Travel Guide: Milan

Where to stay

Compared to some of the biggest European capitals like London or Paris, Milan is not as vast as these cities. However, it can still take you even about one whole hour to get to one side of the city to the other, so choosing to stay central or relatively close to a busy area is always a good idea. You can get away with a good b&b - where I am sure breakfast will be as good as brioche and cappuccino - but if you want the real experience, go for Air BnB.

What to see

Your choice of sightseeing spots is definitely up to you. But if you're reading this, I can imagine you are a bit of an art and architecture addict. First of all, Duomo is a must. It might be a bit of a classic and an oldie but it never ceases to surprise in all its majesty.

Don't miss the nearest spots such as Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and La Rinascente for a luxurious window/shopping experience. If you're up for a bit of walking, don't miss wandering around the streets of Corso Como and Corso Garibaldi, to admire some of the extremely visually pleasing looking shops.

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Milan streets

At the end of these, you will find the Unicredit Tower, where you can enjoy the beauty of the dancing fountains whilst admiring the majesty of one of the tallest buildings in town. Don't miss a delicious espresso at Illy.

For those who love a bit of Wright- inspired nature and concrete architectural combination, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a must-see.

A classic like Fondazione Prada is definitely worth visiting. Hosting great exhibitions and architecture, the Fondazione has made itself a name for one of the best galleries in Italy. Carne y Arena is definitely a must if you can manage to grab tickets and want to delve into an augmented experience. Not to miss, Bar Luce, the stunning cafeteria designed by no other than director Wes Anderson.

If you fancy a really lovely sunset on the water, there's no better place than Navigli. With its beautiful cafes and busy streets, enjoying an aperitivo here is a Milanese do.

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 Where to eat

The places for good food are endless in Milan. You can definitely enjoy a pizza or a gelato here, for example at Piz - where you will be given only three choices, but all simply delicious - or at Cioccolatitaliani - where your gelato cone will be filled with melted chocolate. But if you really want to delve into the Milanese culture, you need to give aperitivo a go. Buy a £5 drink and fill your plate in buffet style easily twice or more. Whether you like a hipster vibe like Frida's or a more up town one like at the Chinese Box, you're sure not to ever feel hungry in this city.

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Where to shop

Milan has plenty and plenty of options. You can definitely find all luxury things in the centre but if you're up for alternative options, there's no need to go that far. Navigli hosts a great selection of vintage shops, homeware stores and small bookshops that will make the design-thirsty tourist drawl a little. For those vintage retro lovers, don't miss East Market on a Saturday and Sunday. Additional street food trucks are a pretty good bonus.