After packing my Voyager Leather weekend bag, and grabbing my Passport (in its leather case of course!) I'm good to go for an Italian weekend adventure in Milan and after a short flight from Birmingham airport to Milano Malpensa I'm on the Malpensa Express for the 45 minute ride into the city. After dropping my bag at the hotel, and my leather flight back over my shoulder I'm off to explore.
A short weekend in Milan is full of amazing sights, sounds and tastes of Italy that leave me wanting more. Countless things to see and do, here are just five.....
Milan Cathedral dominates the central square of the city with streets radiating from its heart it is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world. Take some time to sit and stare at the detail carved into the exterior and the countless towers as if the whole building were being drawn into the sky.
Ride the old wooden trams that seem to have been frozen in time from a century ago.I bought a 24 hours pass from a local newsagent for €4,50 so I could hop on and off whenever I saw something I wanted to take a closer look at. A great way to experience the city (every lump and bump sat on wooden bench seats).
Probably the most stunning shopping centre you will ever visit with beautiful mosiac floors, decorated walls and impressive lofted glazed roof. Once you've taken in the amazing architecture you can enjoy some of the world's leading premium fashion brands and soak up the atmosphere with a cappuccino in one of the many cafes. Louis Vitton, Prada and Versace, they're all there. And if you fancy even more culture visit Leonardo3, a fabulous museum devoted to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Eat as an Italian as the pasta and pizza are outstanding. Forget fast food and take your time to sit and stare and enjoy the break from the busy city. Step through the gates at Quattro Mori and you will find a delightful and secluded garden dining area that could be anywhere in Italy except in the hustle and bustle of the city centre. A perfect retreat for an hour or two after a long morning shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
If you want to sample the historical status of a city I always look for the Library and the Train Station and the Milano Centrale certainly doesn't disappoint. In need of some refurbishment and restoration the station still stands as an impressive testament to architectural grandeur worthy of such an important European city. An impressive heavy and solid facade is surpassed once inside where huge vaulted ceilings of the arrival and ticket halls remind me of Grand Central in New York, but with more style and Italian passion!
So much more to see and do in Milan, I'll be returning soon to explore some more!