I would like to say that Milan, one of the four major fashion capitals in the world holds so much more than shopping, but I can’t. The only exception is if you visit during the Milan Expo Pavilion which if I’m not mistaken is held from April-July annually. This is an exhibition where countries from all over the world come together to establish their own identity and culture via a pavilion design. Other than that, there aren’t many attractions and if you like dressing up or having your own style, shopping is practically one of the only things you would do here!
I started my trip with a few sightseeing places as I wanted to take in the culture and architecture of the city. I did a quick stop at Castello Sforzesco, which is a combination of museum, art galleries, and a castle as well. Entrance fee wasn’t much, it was about €5 and you can book your tickets online via this website. Personally, I didn’t think much of the inside but that’s probably cause I’m not a huge fan of these things but they were great to look at nonetheless.
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I then headed to Santa Maria delle Grazie which holds the Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper Painting. They only allowed a certain number of people into the room at a certain time and unfortunately, I did not pre-book the ticket which resulted in looking at the painting through barred railings. So if you have come all the way to Milan, I would say PLEASE book your tickets in advance so that you won’t miss out on this opportunity! There are many sites that offer this, but here's one of them.
You can opt to visit Teatro alla Scala and even watch a theatre performance there but I didn’t as I’ve been to an Italian theatre performance before and once was enough for me. Especially since I couldn’t understand anything they were saying!
Milan Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are all in the same area and it is indeed a really nice place to chill and enjoy a cup of coffee or if you have a sweet tooth like I do, Gelato is the way to go! Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is home to many high-street brands and I would guess that the reason why it’s so famous is because of the architecture of it. Its roofing system and the way the building leads you to the centre from all 4 directions is incredible! Even if you don’t plan on shopping here, definitely go into the building to see it. And yes the weather turned from blue skies to cloudy skies within minutes :/
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For a fantastic night view, head to Navigli for a picturesque scene of the canals. There are bars and restaurants around if you fancy a drink or even a meal.
Shopping time! I was keen to see how good the fashion is here and whether it was really as good as people make it to be. I started off at Via Montenapoleone, which is part of Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Quadrilateral) or also known as the shopping quadrilateral. This is the go-to destination for luxury brands such as Prada, Gucci and so forth. It also hosts many Italian leather goods and you could be sure of the quality for the price you’re paying!
Moved on to Corso Venezia which has lots of international brands. Whilst walking, there were a few brands that had product launches which was a great vibe as there were DJ’s hitting it up and shoppers were invited into the stores to try out the new products while sipping on a glass of champagne. There were also in-store dance performances and Canapé were being served. It felt really posh and definitely gave out a fun vibe to shopping.
If you think we’re done with shopping yet, you are so wrong, this is only the beginning! At the end of Corso Venezia lies Corso Buenos Aires which is Europe’s longest shopping street. It is often compared to Paris’ Avenue des Champ-Elysees and London’s Oxford Street. There is a wide range of brands here catered to every style. You can find a lot of fashionable outfit here for a really good price as shops here are more affordable as compared to the other areas.
I spent 2.5 days in Milan as there was an extra half day targeted for more shopping but generally I would say a weekend would be enough. How was your trip to Milan? Did you do anything interesting other than shopping? If so, do share them with me.
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