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Top 3 things to do in Milan

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I’m not normally someone that checks or does research before trips. As long as I know how I can get from the airport to the hotel, I’m pretty content with myself. However, once I speak to a few locals or get onto a decent WIFI connection I usually check out a few blogs where I narrow down the top must see/do attractions.

Not to bore you all but I guess I decided that I am going to be more organised on this trip so that I can potentially help others this time, by documenting the top 3 things to do in Milan.

Ok let’s get down to it;

Shop till you drop: not to state the obvious but Milan is one of the most famous fashion capitals in the world. If you’re visiting, I would expect that half your suitcase is empty for all the deals and fashion pieces you plan on taking back home. There are streets and streets of fashion brands and smaller boutiques that sell unique made in Italy items. The best time, of course, to plan and go would be during summer and Christmas sales as you could lose your mind with 50-70% off deals. There are also massive outlets on the outskirts of the city, so even further reductions on fashion brands are up for grabs.

Sight Seeing/Book a Tour: In the middle of the city, you will find the famous DUOMO DI MILANO it is breathtaking and worth it to get inside and explore. Tickets prices range: adult €3, roof terraces via stairs €9/4.50, lift €13/7, archaeological area €7/3. It is open between 8 am and 7 pm so you can plan your day accordingly.

However, if you are looking to leave Milan for the day then I would highly suggest a trip to Lake Como.
A day trip normally begins at the tours main office in the city at 8:30am. After a 1-hour coach journey from Milan to Lake Como, you would then officially start your tour of Como with a look inside the small town and some historical attractions such as the Basilica of Sant’Abbondio.
The guide then gives you free time to get to know the town at your own pace with some sightseeing or shopping for Lake Como keepsakes.
You will be advised to meet back with your guide to begin the 2-hour cruise/ferry ride around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the Alps.
The tour group will then be guided off the ferry and onto the colourful seaside town of Bellagio, which many pinpoint as a highlight of the Lake Como tour.  You are all then advised to spend some time at your leisure here to explore and perhaps savour lunch.
After 2 hours, you will get back onto the ferry towards Cadenabbia, then return to your bus for the journey back to Milan. The prices for this particular vary but we paid €89 per person online (click here to book) and you would get back into Milan by 6:30pm.
There are many other day tours that start from Milan but I only experienced the Lake Como trip, therefore, I can suggest it simply due to my amazing and only day trip experience.
  • Food: Enjoy the culture and amazing pizza and pasta and just sit at a cafe outside and savour the moment.

Just to add, Milan feels safer in my opinion than Rome and most other major European cities. As a woman, you are always more cautious when travelling and walking around and it’s been refreshing to feel and see a city safer than most.I wouldn’t go and tell you to leave your items but it makes exploring the city feel a lot better.

Anyway back to the point, I would normally take maybe a day at most to do the above because it’s not a typical tourist destination with a lot of attractions.

Please comment below if you have any questions or if you have more tips for readers out there that are planning their next European adventure.


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