In case you’ve missed all my excitable posts across social media, I’m going to Milan today! I’m unbelievably thrilled to finally be visiting Italy. It’s a country I’ve been desperate to explore so I’m super happy about heading over to Milan with my Mum. I actually included Italy in my 2017 Travel Wishlist, I’ve so far ticked off three places! I’ve actually teamed up with Cheapflights.co.uk on their #CheapFlightsChallenge so I’ll be on a strict budget which is why I thought I’d write a little Bucket List of all the places I’m looking to visit. They will mostly be cheap attractions or hopefully free to keep overall costs down.
Whenever you think of Milan, I’m sure the big Cathedral otherwise known as The Duomo will come to mind. It costs a couple of euros for entry and to climb up onto the roof terraces. This is one of my must do’s on the trip and I can’t wait to see this stunning piece of architecture in real life. I feel like I’m going on a tour of incredibly beautiful churches after visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona last week!
Milan is one of the big four Fashion Capitals in the world. This visit will mean I’ve been to all four; London, Paris, New York and Milan. We’ve actually narrowly missed Milan Men’s Fashion week which is a shame. Milan is home to some of the biggest fashion houses and I can’t wait to do a spot of window shopping and looking at items I quite frankly can’t afford. I’ve seen many people visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and not only does it look like a beautiful arcade, it’s actually one of the world’s oldest shopping arcades.
I love a good Fashion exhibition or Museum, so when I came across the Armani Museum which opened in 2015, I knew I had to visit. The Museum which is 12 euros to visit showcases 40 years of Armani garments. I’m pretty excited about this as I love discovering the background behind luxury and couture fashion houses.
I love a good walking tour and if you look around online you can find a good free one. It’s a great budget way to explore the city and also learn a lot about all the different buildings. I’ve found a couple of free tours but I’m not 100% sure whether we will end up doing one as I’m still taking it easy on my foot. Walking around for four hours might not be ideal – We will see how it all goes.
One of the main reasons for my desperation to visit Italy was the food. I’m not going to lie, I’m going to be in my element with all the pizza, gelato and wine. Bring it on! I’ve had a few good recommendations on Twitter and found a few that sound amazing in my Where to Eat Pizza book (aka my bible). I’ve also heard lot’s about how you get served complimentary appetisers with drinks in bars which is a great way to save money.
As I said, I’m supposed to be taking it easy. I’m still not 100% with walking on my foot so it’ll be nice to relax in Parco Sempione which is a beautiful park and gardens in central Milan. I think overall, we’re trying not to plan too much. It’ll be nice to just explore the parks, sights and streets at a relaxed pace.
I did actually look into potentially going to see the famous Leonardo Di Vinci “The Last Supper” painting but it’s booked up until the end of July and a tad over our budget. Maybe next time?! I’m sure there are plenty of other art galleries, some of which Have you been to Milan before? Let me know if you have any recommendations for the city.