Milan – the heart of italian Lombardy

Milan – Italian capital of fashion – is it really worth to visit?

Milan – the heart of Italian Lombardy, city of fashion and art, situated in the north of Italy has a lot to offer. You probably won’t feel the traditional, rustic vibe of the South but it doesn’t change the fact that northern Italy is also worth to visit. 

If you hesitate to visit Milan – the heart of italian Lombardy, let me try to convince you!

Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Duomo square is a definite number one to visit while traveling to Milan. Gothic cathedral being the icon of Milan is the place you cannot skip during your trip. If you’re like me and you don’t like a lot of crowd – you can go there just before the sunrise. Not a lot of people and amazing light of the sun will make the best out of this moment. 

It’s the perfect time to see also Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II situated just next to the cathedral – to admire its amazing architecture and see the first sunlight through the huge rooftop. The best time to visit the Galleria depends strictly on your goal – if you’re there for some shopping – it’s better to come a bit later in the day, however you will always see a lot of people. 

Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A piece of nature in Milan – Parco Sempione, Arco Della Pace, Sforza Castle, Bosco Verticale

Still in the centre of the city – but so different compared to the urban vibe of Milan – it is worth to discover some nature in the Parco Sempione. You can slow down for a while, make a picnic at the lawn, visit the Sforza Castle and take a walk up to the Arco Della Pace.

Don’t miss Bosco Verticale as well!

Lombard architecture – Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio, Santa Maria delle Grazie

Lombard Romanesque architecture presented through one of the most important churches in the world – Basilica di Sant’ Ambriogio. St. Ambrose, bishop of the city from 374 to 397, was one of the most important personalities of the 4th century Church.

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, situated in the heart of Milan, is an outstanding work of architecture, and an emblem within the Catholic tradition. It is famous for its connection to Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco of β€œThe Last Supper,” preserved inside its dining hall. Santa Maria delle Grazie became a part of UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Get lost amongst Milan’s streets – Brera district, Piazza Mercanti, Casa Campanini, Casa Berri Meregalli

Discover Milan and its architecture by walk – get comfortable shoes and explore every corner. If you get tired a bit, there are a lot of metro stations to move around the city as well.

Como, Italy

If you visit Milan and you have at least half a day free – you need to take a train to Como. 40 mins by train from Milan central station, Como beautifully situated next to the lake with the same name – Como lake is a definite must go and see. Como lake surrounded by the mountains, has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems.

Funicular Como-Brunate will allow you to admire the city and lake from above. 

Where to eat?

My personal recommendation to eat an amazing italian pizza: Cocciuto, Via Melzo 16, 20129 Milan

Aperol Spritz with a magnificent view on the Milan’s cathedral? Terrazza Aperol, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 20121 Milan

PROTIP: Avoid the weekends / evenings if you don’t like to wait hours to get a table. On Monday lunch time I did not have to wait at all πŸ˜‰

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Ciao, Monika πŸ™‚