I hope you’re not sick of city guides just yet because here I am with another one.
I’ve definitely been churning out more travel-related content recently than I intended to when I first started this blog but I personally find it so helpful when it comes to planning my adventures and hope my recommendations are for you.
Unnecessary explanation over. If you’ve got 48 hours to spend in Milan in the near future, here’s how to make the most of it.
Where to go
Duomo di Milano
If you’ve got as far as googling Milan, this is what you’ll have seen. The 14th century cathedral is undoubtedly the city’s biggest selling point and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the fourth largest church in the world and nothing short of breath-taking. I’d definitely recommend taking the time to go inside and up to the rooftop if you have it. The Duomo’s detail is undeniably impressive but up top is where the intricacies of its design really shine. The wait time is surprisingly short too!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Right next to the Duomo is the Galleria Vitoria Emmanuel II – the city centre’s famous shopping mall. A shopping mall wasn’t exactly top of my list when I first started researching our trip for obvious reasons but, having been, I’d recommend adding it to yours.
Its architecture is almost as impressive as the cathedral outside thanks to its cast iron roof and octagonal glass dome and it’s lined with cafes, restaurants and designer boutiques to explore. A very Instagram-worthy destination if that’s what you’re after. No judgement here.
Sforza Castle dates back to the 14th century when it was originally constructed as a fort but it’s since been transformed into a selection of museums that offer an interesting insight into Milan’s history. From Egyptian artefacts to musical instruments across the ages, its exhibitions are diverse but a word of warning, get there early or the majority of them will be closed. Lesson learnt.
Where to eat
Onto the fun part – food!
Our first port of call was pizza (obviously) and Napoli 1820 didn’t disappoint. We sat outside despite the freezing temperatures under the warmth of its heaters and enjoyed what I can only describe as one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten. The Capricciosa I can 100% recommend.
The Italian Aperitivo was a new concept to me and this was the place I tried my very first. We paid €8 for a glass of red and unlimited access to a buffet of the most delicious Italian dishes – what’s not to love?! It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo too so if you’re in search of a snack stop near the city centre, give this place a go.
We stumbled on this little café by accident and boy am I glad we did. Not the most traditional Italian cuisine, granted, but a selection of refreshingly healthy and modern brunch options nonetheless. There’s something about the Soya milk in Milan that tastes great too and here was where I first discovered it. Just make sure you specify CAFÉ with your latte otherwise you’ll be getting a cup of warm milk. Lesson number two learnt.
This was another accidental discovery. The outside of the restaurant is covered in fairy lights which caught our eye and the interior is equally as inviting. Again, it’s not the most traditional of restaurants but a fun, modern take on Italian cuisine and a great atmosphere for dinner and drinks.
There you have it – my small but hopefully helpful list of recommendations for Milan. Buon Viaggio!