My 2018 has started with all things Italy. Ranging from food to fashion, I’ve shared all there was about my recent travel in style adventure. So, I decided to end the series, for now, with my travel diary from Milan. Since I was in Milan for only about 12 hours, this makes for an interesting read for those who want to do Milan in a day! And yes, it is 100% possible to do that. I mean, I did it with a travel bag and all, so…
Read on to see my top recommendations, tips on how to go around in the city, and be able to make the most out of your ‘Milan in a day’ adventure. While it is certainly the ‘it’ destination for a fashion lover, the artistic and historic value of the city is enormous, too.
Milan in a Day:
Santa Maria Delle Grazie:
Start your day with the iconic church which is particularly famous for Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting. The area has some eateries and cafes at a walkable distance and a very medieval feel over-all. After your day’s first supper and your rendezvous with Santa Maria Delle Grazie, you’ll feel refreshed and amazed.
Head to the second destination in your itinerary – Sforzesco Castle. Originally the home to noble Visconti family in the 14th century, it was demolished by the Milan populous in 1447 and rebuilt by the new ruler- Francesco Sforza in 1450. The castle holds 12 specialty museums describing its rich history and role. There are always some great art exhibitions happening at one of these, so be sure to check them out.
The fountain on the entrance makes it more picturesque and I do recommend having some quiet time and even a coffee here.
Now comes the most exciting part of the tour, the Duomo.
Well, it has three parts – Duomo Square, Duomo di Milano, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Situated in the geographic center and the very heartbeat of the city, end your day with a beautiful lunch, late afternoon and evening exploring the Duomo area.
Duomo di Milano is the famous Gothic church right in the heart of it all. You can go inside if you have the courage to face the crowd or just enjoy its beauty from the square. The Duomo Square is the perfect place to take a walk, eat, and indulge. Right before ending your day, head to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and shop your heart out amidst the glitz and glam of Italian and international fashion and luxury.
Other places to Visit:
- Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
- Colonne di San Lorenzo for ruins from 4th century
- Piazza Della Scala
- The public transport system in the city is amazing; get a City Day Pass to save time and money.
- The city is pretty small, and everything to see is hardly 15 minutes away from each-other, so, yes, Milan in a day is possible!
- The airport is on the outskirts of the city, needs a separate transport pass and at least one hour of travel time from the center.
- Best time to Visit: Early autumn and mid-spring; I would go on any sunny day, though!
- Book for the Last Supper Painting in Advance on the official website (the waiting list goes up to even 3 months).
- Beware of the horrible year-round crowds in all major places.
- Walk around as far as possible in the central part of the city (Duomo) for the best feels.
- Buongiorno = Good morning/greeting; proceed to ask if the person speaks English (always ensures the best service)
- Buonasera = Good evening/ Evening greeting
- Grazie = Thank you; use it often
- Scusa (pronounced as – Escuza) = Excuse me/Pardon; just in case
- Coffee/ Caffè = Espresso; specify for other coffees
- Cappuccino = Morning Drink; don’t be ‘uncouth’ and order it at any other time of the day
So, that was my guide for Milan in a day! I sure had tons of fun, as you could probably tell from my pictures. Have you been to Milan? Do you plan to visit soon? Think I missed out something? Comment below and let me know!
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