7 Reasons to love and visit Milano

7 Reasons to love and visit Milano

Ciaoo Bella ! ~

If you are planning a city trip to Milan Italy: 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 and visit Milano right away!



First off I want to discuss 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 pass on your way. 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 colours 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 found out 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.

Castello Sforzesco

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.

5 Shopping

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 neighbourhood 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 flavour. I think I went 3 times.

Pssst…If you are interested in my Venice post, take a look here.

7 Gelato

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 flavours! 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 macaroons like me… they have iced macaroons 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!

Arrivederci! ~

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  1. September 9, 2017 / 12:19

    Uhm WOWOW! So many awesome tips! I’ve been wanting to go to Milan for awhile so now I have 7 more reasons! The skull and bones church looks sooo cool! And the buffet is such a good tip!

    • jessikat
      September 17, 2017 / 21:35

      you have to go and tell me all about it after wards! The buffet is the best tip hahahaha

  2. September 9, 2017 / 13:06

    Italy is lovely. And never knew so many details of Milan before.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. September 9, 2017 / 13:08

    Milano looks so beautiful !! And the food … I am hungry just reading about it !!

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:25

      You can’t go wrong with italian food! And not just pastaaa

  4. September 9, 2017 / 13:14

    Also when visiting Duomo is good to wear something on your shoulders or they won’t let you in! 🙂 I visit often Milan because my sister lives there, and it seems that the palms were planted because of Starbucks! Locals hate them SO much 😀 But you’re right that during the summer it’s so unbearably hot, in fact I prefer to avoid it in July and August!
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    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:25

      Hahha yeah that is what they tell me that they hate the palms! They should have planted some nicer trees there I guess! Would be more appealing

  5. September 9, 2017 / 13:39

    Love this! I went to Milano last March and I loved this city so much! The Milano duomo was beautiful! Such an amazing city 🙂
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    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:24

      I agree! A really beautiful city! Glad you liked it and my post

  6. September 9, 2017 / 15:38

    Didn’t get to go up to the roof of the Duomo as it was closed for restoration, it remains my regret =( The weather was also very gloomy when I was in Milan. You’ve got some great sunny shots here! Would love to visit the city again!

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:23

      We were lucky in Milan, eventhough it was super hot it did rain heavyly right after our visit to the castelo! But it was about when we where returning to the hotel haha.. ohh yes you have to go back a day for the roof!

  7. khushboo Bansal
    September 9, 2017 / 17:42

    Looks like an amazing trip. The Gelato looks really tempting, I Shall plan a trip soon.

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:21

      You will love the gelato! Have fun on your trip!!

  8. September 9, 2017 / 20:55

    Love this guide! I’ve never been to Italy so I’ll make sure to bookmark this for my future trip.

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:21

      Once you go italy…you will want to go back! Hahaa

  9. September 10, 2017 / 02:30

    I love Milan esp the duomo and gelato! I need to get to the navigli now there I haven’t been!!

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:20

      Yeah, that neighborhood is so much fun!

  10. September 10, 2017 / 05:44

    Great tips! Planning a trip to Italy next year and this post was very helpful. Thanks for sharign <3

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:19

      Glad you liked it and that it is usefull! Enjoy your time there!

  11. September 10, 2017 / 05:58

    I would love to visit the Duomo one day. And, of course, sample the gelato!! 😉

    • jessikat
      September 10, 2017 / 08:18

      Oh yes 2 musts!!

  12. September 11, 2017 / 08:34

    I love Milano! It’s the perfect combination of great food, epic fashion, culture and history. Now you made miss Milano a little, so I guess I’m just going to go back for another round 😛

    • jessikat
      September 12, 2017 / 21:59

      I want to go back too, I feel like I stayed way too short there

  13. September 14, 2017 / 11:30

    Love this! Milano looks so beautiful i have dream to visit Milano.

    • jessikat
      September 17, 2017 / 21:27

      You have to go! it is good for a short city trip

  14. February 14, 2020 / 10:26

    A very helpful account of traveling through Milan. Like every Italian city, there is more to them than the obvious attractions. In Milan, there is more to the iconic Duomo and fashion with its excellent bus service and other beautiful churches and buildings. The food is always there, wherever you are in Italy.
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