Travel to Milan
Why it is worth visiting Milan when traveling to Italy (inside the life hacks for tourists)
Many people think that Milan is a terribly polluted and ugly city with rude and rather hard people to communicate with. But this is not quite true. Apparently, you didn't fully explore the city and were only there for a couple of hours. Or you're just unlucky. The real Milan attracts and charms with its atmosphere, which balances ancient romance and history. In addition, in the countryside of Milan you will find the most beautiful buildings in Central Europe. Let's see why it is necessary to visit Milan, why it is unique and unique.
When planning a trip to Italy, most people choose Venice, Rome or Florence, and this is the first reason why you should come to MIAN. Of course, this does not mean that there are not many people here, but most of the tourists still come to other cities. In Milan, it is easy to fit in, you can safely wander the streets and pretend that you live there!
Beautiful and diverse architecture
The famous history of Milan and its modern status as the financial capital of Italy means that there are many beautiful buildings here. The best architects in the world have contributed to the development of the city. Unlike many other cities in Italy, which are dominated by a similar architecture (for example, medieval Bologna or Siena), Milan is rich in this respect.
For example, the UNESCO world heritage site of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, representing the splendor of the Milanese Renaissance, is known for its false apse, an example of architectural optical deception attributed to the Renaissance representative Donato Bramante. Or the luxurious and unique Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II. The unique covered shopping gallery is one of the most famous examples of European architecture and is a 19th-century shopping Plaza.
Walking around the city, but especially in Navigli, you will enjoy charming yellow houses like "Casa di ringhiera". These are traditional workers ' homes with iron railings built in the early 20th century. The Port of Venice area (as well as the metro station) is famous for its many art Nouveau buildings (“Stile Liberty”). Geometric stained glass Windows, floral motifs and sinuous ironwork adorn the elegant townhouses.
Masterpieces of art works
Milan has been at the center of some of Europe's most historically significant art movements - from 14th-century Gothic art in the Visconti family to futurism in the early 20th century-and this is reflected in the quality and breadth of its museums and art galleries. Here is one of the world's most famous paintings of the Renaissance - " the last supper” Leonardo di Vinci (1495-1498) and the unsurpassed collections of Italian modernism, which feature masterpieces by masters such as Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana.
Try traditional Milanese cuisine
Milan is an abundance of mountains, lakes and greenery. The city is rich in meat and rice, which is Central to the list of favorite products of Milanese. Milanese specialties include saffron risotto (Risotto alla Milanese), breaded veal cutlet (Cotoletta alla Milanese) and traditional Christmas bread, panettone.
Enjoy an aperitif
It is widely believed that the drink for an aperitif was invented in the 18th century in Turin by the Creator of vermouth. In fact, it was in Milan that Gaspare Campari started mixing cocktails, which eventually led to the development of the bitter spirit that is now synonymous with the aperitif.
You can enjoy an aperitif all over Italy, but in Milan it's like a ritual. Usually the best time to do this is between 18:00 and 20:00. Usually the entire city enjoys drinks and light snacks before heading home for dinner. Go to any typical Milanese cafe and join the locals who are drinking at the bar, or snacking on chips and olives.
Life hacks for travelers:
Milanese coffee lovers. You can find bars on almost every street in the city. However, usually when Milanese mention a bar, they actually mean a cafe. Also, when you order coffee, don't expect to get a Cup of coffee. Coffee usually means a small portion of espresso, and if you really want a Cup of coffee or latte, order a latte macchiato.
Take an umbrella or raincoat with you. It is always the rainy season in Milan. As a tourist, it is quite difficult to find an umbrella in a particular store or supermarket. Therefore, it is easiest to take a small umbrella with you on your trip, which will not take up much space in your suitcase, and then in your bag/backpack.
Most Milanese don't speak English. Despite the fact that Milan is the financial capital of Italy, where many large trading companies are located, Milanese do not speak English as well as residents of Hong Kong or Frankfurt. Most people will not be able to maintain a conversation with you in English, use gestures as a last resort. Even at airports or restaurants and cafes, employees will not be able to communicate with you in English. Usually they can only boast knowledge of a limited number of foreign words.
Where can I buy public transport tickets? You can buy tickets at any of the cafes with a capital T. This is "Tabacchi cafes", which means that tickets for public transport are sold here. You can also buy them at magazine and newsstands or at metro stations. If you have a ticket, you can use any transport any number of times. But only for 90 minutes.
Milanese are known for their late dinners. They usually have a big lunch around 13: 00-14: 00. Then they sit down to dinner only closer to 9 PM.
In Milan, most establishments are closed from 14: 00 to 16: 00. Many are closed on Mondays. On weekdays and Saturdays, almost everything is open until 8 or 9 PM. On Sundays, places stop working quite early-around 6 PM. Keep in mind that you can hardly find an open place for dinner if you are in a non-tourist city.
Milan is beautiful if you know where to go. If you plan routes in advance, chat with Italians in various Dating apps or practice the language, ask about popular or beautiful places from experienced tourists, and then repeat their route, then you will definitely fall in love with Milan! It is a city with beautiful architecture, trendy storefronts and attractive cafes and restaurants.
Some of the best places in Milan are Brera street, Corso Como and the legendary Navigli quarter. These areas are considered non-tourist places, ideal for relaxing walks, shopping, snacks and entertainment.