Милано Travel guide. What to see and where to eat
THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT TO MILAN, ITALY. IT WILL SHOW YOU THE MUST-SEE PLACES AND WHERE TO EAT IN MILAN. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME VISITING THIS beautiful CITY, AND WE (ME AND MY BOYFRIEND) WERE ABLE TO SEE AND DO A LOT IN THOSE 4 DAYS THAT WE SPENT THERE.
It’s a relatively small city, but it can give you everything that a large city can. It’s a modern place full of gorgeous architecture, high-end fashion, and fabulous restaurants. So, I hope this travel guide will give you more ideas on how to spend your time in Milan.
Use public transport. That’s what I always do when I travel across Europe. It’s usually always the cheapest and fastest way to get places. You can use the same ticket for both trams and metro, so it makes it even more efficient. We were buying a “One Day” ticket every day from local vendors, which was 4,50€, and it’s valid for 24 hours.
Things to do:
- Duomo – No surprise that it took 500 year to finish this beautiful cathedral. Get an elevator or just walk the stairs to the top, enjoy beatiful views of Milan. We also walked a lot in the area around the cathedral. It has a lot of great shops, restaurants and hidden gems.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall named after the first king of the Kingdom Italy. It’s located right next to Duomo, so there is no way you can miss it.
- Parco Sempione and Sforza Castle – this large city park is located next to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and the Arch of Peace, two of the main landmarks in Milan.
- Naviglio Grande – it’s a picturesque canal full of life and history. In this area, you can find a lot of great bars, restaurants, and shops.
- Royal Palace of Milan – used to be the seat of government of Milan, today it’s a cultural center and home to different expositions.
- Eat a lot of pizza and pasta – You just can’t go to Italy and not eat carbs all the time. They are truly very different here and way better than anywhere else in the world.
- Eat Gelato 🍨- another “no-brainer” because it’s nothing like regular ice cream
Places worth mentioning depending on how much time you have:
- Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science,
- Da Vinci’s Last Supper,
- Teatro Alla Scala,
- Pinacoteca di Brera,
- Piazza Mercanti,
- Sant Ambrogio,
- Brera district,
- Torre Branca,
- Colonne di San Lorenzo,
- Archaeology Museum,
- Milan’s cathedral,
- Cimitero Monumental,
- Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie
- If you have more time, you can add a day trip to Lake Como
Where to eat in Milan:
I’m adding all these places to this list because we genuinely loved every single one of them
- Ravioleria Sarpi – a small place in Chinatown which offers delicious dumplings.
- De Pasajo dal Marchigiano – a very cozy restaurant where you can try amazing “homemade style” pasta
- Da Oscar – another great restaurant where pasta was out of this world. It’s also better if you make a reservation in advance because the place was full during the whole evening.
- Fabbrica Pizzeria –a popular restaurant where we tried calzone (closed pizza) and some delicious ravioli.
- Princi – bustling bakery near Duomo which even offers cooked meals.
- Luini – you can try delicious panzerotti here, fried dough with different stuffings. The most popular one is with tomato and mozzarella.
- Focacceria Manuelina – they offer flavourful focaccia which I loved.
- Piz – offers only 3 kinds of pizza but that’s probably why it’s so good, and the hospitality of that restaurant is excellent
- Risoelatte – this was the place where we tried famous risotto alla Milanese. You need a reservation if you’re planning on going in the evening.
- Pavè – we tried amazing sweet and breakfast croissants here
- Gelateria Grom – here I tried glazed chestnut gelato and it was incredible
- Restaurant Pizzeria Maruzella – which offers authentic Italian pizza and more
Where to stay:
We booked a fantastic apartment in the city center of Milan through the Airbnb app. It was only 160 € for 2 people for 3 nights. That’s why I always recommend this app, because you can find some pretty great deals on there. It had everything that we might need, kitchen aisle, hairdryer, big bed and it was very clean.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post. I hope it helps you to plan your perfect trip to Milan easily. Comment down below if you liked it or would want to add something else.