I’m not the kind of person who tends to visit the same holiday destination more than once as I like to try and explore as much of the world as possible, but I have had the pleasure of staying in Milan on a couple of occasions and wouldn’t hesitate to go again. It’s such a short flight to get there from London which it makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. With designer shops, art, incredible food and beautiful architecture it really has something for everyone.
When I visited Milan my favourite experience was taking a day trip to see the picturesque Lake Como – it really is an incredible sight and is well worth catching a train over to see. If you have time definitely pay for a boat trip over to explore the beautiful town of Bellagio. It’s exactly how I imagined Italy to be: cobbled stoned streets, quaint cafes and beautiful buildings. Stop off and enjoy some gelato or an espresso. On the boat ride over you may even spot George Clooney’s house or better yet, George Clooney himself!
Santa Maria delle Grazie
I realise Art may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s definitely worth immersing yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting. What better way to do this in Italy than by visiting Santa Maria delle Grazie to see the works of Leonardo Da Vinci? Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. You can also see pages taken from the Codex Atlanticus at the Convent Sacrestia del Bramante found just inside the garden of Santa Maria delle Grazie. I was blown away by the pages from the Codex – Da Vinci was such an incredibly inspiring man, so ahead of his time!
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) is a breathtaking sight and well worth going to see, just look at the intricate detailing on the building! It’s situated in the perfect location so grab a bite to eat in one of the cafés in the square or shop ’til your heart’s content at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s also worth trying out the whispering arches of Loggia dei Mercanti which can be found just across the street from the Duomo. Face the wall and whisper something: it can be heard by the person stood on the opposite side!
Italy really is such a beautiful country and I can’t wait to explore more of it. Have you been to Milan? Are there any other places in Italy that you would recommend?