Hello you! I know.. finally a new post on my blog. As you may know, I study in Madrid at the moment (I’m on exchange) and have been very busy with traveling, doing fun things and studying of course. That’s why I was lacking on my blog and youtube channel, so I apologize for that! I promise you that I’m working on some new posts for my blog and soon I will also upload new videos on my youtube channel.

So a bit more than a week ago I traveled to Milan. JP and I wanted to see each other, because it had been 6 weeks since he visited me in Madrid, so we thought it would be nice to go somewhere together and explore another city. I had never been to Milan before and it was still on my travel list (yeah I keep a list of places where I want to go to hihi), and besides that, tickets from Madrid to Milan are super affordable! The weekend we went was actually my birthday (I turned 22), so I felt really grateful to be able to celebrate it in such an amazing city as Milan. Last year JP and I celebrated my birthday in NY which was AMAZING as well! I also wrote a blog post about that, so feel free to read my tips on what to do when you’re in NY. Okay, now it’s time to tell you all about what you definitely have to do when in Milan! Enjoy reading!!

Visit Duomo di Milano

The Duomo, is the big cathedral in the city center of Milan. I think everyone has seen this cathedral al over Instagram, since it’s the cathedral everyone takes pictures with haha. We were quite lucky that we visited the Duomo on a really sunny day, because (some people don’t know this) the Duomo has a big rooftop you can visit, which is really a must do! We bought our tickets through the website called tiqets.com, and we were really happy with their service. Everyday there is a big waiting line to get entrance tickets, but with these tickets you can actually skip the line and get into the Duomo without standing in the super long lines! The tickets we bought cost 18 euro per person and gave us skip the line acces to the Duomo, the rooftop and the museum. I really recommend getting skip the line tickets, as I said, there are very long waiting lines!

Try real Italian gelati

Italy is famous for, among other things, ice cream. There are a couple of really good ice cream places in Milan but I would recommend to try some gelati at ‘Vanilla gelati italiana’! I had hazelnut and it was soo yummy!!

Visit La Rinascente rooftop

La Rinascente is an amazing high-end shopping mall in the centre of Milan. The rooftop is located on the 7th floor and you can access it at the side of the building in a small street called ‘Via Vanta Radegonda’. Once arrived at the 7th floor you find yourself standing in a big food market with lots of restaurants like a sushi place, a mozzarella bar, a juice bar and a fancy champagne and oyster bar. Prices are quite expensive, but we found a restaurant to have lunch at that was fairly priced. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant itself but it was at the terrace next to the champagne bar. The spaghetti bolognese there was delicious!

Go to the Navigli area

To tell you something about the history, the Navigli were a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Italy. Today, the canals are mostly used for irrigation. I would say that the Navigli area is a really romatic place to walk around at, especially around sunset!! At the side of the canal there are a lot of nice restaurants to have a drink at. A perfect place to have a glass of wine together.

Visit the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

When JP and I are on vacation, we like to do some cultural and educational stuff besides just site seeing. And because Leonardo da Vinci is really famous for everything he created, we thought it would be fun to visit the Museum. I must say that I didn’t know what to exactly expect before we went but it actually surprised me of how fun it was. The museum itself was so interactive and really diverse! Definitely a recommendation if you want to go to a museum that is both fun and educational!

Go see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This is a beautiful gallery with all the designer brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. If you want to go shop for designer products, then definitely pay a visit to this amazing shopping gallery. You can also have a drink or some food there if your goal is not to shop designer stuff, and also just go there to see how beautiful it is (that’s what I did hihi).

Have some drinks at the Aperol Spritz rooftop terrace

You probably have seen the famous orange drink before, yeah it’s Aperol Spritz that I’m talking about! There is an entire rooftop dedicated to this drink in Milan hihi. It’s definitely a famous drink that Italians drink a lot and in my opinion it is really good indeed! Of course you can also get other drinks and food here if you prefer something else. The rooftop is really cosy (especially at night), and around 7 pm I believe, they play some nice live music. Oh and a big plus was the free and freshly baked chips that they handed out.

Try Italian food

Definitely not the least important thing to do when you’re in Milan, is to try the amazing cuisine. I LOVE Italian food, and for sure I can eat this every single day. Pasta, pizza, deserts and wine, I greatly enjoy it! If you want to go for a quick bite, then I would recommend to go to ‘Pizzium. We went there on our first night, and the pizza is amazing and affordable. It has super good reviews and rates so definitely try it out!

My favorite restaurant we went to is called ‘Ristorante Pizzeria Maruzzella’. I ordered pasta carbonara and it is definitely the best one I have ever tried. The restaurant is always full with locals, which means the food must be good. You definitely have to make a reservation before going, because this restaurant is really popular! The interior is warm and homey, which was definitely a big plus for me. Oh and the Tiramisu there is a must try as well!

Some other tips

  • If you want to go for cocktails, go to ‘Bar 35 food & drinks’. It is a really cosy bar with amazing cocktails.
  • For shopping, check out the street called ‘Corso Buenos Aires
  • If you have some time left in Milan, you could check out ‘Castello Sforzesco’, it has free entrance and behind the castle, there is a beautiful park to walk through and to relax at.

We had an amazing weekend in Milan! I hoped you liked this blog post and all my tips on what to do in Milan! If you have some tips yourself, definitely let me know.

See you next time.

Love, R.