Then, let's get into today's post: MILANO. One of the reasons I have not dedicated much time to the blog lately is because I have been very lucky and have been able to travel to many places during February and March, being one of them Italy. It wasn't for a long time, and as during the day I was participating at the Model United Nations at the Bocconi University, what I could visit was very little. However, big enough to have a pretty good idea of Milan. So here comes how to spend an unforgettable weeknd in Milan:
If you have never been to the city, and even if you have, the best idea is to start your tour at the Piazza del Duomo.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but to my knowledge 'duomo' means Cathedral in Italian and that is what it is. A huge splendid gothic cathedral in the city historic center. It was build between 1418 and 1577, and when you stand next to it, you definitely get the nostalgic feeling and could perfectly imagine a self made bourgeois walking around selling their newly manufactured product. Back to present: it is a gorgeous sight to see and probably what makes Milan so unique. And you can even 'climb' to the top and see the city from a higher point.
Next, walking around the center is a must. A stroll at the 'Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II', where all the high fashion shops are found is surely a curious things to see (even if you are not aiming to buy a new Gucci purse). Once there, a little further you'll find the Teatro Alla Scala, most likely to be the most well-known opera house in the world, and to my mind, one of the most charming things of Milan. There are tours to visit the inside and I would definitely take one of them!
If somewhere you can eat well wherever and whatever you want, it must be in Italy. I'd recommend having a light sandwich (a Panini, they call them in Italian) at any nice bar you see around. The bread is usually of great quality, and then just find what you would like on the inside!
Once you have had a good rest it's time to keep walking! Before that, I would suggest having an ice cream for dessert- because you know, you are in Italy and gelato is always a good idea. Same as for lunch, probably anywhere will be nice to have one. Then, you can walk your way to Brera's neighborhood. There you'll find a place full of little nice cafes, enchanting shops and last but not least, the Pinacoteca di Brera. It is one of the finest collections of Italian Art and surely worth a visit. From the Renaissance to Futurism.
After a long day, what feels better is a great dinner. And that is what you'll find right at the Brera's neighborhood, as it is fulfilled with many chic restaurants that you will love to try, for all prices and tastes. Indulge some tasty Italian pasta, go for the classy but always good pizza or just stick to meat or fish or whatever other plate you want to, because in Brera they have it all. It feels incredible to end the day with a great meal, isn't it?
To start your day to the fullest, I would suggest paying a visit to the Santa Maria delle Grazie. There you'll find Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Last Supper painting, which is definitely unique. For a more relaxed morning You can walk around until getting back to the center (il duomo) and while on your way you'll surely find a nice caffe to have some lunch!
Bonus time! As everyone has different likes and we don't all love to see the same things, maybe you want to stick to the cultural side, or you would rather visit something more sporty, or just relax at a park, here is a list of various things you could do this last afternoon:
- Visit San Siro's stadium where both A.C Milan and Inter Milan play.
- Check the Gallerie Ambrosiana (more art)
- The Gucci Shop - a truly unique one.
- Castello Sforezesco for a nice stroll or relax time
- Villa Necchi Campiglio
- Museo del Novocento for modern art
I can't tell by first hand, but I have heard that the bar at the Four Seasons is spectacular (and probably not cheap at all, but probably too worth a visit). You can definitely check that out for some good drinks and then go around to find a nice restaurant - which you'll surely do because believe me, it's always good in Italy. There are also night trams that offer dinner inside while touring the city, and in case you like that idea check the here: ATMosfera
Tips and tricks:
1. My purse was stolen while l was out having lunch, so make sure you go with your eyes wide open while you are around!
2. It is super easy and safe and fast and cheap to go around using tram or metro. And in some days traffic can be horrible. So safe your pennies as there is no need to use taxis!
3. Most people speak English good enough to get through a conversation, but they will always appreciate it if you know a few Italian words.
Milan was a city I especially loved. It has a nice feeling and charming harmony surrounding it. It's where Futurism was born, and where a Fashion Week is celebrated every year. It is the perfect match between modern and old. Between elegance and accessibility. So to anyone who is hope to go there, I wish you enjoy it as much as I did!