A couple weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited one of the biggest fashion centres in Europe. I personally did not want to go to Milan for a long time, I thought it was too “mainstream” and rather visited places like Venice (i know, this one is popular as well), Lido and other destinations which were not as popular for tourists.
Eventually, I told myself that it’s still one of the must-see cities in the world and decided to give it a go. Honestly, I do not regret a thing. And I’m going to try to explain why.
Arriving in Milan, Day 1
We arrived at the Malpensa airport exactly at noon. Orientation in the airport was actually really easy, so for travellers – beginners like myself it was quite convenient. Just follow the arrows that lead you either to the train or a bus to the city centre. We decided to go by train, so we bought tickets in an automat in the station and had the luck to catch the train without waiting 30 minutes.
Another thing, we instantly recognized people’s manners, their laid-back attitude, friendliness and desire to help. We did not need any help at that time, but still, it was really nice to know that you can ask anyone anything and get a warm answer and advice.
Having arrived at the city centre, (we got out of the train a station before the Stazione Centrale so that we had a smaller distance to walk to a hotel), specifically at Porta Garibaldi station, we exited at this beautiful shopping centre across the street. I already knew the city was a keeper. Everything looked so nice and clean and cared about, it was impossible not to notice.
Now we had to walk to our hotel, which was located approximately 10 minutes away from Piazza Gae Aulenti. One thing that I loved on the first sight was the fountain. Later that evening we found out that it even had glowing lights, that changed colours and in the dark, it looked truly amazing, definitely worth a visit.
Checking into the hotel Eleganti Suite
We had the best luck of finding the most amazing hotel in the whole city. Of course, it does not mean that all the other hotels are less than this one, but we had the most amazing experience. When I was searching for a cheap and at the same time cute hotel, Booking has offered me to take a look at the Eleganti Suite in Piazzale Lagosta, which I am very grateful for.
They have amazing rooms for an amazing price, and the apartments were located just 5 minutes from the city centre by subway or 20 minutes by foot. I wrote “apartments” because this is not entirely a hotel, they do not have a reception and to be checked in, you have to actually call and speak to a person who has the key to your room, which is not a problem at all, the staff speaks English and is very friendly.
Awesome fact about hotel location: right in front of it there is a market where are sold fresh goods, like a variety of fruits, meat, vegetables and so on, you can have excellent breakfast right from the farmers. Also downstairs is the Vintage bar/bistro, they have great coffee and sandwiches, which is perfect for brunch.
Exploring The City, Day 2
On our way to the Duomo, we decided to take a walk through the Sempione Park. Despite the rain in the morning and thus muddy ground, it was still a beautiful experience and we walked through all of it, from the castle to the Arco Della Pace. Both monuments were glorious and worth the walk.
Duomo di Milano
Of course one of the most important cathedrals in the world is this one and it is obvious why. We did not get to take a look inside the cathedral, but for us was enough to observe it from the outside too. The details of the architecture are amazing, a person could look at it for hours and still find new statues or other details.
From the beginning, we were amazed by how many restaurants in Milan and in Italy in general were. In some streets, they were literally ten by each others’ side, all looking great, full of people, all doing just fine. A few of those I really want to mention.
AmaMi Ristorante – we had a delicious octopus, pizza, cocktails (especially AmaMi Prince), really caring staff and the amazing atmosphere overall.
Pizzeria Assaje – we ordered three pizzas, all of them turned out to be absolutely delicious, unfortunately, the place was fully booked when we got there, so it’s important to make a reservation. But we enjoyed the food even in the hotel while watching Netflix.
Old Wild West makes excellent burgers, fries and mozzarella sticks. I was not feeling well that day, so again we had to take our food to go, but still, everything tasted wonderful.
Casa Ramen was my first ramen ever and I definitely was not disappointed! The place is really small, so either make a reservation or they also give food to take away.
Leaving Milan, Day 3
On day 3 there was actually nothing much happening because we had to leave early due to our flight. Though the only experience we had was a bad one. Check out of the hotel was easy, they only wanted us to leave keys in the room and close the door to the room. After that, we went to the station we arrived at, Porta Garibaldi and then it happened. The departure board was showing our train to the airport was leaving in 15 minutes, but there still was no platform where it was going to arrive to. Pretty nervous, we waited until the time was 5 minutes and then the number showed up.
Because we’ve only been there once, we didn’t really know where to go, so we just tried to find it as soon as possible and of course, missing a few times.
But in the end, everything turned out okay, we made it on the train, as well as we made it to the airport on time and left back home with no further incidents.