I went on a little romantic getaway to Milan for 48 hours during Valentine’s day. This was my first time in Milan and I fell in love with the energy of this city. It is not for nothing that it is called the fashion capital of the world, everyone is so well dressed which gives you plenty of fashion inspiration. Its beautiful architecture, amazing quality of food and stylish people in streets will not disappoint.
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Walk around to the city to the magnificent five hundred years old cathedral the Duomo. The earlier the better, especially if you are committed to beautiful pictures because there is a lot of people there. You can even head up on the roof and admire the beautiful view from high up. Right next to the Duomo is the Galleria Victoria Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall in Europe and probably the prettiest.
For lunch break, I would highly recommend booking a table at Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone which opened in 1957 and is right in the center of Milan. Not only is food delicious but the decor and little courtyard is breathtaking. I would suggest booking a table outside in the courtyard if the weather is pleasant.
Walk to Montenapoleone, a street famous for its luxury boutiques like Chanel, Prada, Gucci and Cartier.
Once the sun starts to set, Apertivo is a sacred time for Italians therefore you can enjoy a glass of Wine or Aperol on one of the restaurants’ terraces with the view on the Duomo such as Maio Milan.
Eat some delicious pasta or tasty safran risotto at the romantic restaurant Giannino dal 1899.
Walk around the Navigili district which is a system of canals and waterways whose construction lasted 7 centuries. There are many shops and restaurants around this area and you can even enjoy breakfast at Deus Cafe. In addition, being the fashion capital of the world, this area has many eclectic vintage shops.
Paper Moon Giardino is yet another beautiful spot to have lunch in Milan. With its beautiful interior and peaceful covered terrace, it is one of the best restaurant I have been in Milan. The service is great and the food tastes incredible.
Embrace Milan’s culture by visiting the Fondazione Prada. The gallery is dedicated to contemporary art and it includes permanent exhibits as well as temporary ones. After that you can visit the Pirelli HangarBicocca Foundation which is a contemporary art museum famous for its industrial feel.
For aperitivo, have a glass at the LùBar, a trendy place among people who live in Milan. Next to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, it is set in a beautiful courtyard and has an interior full of greenery and delicious cocktails.
For your last night, you will not be disappointed with the food at Dal Bolognese, their traditional Italian cuisine is worth the trip.
Metro: it operates from around 5.30am-12.30am and costs €4.50 for a day ticket.
Taxi: would suggest taking the taxi instead of uber as they do not offer competitive rates which can turn out more expensive than a normal taxi.
Walk: most recommended way to get around and to visit.
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