As we went on a little getaway to the Italian lakes, we also stopped in Milan, chief town of Lombardy, at only an hour drive away. Here are the places you must see according to us.
Parco Sempione – Sforza Castle
A big Milan park, shelter to several monuments including the most famous one: the Sforza castle. When through the gates, we have no difficulty imagining how was the life hundreds of years ago because the place was kept in a good state! If you want to know a little more about it, there are also museums which you’d have to pay for.
It’s certainly the emblematic place of Milan: this structure is simply impressive by its height and all the details on the front. You absolutely have to come during the day but also at night time, because the lights add magic to this place!
To enter, you’ll have to get tickets; anticipate and buy them online beforehand; this way you’ll get a discount and you won’t have to queue up which is good because it gets very busy.
It’s also possible to get on the roof of the cathedral to probably enjoy a good view. But we didn’t have much money left so we decided not to do it, as we were already pleased by what we could see (entrance up to 8€ to 25€).
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Two seconds away from the cathedral, you can not miss it. Noticeable by its architecture and its glass dome, this shopping arcade isn’t like any others: it’s the shelter to luxury shops and a few restaurants. It deserves a little pic!
Eat Italian specialties
If you’re getting hungry, you have to stop by Luini to taste their “panzerotti”, which is nothing less than a fried calzone. There, you will find a large choice of salted as well as sweet food for less then 3€ per item. Get ready to queue because this place is loved by many people!
We also recommend you to go eat at Luna Rossa, an unpretentious restaurant where Italian workers come and eat on their lunch break. Small prices and Italian noise are there to welcome you!
Naviglio Pavese and Grande
Not far from the city centre, there are these two canals it’s nice to walk along. It feels a bit like Venise! It’s also the ideal place to take the “aperitivo” (drink + salted biscuits) in Milan.
And it’s already over! One day maximum is enough to visit Milan. This city is still worth stopping by!
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