I love Italy, and Milan is no exception. As always, amazing food and wine, lovely weather and lots to see! We flew to Milan on the Saturday and was only there until Sunday night so definitely only got to do a whistlestop tour! It was a really quick flight from London, and the airport is about a 45 minute taxi ride out from the City Centre. You can also reach the centre by train on the Malpensa Express. A weekend was just long enough to see the main sights of Milan, and the highlights were:
ONE. Duomo di Milano
The Duomo is amazing. The cathedral took nearly 600 years to finish, and is the largest church in Italy, the third largest in Europe and the fifth largest in the world! It really is amazing to see. We decided to do the audio tour of the inside of the Duomo, the archaeological museum in the Duomo and climb up to the roof. In total, this took half a day – and I thoroughly recommend buying tickets in advance if you want to go in to the Duomo as the queue can get very, very long.
We spent the remaining half of our first day exploring the beautiful shopping galleries of Milan. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is right next to the Duomo and a great place to start. It’s beautiful just as a building itself!
THREE. Sforza Castle
This castle was built in the 1400s, and in the 16th and 17th century was one of the largest citadels in the world. It was extended in the late 1800s and now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections including The Museum of Ancient Art, The Museum of Musical Instruments, The Antique Museum and the Archaelogical museum. We chose to visit The Egyptian Museum and it was definitely worth a visit. The Castle also lies in Sempione Park which is well worth a walk around.
We then went to a cooking class in the afternoon of the second day, learning how to make traditional Italian lasagne and bruscetta. It was delicious. The food in Milan is just amazing – from perfect pizzas to lovely markets. It’s nice just to flan around and eat! Preferably with wine as well. They even have cheese bars!!
And that was the end of our weekend in Milan! Was this post helpful? Let me know your thoughts, and experiences of Milan in the comments below.