Milano


Milano is not considered is not among the most beautiful Italian cities, however, for a tourist point of view, what makes Milano interesting is  more about shopping, football, opera, and nightlife. Milano is famous for the Duomo, one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the best opera houses in the globe, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, ancient royal shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery, San Siro, a huge and famed stadium and Castello Sforzesco, a medieval castle. Last but not least for one of the world’s most famous paintings – Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

Arriving at central railway station from malpensa airport

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view of the beautiful station and via monte napoleone – world famous fashion street

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2 city symbols: Duomo and ‘La Scala’ theatre

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Royal gallery

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Act like a local

To say the truth there are no ‘pure’ locals…Milano is a multicultural city, first in Italy to experience the ‘meltin-pot’. Due to its vibrant economy in Milano there are many expat communities, African, asian, south-americans and Europeans of course. Milano’s culture is a mix of cultures

Milano is the centre of Italian economy and business. In the streets you will see people walking very fast, because ‘time means money’ and cannot be wasted in the street…

Enjoy the evening habit of ‘aperitivo’. When offices close (after 18) people gather in pubs and bars to drink something and eat small appetizers at special price (happy hours).

Pay attention at your outfit, this is the fashion city and when you will meet people they will  judge what you are wearing. Do the same, have a look at other people around you, pay attention to details, accessories. Maybe one day you will be a glamour expert!

Milan has a great variety of places where you can have fun. A great starting point is Como Avenue (Corso Como), near Garibaldi Station, full of bars and glamorous clubs. In the summertime, this street is packed with young and attractive people. Another place where you can go is Navigli quarter, near Porta Ticinese Avenue and XXIV Maggio Square, where you can find a lot of small pubs, open air cafes and restaurants by the water canals (navigli). Other popular night spots with bars and people are viale Monte Nero (on Wednesday it’s packed with people in the piazza in front of a bar called “Momo”), Piazzale Susa (and Citta’ Studi area). Nights are overwhelmingly crowded at the Colonne di San Lorenzo (not far from Navigli quarter), and in the cozy Latin-quarter of Brera. Another good spot is the pedestrian part of Corso Sempione near the “Peace Arch” (Arco della Pace). There are bars and clubs open all week long but usually few people go out at night on Mondays or Tuesdays, the vast majority prefer to have fun on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

If you like football you shoudn’t miss the opportunity to watch a match of AC Milan or FC Internazionale at the famous stadium ‘S.Siro’

Budgeteuro…tips

Milan, as a big city, is filled with several different forms of fast-food, take-away and sandwich bars. Although Milan cannot claim to be the birthplace of pizza, (that claim belongs to Naples), you can still find good pizzas in Milan. Bakeries are open every day, you can enjoy great and inexpensive bread-related food, such as pizza and focaccia. You can find a bakery almost everywhere in Milan, even in the Duomo area, and is a good alternative to bars for a fast lunch.

University areas have many bakery shops and take-away, students eat there and prices are affordable

In the last several years, Milan has established a local version of the Aperitivo or Happy Hour. Italians drink very moderately and “happy hour” is not a drinking, but a social event. Roughly from 7PM to 9PM, many bars offer drinks and cocktails at a fixed price (€5-8 each), accompanied by free all-you-can-eat buffets with snacks, pastas, and many other small appetizers. Places can be found in the area near the Colonne di san Lorenzo and Corso di porta Ticinese, or close by in the Navigli area (subway: MM2 Porta Genova Station), Porta Romana (MM3 stop)

Visit Manzoni’s home. One of the most important italian writer. Entrance is free

More info about the city can be found on wikitravel’s page

comolakedaily trips

  • Lake Como— A huge, impressive, beautiful lake in the foothills of the Alps. See the villages of Como, Menaggio, Bellagio & Varenna. Como can be reached by regular trains (50 minutes from Cadorna station) and buses.
  • Monza— Medium-size town with a beautiful pedestrian-only centre (local museum housing the medieval crown of the Longobard kings) and a marvellous park, Parco di Monza, the largest enclosed park in Europe. Inside the park there is the Autodromo Nazionale [170] where the Formula 1 GP, Superbike and other minor races take place. Accessible by regular trains (15 minutes from Centrale or Porta Garibaldi stations) and buses.
  • Bergamo— Elegant walled hilltop Renaissance university town. Bergamo is serviced by regular trains (from Centrale, Porta Garibaldi and Lambrate stations, about 1 hour trip time) and buses.
  • Crespi d’Adda  — A planned industrial city between Bergamo and Milan. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Lake Garda— Beautiful lake with a lot of beautiful small cities, the best is Sirmione. Two big theme parks are nearby: Gardaland, the best in Italy, and Canevaworld Resort, home of Movieland (a movie theme park) and a water park. Accessible by way of regular trains (65-85 minutes from Centrale station) and buses. Very crowded during summer and weekends.
  • Oltrepò Pavese — Wine region of Lombardy, about 70 km to the south of Milan, worth a day or weekend trip to relax, walk or cycle and have the Italian Sunday brunch at one of the excellent local restaurants.

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