Melissa, our Marketing Assistant for the Italian Market!
Hello everyone! My name is Melissa and I’m going to take you around Milan, the city I lived in for 5 years studying for university.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Did you know that Milan is the second biggest city in Italy, after Rome? With 1.4 million people, Milan needs to have an efficient way for people to travel. Getting around the city is easy because the city provides a pretty good public transport service. You can choose between the underground, trams and buses that are available day and night to take you anywhere. If you’re not satisfied with the public transport service, you can enjoy car sharing and bike sharing services which are very cheap!
WHAT TO SEE
The first thing you have to see in Milan is surely the Piazza Duomo where you can admire the beautiful Duomo di Milano. Its construction began in 1386 when the Gothic cathedral architecture had reached the height of its development.
Next you should take a 15-minute walk via Dante to see Castello Sforzesco. Castello Sforzesco was built in the 15th Century by Francesco Sforza, a Duke of Milan. Behind the castle there is a big, beautiful park called Parco Sempione. I recommend a quiet and relaxing walk to reach the other side of the park and you can admire my favourite place in Milan, the amazing Arco della Pace.
WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT
The most famous meal in Milan is the Aperitivo. You get a delicious alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink and essentially get to enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres, at an average of 10€. For many this is the best Italian tradition that takes places for an hour or two every day. My favourite place to go for an Aperitivo is Fonderie Milanesi. If you are more in the mood for a true Italian tavern then go to L’Oca Giuliva. It’s a friendly place and is always my first choice for when I want amazing traditional Italian meals.
If you want a fancier restaurant for dinner, then Bulk would be a great choice. You’ll enjoy a relaxed and elegant atmosphere and lose yourself in delicious meals made by Giancarlo Morelli, a one-star Michelin chef.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best period to visit Milan would be during the spring or the autumn to experience the vivid colours of the changing seasons and pleasant weather. However, a lot of events attract tourists all year around such as:
- Milan Fashion Week (September and February)
- Milan Design Week (April)
- Christmas Markets (December)
- Art Expositions