Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square)
This is the main city square or so called “piazza”of Milan, which marks the center of the city and which is probably the most well-known trademark of Milan. One of the main attractions at the square is to feed the pigeons, which I obviously couldn’t pass on 🙂 Most of the local merchants, who offer tourist food for the pigeons can be very insistent, so don’t be afraid to say no to them if that’s not your thing.
The cathedral itself as well as its terrace are open to the public, however the lines for tickets and to get in are both about a mile long at any point of the day, every day of the week, so get ready to be patient. The magnificent interior of the cathedral as well as the view of Milan from the top are completely worth the waiting 🙂 The cathedral is open daily from 10am to 6pm and the ticket’s price range from 8 euro to 15 euro depending which parts of the cathedral you would like to visit.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This is one of the world’s oldest shopping mall. Millions of tourist visit the Galleria each year mainly because of its breathtaking architecture full with historical detailing, rather than the luxurious branded stores and fine restaurants located in it.
Pasticceria Marchesi Prada
This is Prada’s own restaurant/coffee house located on the second floor at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele above Prada’s store. You have an option to pick a table or take any good for to go. When you look at the goods that they have showcased in a glass stand and you can notice that a great amount ot attention was paid to each one of them. The place is pretty packed from 12pm to 2pm, so i case you are going for a cup of coffee without a reservation it will be good to avoid these hours if you prefer not waiting for a table.
Quadrilatero Della Moda
Fondation Prada is in fact a museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture and is not related in any way to the well-known luxury brand. Some of the exhibition showcased in the museum can be very provocative, so make sure that you check their calendar beforehand in order to verify that the current exhibitions are in accordance with your interest.
Just Cavalli Nightclub
Just Cavalli is trendy bar/ nightclub where you can enjoy tasty drinks accompanied by plentiful and delicious buffet or as Italians call it “aperitivo”.
Teatro alla Scala
This is the most historic opera house is Milan, in which performances are still played on a regular basis, but for which you have to get a ticket weeks in advance. The opera house as well as the adjacent to it museum are also open for visitors during the day. If you are lucky you maybe even catch one of the many practices that the cast has during the day 😉
Martini Bar Dolce&Gabbana
This is an elegant bar with chic, black and red decor owned by the brand D&G. There is a bistro as well as a coffee house whiten the location, which has a beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens. Coffee is something that you would definitely get too much of when in Italy, as Italians are well-known for their fine coffee drinks. Don’t get surprised if you see Italians ordering an extremely small drink that they order at the bar drink like a liquor shot and leave the coffee house without even sitting down. The short and relatively strong coffee drink is called espresso and quite different from the extra large americano that every other American has in their hand almost 24/7, but I personally like it quite much and I would recommend trying it out especially when in Italy.
Cheers until next time! 🙂