Tourists, this one’s for you. I’m giving you the guide I wish I had when I first visited Milan. Believe it or not, I wasn’t too keen to move here because I did not think the city was a buzzing as it is. However, I’m glad to say living here has proved me wrong.
Here’s a guide you can follow when visiting.
- Duomo – the big cathedral in the heart of this vibrant city. Go inside and be amazed, better still climb to the top. Satisfy your inner architecture nerd and allow your breath to be taken away by the thousand of spires and statues, each different from the next. A real masterpiece!
- Museo 900 – dedicated to 20th-century art. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Milan on the first Sunday of the month, museums are free.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – get your cameras out because I’m sure you’ll want this picture to last. A great work filled with luxury shops. Don’t forget to pass by the bull and spin clockwise 3 times with your foot on it, all in the name of good luck.
- Grab a quick lunch at Luini – inexpensive and delicious, what more could you want? Taste one of the many panzerotti; I’d advise you to try ‘salami piccante e mozzarella’.
- Gelato time – one simply cannot visit and not eat gelato. Indulge in a gelato from my favourite Gelateria della Musica in Piazzetta Pattari. I recommend trying the peanut flavour or one of the many pistachio flavours.
- Castello – wrapping up on the food front, for now, continue to get cultured and visit Castello Sforzesco.
- Aperitivo time – head down to Navigli and grab a spritz at Spritz. You won’t be disappointed by the generous buffet spread and the wide selection of drinks. €10 and your dinner is sorted, amazing!
- End your evening with a walk around Navigli and Darsena. However, if you skipped eating before to have a delicious sit-down dinner, try Trattoria della Gloria. Small and intimate setting serving traditional Milanese food.
Question for locals in Milan: what would be your number one recommendation for tourists?