It is located in the beloved Italy, the country with the most stylish Mediterranean mood, with wonderful elegant flavors and of course it is the capital of Italian fashion… we’re talking about Milan! Arriving at Malpensa Airport you will have to catch one of the many buses waiting for you outside the arrivals area. There are many different companies to take you to the center of Milan, with prices ranging between 9-12 €, no reservation required but there is the possibility of online purchase!
City break to Milan
It is a relatively small city, easily accessible and walkable enough! It’s a great idea to escape to Milan even if it is for just one weekend! So if you decided to take a short trip to Milan do not postpone it any more just get on the plane and here you are at the Duomo piazza!!
As you already know our day itinerary while traveling starts early! By early we mean at around 8.00 am (walke up time even earlier than that). So in Milan we got to Duomo Square at around 8.00 in the morning! We strongly recommend it because firstly it is the only way to truly enjoy and admire the majesty of the Square and the Duomo cathedrla peacefully, secondly it is the only way to have some pictures without the dozens of tourists who are flooding the square every day and thirdly if you do not want to miss half a day waiting in lines to enter the Cathedral it is good to be at the entrance as early as possible!
Buy online your tickets from the official site of the Duomo and print your tickets or have the QR code ready on your mobile! There are booths next to the cathedral but we do not recommend it because the queue is really long and certainly not worth the hassle and the waiting! Also be informed from the site about the hours of operations in case there is any strange announcement!There is a discounted ticket at €12.5 for your entrance to both the Duomo cathedral and the terraces on foot!
So after you visit the Duomo which is truly amazing both in size and in beauty terms. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and the 5 largest Christian temple in the world! You will probably need about 1 hour to explore it and spend a few minutes sitting next to the locals who are praying! Oh, get ready for a thorough check… Bags, pockets, etc. So be careful of what things you carry with you that day!
After you finish with the interior of the cathdral and exit, find the entrance that will lead you to the terrace of the Duomo. The terrace opens later than the the cathedral so it is advisable to visit it after the Duomo itself! In the question of whether it is worth visiting, the answer is YES! The view from up there is really impressive and you can see the architectural details of the temple as well!
The above will definitely get you about 3-4 hours at least so it’s time for a some good breakfast in one of the many stylish italian bakeries! The prices are not particularly steep considering that you are in the center of Milan but definitely worth tasting those delicious cakes while overlooking the Duomo square!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Our walk continues as we proceed to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele the oldest commercial center of Milan and a typical meeting point of the city locals! It connects the Duomo square with La Scala Square and is a real piece of art. With a glass roof that allows the sun light to enter it creates wonderful reflections with the colored floor! You can enjoy your coffee while watching people passing through one of its many corridors!
The world-famous theatre-opera of Milan La Scala! La Scala Di Milano is considered to be one of the most important theatres, operas, ballets of the world and attracts important artists! If you are lucky enough you should pay a visit for a unique experience! We did not have much time and days to watch a performance but we enjoyed the view of the theater from the park across the street with our breakfast cupcakes! Also, for those who want to see something similar you can visit the Apollo Theatre of Syros island, in Greece, which is considered as the miniature of the Scala di Milano!
A huge park spreads through the castle of Milan! Admission is free and there are also several exhibitions that you can visit at a low price, tickets are available there on site! A wonderful green park inside of which there is a cheap café in which we rested for a while and enjoyed an Italian authentic espresso! Walk up to the arch Arco della Pace and head back again!
Basilica of Sant Ambrogio-San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore-Early Christian churches-The Last Supper…
There are many points of interest such us temples and cathedrals which you can visit according to your time scheduule and mood! There are many tourist maps that you can have for free at the airport! We had visited a few of them the last time we were in Milan so this time didnt have to rush in order to explore the whole city!
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
The most famous and commercial street of Milan, worth visiting both for those of you who want to live the shopping experience ala Milanese as well as for those of you who just want to feel the Italian air while having some italian style lessons! Get to the San Babila metro station and from there by Metro head to our last travel stop, which is no other than the Navigli area at Porta Genova metro station stop.
A hipster area full of cafes, bars and flea markets! Ideal for happy hour dinner in one of the many shops offering aperitivo plus buffet dinner at affordable prices starting from €10 per person!
For the closure of the day we recommend to have another one aperitivo at one of the terraces at the Duomo square to enjoy the noght view of the Duomo cathedral! There is a chance you may not find a table so it is advisable to make a reservation prior your arrival.
We hope you got some Italian air and hope to see your photos from Milan soon!