Well hello to you my reader chums! The weekend just gone, I jetted off for a short city break to Milan with my best friends. We booked the trip with only two weeks to spare, and in that time, planned out how to tackle all the main sites in those 36 hours.
Walking through its city streets past the designer shops, iconic architecture and that lingering scent of delicious cuisine, Milan is a city not to miss. Smaller than expected, the time we spent there was enough to see all its famous landmarks and absorb the Italian culture. With this post, I'm going to show you everything I got to see and offer some advice on how you can see it all in a short amount of time.
On Friday 3rd February, we headed up to London Gatwick airport and boarded our 1pm flight to arrive in Milan for around 4pm.
Molly and I waiting to board
After landing in Milan, we took a transfer and taxi from the airport, arriving at our apartment around 5.30pm. We stayed at Dreams Hotel Residenza De Marchi, a charming set of apartments on the outskirts of Milan. The modern apartment provided 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living area and kitchen with plenty of space for the 4 of us.
Once settled in our apartment, we got dressed up and went to find a restaurant for dinner. In the neighbourhood we were in, stood a charming tucked away pizzeria so we dined there. I chose a classic pizza with prosciutto ham and a pear/chocolate cake for dessert. The wine was the perfect way to toast our first night in Italy and tasted delicious.
Molly and I
Chloe and I
On Saturday, our final and full day in Milan, we packed all the main sights in. Hopping on the bus to the metro, we stopped off at Piazza del Duomo and had breakfast. On the other side of the square, opposite the Duomo sat a quaint café which served up a mouth-watering breakfast. We had a plate of croissants packed with different fillings and a hot chocolate each which basically consisted of a thick, creamy drinkable mouse!
Three musketeers at the bus stop
Breakfast in Milan
Danielle and I at breakfast
After eating, we got on the hop on, hop off city tour bus. This basically has 3 different routes around the city, where you pay a day fee and can get on/ off whenever you please. When driving around, you're given a headphones to plug in which explain a bit of the route's background history. I would 100% recommend these tours if you're in a city for only a few days as you can get a glimpse of it all. Our tour began at the square and after taking us around the city, we hopped off at the Central station. Here, we took a few images of the scenery and had a look inside the station, the second biggest in Italy. We stopped off for lunch there and then got back on the bus to resume the day tour.
Piazza del Duomo
Milan's Central station
Outside Central station with Danielle
Next stop was the Sforza Castle, a significant landmark built originally in the 15th century and renovated during 16th-17th century. From there, it was rebuilt with today housing several of the city's museums and art collections. We took a look around the grounds and fountain which stood outside, soaking up its history.
Danielle, Molly, Chloe and I by the fountain at the Sforza Castle
It wouldn't be a trip to Milan without a shopping spree so we hopped back on the bus and got off at one of its major shopping streets, Corsa Bueno Aires. Next to the city tour bus stop stood this one shop we all fell in love with. They offered clothes and accessories for a variety of price ranges. I'd describe it as an Italian version of Forever 21. At that store, I picked up a few denim pieces and jumper, all for under 30 Euro! We looked around another few shops and then jumped back on the metro to return to Piazza del Duomo. It was then time to visit the Duomo, one of Milan's most iconic sights. I have to say, this was my highlight of Milan. Nothing mesmerises me more than an incredible cathedral or church with the mind-blowing architecture and religious significance. Being religious myself, I find visiting new churches very therapeutic especially when abroad.
Me in front of the Duomo
Us 4 in front of the Duomo
To warm up, we headed to a martini bar that stood right next to the Duomo. I chose a hot chocolate as my hands were freezing and just like the morning drink, it tasted divine. After a few chats and giggles, we walked down to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. It's architecture and design blew me away! Lined with some of the best designers and fine dining restaurants, the place oozed glamour.
View from the Martini bar
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
After window shopping, we browsed round the nearby streets and found a restaurant for our final meal in Milan. I chose the exceptional caprese salad and pesto pasta with a glass of wine, the ideal ending to a swift city break. We then got a taxi back to the apartment and packed up, ready for our early morning flight to London. Ciao Milano!
The rustic and fast-paced feel of Milan was one to remember. With the highlight of the Duomo, endless shops and fine dining, I'd recommend a city break here to all.
I hope you enjoyed an insight of how I spent 36 hours in Milan. Have you ever visited?
Thank you for reading <3