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Milan

The Italian Paris: Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. And is in no way inferior to Paris. You will quickly realize this when you walk through Milan's fashion quadrangle, the Quadrilatero della Moda. This is where the most famous designers have set up shop. But Milan has so much more to offer! It is particularly worthwhile for students to spend an evening in Milan. Why? You'll find out right away...

27/08/2020

dear(travel)diary,

when mom and I arrive in Milan, I am greeted by something completely different from what I imagined Milan to be - in a positive sense! Because we first headed for our Airbnb, a loft in the middle of Navigli. This neighborhood is known and named after its canals! Canals? We're not in Venice, are we? That's right! And that's exactly why I'm surprised by Milan. I wasn't expecting this canal district.

I like it all the more! Because Navigli is the nightlife district in Milan! Bars, restaurants and clubs are lined up along the canals. Each of them also looks super cool! A paradise for every student who loves to go out. And (in my opinion) the perfect place for an overnight stay in Milan.

So our start in Milan was already great. But I also enjoyed the next day of sightseeing. Having often heard that Milan was beautiful but far too crowded, we were in luck! The city wasn't empty, of course, but there were a pleasant number of people out and about. We were able to appreciate the beauty of Milan so well - without the crowds!

xx Chiara

Overview:


What to see & discover

  1. Navigli district & Ride Milano
  2. Cimitero Monumentale
  3. The Milan Cathedral
  4. Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele I
  5. Quadrilatero della Moda
  6. Brera district with botanical garden
  7. Castello Sforzesco & Simplon Park
  8. Via Torino, Cinque Vie & Piazza Mercanti
  9. Santa Maria Delle Grazie and Michelangelo's Last Supper
  10. La Scala Opera House
  11. Palazzo Reale
  12. Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
  13. Museums: Gallerie d'Italia, the Pinacoteca and Leonardo da Vinci Museum


Where to eat

Cafés: Are you looking for a place to take a little breather from all the sightseeing in Milan? Then I have two little tips for you! Just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo di Milano in Cinque Vie is the B café (Via S. Maurilio 20). A hip café with delicious drinks and snacks. If the weather is good, I can also recommend Flow Milano (Piazza Borromeo 5), which is just around the corner. Here you can enjoy the sunshine with a cool drink in Piazza Borromeo.

Dining: If you want to spend a cool evening with delicious food and good wine, then you have to go to Navigli. This is Milan's nightlife district. We walked along the Naviglio Grande before dinner and discovered some good-looking bars. But the most popular one seemed to be right on our doorstep. So after our little walk, we queued up for a seat at the Prosciutteria Ticinese. It was well worth it! We ordered one of the antipasti platters and were delighted. The wine was also very good. You should definitely stop by here when you're in Milan!



Where to sleep

We booked an Airbnb in Navigli. The location was great, as we stayed directly on the Naviglio Grande - in a loft. We reached it via a beautiful Italian backyard. The accommodation is really nice and, above all, clean. The apartment complex was typically Italian, while the loft was more modern. The Airbnb therefore had a very good mix. In addition, the trendiest restaurants and bars are right on the doorstep. Nevertheless, the apartment is very quiet.


Costs

  • Airbnb for 1 night (for up to 4 guests): 98€
  • Food costs for two in total: approx. 60€
  • Parking Porta Genova train station: 25€/24h
  • Parking Viale al Parco Luigi Camoens: 0€
  • Entrance to Milan Cathedral with roof access via the stairs: 15€ p.p.



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


From the community for the community

Tips from the community

"The QC Thermemilano would still be a must-go :) I've never seen such beautiful thermal baths! There's even a sauna in an old streetcar there."

roebldeniro

"I really like the Fondazione Prada! Lots of modern art, great architecture."

udo_bonnekoh

"What you don't expect to see in Milan: Il Dito - an XXL statue showing the middle finger and standing in front of the stock exchange."

vikasadventure

"I definitely recommend a tour of the top of the Duomo!"

shesmercedess

"In Milan, you should definitely be careful not to trip over the train tracks, haha."

antonia.916


Do you have a tip for Milan? Or a suggestion for the blog? Or would you like more information about the city?

Then write me!