Last weekend I headed to the fabulously fashionable city of Milan. It was a fairly spur of the moment decision and flights were super cheap!
When I have heard of friends traveling to Italy it is usually to visit Rome or Venice and I knew very little about Milan. The big draw for me was the beautiful architecture including the cathedral in the centre of the city ‘Duomo di Milano’ as well as the super arty café ‘Bar Luce’ that I had seen on instagram which was designed by one of my favourite people, Wes Anderson.
We arrived around midday and because we wanted to start exploring quickly with the time we had, decided to take a taxi in to the city. I strongly recommend against this! It cost us €100 for less than an hours journey to our hotel. Get a train! Our journey back to the airport via train cost us a whopping €3 each and ‘day travel cards’ for all public transport are only €4.50 plus it’s all super quick and easy to figure out!
We headed to the cathedral first, and when we arrived the square was filled with police and tv cameras, and we soon realised the Pope had just visited and made a speech so the cathedral was closed! It reopened a couple of hours later and after about an hour of queuing and 250 steps later we made it to the roof and it was well worth the wait! It was mid afternoon in March and 21 degrees! We hung around on the roof for an hour or so taking photos and sunbathing. Absolute bliss.
Our hotel concierge had advised us to avoid the ‘tourist packed, over-priced Duomo’ if we wanted to eat real Italian food but whilst strolling the backstreets of Duomo found the most perfect little café called Luini. There was a huge queue of locals waiting for their fried panzerotti so we joined them! It was well worth the 10 minute wait for the hot mozzarella and spicy salami panzerotti and at only €3, an absolute bargain lunch!
After lunch we strolled around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele eyeing up the windows of Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton and the glorious glass dome roof.
Sunday was spent sight-seeing. We headed to the L.O.V.E sculpture at Piazza Affari, Sempione Park and Museo del Novesento (for some awesome shots of the cathedral) before spending our last couple of hours in La Terrazza di Via Palestro’s roof terrace drinking gin and champagne cocktails and soaking up the rest of the sun.
We were only in Milan for two days but we saw so much (and ate so much). Next time it would be great to get to the Navigli and Brera districts to check out the canals, markets and ristorantés.