Welcome to Italy! This week we are exploring the fashion capital of Europe. We are here in Milan. But of course there is more to do in Milan than to go shopping. So let's show 20 attractions around the city.
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We had 3 days in Milan, so we hit the ground running and tried to see and do as much as possible. We made time for major attractions like Il Duomo, Sforza Castle and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, but we also walked away from the crowds in search of street art and interesting neighborhoods. Being Italy, we also try to prioritize meals, try everything from pizza to risotto, and cappuccino to appetizers. The following travel guide will highlight 20 things to do when visiting Milan, Italy
1) Milan Catherdral (Il Duomo – Duomo of Milan – Domm of Milan)
2) Il Duomo Terrace
3) Italian breakfast – Cappuccino and sweet Italian pastry
4) Castle of Sforza – Castello Sforzesco
5) The Galleria – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
6) Risotto alla Milanese – Risotto Milanese style
7) Street art near Porta Ticinese
8) Colonne di San Lorenzo – Columns of San Lorenzo Roman Ruins
9) Boat trip on the canal (traghetti gaggiano milano)
10) Dine along the canal in the Navigli district of Milan
11) Aperitif drinks and buffet – Apéritifs and digestives
12) Shopping in Milan via Via Torino
13) Visit Chinatown for Chinese food
14) Riding a bicycle in Milan as a local
15) Pizza al taglio (pizza to trance) Italian pizza by the slice
16) Basilica of St. Eustorgio containing relics of the 3 Magi
17) Duomo Museum that covers the history of cathedrals in depth
18) New views of the city with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass
19) Natural History Museum – Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
20) Night view of Milan near Il Duomo
Our trip to Milan, Lombardy was part of the Blogville project where we stayed in a local apartment and experienced all the best cultural activities, museums, restaurants, arts and entertainment the city has to offer. This city guide is our best attempt to create a mix of the best attractions and activities off the path you will not necessarily find in a typical Milan tourist brochure.
20 Things to do in Milan Italy Travel Guide Video Transcription:
Our first stop was Il Duomo, which is the most famous attraction in the city. The cathedral took almost six centuries to complete.
So we have sat in a small cafe and we are going to have our first Italian breakfast with cappuccino and sweet cakes.
Something that surprised us about Milan is that there is a castle right in the center of the city. Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, and then underwent several restorations and expansions in the following centuries. Today it houses several of the most prized art possessions in the city, including frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and the last sculpture by Michelangelo.
For some upscale design shops, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the place to be.
So we just found a small local restaurant and we will be trying out a traditional dish that is very popular in this city and in the Lombardy region. We are going to have Risotto alla Milanese.
The Colonne di San Lorenzo is the remains of the Roman ruins dating from the second century. They are believed to have been part of a bathroom house.
Another fun activity to try in Milan is a canal boat tour. The city's canals are attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, who in 1482 was called by the Duke of Milan to help renovate the canal system of the city.
The Navigli district of Milan is one of the liveliest areas of the city, especially when the sun sets for outdoor dining.
So we went out for our first Italian appetizer. That is like a tradition of drinking before dinner. Basically you get a cocktail for about 10 euros and that gives you access to this huge buffet.
And that's it for our visit to Milan. We hope this video will give you some cool ideas of places of interest and attractions to get out.
This is part of our series of trips in Italy showing Italian culture, Italian arts, Italian food and Italian cuisine.
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Video credits to Samuel and Audrey – Travel and Food Videos YouTube channel