Speed Tour: Best of Milan

If you’re based somewhere else in Italy but are flying into or out of Milan Bergamo or Malpensa airport, it’s the perfect opportunity to arrive early or stay late in Milan to see the highlights of the city!
I arrived at Milano Centrale around 1pm and headed out around 6pm to catch my 9pm flight out of Bergamo. In just 5 hours, I got to see the city’s main attractions and enjoy some amazing food. This is my speed tour of Milan:

Milano Centrale 

If you arrive in Milan via train at Milano Centrale, take a minute to admire the train station itself. It’s one of the prettiest stations I’ve seen in Italy, and maybe in all of Europe thus far.  

Head straight out of Milano Centrale to find the main drag that leads straight toward the heart of the city where the famous Duomo di Milano is located. The streets of Milan are lined with so many shops and restaurants that you’ll find it hard to keep walking without stopping to look in at least one. 


Piazza Della Repubblica

Make a quick stop on the way to the Duomo to admire this impressive statue in the middle of a square full of locals enjoying their lunch outdoors, or a fuori as the Italians do.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Definitely walk through here to admire the architecture and the stunning skylights that let in the perfect amount of sunshine to illuminate the high end shops and restaurants within. 


Il Duomo di Milano

Clearly the main attraction of Milan – an intricate and beautiful cathedral fit for the fashion capital of the world! 


Duomo Terraces

Be sure to climb the 170 steps (or pay a few extra euros to take the elevator) up to the terraces of the Duomo for an incredible view of the city amidst the spires! The top of the Duomo is a hidden wonder in and of itself. 

View of the piazza down below


Street Art

Although this display of colored masks that I saw is likely a temporary exhibition, Milan is a metropolitan hub that attracts artists from around the world, so keep an eye out for interesting displays of art as you make your way through Milan.   


Via Della Spiga

This pedestrian path that cuts across the city is a nice break from the busy streets, and it’s lined with high end shops perfect for window shopping (or actual shopping if you’re looking to splurge…).


Places to eat:

Luini Panzerotti

Panzerotti are common in Italy; essentially, it’s like a mini fried calzone typically with mozzarella and tomato inside. At Luini Panzerotti, they kick it up a notch by offering a wide array of both sweet and savory flavors. At such cheap prices, it’s impossible to not try a few different flavors! 

Some of the sweet panzerotti
One of the savory panzerotti – filled with prosciutto and mozzarella!


Cioccolati Italiani

Half gelateria, half chocolate heaven: whether you get a classic cioccolata calda or gelato topped with pure chocolate, these desserts are a perfect way to treat yourself after walking through the whole city (or after climbing the duomo steps!). 


If you can’t fit in a whole day touring Milan into your itinerary, this speed tour of Milan is a perfect way to whip through the city and see the highlights that can pique your interest to come back and visit for longer in the future!  

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