Ciaoo Bella ! ~
If you are planning a city trip to Milano: great! I have some tips for you… and if you need some more convincing… I’ll gladly give you 7 reasons to book your ticket right away!
First off I want to address how great the Milano public transport system is…and how cheap! By ATM I don’t mean the cash machines, but “Azienda Transporti Milanesi”.
You can buy your tickets at any Tabachi shop you encounter. You can buy a ticket that is valid for 90 minutes for 1,50 euro. But if you are going to explore the city in one or two days I suggest you to buy a one-day ticket for 4,50 euro or a two-day ticket for 8,25 euros like we did.
The system is very easy to use with colors and numbers like in most modern subway cities. And you can go almost everywhere with it.
2 The Milano Duomo
Now that you can move around town, let’s get off at the big Duomo Square to visit the famous Milano cathedral. The subway station takes you just right in front of it.
Tip: come as early as possible! It opens at 8 am, so I suggest arriving around this time. The lines are so long! You even need to get a ticket to wait in line to buy tickets. Especially if you want to visit the inside, you must come early. We didn’t wanted to visit the interior, just because the line was already huge and I don’t really like insides of churches anymore as I already seen so many, hehe…
Anyway… the Duomo roof, or how they call it ‘cathedral terrace’, is a must see! So we opt for that line, which was really short before 10 am. You can choose going by foot or by elevator. We picked the stairs and it wasn’t that hard. But if you have any issues with knees, just take the lift.
Attention: For buying tickets you have to go to a different building right behind the cathedral to buy it. The line for the inside is right from the cathedrals (well you can’t miss that one really…) and for the roof it is in the left corner of the cathedral.
To visit inside the cathedral it costs you 3 euros. To go to the terraces on foot it is 9 euros and by lift 13 euros. You can also visit the Duomo museum and archeological area. There are also mixed combo tickets for sale if you feel like visiting multiple things. IF you go to see the inside remember: Wear clothes that cover your shoulder and knees!
They recently planted a row of palm trees at the Duomo Square. It has many critics from locals as they think it doesn’t fit the Duomo. I kind of agree that they should have chosen a better fitting tree type that doesn’t contrast as much, but man I was happy there was some shades on that huge square.
3 Milanese Risotto
I never really liked risotto because many of them in Belgium have mushrooms in it, which I hate. But when I heard that Milanese style risotto is with cheese only, I had to try it! A fact about me: I LOVE CHEESE. The risotto is made with chicken stock, onions, regional Parmigiano cheese, pinches of saffron and dry white wine.
Tip: We picked a restaurant nearby the duomo: “Granaio“ and we weren’t disappointed. I choose for the Milanese style risotto of course, and my boyfriend took the one with zucchini and shrimp…which was also super delicious!
4 Castle and churches
Milan has a rich historical culture, with many churches, castles and palaces. We just had 2 full days there and couldn’t see many. We choose to see these 3 special places.
San Bernardino alle Ossa
Just a few minutes walking behind the Duomo, you can find this unique church. It doesn’t look very special when you walk in though. But when you go to the right you can find the ossuary, a crypt-like chapel decorated with human skulls and bones.
Around 1210, when and adjacent cemetery ran out of space they decided to stock the bones in this church instead… A bit macabre if you ask me, but non-the less SO COOL to see!
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
This church originates from the 4th century! The first design has the shape of an early Christian Basilica. It was in the 12th century that they rebuild it into the style it still has today: the Roman style, but still keeping the original shape.
It was a very hot day and when we arrived in the basilica, I was so glad I could chill in its shades for a while.
I liked this castle very much. It had a big park behind it and the inside has many style of architecture mixed into one big place.
Milano must be THE fashion city of Italy. If you want to shop, you are in the right place.
The super famous “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II’ right next to the Duomo has many high class brands at your display. But if you aren’t into brands or just can’t afford them like me, regular shops are all around the Duomo.
P.s.: I bought this cute wink bag and jumpsuit there and my new silver and rose gold summer shoes in an Italian shoe shop near the Castello Sforzesco
6 Happy Hour in Navigli
If you been to Venice or Murano in Italy before, you will definitely link Navigli to it. The housing build around the canal with the bridges gives its charm. This neighborhood is perfect for late afternoons. It’s a lovely place to stroll around and to have drinks and dinner and enjoy the sunset later on.
When you walk around you will see that many of the restaurants there offer you a “Happy Hour”. You have to buy a cocktail, from restaurant to restaurant ranged from 8 to 12 euros and you can eat from their buffet FOR FREE… I mean.. wow.. yes.. HELL YES! I thought it would be a very basic buffet, not really worth it, but I was wrong. It had a good variety and it’s with local dishes with a lot of flavor. I think I went 3 times.
Pssst…If you are interested in my Venice post, take a look here.
And off course… you have to finish (or start or whenever you freaking want, because ice cream knows no time!) with Italian Gelato!
I got a really nice tip from an Instagram friend on that day to try the gelato at “Amorino” and so should you. They have many cool flavors! After you pick the ones you like, they decorate your gelato into a flower! I probably picked nutella, mango and cocos.
Cute and delicious… just how I like it.
Tip: if you love macarons like me… they have iced macarons as a topping! Try it!
And apparently even Angels love Gelato!
Milan was perfect for a short city trip. If you have more time, it would be even better to explore this Italian city. I’ve been in love with Italy for a while now and Milano is no exception. I hope you liked my tips and use them well!
ps: There is so much more to Love in Northern Italy. If you are staying longer and want to see more places check out what you could do in 4 days time!