I chose to fly United all the way, which meant a day flight to Newark and an evening flight to Milan's Malpensa Airport. One reason I chose UA all the way was that they recently changed the plane on the Milan segment to a 3-class 767, which I generally like flying. The only really bad thing I encountered on the journey over was the layover in Newark. There is no special Global First Lounge there and the regular United Club was overcrowded, making it difficult to find a seat and to find an electrical socket for charging devices.
I landed at Malpensa mid-morning. Unfortunately, all of Europe was in the midst of a severe heat wave, so it was already quite warm. Prior to departing for Milan, I had purchased online a Milan Card with an Expo 2015 package which gave me unlimited Milan public transit use, a round-trip regional train ticket to the Expo 2015 site, and a ticket to the Expo for any day I choose. So, I had to first hunt down the location where I could exchange my voucher for the package. And from the airport, there are several ways to get into Central Milan. In addition to two bus companies, there is also a train. As I wasn't in a big hurry, I chose a discounted bus ride. The schedule is pretty regular, although it was a little bit of a challenge to figure out where to catch the correct bus from the company for which I bought my ticket.
The bus took me to the Central Station in Milan, which was only a few blocks from my selected hotel, the Hilton Milan. My room, not, surprisingly, was not ready. Bu they let me use the Club Lounge to freshen up and change clothes so I could make my luncheon appointment.
My lunch was near the center of the city by the Duomo. It was called Ristorante Cracco: