Il Dolce far niente… A weekend in Milan

Hello Everyone.

today I would like to report you about my last journey to Italy.  We already have March and I was missing the sun and warm weather so much, that I needed to go somewhere south. I love Italy so much, and even though I have been there many times before, I have skipped one of the most popular cities in Italy yet – Milan. That’s why, after I successfully wrote all my exams in Februar, we have packed our baggage and went to Italy to enjoy La Dolce vita

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Gelato in Februar? Trying italian ice cream is obvious, no matter which month we have…

The first thing that comes to ones mind when it gets to Milan is of course fashion. It is not a coincident that Milan is also called the fashion and design capital. In the city centre you can find one boutique after another showing off new fashion styles. So everyone who loves shopping and extraordinary design will be in love with this city. On the other hand, many people point out that Milan is missing out on the typical italian feeling and has more of a cold business capital. I for myself however, can’t agree with that, but we didn’t went to Milan for shopping in the first place. Our main goal was to enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine, the wine and of course appreciate Milans architecture. Is it possible to find historic architecture in this shopping capital called Milan? Yes indeed.  There are a lot of things you can fall for like fine churches, excellent museums, world class theatres and opera houses. And indeed, delightful Italian food and wine.

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The arcades in the Cathedral square.
  • How to get there:

From our living place in Germany Milan wasn’t so far away. That’s why we decided to travel with a car. For 2 couples it was a good and fun option, and, on the way, we could enjoy the beautiful view of Switzerlands mountains.

  • Where to sleep and how to go to the city center:

Milan offers a lot of hotels. We have booked a hotel in an italian style (Hotel Bogart 2), about 15 minuits away from the city center. The location was quiet and we there were many restaurants and coffees around the corner. We could drive direct to the Piazza del Duomo with the tram. It is important to buy tickets in some of the little shops near the tram station. Milan has also taxi services operated by private companies and licensed by the City council of Milan. It is a good option for going back to the hotel at night.

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TraMilano – The historical Tram of Milan.
  • What is possible to see during one weekend in Milan:

Honestly, if you are reaching for exploring Milan and contemplate its culture and architecture you need to spend there much more time than just one weekend. Milan has more archaic and monumental churches than any other city outside of Italy and offers the visitors a large variety of museums. Due to the short amount of time we had, we decided to put the following places on our bucket list:

Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral. This major landmark of Milan is the largest church in Italy, the third largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. Because of the beautiful weather it was important for me to go up to the roof top of Milan Cathedral. Sadly because of renovation one half of the rooftop view wasn’t so spectacular like I thought. If the weather condition and the visibilty is good, it is even possible to see the alps from the top if the cathedral.

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Milan Cathedral in the morning.
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Milan Cathedral at night.

Piazza del duomo – is the main square of Milan with the statue of King Victor Emmanuel II in the centre.

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view on the Piazza del Duomo from Cathedral.
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The Monument of King Victor Emmanuel II.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – glamorous and Italy’s oldest active shopping gallery. Looks outside and inside just astonishing.

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The entrance to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

San Carlo al Corso – Church of Saint Charles Borromeo neoclassical church built as a Rotunda at the beginning of XIX century. You can find this church while walking from Piazza del duomo to Piazza San Babila.

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San Carlo al Corso.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana – The Ambrosian Library. A historic library and art galerry in Milan. Opened to the public on the 8th of december in 1609 it was the second public library in Europe. It is the home of the „Codex Atlanticus“ exhibition, a collection of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci or Caravaggio „Basket of fruits“ and even a tuft of hair that belonged to famous Lucrezia Borgia. This beautiful library was my main goal to see in Milan. The building housing of the museum is extremely beautiful and is a work of art in itself.

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Entrance to the Ambrosian Library.

Piazza San Babila – modern square near the fashion district.

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Piazza San Babila.
  • Where and what to eat:

Pizza:

Pizzeria – Tratoria Donna Titina

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Panini:

Panini Durini

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Ice:

Cioccolati Italiani

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Wine and appetisers:

Caffè Spadari (

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Pasta:

Trattoria La Ravae la Fava

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So this is it all for today. I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a great week!

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