine-growing regions that permeate Lombardy. Perfect for groups of four, the property is decorated with antique furniture.

A stylish farmhouse for large groups

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There are a large number of farmhouses available in the Lombardy countryside, but few offer easy access into Milan. This beautiful farmhouse combines those two options into a surprisingly affordable package. The rustic exterior complements the sleek and modern interior, which has spacious and minimally decorated rooms in earthy colours. While this listing is for one bedroom, the whole property is suitable for families and groups of up to 30 people. It is situated in a quiet area, but those yearning for the bustle of Milan can easily get into the city as public transportation is nearby. While the farmhouse is closer to the industrial part of town than the countryside, you’d never know it when sitting by the on-site pool ordering a drink. The local restaurant serves up regional specialities, giving the place an authentic feel.

A nautical-inspired loft

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Venice might be the most famous canal location in Italy, but several other cities across the peninsula have their own (albeit, smaller) waterways. Milan’s canals are known as naviglio, and any neighbourhood with that word in its name has a canal nearby. This dreamy loft is just steps from Naviglio Pavese and provides a scenic walk to a delightful array of restaurants and pubs. Inspired by the sea, the house is carefully decorated with maritime details. Suitable for travellers looking to get an unadulterated flavour of the region, the apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen and an oversize shower.

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  • A hippie van for the curious traveller

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    Part of Milan’s charm is its location in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, which easily competes with the Tuscan countryside and the Amalfi Coast as one of the most beautiful and worthwhile areas for driving. Many villages are accessible only by car, and this mobile Airbnb is going to be one of the best and most comfortable ways to extend your trip to Milan far into the countryside. Spacious enough to host up to three people, the van is colourfully decorated and has a bohemian feel to it. While it does not have the traditional setting of an Airbnb listing, the van, which comes with two seats and a table, is ideal for travellers looking to be on the road a lot.

    An industrial-style loft by the canal

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    A comfortable bed is a must for every traveller, but sometimes beds can make a room feel cramped. The hosts behind ‘Flying Home’ understood that when they put their bed on a pulley system, suspending it from the wood-beam ceiling. Guests can hoist the bed up and free valuable floor space. Feel like dancing? Boom, dance floor. Yearning for yoga as the morning sun glistens off the placid canal? Lift the bed and you have all the room you need. The loft has a rustic feel with numerous pieces of contemporary art hanging on the walls and a balcony overlooking the canal.

    A charming apartment in the city centre

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    This second-floor apartment is centrally located in the heart of Milan. Charming and stylish, the property is ideal for two people who want to be surrounded by restaurants, cafés, bars and, of course, endless shopping. Brightly decorated in white, the apartment has a homely feel and is brimming with plants and art. Nearby, you have Corso Buenos Aires – the biggest shopping street in Milan. Popular tourist attractions such as the Piazza San Babila, Piazza del Duomo, Via Montenapoleone and Teatro alla Scala are also close.

    An apartment with a spa bathroom

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    Milan is bursting with luxury accommodation, but you won’t find many with a central location, a massive hot tub and a price that won’t break your wallet. This sophisticated apartment has a colour palette of black and white and comes with a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV and even a spa. Those looking to explore Milan’s nightlife will particularly enjoy this flat as it’s conveniently surrounded by many of the city’s bars and clubs.

    These recommendations were updated on January 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.