Often called the style capital of Italy, Milan’s spectacular array of structure, boutique buying, and scrumptious meals (it’s Italy, in any case!) all make it the proper begin to a Northern Italy journey.
When you’re making an attempt to pack as a lot into your Italian journey as doable and solely have a day to commit to Milan, then now we have one thing in widespread. I landed within the late afternoon with about 24 hours to spare earlier than leaving for my different locations. With a purpose to take advantage of out of my brief time in Milan, I packed in as a lot of the perfect of the town as I may.
Right here is my epic Milan itinerary for simply 1 day, good for first-timers:
1. Dawn at Duomo di Milano
If that is your first time visiting Milan, make it a degree to go to Duomo di Milano. Essentially the most iconic cathedral in Milan that took almost 6 centuries to finish is value combating that snooze button for! I arrived at Duomo round 7am, arrange my trusty tripod and took as many journey selfies as I needed. The early morning peaceable atmosphere additionally made admiring the structure from the skin that rather more pleasant. After I walked previous Duomo once more later within the afternoon, it was jam-packed with folks struggling to get a selfie with the majestic constructing, which might have ruined the expertise for me.
2. Breakfast at Ravizza 1871
… or some other eating places or cafes which can be open at this hour! You will notice locals ordering espresso, having a fast chat with the baristas and dashing to go to work. I had a candy pastry whereas ready for the Duomo rooftop entrance to open at 9am.
To keep away from lengthy traces as I had a full day forward of me, I booked a skip-the-line entrance ticket prematurely. After I arrived on the entrance at 8:50am, there was already an extended queue on the ticket workplace. With a skip-the-line ticket, I used to be one of many first few folks on the roof high. My ticket included entrance to each the roof high in addition to the cathedral. When you plan on visiting the cathedral church, you’re required to cowl up your shoulders and knees. Put on snug footwear as you’ll have to exit through the staircase even with an escalator entrance. There are alternatives in case you want visiting solely the roof high or solely the cathedral:
3. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
You may’t go to Milan with out taking within the vogue scene! The picture above was taken early within the morning, earlier than the outlets are open. Anticipate to see far more folks all through the day! The oldest energetic shopping center in Italy is adorned with high-end boutiques from Gucci, Louis Vuitton to Prada. Personally I discovered extra curiosity within the intricate particulars of the constructing, and was additionally entertained by Tik Tokers working it within the mall’s middle.
The one boutique I visited was Prada, the place they supposedly retain the entire furnitures from day 1. It was fairly the expertise strolling via Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, imagining the footprints of legendaries from the previous many years which have been made in right here. As soon as you’re accomplished marveling, exit the mall and make your method to Piazza della Scala to take a look at the enduring statue of Leonardo Da Vinci. Teatro alla Scala, probably the most iconic opera home in Milan, is true throughout. If I had extra time, I’d have liked to be part of a guided tour!
4. Be part of a Milanese Strolling Tour
Since my time in Milan was brief, I figured the easiest way to have an immersive expertise was to be part of an alternate strolling tour. I realized the place the locals hang around, districts that aren’t precisely a vacationer attraction however are widespread with the locals, in addition to the story behind sure statues, paintings and buildings together with those proven right here.
As a solo feminine traveler, it was additionally a good way to satisfy different vacationers and I ended up having lunch with one other attendee from the tour.
Different strolling excursions out there:
5. Lunch at Trattoria La Rava Ela Fava
Oh, how I liked this place! A suggestion from an area, Trattoria La Rava Period Fava is a fuss-free restaurant with pleasant waiters and an Italian-only menu.
I did the traditional point-and-shoot (i.e, go searching and see what persons are having and ask for a similar), and stuffed my tummy with scrumptious — and I actually imply scrumptious — carpaccio with burrata and strawberry cheesecake that I inhaled in lower than a minute.
6. Wander the Streets of Brera District
You’re within the capital of vogue, in any case! Digest all that meals you had with a stroll round Brera district, a cute space with high-end, road vogue in addition to classic boutiques. There are additionally loads of artwork galleries and distinctive reward outlets.
7. Go to Sforza Citadel and Sempione Park
I needed to go folks watching at Sempione Park, and determined to take a look at Sforza Citadel since it’s on the way in which. Entrance to the fortress floor is free, whereas a ticket is required to enter the museums within the advanced. Leonardo Da Vinci was among the many artists who have been commissioned to embellish the fortress.
It was a sizzling summer season day and there have been lighter crowds on the park, however I loved watching youngsters working round and the greenery. I ended my go to with Arco della Tempo (Arch of Peace).
8. get pleasure from an aperitivo
What’s a summer season in northern Italy with out an aperitivo?! An aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink, which usually comes with a cocktail and a few gentle snacks like nuts and cheese.
Many web sites suggest pairing your aperitivo expertise with the view of the Duomo at one of many fancy rooftop bars, however I discover that overpriced (and the service is lower than nice, from what I’ve heard), and really a lot want an area spot the place I can folks watch whereas sipping on my drink. To determine an area bar, stroll a pair blocks from the principle road. A drink and a snack buffet ought to price about 7-10 euros.
9. Dinner at A Pizzeria
Pizzeria Capuano’s got here as a suggestion by my Airbnb host, and it didn’t disappoint. The patrons have been largely native households, which is all the time an excellent signal. It’s a norm to order a whole pizza for one individual, and the portion is fairly massive!
10. Night time Stroll on the Navigli District
In case you are not too drained by now, finish your night in Milan with a stroll on the Navigli district. Right here you will discover extra bars and a youthful crowd. You may lease a bicycle (extra on that beneath) in case you’re bored with strolling.
The place to Keep in Milan
I stayed at a stunning Airbnb close to Chinatown, and I extremely suggest it! The neighborhood felt native and secure. Getting round was simple with buses and trams. As a solo feminine traveler, I additionally appreciated the chance to stick with an area couple, who have been joyful to share their favourite native spots. There are many hostels and boutique accommodations in Milan if that’s your desire!
Tips on how to Get Round in Milan
Milan’s metro system is effectively linked within the metropolis and you may get to all main landmarks talked about on this itinerary simply. A 90-minute trip on any trains, trams and buses prices 2 euro, although you should purchase a 48 hour ticket for 8.25 euro, or a 25 hour ticket for 4.50 euro. You probably have a big suitcase, you’ll have to pay a further 1.50 euro for a baggage ticket.
Taxis are very costly, as is the case in most components of Europe.
Another method to get round is thru bicycle and scooter sharing apps. Attempt to obtain the apps and arrange your fee methodology previous to arriving in Milan so you may just remember to will be capable to lease:
Solo Feminine Security in Milan
I by no means as soon as felt unsafe throughout my time in Milan, even when strolling alone within the night (notice: I visited Milan in the summertime, when the solar units round 9pm. I don’t assume that strolling alone when it’s darkish is a good suggestion anyplace). I chatted with folks at eating places and bus stops, and discover that individuals have been pleasant and sociable. English is broadly spoken. Total, touring alone in Milan as a solo feminine traveler felt superior, although you need to all the time train the identical cautions as you’ll again dwelling!