Milan: financial and fashion heart of Italy, only a few hours drive to Switzerland, France and Germany. Out of all Italian cities, it is not my favourite but still worth a week-end visit to experience its unique designer boutiques, finest restaurants and glamorous lifestyle.
Milan in TWO DAYS
START OFF with a visit to the DUOMO Cathedral: monumental and iconic where to admire Milan’s skyline from above. Tickets are about 6 euros/pp. When at the top the view is pretty surreal due to the dozens of gargoyles, flying butresses and other statues all scattered around. Look carefully and you will also able to spot the golden statue of the Madonnina (Virgin of Milan) which also signs the highest point of the city.
CONTINUE your visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world’s most ancient (and glamorous) shopping malls. What makes it peculiar are the astonishing glass roofs and a central glass dome and its mosaic walls depicting the coat of arms of Florence, Rome, Milan and Turin.
END your day walking alongside the Navigli canals at sunset to enjoy a classic italian aperitivo in one of the multiple fashionable bars. If you head down between 7pm -9pm with a set price of 12 euros you’ll be getting a drink and all you can eat platters of regional nibbles.
NIGHTLIFE, The Navigli area is undoubtedly the most economic and vibrant part of the city populated with locals Milanesi (residents of Milan). So after enjoying an aperitivo proceed your walk to Naviglio Grande and back to Naviglio Pavese for more bars and clubs.
With perhaps a sore head I would recommend a more cultural and historical visit to appreciate Leonardo da Vinci‘s masterpiece: The Last Supper. This is undoubtedly something local citizens and indeed Italians are very proud of. For this, given the popularity, I recommend getting tickets (10 euros pp) 2-3 weeks in advance.
Trattatoria All’antica – as the name suggests ‘the old way’, this restaurant will serve you traditionally cooked dishes at a reasonable price.
Trattoria Masuelli S. Marco – you cannot leave Milan without trying an authentic Risotto alla Milanese (they are the expert on that!) or one of their broths. This trattoria is one of the fewest places which adopts traditional recipes; one of them includes preparing a broth with five different types of meat. Meat eaters: THIS IS IT!