I spend a (very busy) weekend in Milan and didn’t know what I would expect as I heard mixed opinions about Italian’s fashion capital. Some left their heart in Milan, while others found this city underwhelming. My personal conclusion: I want to see more of Milan! See for yourself and form your own opinion.
There’s one thing to keep in mind. Don’t expect Milan to be anything like Rome! Milan is not an ancient city with spectacular sites on every corner. However, it does have a lot to offer! Here are 10 things that you shouldn’t miss in Milan:
First things first! The breathtaking cathedral is the most famous sight of Milan and no visit is complete without enjoying this magnificent building. You can take a guided tour inside the duomo and visit the roof for an amazing view.
You can’t be in Italy and not indulge in gelato! The best (and not so typical) ice cream can be found in Stecco Natura. These are super refreshing, natural iced-collies that are the perfect treat for a hot day. Another popular choice is Cioccolati Italiani, if you are looking for true Italian gelato.
This park is not far from the center and the perfect spot to relax a little outside of the hustle and bustle of Milano. You can’t miss the entrance: it’s a huge old castle called Sforzesco, which also functions as a museum. Sit down and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Milan is the Italian capital of fashion. Where else should you shop for Versace, Prada, and Armani, if not there! The Corso Buenos Aires is on of the biggest shopping streets of Europe and the biggest in Milan. If your looking for high fashion brands that head to Via Montenapoleone and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
The Navigli district
It is the perfect place for having dinner and having a fun night out. Along the two canals you will find bars next to charming restaurants, galleries on the water and cute cafés. Make sure to also experience a sunset at the Navigli canal!
Visit a market
Wherever I am I love to discover little and unique markets! During our short stay, we managed to explore two markets in Milan. The street food market Mercato Metropolitano that offers mostly Italian food and a fashion market called Mercato di Via Fauchè, where you can buy designer shoes on sale.
Italy = food! It is as simple at that. Besides pizza and pasta, we optioned for paninis for lunch at the B.G. Bar near the cathedral. In the Navigli district you will see that a lot of places have a “happy hour”. That means that for about 8-10€ you will get a drink of your choice and a buffet with all kinds of food. It’s a great deal!
Galleries and Art
Unfortunatly, we were not able to visit one of the many museums and galleries that Milan has to offer. Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is Milan’s best-visited piece of art that you can examine in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Right next to the duomo you can find this glamorous shopping mall. All of Italian’s prestige fashion houses are situated here. Keep also an eye out for the bull on the floor. You’ll notice people whirling on it. They say, it will bring you good luck!
What are your favorite things to do in Milan?