After our mini cruise, we spent some time in Milan. Let me share my experience of my first visit to the city of fashion with you!
We arrived at Linate Airport after our bus transfer from Genua and immediately hopped into a taxi to take us to our hotel, the Doria Grand Hotel. This place is stunning!
It has a lovely old school Italian vibe.
We immediately checked into our lovely room, which was really spacious and the bathroom was huge!
Time to explore Milan. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side in Italy as it had been in Spain and France. It was bloody awful, and that might be an understatement. So when we set out to spend the afternoon on the Corso Buenos Aires, for some high street shopping, we already knew that a lot of rain was coming our way.
Without giving away too much: Kiko happened. I’ll do a haul post on that soon.
We also shopped for some Christmas presents at Muji, such a fun store!
And then it happened, an apocalyptic downpour…
We made our way back to the hotel and even had dinner there, because we were not going back out there! It wasn’t that bad after all, after our days on the ship without internet, we were happy to take advantage of the free WiFi. Dinner at Il Capriccio was very nice, we enjoyed a very reasonably priced (€20-ish) 3 course fixed menu.
The next morning we had breakfast (same place as dinner the night before), and it was amazing. Eggs, cheese, pastries,… Anything you could want, and all delicious!
This was our only full day in Milan, since we would leave the next day, so this was our only chance to see it properly, if only the weather would cooperate… And it did! The weather was perfect, it was cold, but the sun was out and there was no rain to be seen!
We made our way back to Corso Buenos Aires and, after a little detour through a market, made it a little further this time, up to Corso Venezia.
Corso Venezia is where you know you’re not just in any Italian city, you’re in Milano, baby!
Especially the Dolce & Gabbana stores are quite spectacular. There’s a store for women’s accessories, another one for men’s accessories, one for perfumes and men’s grooming and then there was the beauty store. It was heaven and I will tell you about it later!
We continued along the fancy store windows (beautifully decorated for Christmas!) and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II took us straight to Milan’s most famous building: the Duomo.
It’s so impressive you feel like you have to take several steps back to be able to really see it. And then step closer again to appreciate the details.
We went inside (this is free of charge, but if you want to take pictures they ask €2, total rip off in my opinion, this seemed to be very random…) and I was a little disappointed. The interior did not reflect the breathtaking exterior.
After a little walk inside we got tickets to go up to the roof. We decided to take the elevator (€12 per person) to the roof terraces.
I forgot about my disappointment about the inside and was amazed again. The roof terraces are so intricate, it’s very fascinating to see.
We were so lucky the weather cleared up, because if had been raining the views would have been awful and it would be terribly slippery up there!
I definitely recommend a trip to the terraces!
It was time for lunch and we headed to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, actually thinking it would be way too expensive there, and found a great spot for some pizza.
In the afternoon we made time for some window shopping, you can’t come to Milan and not do that, right?!
We passed by the Scala (very disappointing, I expected something more fancy from the outside) and went to the Via Monte Napoleone.
After all this window shopping, there was also some actual shopping at Rinascente, but again… more about that later (hint: Burberry)! We also had drinks on their beautiful terrace with amazing views of the Duomo and a very expensive menu of course…
My mom had found a great restaurant online: Ristorante Noblesse Oblige and what a great find it was! Big portions, but not over the top, and amazing flavours. I had a delicious pasta, I can’t even remember what exactly, but it was beautiful.
Another great breakfast the morning after and it was time to go back home…
Milan is especially great place to visit if you’re into luxury fashion, but other tourists should stop by too! I wouldn’t recommend a 3 day city trip here, I don’t think you could fill your days, but combined with another destination, or a cruise, it’s a lovely city.
My next post will go up in 2015, so have a great New Year’s Eve!
P.S.: I also wanted to go see The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie, but apparently you have to get tickets 6 months in advance… Next time, I guess.