My experience in Milan was no different from Florence. I think the 4 main things that make a good trip are good food, good accommodation, easy transportation and most importantly having good company. I booked the hotel for Milan the day before we (Ylenia, my travel buddy and I ) got there (I’ll explain why in another blog post) and the best option was a best western which cost a little over £120 per night which was a little steep as it wasn’t part of my budget. When we got to the hotel I was disappointed, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting a 5-star standard hotel but neither was I expecting a travel lodge budget hotel standard, but it was even worse. The curtains and throw looked like they took them from a Bed and Breakfast in an English village, the bathroom had stains in it that made it look dirty and gross, there was nothing modern about this hotel.
When I got to the hotel it was a little after midday, I had been sleeping on the train so I wanted to freshen up before going out to see the city so I called and asked for a dental kit. The next morning, I called and asked for another one and the receptionist said “again? Did you not ask for one the day before? *insert gif of your choice*. On top of that, the breakfast I paid €10 for, thinking I had hit a jackpot, was rubbish. I was expecting a full English breakfast, juicy bacon with a bit of a crunch, nice warm baked beans, fresh croissants, I can’t begin to explain how stale the croissants were and how dry the cold cuts were.
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and one of the best worldwide after New York and Paris. I spent half of the time staring at people, rude I know, but I couldn’t help admiring their sense of style. It was almost like everyone there was dressed for a fashion show. I loved how the men dressed, their suits were not the normal boring work suits, there was always something different about theirs. They weren’t scared of wearing bold colours, adding accessories, some popped a few of their shirt buttons giving you a peep of what’s underneath, I don’t know what exactly made them look so cool to me but there was always a wow factor about their style.
Almost every Italian I know told me I had to try lasagna in Milan. A few hours before I left I just dashed into the closest cafe and ordered some. The one I got was a little dry and I promise, Nico, my Italian friend’s lasagna, is still the best I’ve had so far. The pizza I had the day before was amazing, I finished the whole thing by myself. I tried an Aperol for the first time for brunch, don’t judge me lol, and it was very refreshing. But of course, gelato was the order of the day for me, with a million flavours to choose from I always ordered baccio and vanilla.
Milan is a really beautiful city and there are so many places to visit. The first place on my list was the Duomo and it was absolutely breath taking! The second place on my list was Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which was right next to the Duomo. It’s a shopping centre famous for housing brands like Prada, Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton etc. I really wanted to go to Navigli for a night out but I ended up sitting at a bar all alone, downstairs next to my hotel like a broken hearted girl. I watched other people party the night away and I surprisingly enjoyed myself.
My overall experience in Milan was good, I learned and experienced a lot in such a short time. I would definitely like to go back and spend more time there.