Dear Milan, you were amazing.
I gotta say, Milan definitely lived up to my high, high expectations. It might just be my favorite city, and here’s why:
- It was very exciting and lively, but at the same time it was very calm and quiet. Does that make sense? Basically you could walk through a very hectic and bustling street, turn a corner, and walk through a very peaceful area.
- It’s the fashion capital of the world – how could you not love it?! (I am, however, still a little irritated that we were in Milan exactly the weekend after fashion week. Just my luck!)
My family and I took a train from Nice, France to Italy and stayed in Milan for a couple of days. I’d recommend a good three to four days to spend here (you could honestly go with two if you’re on a tight schedule). We weren’t here for long, but we managed to get to everything we planned!
Hotel & Transportation
We stayed in Hotel Metro and it was really nice! They served an amazing (free) breakfast every morning on the rooftop with a breathtaking view. The employees were also very sweet and offered us some unique Italian coffees and drinks! But, it was a bit far from the city center, so we had to take a tram for about 5 minutes every morning. I didn’t mind this too much, but here’s a quick tip – BUY A TICKET! There is a small chance you will get away with going on the street tram without a ticket, and those who tried this were (not so kindly) escorted off the tram by the police.
City Center & Shopping
The city center is basically what you would expect to see in a city like Milan. Some streets were packed with normal clothing stores or cafes, and the rest were designer stores that were really fun to walk around in or just look at from a distance 😂 I didn’t do much shopping in Milan (we didn’t really have enough time) but I loved spending time walking around the streets and taking it all in. There were also a ton of cool coffee and gelato shops that were extremely handy when it was burning hot in the middle of July!
Cathedrals & Pigeons?
Of course, we went to the Cathedral and took some pictures. I’d recommend going inside to look around for a bit, even though the line was pretty long and the sun was not forgiving. But, it was still gorgeous – aaaand the pigeons seemed to like it as well. That reminds me – there’s a lot of pigeons in Italy because tourists feed them and they just keep multiplying. If you’re not a bird person, this might not be the best travel destination for you!
It’s actually pretty interesting when you see focus on each individual person and what they’re doing as I took this. My personal favorite is the guy in the maroon shirt doing some type of a starfish pose (behind the other guy who’s chasing the pigeons.) I felt like it was a good moment to capture haha
The Last Supper
We also made a trip to the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I highly recommend if you’re going to visit Milan, especially since it is getting older and the colors are fading! Sadly I couldn’t get any good photos of the painting because the room was pretty dark, but here’s a link if you want to learn more about it! They have to be very precise with how many people they let in the room and how often they do, because the painting is slowly fading and they’re trying to preserve it as much as possible!
We have a few relatives (including a brand new baby!) that live in Milan, so of course we had to pay a visit! It was really peaceful walking through all the residential areas. I enjoyed seeing how people actually live in a huge city like Milan, and what their day-to-day lives are like. If you ever have extra time while travelling, try to get away from the crazy, packed tourist-y places, and just take a walk through the more quiet parts of the city. It really opens your eyes to a world beyond your own.
Views, views, & views!
The family we visited had an apartment on the rooftop of a building, which literally had the most amazing, breathtaking view I’ve ever seen. You can see the city from a million different angles and it’s honestly insane. Can you imagine waking up to this every morning?
Ugh, this city is too beautiful.
And that’s all for my post! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed and got some travel ideas out of it 🙂
Hi! My name is Pauline and I’m from Los Angeles, California!