The metropolis of Milan is the capital of Lombardy in the northern part of Italy, which is also the global capital of fashion and design. But the Lombardy capital has a lot more to offer, as I found out on a 4 day city break.
Where to stay?
With Milan been just a two hour flight from Manchester airport, I landed to start my adventure with excitement and energy. I found a fantastic deal on-line to stay at the Double Tree by Hilton, just a 10 minutes tram ride from the city Centre. I couldn’t fault the very stylish and reasonably priced hotel at all. All staff were exceptionally helpful and just couldn’t do enough for me. As with most of my trips I do, I don’t have a plan. I just let the day sort itself.
What to do?
As a massive football fan, the first stop for me was of course the San Siro stadium. The home of the Rossonerri and Nerazzurri didn’t disappoint. A must is a stadium tour, for 14 euros you can see all the history of both clubs. The trophy room is stunning as you can imagine with both teams been giants of the game. After a good look around the San Siro I was in need of some refreshments and headed to the local café for a cappuccino. The walk down San Siro way was full of interesting graffiti footballing morals and it was good to see some famous English players too. Milan city center is an array of interesting local shops as well as the top designer ones to leisurely wonder around. The magnificent Duomo di Milano dates back to 1386 when the first stone was put into place. It’s a must see with its architect and breath taking beauty overlooking the big square. It makes an envying selfie! Another must see is Sforza Castle which is located in the city and easily found as the tram drops you right outside the gates. I had a lovely stroll through the gardens, which leads to many interesting museums within the castle walls. As my last day fell, I thought I’d take advantage of my location. I made the hour long train journey to the city of Como, the home of beautiful Lake Como. The journey cost just 10 euros for a return ticket which I paid at the station. As with most train journeys you get the chance to see small towns that you would most likely miss. Feeling adventurous? Why not jump off at one of the stops for a little look around and get a true feeling of what small town Italy is really all about.
As we all know Italy is famous for its beautifully prepared food. Milan has a vast variety of restaurants to suit all budget types. Trust me! You won’t go hungry and you won’t be disappointed. A slice of pizza is just a few euros. Or if you prefer to sit down and let the world go by there are lots of little street cafes to pick from. For the travelers that like abit more of a fancy meal, the city has many fine restaurants to choose from. But I highly recommend “L’Immagine Ristorante Bistort” it’s simply FANTASTIC! As soon as you arrive you’re made to feel like one of the family. Candy on the table as you examine your way through the very reasonably priced menu is different, but a why not? It’s original and I like that.
I got my flight with Swiss airlines into Malpensa airport, now I must admit it was cheaper, but it is quite a way out and it may the worth paying a bit more to fly into the city airport and main airport called Linate. There is also a 3rd airport called Bergamo, which Ryanair fly into, but again it is quite a way out from the city.