Guide to Milan, Italy

If you’re planning a trip through Italy think about making Milan one of your stops! I personally don’t think you’ll be disappointed, but you should see for yourself! Here is a quick guide to help make the most of your time in Milan.


Arriving in Milan 

Since I had limited time I decided to take a taxi from Milan’s Malpensa airport to the city. If you can I would suggest saving yourself some cash by taking public transportation. There is a bus that runs from the airport to Milan’s Central station for around 7/8 euro. (A taxi cost around 100 euros…  Do you know how much pizza and gelato you can buy with that?!) Then from there you can take a taxi or the metro to your final destination.


Checking In 

I’m usually one to stay in a hostel almost everywhere I go, but I’ve become a huge fan of Airbnb. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, your life is about to change. Airbnb is a website for people to list and find accommodations. You can rent out a room in someone’s home, or the entire place, depending on what you are looking for. Most airbnbs cost about the same, if not less than a hotel room. In Milan I used Airbnb and rented out the cutest apartment 10 minutes (walking) from the Duomo. What better way to experience what it’s like living as a local than to stay in their home!

What To Do

Milan Cathedral: Beautiful both inside and out, this is definitely a must do when visiting Milan. My favorite part was going up to the rooftop, the views are breathtaking. If you don’t want or are unable to climb the 250 stairs to the top they do have an elevator(extra cost), but let’s face it after an all-carb diet we know what the smarter option is  (if you guessed the stairs good job!)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Named after the first king of the kingdom of Italy, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Whether you plan to shop or not it’s definitely worth taking a walk through.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper Painting: One of the most admired, studied and reproduced paintings, it’s one of Italy’s must see sites. If this is on your list (and it should be) it’s important that you know to book your tickets to view the painting in advance. When I say in advance I mean 2 months or so, the sooner the better. Unfortunately since I only booked my trip a month before leaving and didn’t look into tickets right away, I was unable to see the painting. So learn from my mistake and reserve tickets ASAP!

 Lake Como: If you feel like taking a break from the city life I would highly suggest taking the train to Lake Como. The trains run every hour from Milano Centrale to Como S. Giovanni. The train ride is about 45 minutes and costs around 14 euro roundtrip. Make the most out of your day in Como by taking a ferry ride on the lake to the different towns. You can stay on and enjoy the scenery from the boat or get off and explore a bit. Don’t leave without a ride on Funicular up to Brunate, where you will get some of THE BEST views of Lake Como (pictured below). 

Good Eats 

I could sit here and suggest some restaurants to eat at, but to be honest no matter where you stop you won’t be disappointed by the food. Something I try to live by when choosing a place to eat, stay away from touristy areas and head off the beaten path. Not only will the food be cheaper, but most of the time it will taste better as well.
Here is a few mouth watering pictures of the fantastic treats I enjoyed during my weekend in Italy. I hope you like pizza, pasta and gelato! P.S. Plan to go home a few pounds heavier
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– Lauren

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