Aah Milan…such a picturesque, stylish, charming city. It’s clear why this is the fashion capital of the world! Left, right and centre there are incredibly swanky people walking around in their Balenciaga trainers, branded T-shirts, amazingly posh sunglasses, carrying huge Chanel bags…it’s a great place to grab a coffee, take a seat and people watch.
Me, my boyfriend and my two flatmates went to Milan whilst still at uni, so this trip was done on a proper budget as we didn’t realllyyy have enough money to justify jetting off to Milan but, it has to be done sometimes.
The Airbnb’s on the outskirts are pretty cheap.
Although a little far out, this was not an issue at all as there are tram stops everywhere to take you into the city.
TOP TIP: Staying a little on the outskirts allows you to see parts of the city that you probably wouldn’t bother visiting if you staying right, slap bang in the centre.
Cost per night: £60
Ok, let’s get the obvious out of the way.
Let’s face it, you can’t go to Milan and not go and admire the stunning Duomo. You can’t miss it, it’s right in the centre and is so fascinating to look at plus, looking at it is free!
For only € 12.50, you can pay to go up the Duomo and on to the roof, which I would 100% recommend.
TOP TIP: When buying tickets, there is an option to get a lift up, which may seem like a lovely, less strenuous idea buuuutt, it costs about a fiver more and the steps up are not bad at all (takes about 5 mins).
About a 15 minute tram ride away from the centre.
A system of canals, lined with restaurants upon restaurants, glamorous Italians drinking Aperol Spritz and the hum of buskers serenading people as they dine.
TOP TIP: Grab a beer, take off your shoes and dangle your feet over the side of the canal.
TOP TIP: Tapas bars here serve all you can eat tapas and a cocktail for only €9 (some are more or less).
This place is basically a huge shopping mall full of high-end shops that us backpackers cannot, at any cost, afford!! But, it’s worth a stroll and is located in the same square as the Duomo, so you won’t miss it.
You can walk right the way through the mall and it takes you out to a smaller square, that had a few street performers and people playing numerous instruments to passer-byers.
TOP TIP: Don’t even attempt to touch or try anything on in the fancy shops! We got told off for trying on a pair of sunnies in Gucci ahahah.
If like me, you’re a fan of the film Call Me By Your Name, then you’ll know exactly where I am talking about, if not…carry on reading.
Crema is the beautiful, picturesque filming location of the film. It is about a 30 min train ride from the centre of Milan and is absolutely STUNNING.
Even if you are not into the film and have no interest in [fan girl moment] sitting in the seats that Elio and Oliver sat in or touching the bike seats they rode on, Crema is still a lovely place to visit and get away from the busy-ness of Milan.
Cost of train: €10 return
To be honest, our eating experience in Milan was pretty disappointing! Not the insane pizza and pasta dishes I was hoping for!! So this is a short, but sweet list…
Ripa di Porta Ticinese – Street full of all you can eat tapas
Panzerotti Luini – very popular bakery
Marghe – pizza
Amorino – heart shaped ice cream
Aguacate Milano – that’s ‘avocado cafe’ for all you avo lovers
Mini Maoji (Navigli) – Chinese food
A C C O M O D A T I O N: £61.50 (4 nights)
F L I G H T S: £70 return
S P E N D I N G M O N E Y: £90
T O T A L C O S T: £220 (ish)