Milano, Milano, Milano (said many times over in my best/worst Italian accent). Milan is an overlooked gem in Italy. We originally intended for the city to be a neutral point where we could easily access trains to Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Venice. While the city is amazingly convenient to other cities, Milan has unique features of its own. It is a clean, grandiose and modern city, known for being a world fashion hub. If I can offer you one piece of advice, it would be do not pass up this city when you are in Italy. It is big and beautiful and you will want to explore the minute your feet are on the ground. Check out our list of Best Things to do in Milan Italy.
Duomo: the largest church in Italy and the 5th largest in the world. I could sit in the piazza and relish in its grandeur all day. The exterior details are striking. If you have the time, make sure to go inside and tour the roof. The views are impeccable.
Galleria Vittorio: completed in 1877, this is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. The shops are rather expensive, but hey, at least window shopping is free. The open mall is so magnificent, you probably wouldn’t get much shopping done anyhow!
If you are an art fanatic, the Church of Santa Maria holds Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic “The Last Supper”.
The intersection of Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone is considered the “Rectangle of Gold”. It is well known to be the heartbeat of fashion, not only in Milan, but throughout the world.
Parco Sempione: a grand park, perfect for running, walking or sitting for a picnic. One of the best things to do in Milan Italy is enjoy the city, aside from the main attractions.
Naviglio Grande: the colorful canal district of Milan, bustling with Millennials and Gen X’ers.
Porto Nuovo: the newer business district in Milan. It has more of the affordable shopping along with a wide range of restaurant concepts.
Il Tavolino: located adjacent to Hotel La Gare. I love the classic Italian feel of this restaurant. Dinner moves slowly and you truly get to savor each bite.
Eataly: an Italian food palace with pizzas, pastas, gelato, pastries and panini’s galore. Yes, there are other locations in the states, but the Milan Eataly is catered for the Italian customer. The products are Italian, the menu is in Italian, the decor is Italian. I learned a lot just by walking up and down the aisles, looking at various produce, products and packaging. It is a surprisingly wonderful way to get to know the culture of a country.
La Rinascente: a department store in Milan with a food hall on the roof that overlooks the Duomo. Even if you don’t plan to eat, walk up to check out the view!
Seta: a newly opened restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Although I did not get a chance to visit due to time constraints, I have heard fantastic things about the food and artistry of this restaurant.