Milan is a bustling city brimming with decadent food, smolderingly chic fashionistas and architecture that takes your breath away. I recently visited Milan for the first time and my experience was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was an exciting quick 2-day trip and if you’re planning a swift visit, here are some of my tips on maximizing your time while enjoying the city to it’s fullest.
1. Stay at an AirBnb
Staying at an Airbnb has changed the way my husband and I travel (Airbnb is a trusted community place for people to book accommodations around the world). One can be immersed in how the locals live day-to-day. It’s cheaper than most hotels and a huge plus is getting to make your own food whether it be breakfast or dinner if you’re on a budget. There are tons of great hosts on Airbnb and I suggest picking one that is close to the city center!
2. Plan an Early Day
Since 2 days isn’t a lot to work with, waking up early as the sun comes up is the way to go. Beat the crowd and you can enjoy a cappuccino at Il Mercato del Duomo before heading to the big attraction next door - the Duomo.
Motta Caffé Bar Milano
Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milano
After getting some sustenance at Il Mercato, head straight to the Duomo. By this time the sun illuminates the cathedral from behind and you get to take stunning photos. Be mindful of the time because your window of opportunity will be brief! The doors open everyday at 8:00 am and if you are there on the dot there will be no line. Be sure to get tickets that include taking the lift to the terraces - it is only a few euros difference and the view speaks for itself!
Piazza del Duomo, Milano
4. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Situated right next to the cathedral is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Early mornings are best to appreciate the beauty of the arching glass and mosaics without bumping into fellow tourists and having them photobomb your pictures! Fun fact, these mosaics represent the coat of arms of the capitals of the kingdom of Italy. By tradition, the Turin Coat of Arms, depicting a bull on his hind legs is supposed to bring good luck. How? By spinning your right heel on the bull's genitals.
Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano
5. Aperitif before Dinner
Milan does aperitif well! Aperitif or Aperitivo as they say in Italy is a pre-dinner drink meant to stimulate the palate. Go to Rita in Navigli for a pre-dinner cocktails. Along with their amazing cocktails they serve you with complimentary platter of crutidés and bite sized focaccias. Highly recommended!
Via Angelo Fumagalli, 1, Milano
6. Dine at a Local Spot
In my quest online for good eats in Milan, I found Taglio to be highly intriguing. None of the Italians we’ve met along the way knew about it, yet it was revered by the NYT and the reviews on other sites were all praises. It is a gem in the Navigli Area and is close proximity to Rita.
(Above: Polpo Croccante)
Via Vigevano, 10, 20144 Milano
Let me know in the comment section below if you have any tips about Milan or if you are planning on going anytime soon and if these tips help you out!