Hello, guys from super cold Estonia! I was afraid that these 4 days in Milan would go by so quickly that my planned update-post would kind of fail haha. But now that I’m back home it’s nice to look back on last week and these sunny 30°C-weather pictures. Before we went to Milan I did quite a bit of research on what to do there since I knew that this is going to be a short trip. There were many travel guides out there, but I decided to make my own because I always like to share my travel experiences here on the blog.
What to see?
Milan is known for its big famous attractions that you probably have heard of already. Although there’s not a lot of them they are all pretty outstanding and definitely worth the hype. I guess pretty much all of these attractions are kind of related to the fact that Milan is a very metropolitan city. At least that’s the way I see it. But what would I recommend to visit while staying in one of the fashion capitals of the world?
For someone who comes from a post-Soviet country, it’s pretty amazing to see the Italian culture and architecture. Every street and statue looked so good in my eyes that I ended up taking a ton of really random photos of the streets! That’s why I consider these beautiful streets as an attraction on its own. But just look at them! It was a pleasure to walk around the city on a super nice summer day.
Arco della Pace
This monument was one of the things I really wanted to see in Milan. I just think that it’s so beautiful and even just having a little snack on the stairs that lead to the arc is a really nice way to spend an afternoon. At least that’s what we did! On that particular day, there was some kind of event happening but we didn’t understand anything since it was all in Italian. We still enjoyed the view though. If you’re someone that prefers having a picnic on the grass then you could totally head to Sempione Park which is a huuuge park just across the arc and you could still enjoy the view.
Duomo di Milano
Can’t go without the famous Duomo! I was a bit skeptical about this place since it is very much talked about and I don’t know why but sometimes it makes me think that I will be disappointed haha. But fortunately, I wasn’t! The architecture of this cathedral is on another level. All the details were just stunning. There’s a lot to see and with many cafes and restaurants overlooking this beautiful building, it is definitely a place to be.
We visited it every day and there were so many people around it, no matter the time. But if you are patient and don’t care about some looks then you could totally snap a cute pic in front of it! Another cool angel would be the rooftop terrace which we visited on our very last day. The ticket to go up on the stairs was 12,90€ and few euros more if you chose the lift. Worth every penny (or euro) I would say!
Again one of the must-see places in Milan and again totally worth the hype! We were there around sunset time and the lighting was amazing. I would recommend having a drink or dinner in one of the MANY restaurants alongside the canal because the atmosphere there was really nice. We planned on sitting down for dinner there too but we were too full and tired by this point so we just had a chill night at the hotel. But they should have pretty good prices there for food and drinks.
What to do?
Obviously, since Milan is known for fashion it’s the perfect place to do some shopping. There are so many brands out there and I was surprised to see that clothing stores can be sooo big haha. We didn’t buy a lot because our luggage was already overweight when we took off from Tallinn. Nevertheless, these stores are still one thing I think about and I would definitely go back there for a shopping trip!
Another thing, of course, is trying out different restaurants. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that amazing Italian food experience that we were hoping for but there was this one place that we absolutely loved – Caffe’ Sforzesco. The food and drinks were so delicious + the location is perfect. Just a few minutes away from Duomo.
Then, of course, there’s gelato that you can get from every other food place and I think you can’t really go wrong with it. I had the coffee and pistachio one which was perfect!
In September 2018 Starbucks opened it’s Milano Roastery which I was really excited to see. And trust me, it’s an attraction on its own! I didn’t take any pictures inside (because it was PACKED) but the experience you get there is really different from your regular Starbucks (which we still visited a few times). Doesn’t it look cool?
Where to stay?
When it comes to accommodation I would recommend finding a place that is near downtown. Reason being the fact that you can walk pretty much everywhere from there. At least that’s what we did and I wouldn’t have done it any other way because of the beautiful streets, haha!
We were really happy with our hotel – Unahotels Cusani Milan. We initially were supposed to have the deluxe room but got lucky and were upgraded to executive. It was so nice!! I still miss this hotel room. Perfect bed, lightning, bath, mirrors, everything! Breakfast was also really rich and tasty, really had everything you could wish for.
It’s now been just over a week since we got back and I already miss those travel vibes! I’m so happy that I got to share this experience with my favorite person in the world! Honestly, I’m excited to see where we go next.
Have you guys been to Milan already? What was your favorite thing there?
Talk soon! xx