Europe is brimming with large cities to enjoy for a few days, and all offer the perfect escape from the hum-drum of daily life. The chance to explore somewhere new, take in some culture, try some new cuisine, and perhaps shop ‘til you drop, is really something we should all be doing from time to time, but the biggest problem comes in deciding where to go.
It all depends on your interests, but a few days in Milan should certainly be experienced by everyone at least once. Milan city breaks are easily found by searching online, and with low cost airlines heading there regularly, and a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, there’s no reason not to consider it!
Of course, most people consider this Italian powerhouse of a city to be all about fashion and sophistication, and that is certainly true, however there is a down to earth feel about the city, which makes it intoxicating to visit. The architecture and history is beautiful, and whether you spend your time sightseeing, shopping, or a spot of both, you will have plenty of activities to choose from.
The centrepiece of the city has to be the famous Duomo. Milan’s beautiful gothic cathedral is a sight to behold, comprising of 3500 statues, and 135 spires. The cathedral stands imposing in front of you, and is like no other form of architecture you will have seen before. This is certainly one for the camera, whether you’re an architecture fan or not.
Of course, we can’t mention Milan and not talk about shopping, and if you’re a designer label fan then Via Monte Napoleone is your definite stop off. This is the most famous shopping street in Milan and is made up of massive names in fashion, such as Gucci, D&G, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Valentino, and Versace. Whether you want to do your credit card some damage or simply window shop, it’s up to you! Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is another famous shopping point, and is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The architecture and design of the mall itself is enough to make you visit, without the stores which are inside!
If you haven’t heard of La Scala, then you’ve been missing out; this is one of the most beautiful and most famous opera houses in the world and is effectively known as the ‘home of opera’. If you’re lucky enough to catch a performance, you’re in for a treat, however the museum next door will fill you in on the importance and history of this wonderful building.
Football fans will certainly want to be heading to San Siro, the home of both AC Milan and Inter Milan. Tickets for games are like gold dust but if you manage to do it, you’re in for a majorly passionate affair! Located around 7km from the city centre, this is a must do for fans of the sport.
If however at the end of the day you simply want to relax away from the city hustle and bustle, as beautiful as it is, then head to Parco Sempione in the historic centre of the city. This city park was opened in 1888 and is a wonderful space to breathe in fresh air, in the centre of this beautiful and historic city.
These are just a few things to do whilst you’re in the wonderful city of Milan, and one thing is for sure, one visit will not be enough.