Ron and I spent a few days in Milan back in September during Milan Fashion Week. This was his first time there, but not mine. I visited back in 2011 for a day between flights. I had almost no good impressions with the city. Until now when my views of Milan changed completely. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact this time I was accompanied by Ron, and that I’m currently involved with fashion.
As previously shared, Ron and I wanted to be anything else but tourists in Milan. We wanted to feel like Italians living in the city. I assume this is one of the main reasons we loved it so much. So, I decided to come here and share with you my Milan travel guide with favorite things to do and see in the city.
Listen to street musicians performing romantic songs at the Duomo. You can’t imagine what a magical experience it is to listen to all-time classics like Brian Adams’ or Sting’s songs. It’s like a fairy tale. You wonder if this is real, because it’s just too good to be true.
Sip some coffee with a view over the Duomo at Bar Duomo. Enjoying the Italians’ favorite drink at such a location is a great way to experience the beauty of busy Milan.
Go to La Rinascente and buy some Italian chocolate from the seventh-floor food hall where you can enjoy high gastronomy (including wine tasting) along with views of the Duomo’s gargoyles. We bought the most delicious chocolates just for a taste of Eataly, and I still have cravings for them!
Walk around the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, surrounded by world-class designer stores. It’s one of the most impressive and popular places in Milan. You can also spin on the bull’s balls for luck. The craziest tradition, but people from all over the world do it.
Take a walk around the Brera area which is home to beautiful old buildings, cozy restaurants, romantic hidden corners and many art galleries. Make your way to Pinacoteca di Brera if you have a thing for art.
Dine at the Tram Restaurant. I became aware of this restaurant too late and it was fully booked, but it’s on our bucket list for next time. Make sure you book in advance!
Enjoy some gelato from Amorino Gelato Naturale or anywhere else. Nothing can beat the Italian gelato!
Have a lunch at an Authentic Italian restaurant. We sat at Taverna del Borgo Antico on via Madonnina. It was lovely and delicious, but do take in consideration that you have a 7 euro seating charge per person. Even if you order just water. Make sure you ask the waiter about this before taking a seat.
Visit during Fashion Week. If you are into fashion and would get inspired by a buzzing city, plan your trip to Milan during Fashion Week. You will be surprised how many events take place all the time everywhere. And even if you can’t get an invitation for a fashion show, you can always spot some cool street style looks or models being transported from and to a show. It’s a thrill.
Go to the Navigli neighbourhood. It is a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan. Looks romantic and offers some nice spots for going out. We didn’t make it this time but will in the future.
Relax at Parco Sempione. Constructed back in 1888, it is also full of attractions, including Castello Sforzesco, Arco della Pace, Arena Civica, Acquario Civico, Palazzo dell’Arte and more. But mostly, it’s a wonderful place, and very romantic, too!
Take yourself on a journey in the 50s at America Graffiti. Find out more about it here.
Watch a football game at San Siro Stadio. I have already shared my tips here.
And last but not least – go shopping. Milan is amazing for shopping after all!
What tips and ideas can you add? Will be happy to hear from you!