City Guide to Milano

Next Stop. Ciao Milano.

I can not believe it has been four years since my last visit to one of my favorite cities. The fashion, the architecture, gelato, and the food are all the obvious reason to love this city. But today I want to share with you some of my personal favorite spots in Milano…including a secret spot that not many people know about.

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Rooftops

There are two popular rooftop bars that over look the Duomo:  Aperol Tereza and Duomo 21. Personally, I enjoy Duomo 21 because it tends to be less crowded than Aperol. They also make it way more difficult to find(which is always a good sign to me)- the entrance to Duomo 21 is a small doorway with a tiny sign, so you definitely have to keep your eyes open when trying to find it. You can see both of the rooftops from the courtyard outside the Duomo.

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Quadrilatero della Moda

aka “Fashion District”
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This is one of the most famous fashion districts in the world and is filled with endless luxury and designer stores. This is also where the infamous Vogue stand is located. Even if you don’t plan on shopping here, I would highly recommend just walking through this area and admiring these stores via “window shopping” because the work that goes into the window design is truly a work of art.


Museo Del Novecento * 

This was hands down my favorite spot because I consider it a hidden gem of the city. Trying to get a picture outside of the Duomo can be a photographers nightmare because after 10am there are thousands of people outside all trying to get a picture. This museum is actually an art museum, and if you are under 25, its is free of admission. Otherwise you only have to pay €5 to go inside.

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*To find the location of the picture I took above, you need to go all the way up to the 5th floor and walk across the building(they will give you a map if needed). I was there about an hour and the max amount of people that came in the room was probably 25 ( a dream for trying to get a good shot).


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Another place that you can not miss when visiting Milano. The Galleria is a complex that is filled with shopping, restaurants and beautiful architecture.

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Brera

 Just get lost here. One might describe this part of the city as romantic and enchanting. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is best discovered by wandering through the streets and stumbling upon the outdoor restaurants. A restaurant I highly recommend is Osteria di Brera (make sure to have seafood while in Milan).

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Transportation pro tip:

Besides walking, the best way to get around the city is via bike. They have bike stands located all across the city and I want to say they are approximately €5 for the day. Uber is extremely pricey because they only offer Uber Black and Luxe.

  • Traveling from Malpensa Airport: Take the train into the city. It is fast, easy, and under €13, and will drop you at the Centrale train station. Hour Ride. 
  • Traveling to Bergamo Orio Airport: The bus tickets are around €5 and will pick you up at the Centrale train station. 50 min ride.