Why we went to Milan
A few months ago, Rebecca booked one of those mystery getaway deals through a voucher site. You know the kind where you pay a small fee and can end up anywhere in the world. We waited a few weeks for the call and were excited to learn that we’d won 2 nights in Milan. We had such a great time exploring and wanted to share with you our top 7 ways to create a memorable trip to Milan.
The sights and experiences we had in Milan
1 – Explore the Sforza Castle
The train from the airport comes into Milano Cadorna. From there it is a short walk to Sforza Castle, which was built in the 14th century castle and enlarged during the 16-17th century to become one of Europe’s largest citadels. The impressive grounds are free to explore and are home to some very impressive artwork.
2 – Have a Milan Italian Breakfast (It’s the best ever)
Our idea of an Italian breakfast is something sweet and a double espresso (with plenty of sugar). I’m still drooling over the thought of the cannoli and the caffeine hit from the double espresso. It was a sure-fire way to get us going in the morning, ready for a day’s exploring.
3 – Visit the Navigli area of Milan
No visit to Milan would be memorable without seeing the Navigli. Its canals lend themselves to alfresco dining and amazing alleyways lead to local artists at work. We found a cosy restaurant to enjoy our evening meal called Vetusta Insigna where we had a traditional risotto milanese with the house red wine. It was a lovely way to end the evening.
4 – Walk down Corso di Porta Ticinese
A walk down Corso di Porta Ticinese is not to be missed if you like street art. Many of the shops have unique street art on their shutters.
We walked down here a couple of times and found the best time to see the street art is in the evening or on a Sunday, when most of the shops are closed and their shutters are down.
At the end of your walk, you will be greeted by the impressive columns of Porta Ticinese. A great place to stop and refuel with more sweet pastries or just a short walk away is the Navigli and the best Aranchini I have ever tasted.
5 – Walk round Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Even if you’re not a shopper, no visit to Milan would be complete without a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Opened over 100 years ago, the high archway roof with centre dome and mosaic floor are extremely impressive. It is home to high-end fashion designers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Armani to name a few.
6 – Duomo di Milano
As you approach the main piazza, you will be in awe at how impressive the Duomo di Milano is. Before you venture inside, take a moment to sit and look at the detail on the outside of the building. Once inside you can explore the cathedral, discover the excavated areas that are under the front or climb (or take the elevator) to see magnificent views all around Milan and as far as the mountains.
7 – Enjoy yourself in Milan
Follow your nose, explore and find something and somewhere unique to your visit. Make it a trip to remember. Stop on a street and take in the atmosphere, breathe and smell the city air. There are many sights to see in Milan and these are just a few we experienced.
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