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One Day in Milan
One day in Milan!? Is that all! So much to see and do with so little time…
With Rome and Florence to compete with, Milan is one of the most underrated cities in Italy.
It is a great metropolis, where art and design collides with shopping. It also has some of the best good food and wine. Many travelers are in town for business or a short time, so use this quick itinerary to guide you for one day in Milan.
Tips for a perfect day in Milano
Head to one of the city’s historic bars and cake shops for a Milanese breakfast. Since the 1950s, the Pasticceria Cova (Via Montenapoleone 8) sits right by the famous opera house, La Scala on the fashionable Via Montenapoleone. Sip on espresso or cappuccino and order a brioche or cornetto.
10:00am Duomo di Milano
The famous Duomo di Milano (the monstrous cathedral that is the centrepiece of Piazza Duomo) has striking gothic spires that can be seen from a distance. It’s free to walk in every day between 7am-7pm. Head up to the terrace for unrivalled views of the city (€9 for the stairs, €13 for the elevator). In the square, you won’t miss the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. It is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls with a glass dome, cast iron roof and mosaic tiles. A true architectural marvel.
1:00pm Lunch with a view
Right in the Galleria head to the Aperol Terrace for lunch with a view that cannot be beaten! It’s like you can touch the Duomo from here (Piazza del Duomo, Milan) The classic Aperol Spritz costs €8, pasta and risotto ranges from €10-€14 and sandwiches from €8- €14.
4:00pm Fondazione Prada
This is Italy’s fashion capital and the Prada complex. Fondazione Prada (Largo Isarco 2, Milan), sits in a 24-carat gold-covered building of course! It’s as flashy as you’d expect from one of the most famous fashion houses in the world. It has an exhibition space, a museum and a café.
6:00pm Aperitivo at Ceresio 7
It doesn’t get more stylish than a rooftop bar complete with a pool. Enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail at Ceresio 7 (Via Ceresio 7) and enjoy the view and the bars snacks.
Treat yourself to a special dinner in the fashion strip Via della Spiga at the Caffe Baglioni (Via Senato 5) with all the classics from the Risotto alla Milanese to the Cotoletta alla Milanese on the menu and indoor or covered terrace seating.
11:00pm Milan after dark
Check out the Navigli canal area in south west Milan for one of the best cocktails in town at Mag (Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, Milan). Open until 1am daily and the bar staff will be only too happy to help you choose a drink.
The quadrilatero d’oro (the golden rectangle) is the four streets that house all the Italian and international fashion houses (Prada, Armani, Gucci, etc): (Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone). For high street brands, visit Corso Buenos Aires or Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. For independent or alternative, the Brera area.
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