Which city comes to your mind when thinking of fashion, design and art? Certainly, Milan for me… Milan is the second largest Italian city and does not have as impressive architectural monuments as Florence, nor as much proclaimed history as Roma, but it still has its unique magic!
The extended weekend at the end of October was a great choice. The city enchanted me with its charm and elegance, the breathtaking cathedral, the world-famous La Scala opera house and, of course, the excellent food from the local region – Lombardy.
GOOD TO KNOW –
The Milan Fashion week is world-famous and is held twice a year (February, October). It is not intended for the public, but many events are held, where you can get there with an invitation and good contacts.
Milan Furniture fair – is once a year (September) and it is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world.
For football fans – Milan is a home of famous football teams – AC Milan, Inter Milan!
And for the car lovers, it is really a great opportunity to visit the small historic town of Monza (20 km from the center of Milan) with famous –Monza National Racetrack (opened in 1922)!
INTERESTING places in Milan
- Majestic DUOMO Cathedral – is an iconic symbol of the city, and one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe. I recommend ordering tickets with a guide in advance so that you can admire this magnificent architectural treasure in peace.
- La Scala (1778) – is one of the most famous OPERA buildings in the world! Music composers such as Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini staged their most beautiful operas here. More than 3,000 viewers can watch the best musical works here.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – which is a beautiful historical building and one of the oldest and stylish shopping malls in the world. There are many luxury brands boutiques as a Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Dior…and if you are getting tired from the shopping you can relax in one of the many traditional restaurants or cafes.
- Medieval fortress – Sforza Castle (15th century) – you can visit the interesting castle museum and art gallery – with the works of the most influential artists of the Italian painting between 15-19th century.
- CHURCH and Dominican monastery -Santa Maria delle Grazie – is known for its fresca – Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
MY TIP – Lake Como
Awesome one-day trip – escape from the city to beautiful nature with elegant villas. American actor George Clooney also fell in love with this place. In the small town of Como, you can stay or at least have lunch at the famous and charming Villa d’Este – a five-star resort that hosted aristocratic families, successful businessmen and famous actors.
A FEW WORDS about the FOOD and DRINKS
The Lombardy has its own local culinary tradition! In this northern part of Italy, more rice is used than pasta, more butter than olive oil and almost no tomato or fish are used. You should not miss out on tasting, for example, excellent and original recipes such a
traditional dishes – Cotoletta alla Milanese (Wiener Schnitzel), Ossobuco (braised veal shank)
Risotto Milanese. Before dinner, it is customary to have a small aperitif and taste for example famous Campari with soda (the recipe was created in this city) or other popular drinks while enjoying the excellent local salami and cheeses! There are many restaurants and bars, you just have to choose. After a good meal, don’t forget to have one of the many types of coffee and try some dessert, shall we say tiramisu? Buon appetito!
You will never be bored in this city and its surrounding countryside; you can come anytime!