Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Milan is one of the popular city destination in the northern part of Italy. Even though when researching 'what to do in Milan', the results didn't seem too exciting, when we got there, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed ourselves. Here is a quick Guide of Milan from my experience. 

The Gothic Duomo Cathedral

How to get to Milan.
You can choose between 2 airports to get to Milan. Linate Airport and the much bigger Malpensa Airport. Linate Airport is smaller and very near to the city. As for Malpensa Airport, it is much further out. Transportation towards the city centre of Milan is very easy from both airports though, so for our first time to Milan, we flew Easyjet over the beautiful snow tops of the Alps to get to Milan Malpensa. Once we arrived, it was a quick ride on the Malpensa Express train to Milan City Centre where our adventure began.

Where to stay.
First things first, we checked into our hotel which was just a few minutes from Duomo Piazza and right next to the amazing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. For your first trip to Milan, make sure you book a centrally located hotel as it is then simpler to just walk everywhere from there. :) 
For me, to be as close as possible to Duomo was my priority. 

Hubby enjoying the view of the Galleria from the Hotel Lobby. 

This is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Sights not to miss in Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This beautiful galleria is a must visit site when in Milan. It is a luxury shopping arcade known as il Salotto di Milano - 'Milan's drawing room'. It is of course always very busy with passers-by and with tourists but if you just look up to the magnificent glass roof dome, it is easy to just lose yourself in its beauty. 

Piazza Del Duomo
Milan's Duomo Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in the world and it is as impressive as ever today as it was since its construction in the 14th century. On the Piazza del Duomo, get the best picture of the front facade of the cathedral. A photo opportunity not to miss! 

Inside Duomo and the Rooftops of Duomo
Okay, so the queue might look scary long to get in (depending on which time of the year you are there) but it is all worth it! Being there in early March, the queue was probably not too bad thankfully :) 
We took the full combo ticket at EUR 15 to visit inside the Cathedral, the Archeological Area, the Duomo Museum, the Rooftops of Duomo (access by lift) and the Church of S.Gottardo in Corte. 
Plan at least 2-3 hours to enjoy everything. 

Inside Duomo Cathedral

Inside the Church of S.Gottardo in Corte - see the beautiful coloured glass mosaic.

On the Rooftop terrace of Duomo

Now comes the fun part when we casually took a stroll around the Fashion District of Milan. Via Montenapoleone is the street you need to find taking you to the elegant and of course high-end part of Milan. Perfect for window shopping and for admiring not only the super luxurious shop windows but also for the architecture. 

Via Montenapoleone

Pasticceria Marchesi 1824 - one of Milan's most iconic cafés
As we walked pass this café,  we could not resist not going in. Also recently known as Prada's café (as Prada acquired 80% of Marchesi in 2014), Marchesi is one of the oldest cafés in Milan and it is all about the experience once inside... 

Our wonderful afternoon stop at Pasticceria Marchesi

To find out what to eat when in Milan, check our my post : Eating in Milan.

This post is going to be pretty long so I'll leave you here with some shots taken of Milan at night ... 


I hope you've enjoyed taking this trip with me! :) 

There are of course many more to do in Milan but for our first trip, we were happy with what we had accomplished! What are your suggestions and recommendations for our next trip to Milan?


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