I’ve said it before and I will definitely say it again: I love Italy and everything about it: people, lifestyle, cities, atmosphere, climate, etc. This summer Nikita and I had an opportunity to spend a whole month of summer in Italy exploring different corners of this incredible country including big cities and little distant pieces of paradise. I have a lot to tell you about Italy and our journey, so I’ll probably start with Milan, the center of the fashion world and the impressively huge metropolis. It was the first stop in our journey around Italy.
What is the best way to get from the airport to the city?
We landed at Milano Bergamo – the second largest airport, which is 45 km from the city. Despite the fact that Bergamo is far away from the city, this location is still impressive. This airport is surrounded by breathtaking views that can be observed from the window of a plane. During the flying, sharp peaks of beautiful mountains, small houses with tiled roofs, and crystal lakes appear from the clouds. Regular buses costing 5 euros ride from the airport to the city.
Must-see in Milan
- The first thing to see in Milan is, of course, Duomo, the pearl of Italian Gothic, which can definitely be called one of the wonders of the world. Having ascended to the roof, you can admire stunning views of the entire city center. The construction of the grandest white marble cathedral began in 1386 and continues to this day.
- Duomo Square is the heart of the city.
- The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is the world’s oldest passage with one of the most expensive hotels on the planet and the first Prada boutique. The emblem of Italy is laid out on the floor at the central point of the gallery with mosaics.
- The La Scala Theater is perhaps the most famous opera house in the world. The premieres of such great composers as Antonio Salieri, Gioacchino Rossini, and Giuseppe Verdi took place on this stage. Most of the composers, who are now recognized as classics of opera music, once stood behind the scenes of La Scala, worried before the first performance.
- Moreover, do not forget to visit the Sforza Castle, the Brera Art Gallery, Simpone Parks, the Velasca Tower, and the tallest building in the city Unicredit Bank building.
Advice from us
Check out the residential areas of Arco della Pace, a 10-15 minute walk from the center. On the way there you will pass through a beautiful green park where you can have a picnic. In my mind, the real spirit of the city with bright facades and cute little cafes for locals begins there.
The best ice cream in Milan
Italians say that if you want to try the best ice cream in the world you should go to the GROM corner. They really know a lot about gelato so you should trust them. There you will find an incredible variety of Italian ice cream.