Things to do in Milan
I was only in Milan for a day and a half so sadly did not have time to leisurely wander around! As I am not so big on art so we saved the museums for a different trip and focused on the stunning Duomo (cathedral) in the heart of Milan for the first day.
Touristy as it is, you must visit the roof of the Duomo, the gorgeous cathedral in the centre of Milan. To climb the stairs was €9 and to get the lift is €13. We opted for the stairs (work off some of that pasta…) and there were not as many as expected and it was not claustrophobic. The views of Milan are great but the best bit is the flat roof right at the top and just appreciating how spectacular the Duomo is.
After that, I recommend walking around the square and taking in the Duomo as a whole and then wander through the fashion streets including Via Montenapoleoned and window shop (unless you can afford it!) at Prada, Burberry, Versace and more.
We walked past the impressive Teatro Scala where the opera shows are – definitely try and book a show in advance – I wish we had.
I spent the second day nearer where we were staying and visited the Sforza Castle built in the 15th century, where the grounds are free to enter and walk around and you only have to pay for the museum.
After that, we walked through to Parco Sempione where there are small lakes, beautfiul flowers and the Arch of Peace. We walked back through ‘Via Brera’ where there are a number of small restaurants with al fresco dining.
Sadly that was it for our trip to Milan although, given I have been so spoilt by other places in Italy, it just did not live up to other cities.
Apartment in Milan
Brera Apartments, Garibaldi Via Pontida 4
We stayed in Brera apartments on Via Pontida in a large apartment block on the second floor. The communication before the stay was good and a colleague was ready and waiting to let us in the apartment and give us a map and run down of the area.
The apartment was a decent size with kitchen facilities, a large bathroom with a walk in shower with toiletries and bed and tv. The apartment was decorated quite basically and it did not have air con but it was well located and spacious, as well as having ample facilities for a longer stay. Nothing special but at £80 a night, it’s not a bad choice.
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