Before I went to Milan in November, I had heard from a few people that there isn’t loads to do there. However, we found that contrary to what a lot of people seem to think, there is a lot lot lot more to Milan than just the duomo and designer shops – and that’s before even delving into the incredible culinary scene and shopping heaven.
Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano
Although there is more to Milan than the Duomo, it’s the most iconic place to start and it’s a landmark that you can’t really miss if you’re in Milan due to it’s perfect placement slap bang in the centre.
It was even more beautiful than I could have imagined. Definitely one of those places that no camera can do justice. There’s something about the way that the bright winter sun shines off the exterior that makes it seem not quite real even when it’s right before your naked eyes.
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Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano
Italy’s oldest shopping mall is another absolute must-see and it’s also super centrally located, right next to the Duomo.
It’s not even about going into the actual shops (although it houses the creme de la creme of European designers), but the architecture and the exquisite detail that has gone into every inch of it is what struck me.
Make sure you take a minute to stop and look up because the ceiling and the artwork up there is incredible.
Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano
This 15th Century castle houses several of the city’s museum and art collections so is the perfect place to soak up some of the Italian culture.
It’s also just a very pleasant place to take a walk through on a sunny day as it leads very nicely on to…
Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano
This large city park in the centre of the historical area of Milan is such a perfect little haven, right next to the busier shopping districts, so it’s perfect to take an hour out and relax.
Another gorgeous public park to stroll through is…
GIARDINI PUBBLICI INDRO MONTANELLI
Bastioni di Porta Venezia, 20121 Milano
This park was exceptionally pretty in Autumn, with crunchy leaves carpeting the floor and lovely wide paths to stroll along. Definitely one to visit.
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Corso di Porta Ticinese, 20123 Milano
This group of ancient Roman ruins is situated in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, which could definitely count as another place you need to visit.
There’s a couple of benches between the two sights, making this an ideal place to soak up a mixed bit of history in one place – perfect if you don’t have much time.
Navigli, South of Corso Porta Ticinese, Milan
The Navigli district lies in the South of Milan and is known for it’s all night bars, serving aperitivo (full post coming on that soon!) in the gorgeous surroundings of the canals. It’s a relaxed place, and whilst it retains the Milanese culture, it feels more bohemian and modern – regardless of the fact that it’s the oldest distract in Milan.
If I had to personally choose a top 3 things to do in Milan (discounting all the amazing food and drink that you have to eat – more posts coming on that shortly!) it would be:
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