Join us in Milan, recently crowned with the 2019 Design Award for Best City, by Wallpaper* magazine, citing an “exciting renaissance”. This ancient, sophisticated city is often described as the world capital for fashion and [furniture] design, but Northern Italy also played a key role in the advancement of interaction design. In 2003 Arduino was invented in nearby Ivrea, at the Interaction Design Institute, which later merged with Domus Academy, our education partner for the 2020 conference.
As Italy’s industrial and business center, Milan has many world-class attractions, from ancient ruins to cutting edge institutions. With the sartorially sophisticated locals, renowned restaurants, modernist architecture, and opulent museums and galleries, Milan is a surprisingly cool city.
Getting thereBy plane
Milan is served by three international airports.
Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the largest of the three, with non-stop flights to many global capitals. Upon arrival the Malpensa Express offers a 35-minute express train ride into the city center for 13 EUR.
Milan Linate (LIN) is within city limits and serves many destinations throughout Europe. From Linate you can catch a city bus to the center with a regular transit fare of just 2 EUR.
About an hour away is BGY Bergamo Orio al Serio, which is served mostly by budget airlines. Nonetheless, there are buses leaving regular from BGY to Milan for 5 EUR.
Milan can be reached via high-speed rail service via Trenitalia, Italo, SNCF TGV (from Paris & Lyon), Thello (from Marseille & Nice) and SBB (from Switzerland). Turin is only 45 minutes away and Rome is 3 hours. Planning an Italian viaggio before or after the conference? You can easily reach Bologna, Venice, Florence, Naples and many more destinations by train.
Milan is now home to Europe’s largest traffic-restricted zone, as part of an initiative to reduce pollution. We do not recommend traveling around within city limits by car. If arriving to Milan by car for a single day, consider parking at a metro station and entering the city by metro.
AccomodationsWe will be holding a block of rooms just for Interaction Week 2020 attendees. More information coming soon!
Getting AroundMilan combines the wonder and history of an Italian city, together with contemporary comforts. The historical center is best discovered walking around on foot. There is a modern transit system including four metro lines, trams and buses, as well as rail connections to the suburbs and other Italian capitals.
Milan’s public transit system is ATM: Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. Tickets work for the entire system: metro, buses, trams and even suburban rail within city limits. It also includes the historic trams made of wood and iron!
Single ride tickets, valid for 90 minutes including transfers, are 2 EUR. An unlimited use 1-day ticket is 7 EUR and a 3-day ticket is 12 EUR. You can purchase tickets at metro stations, newsstands or many “Tabacchi” shops that have a large T sign out front. In the metro system you can pay using contactless payment credit cards from Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Maestro and VPay. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal in ATM’s own app, as well as via SMS (Italian SIM cards only). For directions using Milan’s public transit system, try CityMapper, Moovit, Google Maps, or ATM’s own app.
Milan city taxis are white and have a medallion on the back and a "TAXI" light on top. Street hailing of taxis is forbidden, so taxis can be requested via the Free Now app, at a taxi stand marked by an orange sign, or by calling one of the taxi company phone lines (+39 02 4040, +39 02 5353, +39 02 6969, +39 02 8585).
There are numerous shared mobility services in Milan, including cars, bicycles, mopeds and even scooters.