This past weekend I flew to Italy to spend a much-needed vacation in Milan.
I arrived on Friday and left on Monday, which meant the sightseeing, and food indulging had to be condensed.
Here is a snapshot of my getaway, including pictures and what I did to take my advantage of my short time there.
The weather was truly beautiful the entire weekend, so it was easy to be wrapped up in the scenery.
Last Thursday I boarded a flight to Europe and spent three nights indulging in Italian culture.
We arrived in Milan on Friday afternoon, tired and a bit jet lagged, the evening was relaxed and not very eventful. The exploring began the following day when we picked up our rental car and drove to Lake Como.
No, I did not get to see George and Amal, and visit their gorgeous Villa on the lake, but I’m sure they’ll invite me over next time.
(Lago di Como)
Varenna was the first stop on our Lake Como road trip. It’s a beautiful small town on the lake that wasn’t full of tourists, like us, which made it even more pleasant. I love being in Europe during the off season because I find it too stressful to be stuck in huge crowds all the time.
(Me in Bellagio)
After spending a few hours walking around Varenna, we drove half an hour and ended up in Bellagio, the real one, not the resort in Las Vegas. Another beautiful little town with even more lovely views of Lake Como.
The next day we stayed in Milan and visited the most well-known and visually-pleasing tourist sites. The first stop was the Castle of Milan, also known as Castello Sforzesco. It’s a beautiful site with an adjacent garden/park area where it was pleasant to walk through and watch the ducks.
(Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II)
Next we went to the main shopping area, where we were tempted by Prada, Gucci, Fendi and Ferrari… yes there was a shop where one could purchase, at insanely high prices, paraphernalia of the well-known car brand. I can safely say we walked out of that store empty-handed.
(Duomi di Milano)
The Milanese pièce de résistance has got to be the Cathedral. It’s so majestic as it stands tall and proud in the centre of the city. It is also incredibly hard to get an aesthetically pleasing photograph of the cathedral since there are always a ton of people around.
My Milan tips/observations:
- You can never go wrong with a slice of pizza and a glass of red wine
- The women in Milan are all impeccably dressed
- Have some gelato, you won’t regret it
- If you are a makeup lover, like myself, I suggest checking out one of many Kiko stores around the city
- Taking the metro is quick, cheap and easy
- The people are very nice to tourists, even if you accidentally bust out some spanish instead of italian while ordering at the restaurant
- Dip your bread in olive oil, it’ll change your life
- If you plan your trip far enough in advance, you could reserve tickets to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper
- Italians are loud and use their hands a lot when they speak, and it’s very entertaining to watch
I was in Italy, so it is implied that I not only indulged in culture, but also in food. I ate pizza, risotto, gelato, pasta, and drank lots of red wine. However, I did not properly photograph my meals with my camera, I only documented my food using my phone and posted it on social media. I believe this is the perfect time to shamelessly plug my Snapchat (ladelevie) and Instagram (ladelevie), where one can view my food choices, fur babies and random daily moments.
I hope you enjoyed this post about my trip to Milan.
Happy hump day!