“Once Milan flows through your veins, it’ll flow forever in your blood”- Rui Costa.
It was only today when I realised that I have yet not written anything about Milan. Having visited Milan at least thrice in the past couple of years, either for a quick shopping spree or as a lunch pit-stop between long drives, this time the city definitely deserved a dedicated trip to experience the unique Milanese flair (that is very evident in every niche of this beautiful Alpha leading global city).
Last week, in Milan, we had a full day at our disposal with plans to exploring the City Centre or the area in and around Duomo.
TIP: A special ticket is needed to park the car in the congestion zone in city centre. The car park is expensive too, unless reserved in advance. Leaving your car in the hotel parking house and taking a public transport to the city is the best option to explore the city centre.
Our explorations started with Piazza del Duomo.
Surprise …surprise!!! Duomo di Milano has a makeover. With Palm trees being recently planted near the main entrance, the whole atmosphere felt so convivial and fresh under the summer sky.
Adjacent to Duomo is the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This extravagant glass-topped vibrant tunnel serves as a shopping mall with many creme de la creme boutiques, restaurants and bars to luxuriate in.
When in Milan, Marchesi 1824 is sure to satiate one’s sweet tooth. Unfolding its story of harmony between tradition and creativity with its signature chocolates, fresh patisserie and classic Milanese Panettone, this is a must visit Cafe in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Leonardo3 Museum, located at the entrance of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (in the direction of Plaza della Scala), comes up as the next stop. Detailing some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous inventions (yes, besides been a world-famous painter, Leonard da Vinci is regarded as ‘a Universal Genius’ with the invention of parachute, helicopter and tank), this interactive and a very informative cosy museum is a must visit for people of all ages who have interest in technology. An experience of the digital restoration of ‘the last supper’ painting leaves a pleasant indelible impression. Unfortunately, the museum prohibits taking any photographs, so I have nothing to post here, but would highly recommend visiting this museum especially to the admirers of the amalgamation of art and technology.
La Rinascente, an upscale store or a shopping mall, next to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Duomo, is ineluctable. A great place to shop and to relax. To beat the swelter of the afternoon, a soothing drink at Obica Mozzarella Bar is something to be looked forward to. Lucky us, we had a surprise visitor at our table there.
Then an evening walk towards Corso Buenos Aires was fun as we explored many of the city’s architectural marvel.
Corso Buenos Aires, one of the busiest streets of Milan with the highest concentration of clothing stores, is a wholesome shopping experience in itself. With a flotilla of shops and pretty boutiques on both sides of the street, an apportion to your shopping instincts done beforehand is always helpful. The possibilities of you finishing up the whole cake on this street are very prominent 😉
Quore Italiano (at Piazza Oberdan very close to Corso Buenos Aires) could be a nice breather from shopping and also the last stop for the day.
Like a magnet, the pull towards Quore Italiano is so self-explanatory. The restaurant delights its diners with fresh products and a sophisticated blend of tradition and modern cookery. Their pastas and pizzas are definitely something to indulge in. However, for a change, one of their specialities in Quinoa is a very good option too. I have never had such an ambrosial preparation of Quinoa. M-A-T-C-H-L-E-S-S !
This was our ‘a day in Milan’ well enjoyed. How was your experience in Milan? Please do leave your comments below.