A throwback to my two short days in Milan after Barcelona. Milan is such a beautiful and fashionable city. I loved walking around checking out the shops, finding places to eat, people watching and exploring the city. It can be difficult to see a city if you don’t know much about it, so click the read more to see my travel guide tips on where to stay, shop, eat and what to see in Milan!
Where to Stay
Milan is an expensive city and I wanted to stay in a convenient, safe and well priced place and that is why I choose to stay at the hostel, Ostello Bello Medici. It was one of the best hostels that I ever stayed at! They are located in the city, they welcome you with a free drink (alcohol or non-alcohol), they provide free breakfast and dinner, have free food in the fridge, an amazing patio and kitchen and a great common area/bar, free wi-fi and more! You know it is a great hostel when you have locals coming to the bar! If you ever decide to go to Milan and want a cheap place to stay, I would definitely recommend Ostello Bello.
If you are not into staying at a hostel, Hotel Royal Falcone is a great option.
It is a 4 star hotel for a great price in a historic building located in the centre of Monza. It has modern rooms, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. You can even schedule a shuttle to/from Malpensa and Bergamo airports.
What to See
The Duomo. One of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals, located in the piazza del Duomo and is the third largest church in Christendom. It took 500 years to make and is suppose to take 5 years to clean. I would definitely recommend checking out this church, the detail on every square inch of this church is amazing – inside and out. For a truly amazing experience, I’d recommend going to the roof, you can climb 150 steps or take the lift to the top!
Sforza Castle. It was built and lived in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. Today, it is a museums, which has some of Milan’s cultural and civic history, including Michelangelo’s final work, the Rondanini Pietà. The castle is huge and very beautiful so if you are going to check it out, I would recommend that you allow lots of time!
The Navigli. It consists of two long canals – the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese. The Navigli is a great place to check out as there are tons of restaurants and cafés and on the last Sunday of every month there is an antiques market that is held on the Naviglio Grande.
Where to Shop
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, located right near the Duomo and was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. If your looking to splurge and go luxury shopping, you can find stores such as Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Valentino, etc. If you don’t want to break the bank, I’d still recommend checking out this mall as the architecture is stunning!
Where to Eat
Gino Sorbillo – Lievito Madre al Duomo. If you are looking for the best authentic pizza with fresh ingredients where the locals go – this is a must eat!
Al Pont de Ferr. Awarded a Michelin star in 2014. They don’t just serve pasta as their is a wide variety of dishes offered but this place is great one with fresh ingredients and elegantly served dishes.
I hope you find these travel tips helpful as I had such a great time in Milan and experience everything the city has to offer.