Speed Tour: Best of Milan
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!
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.
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
Places to eat:
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!
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!