Where To Stay:
We stayed in The Square Hotel Duomo Milano which is about a 3 minute walk from the Duomo, in fact this hotel is super central to the centre of Milan so perfect location, I also found Milan to be quite a small city so everything is really walk-able or they do offer some amazing affordable transport either metro or the trams and even the bus. The hotel itself was amazing and probably one of the best European hotels I have stayed in. Our bedroom was huge and I mean huge and the bathroom was all marble, the inner blogger in me was thinking of all the flat lays that could be achieved. Aswell as being a huge bathroom the shower was that big it could fit 6 people in it. As for the hotel staff they were lovely and couldn't do enough for us, nothing was too much trouble for them. In terms of the facilitates in the hotel it offered probably one of the best breakfasts I have ever seen with offerings of cake, cereal, patisseries, bacon and egg and ham and cheeses. It also had a huge range of fresh fruit every morning, it was serious breakfast goals. The hotel also had a roof top bar which was such a nice place to unwind in the evening. I 100% recommend this hotel if you are going to Milan. Its top quality and not overly expensive.
Where to Eat:
We mainly ate locally in the evening as it was easier but we did eat where the locals tended to eat. The first night we went to a restaurant called Alla Collina Pistoiese I highly recommend the steak in mustard sauce it was heavenly. The next night we ate in a restaurant called Ristorante Dal Bolognese, this was a very expensive restaurant, lovely food but on the pricey side. Lastly on the last night we were both craving pizza so we ate in a restaurant called Bottega Ghiotta, the pizza was lovely and the cheesecake for dessert was amazing. As for snacks and drinks we ate in a bakery called California Bakery this was again on the pricey side which seems to be a norm for Milan and we indulged in a local drink Aperol Spritz which we drank over looking The Duomo on the Aperol Terrazza, this seems to place to be on a sunny afternoon.
On arrival we got the 73 Bus from Linate airport which cost €1.50 single. This was a great and affordable way into the city centre. Linate airport was about 35 mins away so having a cheaper option to get into the town was great. When we arrived into the centre we walked to our hotel checked our bags in headed out to check out the city. To be honest as we were super tired from not sleeping The night before we basically just chilled and strolled around the city. We took some pictures of the Duomo and the famous Shopping centre Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which was seriously incredible. If you are into designer shopping it would be heaven for you. There was even a Gucci Cafe how mental is that? Then we had a look around the shops, I went to Sephora as you do and swatched a zillion lipsticks then we headed to the Aperol Terrazza indulged in a Aperol Spritz and some handmade chips and then we walked around the city just sight seeing and taking it all in.
That night we headed out to a Restaurant called Alla Collina Pistoiese this was such an Italian restaurant where all the locals ate and I highly recommend it. I had a fillet steak in a mustard sauce and some garlic and rosemary potatoes and it was heaven.
The next day we decided to head to Lake Como, this is somewhere I have wanted to go for forever. We caught a train from Cadorna Station for €4.90 single, the journey was about 1hr long. Lake Como is literally the most picturesque place I have ever been, no matter what angle you took a photo the results were amazing. We explored the town of Como which is such a lovely place with some pretty decent shops aswell as some amazing looking patisseries. We stayed in Como strolling around, snapping pictures and soaking up the sun for a few hours then grabbed some lunch and headed back to Milan.
That night we ate in a Restaurant called Ristorante Dal Bolognese, this was the type of restaurant the 'well' off ate in as it was so crazy expensive. The food was lovely but it was a little on the small size and we were charged €10 just to be served and I thought Ireland was expensive to eat out. I probably wouldn't recommend this place as I felt a little robbed at the end of the night especially as a small bottle of wine came to €20.
The last day we decided to explore the The Duomo and climb to the top, after what seemed like half my life queuing we finally got into the The Duomo. I will leave a picture of the flooring inside below, I mean serious floor goals. We then climbed to the top of the The Duomo which gives you great views of the city, its also a great way to see the amazing detail of the structure of the church. It costs €15 to enter the The Duomo and climb to the roof.
Then we took to the streets of Milan and did some serious shopping. The Sephora on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II was probably one of the best European ones I have been in, it offered Marc Jacobs, Hourglass and Burberry among the usual brands. Kiko is pretty amazing in Milan aswell and they even have a NYX flagship store. Then down in San Babila, they have a Zara home store and it is seriously amazing. I could have spend hours in there looking at everything. Also we popped into OVS, The Disney Store & H&M. When shopping was over we headed off for a afternoon drink then headed back to hotel around 6pm, quickly did some pre packing and then headed out for the evening where we ate in Bottega Ghiotta where we had Pizza, I mean you can't go to Italy without having Pizza obviously. Belly full and suitcase packed it was time to leave Milan.
So there were my 72 hours in Milan to be honest the only touristy thing we did was the The Duomo, we didn't do the famous Last Supper picture as the queue was crazy and I personally don't think there was a huge amount to see in terms of tourist sites anyway, which worked out better for us as it was a serious chilled 3 days.
Just a side note if you want to experience 'Italy', I don't think Milan is the place to go for that reason, for me Milan wasn't that Italian feeling, it kind of reminded me of Madrid & Barcelona but with a sort of Italian vibe. It was defiantly different to Rome but I did love it either way. Lake Como was a highlight for me aswell as the place was simply breathtaking. Lake Como does have more of an Italian feel to it, but Milan is more city vibed than places like Rome etc. I will probably return as its a great metropolitan city with some serious shopping to bed one and Lake Como and all the lakes need to be done again and possibly stay on the lakes next time...only time will tell.
Hope you enjoyed my little post on Milan let me know if you have been or if it appeals to you.
Fino alla prossima volta Milano!