3 places to visit in Milan for a city break
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Milan, Milan… Oh my god. Where do I even begin? You guys can witness my travelling experiences all the time through social media but the fact is, I am very much used to business trips which trust me to differ completely from leisure trips. It is definitely a place where I’d like to go back each year at least to get my fix up whether it’s fashion, food, travel or simply the vibe which is so tremendously inspiring. You’ll fall in love instantly and re-discover yourself like you never have before. Are you ready? Here are 3 places to visit in Milan for a city break. Ok, let’s go.
Take in the view from the Duomo roof
500 years in the making, the spiked gothic cathedral that is the Duomo has been compared to a wedding cake and a ‘hedgehog’. Its imposing interior contains some magnificent treasures but, for a truly breathtaking experience, climb the 150 steps (or take the lift) to the roof. Here, visitors can admire some of the 3,600 statues and 135 spires, many carved from pink Candoglia marble – and get a closer view of the famous gilded copper ‘Madonnina’ atop the tallest spike. On a fine day, the view stretches far beyond the city to the snow-capped Alps.
Shop in style at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floor ways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade is definitely one of the world’s most glamorous shopping malls. Among its claims to fame is the planet’s first-ever Prada store, here since 1913. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani – and most recently, Versace – all have a presence, but most visitors come to spin their heels in the famous bull’s testicles, part of a floor mosaic it’s said to bring good luck.
Feel the Italian spirit along the Brera streets
It is located within the Zone 1 (the historical core of the city) and it is centred on Brera street. The name stems from Medieval Italian “braida” meaning a land expanse either cleared of trees or naturally lacking them. Other features that contribute to the character of Brera include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, antique and art shops, colourful street markets, as well as fortune tellers’ booths.
Plan a few things ahead but let the city take you. There’s a sense of crazy freedom that you’ll experience there, that’ll inspire and empower you for the rest of your life. I hope this guide made you want to plan a trip right now because I am most definitely going back soon.