For graduating high school, I got a citytrip with my mom as a gift. It was always our idea to go to Rome together because it looks like an amazing city. Over the past three years we haven’t been able to go on this trip because we had such busy schedules. But a little over a month ago, we finally decided to book this citytrip. When I went on the internet and searched for hotels and flights for Rome, everything was so expensive. So we started looking for some alternative destinations and ended up with Milan, Italy. I had heard some pretty different thoughts on this city but we were going to find out for ourselves. In this travel diary you’ll read all about where we stayed, what we ate, what we saw and what I recommend. Let’s get started! ✈️
➳ Where I stayed
I always book my trips through Expedia because I like how easy it is to find something you like. This trip to Milan we booked kind of late (read: three weeks in advance) but there was still a lot to find on Expedia. We stayed at the NH Milano Grand Hotel Verdi. It’s a really nice hotel and it only takes about five minutes to walk to the centre of Milan. The room we got was so spacious and there was a buffet breakfast included, which was really good. From the airport we took a bus (which only costs 8 euro) to Station Milano Centrale. Then from there we only had to walk about 15 minutes to the hotel. It is the perfect hotel to stay at if you’re on a citytrip because everything is so close by. You can find NH Milano Grand Hotel Verdi here: Via Melchiorre Gioia, 6, Milan.
➳ What I saw
Of course we saw a lot while we were in Milan, Italy. But these are a couple of my favorite things. First of all, Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. These are two very well known sights in Milan. Both of them are located at the Piazza del Duomo. As you are able to see in the photos below, Piazza del Duomo can be very busy. When you go there in the morning, it is a lot less busy so great for some blog photos.
We also went to Castello Sforzesco, which is a castle in the centre of Milan. Besides it being a castle, it is also a museum where they show different art pieces of Michelangelo. We didn’t go into the museum but we did sit down inside the castle to relax for a little bit. Castello Sforzesco consist of different styles, which makes it interesting to look at and take in.
During our last couple of hours in Milan we just went to wander around the hotel area. This way we could still explore some new things and grab something to eat before we had to go to the airport. Our hotel looked out on this tall building and we we curious what it was and what was around there. It is called Piazza Gae Aulenti and it reminded me of a futuristic movie. In the photos below you can see what I am talking about. There is a shopping area there and also some food spots, so definitely a place you can walk around for a while.
➳ Where I ate
Mot Bistrot | Via della Moscova, 25, Milan
On our first day in Milan, of course we went to explore the neighborhood around our hotel. But we also got pretty hungry after being of the airplane and getting to our hotel. So while we were exploring, we saw this restaurant called Mot Bistrot. We went in and my mom got a risotto and I went for a sandwich with Prosciutto di Parma. Our food was really delicious and not even that expensive. Definitely a restaurant worth a visit.
Quore Italiano | Galleria de Cristoforis, 1, Milan
When in Italy, you can not not eat a pizza, right? So on our second day we went sightseeing in Milan (so seeing all of the big sights in the city) and at some point we got pretty hungry. So instead of eating somewhere around the sights, we started walking and found Quore Italiano at a little square. There weren’t as many people around and Quore Italiano looked like a nice place. We sat down and both got a pizza.🍕 The pizza was absolutely delicious and the view from the restaurant was really lovely.
Eataly | Piazza Venticinque Aprile, 10, Milan
Through Instagram I got recommend to go to Eataly. My mom and I looked it up and Eataly ended up only being a five minute walk from our hotel. So the last night in Milan, we decided to have dinner there. Above you can see the delicious pasta we shared. 🍝 And after that we also got a little desert. In Eataly are different places to get food from, so we went to Sugar and I got this raspberry desert. It was so good and looked very pretty. A must to visit and eat at when you are in the neighborhood.
Princi Cafè | Piazza XXV Aprile, 5, Milan
On our last day in Milan, we strolled around our hotel and wanted to find a place to sit down for a little. First we walked past Princi Cafè because we didn’t realize it was a cafe to have a snack or lunch at. But when we saw some people go in, we went in as well. They have a lot of different food here. Cookies and cakes but also pizza and pasta. Everything looked very delicious but we only got a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie. Next time I will definitely try a pizza as well.
➳ What I recommend
In Milan are of course also some places I recommend visiting. First of all, Museo del 900. We saw this museum when we were at Duomo di Milano. They had an exhibition there called BOOM 60! and I loved the look of it. Besides this exhibition, they also have this room where you have an amazing view of the Duomo di Milano, like you can see in the photos above. Btw, students get a discount so I would recommend showing your student ID.
Besides Museo del 900, there’s also a neighborhood near the centre of Milan that is very popular. I am talking about Via Brera. This is a place where there are lots of different restaurants and stores. We walked through Via Brera every single day and discovered they also have pop-up markets. One day they had a small market with selfmade products nearby the Pinacoteca di Brera. Markets like these are the perfect opportunity to find unique souvenirs.
Last but definitely not least, 10 Corso Como. On our last afternoon in Milan, while we were wandering around, we saw this building that said 10 Corso Como above it. I recognized this name because my uncle recommend to go there. At 10 Corso Como they sell all kinds of different high end brands. We weren’t there to buy lots of expensive things, we just love looking at everything they have and get inspired. I took lots of photos there and we bought some buttons (major throwback fashion trend, right haha). Anyways, you have to see this store for yourself because I think everyone will love it. Have you ever been to Milan, Italy? Did you like the style of this travel diary?