After a nearly 3 week long holiday in Sri Lanka and the Maldives back in January, we decided to prolong our main summer holiday to September, and after our incredible holiday in January, it was going to hard to find something that could give as much wow factor.
We chose to spend a week at the lakes in Northern Italy/Southern Switzerland and split our time between Lake Como, Maggiore and Lugano, but first… Milan.
As we flew into Milan and neither myself or Marco had been there before we decided to squeeze in a night to explore Milan, it’s actually amazing how much you can see of a place in such a short time, so I’m sharing my top tips with you guys!
Where to Stay
We chose to stay in a studio flat we found on Air B n B. It was not smack bang in the centre but was a 5 minute walk from the nearest Metro and 4 stops from Duomo, so in order to get the cheapest price and still be central it was perfect. Plus there was free parking, which was a necessity as we had a hire car to drive to the Lakes.
If you are not on a budget or want to be more central here are a few other accomodation options in Milan I came across when looking:
For Small and Boutique
LaFavia Four Rooms
Where to eat
Best for Panzerotti, an Italian speciality, similar to calzone, but fried… it’s worth the calories
Anywhere around this area, we ate at a small restaurant just off the canal, had the most amazing fondue Gnocchi and tiramisu, but seriously all the menu’s on the many restaurants there looked great!
Best for Gelato… I have yet to experience a bad ice cream in Italy, but this place is good for creating that perfect insta shot, plus it was chocolate ice cream heaven!
What to see
Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The obvious must see sites but not disappointing. Not much explanation is needed for these, but don’t forget to take a shameless selfie with the Duomo, everyone is doing it!
Sforza Castle and Sempione Park
Hop on the metro from Duomo for a few minutes and arrive at this amazing 15th Century castle, explore and take photos or just enjoy people watching and taking in the site and view over the Sempione Park.
The Last Supper
Yes, Milan is home to the original masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci. It is held in it’s own museum within the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a stunning convent. It is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the Sforza Castle and a nice way to see more of Milan.
I would recommend that if this is top of your list you reserve a tour in advance, unfortunately we didn’t get to see the painting as all tours were full… but just another reason to go back to Milan.
This is the beautiful colourful buildings situated on the canal. It has a similar feel to Copenhagen’s famous Nyhavn but with a traditional Italian feel. It has a great atmosphere with loads of bars and restaurants lining the canal and it is easy to spend multiple hours here just relaxing with a cocktail, definitely worth a visit.
I am Wearing:
Top | Nobody’s child
Jeans | MIH
Shoes | Robert Clergerie
This is just a small slice of what Milan has to offer and I know I have missed so much, but this was what we were able to cover in 24 hours and I felt like we got a good taste of the city, and hope it inspires others who have a short period of time there too! I will definitely be returning!