Milan with children.

If you’re with your children in Milan then buy 3 day’s access to the civic museums for just €12 an adult (under-18s don’t pay). You can get it online or, easier, at the ticket sale at the first museum you visit. There are lunch ideas mentioned after every museum.

Rent a different bike for the kids at the park.
In the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) and Parco Sempione (find on map)you can rent the beautiful originale 3-wheel take bike Alternative Byki from 1959,it costs €5 for 20 minutes.

 

Museo nazionale scienza e tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
The Leonardo Da Vinci museum is a must for children from age 6 and up. There is enough entertainment to last you several hours on a rainy day.img_6916

The most diversely talented person ever to have lived is painter, inventor etc. Leonardo da Vinci, and Italy’s national technical museum, located in Milan, is also his official museum. It combines the chance to actually try out some of his inventions with the more traditional exhibitions.

Ideas for lunch. Eat some pizza or foccacia on the square in front of the musum, Buy it here:
Panificio Sant’Ambrogio, 3, Via San Vittore (find on map)
Ristoro Monterosso, 11, Via San Vittore (find on map)

Museo di Storia naturale – Dinosaurs and other monsters

Museo di Storia Naturale is yet a perfect place for children from age 6 if they like dinosaur skeletons and everything to do with wild beasts. Unfortunately the homepage for the museum is only in Italian and rather dry but the museum itself is excellent.

 

2015-07-19 16.35.55It’s located in a great park with a wooden jungle gym and a really cozy outdoor café, BAR BIANCO where you can get coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, soft drinks and lunch. The park also houses a genuine old-fashioned merry-go-round, a little train and bumper cars for very young kids.


Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

The city cathedral is very impressive on the outside and rather gloomy on the inside. You should spend your time visiting the roof which has an extraordinary view of the whole city and when the weather is clear you can see the Alps in the background. Either take the elevator up or get a fun experience walking all the way up the crooked old stone staircase

You can go get lunch at either Luini (find on map) or Mama Burger (find on map) – both good cheap lunch places.


Castello Sforzesco

The city’s impressive medieval castle Castello Sforzesco where you can choose to just walk right through the beautiful courtyards to the Sempione park, which contains playgrounds and ample lawns where you can have your sandwiches, you can eat at Bar Bianco (find on map) 2015-06-05 21.06.32or try the incredibly vast choice of sandwiches at the kiosk on Piazza Castello  left of the fountain when coming from Piazza Cairoli.

 

On the other side of the park you find the entrance to the design museum Triennale di Milano.

But you could also visit the inside of the castle, where there are various art museums, displaying historical weapons, paintings, musical instruments and furniture. Especially the weapons tend to appeal to kids.

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It’s really kind of awesome and cheap entertainment at €1,50 for adults (it’s a regular ticket for public transport and children under 11 don’t pay when accompanied by an adult, every adult with a valid ticket can bring 2 children under 11). Milan has old, very elegant trams that were built between 1928 and 1932. Remember to purchase the ticket before you get on the tram. You can get them at newsstands (edicole) and some bars.

If you are up to it, you can now get bikesharing bikes for kids at the weekend. Read about the new BikeMi Junior here.

If you are here between the months of June and September there are public swimmingpools in Milan. Read more here.

Check also our post on classic sightseeing here. Milan offers canal tours and double-deckers.

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Insider tip no. 8: 360° degree view over Milan.

If you want a fun experience and a view of Milan that takes your breath away (don’t worry you won’t have to walk all the way up there is an elevator) then you have to go up in the Torre Branca.

IMG_8188Right next to the museum Triennale di Milano is the 108 m tall Torre Branca which was designed by architect Gio Ponti in 1933. From its top you have a  360° panorama over the whole city. If there are strong winds or the weather is bad they are closed. It costs € 5,00 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

You could combine your vist with a visit to the Triennale museum and maybe even have lunch at the museum’s restaurant Terrazza Triennale. Or you could take a walk through the park and visit the Castello Sforzesco.

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Milan by night.

Milan is an amazing city for night life and there are lots of clubs and Piazzas where you meet the young, the rich and the beautiful – and perhaps the famous.

The club scene is very young most places. a good rule is that the average age is higher Fridays (20-25) than Saturdays (16-21), because high school students have school on Saturday (!) here. Remember not to go earlier than midnight/1.00 p.m

The hottest area is around Corso Como, see the map here.

The most popular clubs are:
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Cavalli Club – For a more adult crowd (25-40). It’s located in Via Luigi Camoens, right next to Torre Branca and the museum Triennale di Milano (find on map).

Le colonne di San Lorenzo by nightDo you prefer bars to clubs
If you’re not that crazy about clubs, the area around Le colonne di San Lorenzo (here is the map) is full of cool bars with outdoor service and lots of life on Friday and Saturday nights..

 

 

Another great area to go out in at night is Corso Sempione  all the way up to Arco della Pace (see map here). Worth mentioning are:
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And of course you mustn’t miss the Naviglio district (See map here) This area is packed with cool bars – just to mention a few:
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One of the classics for nightlife by Corso Magenta (find on map).
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Two fantastic places with great cocktails on a high level in the area around Bocconi University (See the map here):
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Another area with a lot of night life is the so-called Isola area (see on map)
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Public transport – from the airport and round in Milan.

20151213_184934Milan has an excellent, well-organized system of public transport, which we want to tell you about here, but let’s first take a look at what you do when you have just arrived at the airport.

If you’ve come to Milan by plane you’ve landed in either Linate, Malpensa or Orio al Serio. There are good connections with public transport from all three.

Hvis man blot rører ved skærmen får man mulighed for at vælge sprog i billetautomaterne. En standardbillet koster 1,50 €. (Foto: Ernst Poulsen)Remember to buy your tickets before getting on either bus, tram or metro, they don’t sell tickets on board. Tickets can be purchased at either the Edicola (newsstand) or at coffee shops. In some airports there are automatic ticket dispensers at the bus stop. 1 ticket is  €1,50 and is valid for 75 minutes. You can also buy a carnet with 10 tickets at €13,20, but you need one carnet per. person. Each adult with a valid ticket can bring 2 children under 11 for free.

 

Linate is the airport closest to the city.The easiest is to take Bus 73 (which is a regular city bus that makes many stops underway and doesn’t have a lot of space for luggage) or X73 which goes to Piazza Diaz behind Piazza Duomo, so get off (or on) at Duomo metro station with very few stops underway and is specifically for travelers. Currently a metro from Linate is under construction but there is no precise information on when it will be ready. We’ll update here once we know something more.

Malpensa is Milan’s “new” airport which is about a 1-hour drive from Milan. You can either take the train (Malpensa Express) which goes to Cadorna in the center of  Milan, One way tickets are €13 foma both terminal 1 and 2, a return ticket is only €20, if you purchase it online , or you can take the Malpensa Shuttle, which brings you to the central station (Milano Centrale) one way tickets are €10 – return tickets are €16. We recommend that you take the shuttle at the weekend but the train during the week, because you risk getting stuck in traffic jams with the bus.

Orio al Serio is actually closer to Bergamo than Milan and it’ll take you about  50 minutes to get to Milan. There is a shuttle service which goes to Milan’s central station (Milano centrale). Tickets are €5 one way and €9 return. You can also take a the public transport bus (ATB) , which gets you to Bergamo central station in about 10 minutes and here you can get the train to Milan. The trip takes about 40 minutes and one way tickets are between €4-9. Here you must also consider that it’s a better idea to take the train during the week, because of possible traffic jams.

If you want to book train tickets from home you do that here

As in every big city in the world you must keep an eye on backpacks and bags when in the metro, there are many pickpockets that operate there, taking advantage of the fact that it’s crowded. Don’t keep your backpack on your back. Hold it in front of you.

The Central station is another place to be extra vigilant; lots of pickpockets take advantage of visitors’ distraction; one trick, they often use, is to ask if you need help when buying tickets. Refuse politely, but firmly

2015-06-04 16.10.07Get the official app for Milan’s public transport (ATM Milano Official App) – read more about it and find the link to download here.

Taxis with fixed fares
Of course you could also take a taxi.There are fixed fares from the airports:

  • Malpensa: €90
  • Orio al Serio: €130-150
  • Linate: €13-15 (normal city rates)

IMPORTANT: Watch out for illegal taxis – the legal ones are white and have the Comune di Milano coat of arms on their front doors.

If you need to call for a taxi and don’t speak Italian the easiest thing is to use the official app myTaxi.
(Download Android | iPhone)

If you speak Italian the phone number is: 024040

If, for some reason,  you can’t get a taxi or just want a chauffeur in uniform you know is there when you arrive or need to be driven around town you can contact Autonoleggio CAPRIOTTI, mobile number +393482819594 or email address autonoleggio.capriotti@yahoo.it. Transport from the airport is the same rate as the fixed fares above.

MilanoCard
If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less and want to visit a lot of museums while here it is a good idea to buy the Milan city pass MilanoCard which allows you to use all public transport for free and gives a lot of discounts to museums and restaurants. You must order it online here and then you can pick it up at the airport or central station at the specific MilanoCard points upon your arrival

Milan has 4 metro lines, and a fifth is on the way, plus a lot of buses and trams. Other than the tickets mentioned above you can also buy a 1-day ticket for €4,50 or a 2-day ticket for €8,25.

It’s important to know that although tickets are valid 75 minutes you can only access the metro once with a ticket. If you need to take the metro again you have to buy another ticket..

Metro tickets to the Fiera area cost €2,50 one way and €5,00 return.

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Art and museums in Milan.

Milan has several museums worth visiting. But if you can – visit them during the week and leave the queues at the weekend to the others.

A couple of the museums are located around the Duomo and another couple around the park Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. Should you feel like seeing more than one it’s a good idea to plan after location. Please note that opening hours are very varied. some close at 5.30 p.m. while others are open at night till 10.30/11 p.m..

If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consder getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.

You can visit Milan’s civic museums (the ones with an asterisk next to their name) for free on every first Sunday of every month.

Most museums change their exhibitions frequently so it’s a good idea to check out the calendar for each of them (Tip: Read more about the best apps Guidamilano and Eventi Milano for information)

Below we mention what we consider the city’s most beautiful museums .You choose according to your preferences be it modern art or the old maestros

Fondazione Prada

Admission is valid for both Largo Isarco and Milano Osservatorio within 7 days.

Museum for contemporary art and culture co-headed by famous designer Miuccia Prada. The foundation has operated since 1993 and organizes, amongst other things, film festivals. On May 9th 2015 they inaugurated their new venue in Milan – very impressive architecture. FONDAZIONE PRADA’s Bar Luce is designed by film director Wes Anderson. Bar luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café
–> 2, Largo Isarco (find on map)

Milano Osservatorio – Fondazione Prada.

Admission is valid for both Largo Isarco and Milano Osservatorio within 7 days.

Fondazione Prada’s new location in the center of Milan dedicated to photography and visual arts. It is situated at the top of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with a view of the glass Octagonal at its center.
–> Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (find on map)

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This museum, which was inaugurated on April 30th 2015, celebrates Giorgio Armani’s 40-year anniversary as a designer. The museum has been created by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. 4 floors with historical creations. The museum is located in the Tortona neighbourhood and is closed on Mondays.
–> 40, Via Bergognone (find on map)

Palazzo Morando – Costume Moda Immagine*

This beautiful historical building located within the Quadrilatero della Moda Milan’s exclusive fashion dsitrict houses collections of decorative and fine arts and exhibits about fahsion. The museum is closed on Mondays.
–> 6, Via Sant’Andrea (find on map)

Museo Diocesano

 The Diocesan Museum is housed in the antique cloisters of Sant’Eustorgio and contains over 700 art works spanning from the 4th century up till today including some very fine sculptures by artist Lucio Fontana.
–> 95, Corso di Porta Ticinese (find on map)

Santa Maria delle Grazie/Cenacolo Vinciano

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is located next to the church Santa Maria delle Grazie in the Cenacolo Vinciano and is a definite must-see, to get in you must book tickets well  in advance here.
–> 2, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie (find on map)

Museo Vigna di Leonardo (Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard).

Opposite Santa Maria delle Grazie and “The Last Supper” is a small gem, that has been opened to the public on occasion of EXPO2015; the vineyard, which was given to Leonardo da Vinci by the Duke of Milan Ludovica Sforza in 1498, is located in the garden of the Casa degli Atellanti (Sforza courtiers). The grape variety is the original one from Leonardo’s time . Many days are already fully booked so it’s a good idea to go online (link above in the title) and book a tour.
–> 62, Corso Magenta (find on map).

Leonardo3 – The world of Leonardo da Vinci.

A museum dedicated to the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci with lots of 3D models for all ages..
–> Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (find on map)

Museo nazionale scienza e tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.

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Toti – the first submarine built in Italy after WW2

The Leonardo Da Vinci museum is a must for children from age 6 and up. There is enough entertainment to last you several hours on a rainy day. The most diversely talented person ever to have lived is painter, inventor etc. Leonardo da Vinci, and Italy’s national technical museum, located in Milan, is also his official museum. It combines the chance to actually try out some of his inventions with the more traditional exhibitions.
–> 21, Via San Vittore (find on map)

Fabbrica del Vapore*

The steam factory (literally) is a cultural centre in Milan that organizes art exhibitions, music festivals, theatre, conferences  and more. The building complex is huge and definitely worth a visit.
–> 4, Via Giulio Cesare Proccaccini (find on map).

Palazzo della Ragione

This beautiful building dates back to 1251 and is a permanent space for changing photographic exhibitions. This museum is worth a visit not only for photo enthusiasts but also because of the building’s historical value. It is closed on Mondays.
–> Piazza Mercanti (findon map)

Forma Meravigli

A foundation for photography, they also organize courses, but they always have one interesting photo exhibition on..
–> 5, Via Meravigli (find on map)

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The ultimate art collection in Milan featuring masterpieces  by the classical Italian masters; Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci just to mention a couple, the building itself is incredibly beautiful.
–>28, Via Brera  (find on map)

 

Pinacoteca e Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

One of Milan’s most overlooked museums. This museum and library has an astounding collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s cartoons (charcoal drawings) and notebooks. Definitely worth a visit.
–> 2, Piazza Pio XI Between Via Torino and Cordusio. (find on map).

Teatro alla Scala Museum.

The museum of the Scala Theatre, amust for all lovers of opera, ballet and classiscal music – . Instruments, costumes, busts and special exhibits.

–> 1, Largo Chiringelli. Piazza Scala (find on map)

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The museum of the twentieth century, at Piazza Duomo, opened in 2010 after the collection’s original home in Palazzo Reale had been closed in 1988. It’s Milan’s municipal collection of paintings and sculpture from the twentieth century. The collection opens with Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s fantastic Fourth Estate.
> Via Guglielmo Marconi (South side of Piazza Duomo) (find on map)

 

 

Museo del Duomo (Veneranda Fabbraica)

The museum of Milan’s cathedral was originally opened in 1953 but re-opened in 2013 after a long period of renovation. It is a record of the history of the cathedral and covers a period spanning from the 15th to the 20th century.
–> 12, Piazza Duomo (find on map)

Castello Sforzesco Museums

The Sforza castle from the 15th century built by .Francesco Sforza is a landmark in Milan and houses a large number of museums (that are closed on Mondays).
–> Piazza Castello (find on map)

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A wonderful museum for all comic strip lovers! The various exhibitions change continuously, from Disney to Japanese Manga.
–> 12, Viale Campania (find on map)

 

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Home

This home belonged to the two brothers the barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi who collected 15th and 16th century art to decorate their home so that it reminded themselves and their guests of princely Lombard homes of the 16th century.It was inhabited by their descendants until 1974 when one of Giuseppe’s sons decided to create the Bagatti Valsecchi Foundation and donated the entire patrimony to it, at the same time the home was purchased by the region of Lombardy that opened the museum home to the public in 1994.
–> 5, Via Gesù (find on map)

Poldi Pezzoli Museum Home

One of Milan’s most interesting private museums founded by art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1768-1833) it contains works by some of the greatest Italian painters e, g. Botticelli, Belini and Hauez.
–> 12, Via Alessandro Manzoni (find on map)

Boschi Di Stefano Museum Home

This gem which was the private home of married art collectors was opened to the public in 2003 and contains their private collection by some of the finest painters from the twentieth century. A unique look into a private home.
–> 15, Via G. Jan (find on map)

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

Achille Castiglioni who died in 2002 was an Italian designer of furniture, lighting, radiograms a.o. his studio has been turned into a museum and is run privately by the Achille Castiglioni foundation. You must send an email to fondazione@achillecastiglioni.it to book your viat from Tuesday to Friday at ether 11 am – 12 – 1 pm.
–> 27, Piazza Castello (find on map)

 GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano*

Situated in a gorgeous villa in Via Palestro. This villa is one of Milan’s finest examples of neoclassical architecture and hosts both contemporary photo exhibitions and paintings from the 19th century..
-> Via Palestro (find on map)

Palazzo della Permanente

Milan’s permanent exhibition of more than 300 paintings, drawings, sculpture and engravings by Italian artists starting from 1886 all the way up to today. The museum itself was designed by renowned architect Luca Beltrami and was opened in 1886..
–> 34,  Via Turati (find on map).


PAC – Padiglione d’arte contemporanea

PAC houses a beautiful collection of contemporary art. It was re-opened in 1979 after a thorough restructuring of the building, (the mafia had a bomb explode here in 1993). The exhibitions are changed frequently..
-> 14, Via Palestro (find on map)


Palazzo Reale*

This amazing  building was the seat for the local government  of the city of Milan and is an important  cultural center today and houses important exhibitions and events.
-> 12, Piazza Duomo (find on map)

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Triennale di Milano

Design museum La Triennale di Milano is the main Italian venue for architecture, visual and decorative arts, design, fashion and audio/video. The terrace of Triennale is very cool and has a breathtaking view, good place for brunch and aperitivo,
-> 6, Viale Alemagna (find on map)

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The museum for all cultures. Architechtonically speaking a very exciting museum, that is hosted in an old factory
–>56, Via Tortona (find on map)

Galleria d’Italia

One of Italy’s largest banks Intesa San Paolo have opened their private collections to the public on Piazza della Scala, right in the center of the city. It is an impressive exhibiton and there is no admission fee.
.–> Piazza della Scala 6 (find on map)

Hangar Bicocca

Milan’s most experimental contemporary museum. It’s located in an old factory and houses very interesting exhibits and installations. Take the metro out there (purple line, get off at Ponale)
–> 2, Via Chiese (find on map)

Regrettably the English language version of the museum sites aren’t always neither thorough nor updated. But there is nothing wrong with the art so don’t miss out on some great experiences.

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Insider tip no. 3: cheap coffee, ice coffee and hot chocolate in Milan.

The most obvious thing to do in most European cities when you want a short break from all the hustle and bustle is to sit down at an outdoor café. But that’s not how the Milanese do it.

DSCN6778Most other places a cup of coffee costs the same whether you enjoy it standing up at the bar, sitting down inside or taking it outside at the tables in front of the café. It doesn’t work that way in the south of Europe.

The cheapest version of coffee is €1, if you drink it standing up at the bar, but it can cost up to €5 if you need to sit down and want it served at a table.

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Marrocchino – Morocccon (= cortado), a mini cappuccino, here with whipped cream.

There are countless variations of coffee; an espresso can be lungo (long), ristretto (concentrated), macchiato (stained- with a drop of milk) macchiato caldo or freddo (wit warm or cold milk), cappuccino with eiter cow milk, soy milk or rice milk.

You can also get a Latte macchiato, which is the closest you can get to a latte

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Caffè shakerato

 

 

 

During summer it is nice and refreshing to get an ice coffee or “caffè shakerato” (shaked coffee) instead of the traditional espresso.Prices range between € 3-7 depending on where you drink it and whether you stand or sit outdoors .

Italy is the homeland of espresso and cappucino, but the prices are a mere fraction of what you see at Starbuck’s. You can get your coffe exactly as you like it, barista here are used to special requests.

Then there is Affogato (drowned) coffee, a coffe based dessert with a scoop of vanilla or tartufo ice cream “drowned” by a shot of espresso coffee. It costs around €4-5.

Then there is Cioccolata calda con panna – hot chocolate with whipped cream, which is a very different drink from the one you are used to, in Italy it is avery dense drink, more like a hot chocolate mousse, it’s delicious bbut be prepared for the difference. It costs around €2,50-3.

Oh, and by the way Barista is just Italian for bartender 🙂

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Insider Tip no. 12: classic sightseeing in Milan.

A classic sightseeing tour on your first day here can actually be a really good way to get a feeling of the city and of which things are in the same area. Here we have a list of the best tours Milan has to offer.

IMG_7910Hop-on Hop-off tours.

With the double-deckers you can buy tickets for either 24 or 48 holurs (repspectively €22 and €25) with departure from Piazza Castello (find on map)

In Milan you can also do your sightseeing from a tram, TraMilano, a charming and different way to vist the tourist attractions. This costs €15 and departs from Milan’s central station (find on map) near the Zara shop, check the link above for more precise details.

If you have the MilanoCard you get a 15% discount on tickets. There is also an app for the Hop-on Hop-Off service, find the link to download it here.

Segway tours.

See Milan from a segway in small groups with 8 participants, choose between the day trip of 3 hours. or the night trip of 2.5 hours. Both trips are €75 and start on the ´corner of Via dei Chiostri and Via Ancona (find on map) there is a 30 minute orientation before the trip begins.

IMG_8932Tours on the canals (April-September).

You can go on a boat trip round the Milanese navigli and see the city from a different perspective. You can book tickets in advance here: Call Center +39029094242 every day 10 am-6 pm or by email Monday-Friday info@navigareinlombardia.it

The evening tour of the canals costs €10 and is 40 minutes long with departures at  9 pm – 9.50 pm -10.40 pm. You must purchase the tickets at the point of departure but you can book here:,Call Center +39029094242 every day bewtween 10 am and 6 pm or with an email to info@navigareinlombardia.it

If you’d like an aperitivo while sailing through the navigli the the Happy Boat tour is what you’re looking for,it’s on every Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and costs €22 cocktail and buffet included in the price. You can book tickets here: Autostradale Viaggi – Milano 2, Passaggio Duomo (find on map)  1, P.zza Castello (find on map).
Tel. +390230089900
email – info@autostrdaleviaggi.it

Rickshaw tours with VELOLEO

IMG_9014An untraditional and green way  to visit the city is by rickshaw or bike taxi, they organize both shopping- and city trips and prices €25-45 for 1/2 and 1 hour respectively. The trips start from both Piazza Castello, Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila. You can also book online and personalize your trip  here.

Also check out the guided tours on bicycle here.

The Duomo roof.

The view from the roof of Duomo is breathtaking especially on clear days, were you can see the Alps from up there.It’s a really good idea to reserve tickets in advance so you can skip the line. Book here

If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consider getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.

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Insider tip no. 4: Open WiFi Milano and public chargers for your smart devices.

Milano_Wifi_Hoejkant Milan’s municipality offers free outdoor WiFi to residents and visitors – It is continuously evolving and the areas that are covered (hotspots) are getting larger and larger.

You get 300mb free outdoor broad band access for  per person per day, if you use up all 300mb. you”ll get a slower connection, but it’s more than enough to check emails, read the news, get some tourist information and upload a couple of photos to Instagram.(And why not tag your photos with our hashtags that you can read about here)

In order to register (if you have a sim card) go to one of the Open WiFi Milano hotspots and fill in your phone number with country code, you get a free sms with your password and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t got a sim card, in order to register you must go to an ATM Point (see the list below). Remember to bring valid picture ID (e.g. passport).

You can read all about the service here, the app GuidaMilano, tracks when you are within range of a WiFi hotspot, but please note that the information on the app about how to register are outdated.

ATM Points (at metro stations) and their opening hours (if you want to avoid the mother of queues, go in the morning, before 11 a.m.):

  • Duomo M1-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Centrale M2-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Cadorna M1-M2, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Garibaldi M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Loreto M1-M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Romolo M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.

Besdes this network many shops and cafés have their own open WiFi networks you can access.

You can now charge your smartphone completely for free here in Milan at the public isole lillalocations for charging batteries. Some have been set up by A2A (Milan’s power company) and others by the municipality.So far Phase 1 has been completed with 15 purple so-called open living rooms, where Milanese and tourists can sit down, relax and charge their smartphones. Find the nearest points here.

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Gallery tickets for La Scala and a visit to Casa Verdi.

You can’t say Milan without mentioning La Scala; opera, Giuseppe Verdi, ballet and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Are you into opera there is a real insider trick to getting tickets at only €12.

IMG_7265Below you’ll find the instructions of how to get your hands on the €12 tickets and perhaps you won’t get the best seats for watching the performanceat at this price, the acoustics up under the roof in the highest gallery are amazing and it’s an incredible experience.You are going to need patience to get the tickets and there are only 140 seats available for each performance:

 

 

Opera and Ballet Evening Performances.
You have to be at the Evening Box Office in 2, Via Filodrammatico (find on map) at 1.00 p.m. (be there at least a couple of hours before then, if the performance is one of the popular ones or on either Friday or Saturday night!) and join the queue, the lucky first 140 (who must bring some kind of official picture ID) will be noted down on a list, every single person who wants a ticket must show up, you cannot book for other people. Then you’ll have to be back at 5.00 p.m. at the Evening Box Office and get your tickets

Symphonic and Singing Concerts.
The list will be filled out and tickets handed out at the Evening Box Office (find on map) office at 5.00 p.m. – remember that every person interested in a ticket must be physically present at this hour.

Matinee Performances
The list will be filled out and tickets handed out at the Evening Box Office (find on map) office at 12.00 p.m. – remember that every person interested in a ticket must be physically present at this hour.

La Scala

Normal admissions range from €18-2,000 depending on the performance you are interested in and where you want to sit, you can get more information about this here. It is a good idea to buy your tickets online in advance in case you already know you want to go, reservations and online purchase can be made here.

Another possibility, for the more impulsive opera lover, who likes to live life dangerously, is to go to the central box office in Galleria del Sagrato, Piazza Del Duomo, Metro Station Duomo (open all days from 12 p.m.to 6 p.m.) and ask whether there are any tickets that have not been picked up for that evening’s performance. (find on map) but you should know that the most popular performances are sold out months ahead.

Casa Verdi.
Giuseppe Verdi built Casa Verdi as a home for retired musicians and he and his wife are themselvs buried in the crypt. The crypt can be visited every day at.8.30 a.m.-6 p.m., and it also possible for groups to visit Casa Verdi itself and its wonderful art collectionbut you need to book the tour in advance. The visit itself is free but it is custom to leave €3-5 as a a thank you. Casa Verdi is located on 29, Piazza Buonarotti (find on map).

Teatro alla Scala Museum.

The museum of the Scala Theatre, amust for all lovers of opera, ballet and classiscal music – . Instruments, costumes, busts and special exhibits.

–> 1, Largo Chiringelli. Piazza Scala (find on map)

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NY Times: Milan is the city to visit in 2015 (and still is).

If you are traveling anywhere this year, then Milan is the number one place to go. This is the advice of one of the world’s most respected newspapers; The New York Times, which has published a list of the 52 places in the world you ought to visit in i 2015.

You could expect that Rome Venice or Florence would be among the top cities to visit in Italy but the NY Times has included only Milan and Rome on the list. And Milan is an impressive no. 1 whereas Rome only makes a no. 48 out of a total of the total 52 that have been chosen.

Milan is expecting 20m visitors for the world’s fair EXPO 2015, where 130 countries will exhibit in over 60 pavilions and the newspaper also mentions that the EXPO themes, very suitably for Italy, are food and sustainability.

But it isn’t just EXPO that qualifies Milan as a great travel destination. The NY Times mentions the extensive works of urban restructuring that have taken place in Milan in e.g. the Darsena area and around the historical canals of the city.

The newspaper highlights Italian cuisine and mentions restaurants as U Barba and Lievito Madre and praises the upscale hotels in Milan as Mandarin Oriental Milan, which is opening next year

Obviously we were already aware of all this here at appsolutelymilano, but it sure is nice to see that such a respectable newspaper has noticed the delights of Milan.

Insider tip no. 1; beauty in Milan.

When you think Milan, we bet you automatically think fashion and beauty. Treat yourself to a manicure (Aveda manicure €22 including nail polish/€25 French) or a pedicure that will make your feet look amazing in those new sandals you just got (Aveda pedicure €45 including nail polish).

Italians are incredibly skilled at styling hair but haircuts? Not-so-much. It is actually hard to find hairdressers that can cut other than thick, beautiful Italian hair.

If you absolutely want a haircut, try either Toni&Guy, they’ve got 3 salons in Milan (remember to book an appointment) or Lepri hair spa, who only use organic products.They’ve also got a mini Spa, where you can get facial treatments, massages, manicures etc. It’s also a good idea to book appointments here.

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In Milan there is also a great and very beautiful Spa near Porta Romana QC Terme Milano where you can spend the whole day relaxing and swimming in the Thermal Water and get a massage – DaySpa25 includes the whole day in the Spa, a 25-minute massage and free buffet at €80, but you can put together your visit as you wish. You’ll find the center on Piazza Medaglie D’Oro 2 (find on map).

You should definitely visit one of the city’s many Erboristerie (herbalist’s) if you’re into all things natural, they sell great herbal medicine and beauty products and normally the personnel is very skilled and knowledgeable.

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When in Milan drink locally, DOCG wines from Lombardy.

When visiting Milan you should be drinking the local wine from Lombardy, which are part of the culinary tradition in the area. Lombardy has five DOCG (di origine controllata garantita – guaranteed and controlled origin) wines and we want to introduce them to you and give you some ideas of what kind of food each of them is good with and what to buy home from your trip. Our wine expert, certified sommelier Luisa Benetti has been an invaluable help here.

A fantastic place for tasting wine in Milan is the historical winebar and -shop Cantine Isola located in Milan’s Chinatown at 30, Via Paolo Sarpi (find on map)

1. Franciacorta spumante, classical method.
As the first Lombard DOCG wine we have chosen the very sophisticated white (or maybe even rosé) sparkling wine, a DOCG spumante. classical method – also known as the Champenoise Method that is produced in Franciacorta (Lombardy, province of Brescia).

There are numerous quality wine producers, just to mention some of the most importantVisit the offical Franciacorta websiteones: Barone Pizzini, Bellavista, Berlucchi, Ca’ del Bosco, Contadi Castaldi, Il Mosnel, Monte Rossa.

“Sparkling wine is a versatile wine that can be drunk with most typical Lombard dishes e.g. risotto with saffron and ossobuco, cold cuts and, obviously, seafood but it is actually also outstanding with pizza.” says sommelier Luisa Benetti.

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€€ (over €100)

Franciacorta Rosé Riserva Cuvée Annamaria Clementi  (pinot nero) – Ca’ del Bosco

Franciacorta Vittorio Moretti 2004 Limited Edition Teatro alla Scala  (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Bellavista

€€€ (€40-100)

Franciacorta Cabochon Brut (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Monte Rossa

Franciacorta Pas Dosé  Riserva Bagnadore (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Barone Pizzini

€€ (€20-40)

Franciacorta Satèn (chardonnay) –  Il Mosnel

Franciacorta Alma Cuvée Brut (pinot nero – chardonnay – pinot bianco) – Bellavista

Franciacorta Pas Dosé Cellarius (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Berlucchi

€ (€10-20)

Franciacorta Rosé (chardonnay – pinot nero) – Contadi Castaldi

 Franciacorta Official Sparkling Wine Sponsor at EXPO

2. Sforzato di Valtellina.
Our next wine is a red wine and
if you like a robust and intensely scented red valtellina7wine with a deep red glow  you need to try out the Sforzato di Valtellina (or Sfursàt as it’s called in the local dialect in the province of Sondrio). This wine comes from the mountains where the so-called heroic viticulture has produced a very interesting DOCG, A wine produced of Nebbiolo grapes, that have first been let to wither , which may sound a little negative, but which results in a very robust wine, locally it is called Chiavennasca.

“Lo Sfursàt is a robust and elegant win, which is aged in wooden barrels. It goes well with strong tasting meat dishes or aged cheese. But you can just as easily enjoy a glass after dinner” says Luisa..

valtellina4Some of the best known producers are: Assoviuno, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca.

 

 

 

Some suggestions for those of you, who want to buy wine to take home.

€€€ (€40-50)

 Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina – Sfursat 5 stelle 2011

Bettini – Sfursat di Valtellina 2011

€€ (€25-40)

Fay – Sforzato di Valtellina, Ronco del Picchio 2010

Assoviuno – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Bello 2008

Rainoldi – Sfursat di Valtellina  2010

Triacca – Sforzato di Valtellina, San Domenico 2010

3. Oltrpò Pavese, classical method.
Our third DOCG wine comes from the area south of Milan in the hills in the province of Pavia and is another sparkling wine this time . Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico DOCG (Champenoise Method). 

The main vine variety used is pinot nero which was brought here from France in the second half of the 19th century.

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Our expert sommelier Luisa Benetti says:”This bubbly wine is suitable for vegetarian and vegan dishes e.g. risotto with strawberries or a more traditional pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans). But it’s perfect for an aperitivo with appetizers as well.”

Some producers: Anteo,  Cà di Frara, Castello di Cigognola, Conte Vistarino, Giorgi, Montagna , Picchi, Podere San Giorgio, Tenuta il Bosco,
Torrevilla, Travaglino, Vigne Olcru

Some suggestions for those of you who want to buy some of this wonderful wine

€€ (€30)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Brut Rosé Victoria 2008 (pinot nero) – Vigne Olcru

€ (€18-21)

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Pas Dosé ‘more rosé 2011 (pinot nero) – Castello di Cigognola

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Cruasé (pinot nero) – Anteo

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero Conte Vistarino 1865  – 2008 (pinot nero e chardonnay) – Conte Vistarino

Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico Pinot nero brut nature 2010 (pinot nero) – Picchi

For more information visit the official website.

4. Valtellina Superiore DOCG.
For the fourth DOCG wine we return to the mountains in the province of Sondrio where we find a close relative to the Sforzato, an important red wine, the Valtellina Superiore DOCG.

vlatellina superiore 1It comes from the same vine variety the Nebbiolo, locally called Chiavennasca, from the same valley and the same heroic viticulture as the Sforzato and the Valtellina Superiore is also aged in barrels But an important difference is that the grapes aren’t left to wither.

If the label says ‘Riserva’ it means that it has been aged for at least three years..

 

Luisa Benetti, our sommelier and wine expert recommends the following five Cru: valtellina superiore 6Grumello – Inferno – Sassella – Valgella – Maroggia.

“The Valtellina Superiore is intense and smooth and goes well with pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese or a dish of meat and porcino mushrooms.” Luisa says.

Some of the most important producers are: AR.PE.PE, Bettini, Caven, Fay, Mamete Prevostini, Nera, Nino Negri, Plozza, Rainoldi, Triacca

Here are some suggestions if you want to take some Valtellina Superiore home:

€€ (€22-35)

Valtellina Superiore La Botte Ventitre’ 2002 – Bettini

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva Fiamme Antiche 2010 – AR.PE.PE.

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva 2009 – Rainoldi

€ (€20)

Valtellina Superiore Sassella San Lorenzo 2011 – Mamete Prevostini

Valtellina Superiore Riserva Signorie 2007 – Nera

Valtellina Superiore Inferno Carlo Negri  2011 – Nino Negri

5. Moscato di Scanzo.
Like any self-respecting  chef would we finish off with the dessert wine, the smallest DOCG in Italy, a real gem; the Moscato di Scanzo, a sweet red passito wine.

Scanzo is a small municipality in the province of Bergamo, its Moscato is a native Italian vine with an ancient history, the grapes are sun-dried for moscato di scanzo 2several weeks and the wine is aged for at least two years.

“The result,” says our wine expert, sommelier Luisa Benetti,”is a sweet wine that you can drink either with a chocolate tart or Marrons glacés – in Milan the most famous ones are from the Pasticceria Galli (find on map)”

Here are some ideas in case you want to buy some to take home:

€€€ (€35-50)

Locatelli Caffi – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

De Toma – Moscato di Scanzo 2011

Il Cipresso – Moscato di Scanzo Serafino 2010

La Brugherata – Moscato di Scanzo Doge 2011

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The best known producers are
Biava – Cascina del Francès – Cerri – De Toma – Il Cipresso – La Brugherata -Locatelli Caffi

 

For further information visit this website.

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Shopping guide: the 6 areas in Milan.

Milan is big, but we have chosen the 6 areas that are the most interesting. For every area we’ll give you tips on good lunch restaurants, good cafés and the shops that are worth coming after.

 1. Corso Garibaldi /Via Moscova /Via Solferino/ Heart of Brera / Corso Como

#DifferentlyInteresting (Find on map)

imageIn the photo you see Milan’s brand new neighbourhood Porta Nuova, you also find the famous “Bosco Verticale” (vertical forest)  behind Piazza Gae Aulenti. You must absolutely visit HightechCargo, a great store with furniture and objects for your home. In the rest of this area you find the quaint, trendy boutiques with the up-and-coming young designers where you can find cool, unique stuff.

 

  • Shops: at 1, Piazza San Marco is the world’s best men’s shoes shop – Iliprandi (find on map). Thursdays there’s a characteristic open air market here with fruit, vegetables and clothes.
    #roundTheCorner Joost 2, Via Verdi (find on map) great design for both her and him.
  • Via Solferino is a treasure trove of amazing, original boutiques (find on map), check out the unique clothes store Goods at 2, Via Castelfidardo (find on map) the concept is exclusivity, they sell their own range of silk shirts but also have other brands from France and Spain and they also have bags and shoes but they only have 3 sizes of each item in each colour and they don’t restock them but offer new items once they’ve sold the older ones, they also don’t do traditional sales but have regular discount days, the jewellery is also unique: 1 piece of each so you’ll never run into anyone with the same pair of earrings as you  High tech Cargo (find on map) is on Piazza XXV Aprile , where you’ll also find foodie paradise Eataly, which is housed in the converted Teatro Smeraldo. Here you can get regional specialties from small producers that you can take home with you, it is also a fantastic place to eat or just have coffee with pastries. If you want delicacies to take home with you try also in the brand new Esselunga supermaket situated beneath Piazza Gae Aulenti. From here you continue down super chic Corso Como – with the shop 10 Corso Como, which also houses the art gallery Galleria Carla Sozzani #LuxuryAndBeauty – which leads you into Milan’s brand new area Porta Nuova.
    Fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni @theblondesalad opens her new store on July 26th in Via Capelli, the short stretch between Corso Como and Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) #ChiaraFerragniCollection #ChiaraFerragniShoes.
    #RoundTheCorner you find the great laboratory and shop Arzigogolo, that makes very beautiful and original necklaces, earrings and textile bags at surprisingly affordable prices, it’s at 11, Via Maroncelli (find on map).

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  • Coffee:: Panarello, 52, Via della Moscova, great pastry!! (find on map), at the same address you also find Pattini and and 50 meters from there in the direction of Corso Como there is Radetzky with outdoor couches (find on map).
  • Lunch:: Here is the very original Tramè, Piazza San Sempliciano 7 (find on map), where they prepare classical Venetian sandwiches, the place is cosy and the choice is great
    We also recommend  Fioraio Bianchi Caffè  7, Via Montebello.
    In 12, Corso Garibaldi you can get organic burgers at Baobab (find on map)
    Then there is Via Palermo a street packed with interesting eateries (find on map)
    Panini Durini, 4, Piazza Gae Aulenti  (find on map) super delicious sandwiches and coffee to-go, please note that it is situated below the square itself next to the Esselunga supermarket.
    You can get delicious to-go sandwiches and ready meals at Rossi e Grassi in 4, Via Ponte Vetero (find on map)
    10 Corso Como Cozy courtyard, with good lunch.
    Pizzeria di Porta Garibaldi, 6, Corso Como (find on map).
    Temakinho  53, Corso Garibaldi (find on map)

    Il Forno di Brera, 5, Via Solferino (find on map)  although is technically “just” a bakery, they have lots of delicious dishes and pasta that you can eat either inside at the tables or outside on the comfortable benches. Of course they also have great pizza and foccaccia
    Panini Durini, 24, Via Mercato (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Café Gorille, 20, Via Gaetano de Castillia (find on map) a really cosy and beautiful café which is rich on atmosphere.
    Italian ice cream: Grom, Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map) good concept and excellent icecream.

    Rivareno, 20, Via Mercato (find on map) – absolutely fabulous ice cream made with only fresh, natural ingredients and sweetened with cane sugar.

 

2. Via Montenapoleone

#luxuryAndBeauty (Find on map)

2015-02-13 13.45.46The famous fashion quadrangle Quadrilatero della moda, which has its name after the four streets it is enclosed by: Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. #LuxuryAndBeauty is really worth a trip, this is genuine old Milan and even though you may not be planning to go shopping here – go anyway and see it. Many of the boutiques are entire fashion shows in themselves.

  • Shops:Here you’ll find them all; Armani, D&G, Dior,  Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Valentino, Prada, Versace, Cavalli, Missoni, Hermès, Burberry, Kartell, Alessi, Comptoir des Cottoniers, Trussardi , Paul Smith, (the last 5 are in Via Manzoni)
  • Coffee: While you’re here go and enjoy coffee at the charming Pastry shop Cova, 8, Via Montenapoleone with courtyard.
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops has opened a new shop here in 9, Via Montenapoleone.
  • Lunch: GB Bar, 2, Via Agnello (find on map)
    Another exclusive and very cosy restaurant in this area is Il Salumaio di Via Montenapoleone at 10, Via Santo Spirito (find on map) – this is also a great place to have a coffee break.
    Brek good self service restaurant with reasonable prices,1, Piazzetta U. Giordano  (find on map)
    Princi Bakery, Corso Venezia 21 (find on map) in principle this is a bakery but they prepare delicious lunch dishes: pasta, risotto and salads. Go early (before 12.30) because the place is normally packed!!
    Panini Durini, 26, Via Durini (find on map), small place but they make absolutely delicious sandwiches, soups, salads AND they’ve got incredible coffee (also to go) and cakes.

3.  Via Torino/PortaTicinese/Corso Genova

#TheAlternativeHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: From Piazza Duomo you turn down
    Via Torino with lots of sports shops, street wear and Japanese Muji  (find on map). Victoria’a secret has opened recently in 14, Via Torino (find on map
    #roundTheCorner : Via San Maurilio and Via Santa Marta with little boutiques. (find on map) eg Funky Table, 19, Via San Maurilio.image
    #roundTheCorner: Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) where there are vintage shops and the shop Tessuti Mimma Gini with fabrics and various objects for your home, and Cavalli e Nastri one of Milan’s oldest vintage boutiques. In this street you also find Groupies Vintage and Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes.

    #roundTheCorner  Corso di Porta Ticinese – street wear (great for teenagers), alternative design, vintage boutiques, this is a place where the Milanese themselves go browsing.
    #roundTheCorner  Via Cesare Correnti an exciting area with various shops e.g. Joost. (find on map) great design for both her and him.This tour ends in Viale Papiniano,where there is a great open air market on Tuesdays 7.30 a.m.-1 p.m.and Saturdays 7.30 a.m.-5 p.m..IMG_8311
  • Coffee:
    B Café, 20, Via Santa Marta.
    Caffè della Pusterla, 22, Via Edmondo de Amicis  – great atmosphere (find on map).
    Pastry shop Marchesi (find on map) one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops located in 11/a, Via Santa Maria alla Porta .
  • Lunch: Visit foodie temple Peck, (find on map)  Milan’s no. 1 delicatessen and get an amazing lunch.
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    Here you can enjoy a slice of pizza or foccacia.

    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 16, Corso di Porta Cinese  (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 1, Corso di Porta Ticinese  – quality sandwiches. (Find on map)
    Delicious Southern Italian street food at Slow Sud, 4, Via delle Asole (find on map)
    In Via Giacomo Mora (find on map) there are also a couple of cosy places for lunch.
    For tasty vegetarian food check out La Vecchia Latteria, 6, Via dell’Unione (find on map).
    Italian ice cream:: Grom, 51, Corso di Porta Ticinese  (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.



4. San Babila/Corso Vittorio Emanuele
#TheHighStreetInItalian – (Find on map)

IMG_6482In this area you are the easy prey for street vendors who will try to make you buy books, bracelets and other stuff. They are really nice but once you start talking to them you won’t get away until you buy something. Ignore them, they’ll try to make you take a bracelet saying it’s a gift – DON’T TAKE IT (unless, of course, you want to buy it)!

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the center of the city and here you find for example:

  • The regular High Street shops i.e. Brian & Barry – department store with an Eataly department. Boggi (great outfits for him), Diesel,  Max & Co, Max Mara, Liu Jo,Sephora, Banana Republic, GAP, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, Yamamay,  Kiko, La Rinascente – department store, Sisley, Guess, Swatch, Footlocker, Benetton,  H&M, COS, … And Other Stories and Zara.
    #roundTheCorner you find luxury department store Excelsior (4, Galleria del Corso – find on map), and the outlet  Diffusione Tessile (if you’re into Max Mara ,Max & Co), very cheap compared with their official shops, it is in 6, Galleria San Carlo). (Find on map)
    The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map) with shops Stefanel, Prada, Borsellini, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
    Between our areas 4 and 2 you find Abercrombie & Fitch on the corner of Corso Matteotti, where you can find other really great shops, a favourite of ours is Moroni Gomma.
  • Lunch; Luini (they make Panzerotti – a kind of mini calzone either fried or baked, there’s normally a very long queue, but it’s very well organizedand fast and more importantly; it’s worth the wait, you can eat it picnic style on Piazza San Fedele (right behind – find on map), where you can enjoy coffee afterwards in the brand new Lavazza Store.
    There’s also the Italian version of burgers Mama Burger (find on map).
    Il Mercato del Duomo (food market, bistrot and restaurant with an incredible view over Piazza Duomo).
    If you want to see and be seen there are lots of outdoor places on Corso Vittorio Emanuele itself, Italians don’t go here, they are typical tourist traps.
    Worth mentioning is also  Fratelli La Bufala, 8, Galleria San Carlo  (find on map). On the same square you have Gino Sorbillo Neapolitan pizza in Milan.
    Inside the Museo del Novecento right at Piazza Duomo you find the exclusive Giacomo Arengario with a view on the Duomo
    Crocetta, 5, Piazza Diaz (find on map) with excellent sandwiches, salads and first courses.
    Panini Durini, 4, Via Mengoni (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    On the top floor of department store La Rinascente there are several restaurants, a food market and the most amazing view over Piazza del Duomo and the city.
  • Coffee:: Try out the delicious coffee with whipped cream at San Carlo al Corso, on Piazza San Carlo (find on map) or sip it at the exclusive Gucci Café halfway in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (find on map).
    Lavazza Store on Piazza San Fedele (find on map).

 

5. Corso Buenos Aires with adjoining streets

#theYouthfulHighStreet (Find on map)

  • Shops: H&M, Zara, Conipel, Benetton, Stefanel, Pepe Jeans,  Kiko (affordable makeup), JDC, Guess kids, Vergelio sko, Bata shoes,  Levis, Antony Morato, Geox , Elena Miro, Freddy, Furla, Desigual, Intimissimi Lingeri, Liu-Jo, Camicissima (shirts for him & her), Celio (for him), Havaianas, Tezenis Lingeri, bassetti (home innovation), Du Pareil (kids’ clothes). OVS (Italian low-cost clothing) have opened their so far biggest store in 21, Corso Buenos Aires
    The biggest and first shop in the Japanese chain Muji, to have opened in Milan.

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    #roundTheCorner -Lisa Corti

    In adjoining Via Lecco no. 2  (find on map) you find Lisa Corti #roundTheCorner who sells colourful tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets for you couch, ceramics and clothes.
    Viale Tunisia  Carpediem shop.

  • Lunch:
    MINT Garden café, 12, Via Felice Casati  (find on map) Really delicious lunch and brunch place.
    Pizzeria Spontini, 4, Via Gaspare Spontini (find on map)

    Paninoteca, Galleria Corso Buenos Aires (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 3, Via Malpighi  – quality sandwiches (find på kort)
    Capatoast, 4, Corso Buenos Aires – a delicious new concept 30 different toasts including vegetarian and vegan ones. (find on map).
    Pavé, 27, Via Felice Casati (find on map) – delicious lunch and great coffee.
  • Coffee:
    you could probably do with a break from the crowds on Corso Buenos Aires, so go into Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and have a coffee break at Bar Bianco (find om map); or go to  Panarello,  famous for their pastries (find on map)
  • Italian ice cream:
    Grom, 13, Corso Buenos Aires  (find on map) or 6, Piazza Argentina (find on map) good concept and excellent ice cream.
    Pavé Ice cream, 21, Via Cesare Battisti (find on map), fantastic homemade ice cream.

6. Corso Vercelli

#elegantAvenue  (Find on map)

This area is actually a shopping-route. Start at Via Marghera – via Belfiori – Corso Vercelli – Corso Magenta with a detour to Via Vicenzo Monti and a cultural break to “The Last Supper” (you have to book tickets phone number +39 02 92800360) another must-see is art gallery/design store Spazio Rossana Orlandi at 14/16, Via Matteo Bandello which is just a little out of the way but so worth visiing.

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  • Shops: #roundTheCorner in 5, Via Luigi Sacco (find on map) and 2, Via Ravizza (find on mapIo & Meg different jewellery and clothes.
    Via Marghera here you find several shoe shops and varied clothes shops, outlets. OVS clothes shop H&M style.
    #roundTheCorner  Details, 8, Piazza Piemonte, with great shoes and original clothes design at affordable prices.(find on map)
    Via Belfiore (find on map) fantastic hardware store, Lo Sfizio clothes, Subdued,
    in Corso Vercelli you find department store Coin with medium prices, Boggi (stylish outfits for him), Comptoir des Cottoniers, Max & Co, Gallo  if you’re into quality and stripes, Furla handbags and wallets, BRIAN & BARRY, Intimissimi Gemelli luxury and quality, Sephora makeup, ZARA home, Trussardi, Danza, Zadiq & Voltaire plus Swarovski, Songes, Carré Dartistes. Victoria’a secret, 20, Corso Vercelli (find on map)
  • Coffee: Biffi pastry shop: Have coffee or #aperitivo old Milan style or try it in the small coffee shop at 36, Corso Vercelli , where you drink coffee while enjoying the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, and you can buy some for your espresso machine at home.
  • Lunch: Ham Holy Burger, 34, Via Marghera (find on map) great burgers,
    Pizzeria da Gino,9, Corso Vercelli (find on map) Standing lunch with good pizza and ready meals.
    Then there is Fratelli La Bufala, 13, Via Cima Rosa (find on map)
    Panino Giusto, 8, Via Cherubini (find on map) quality sandwiches.
    Rosticceria Gallo, 8, Corso Vercelli a deli and restaurant for foodies that has delicious ready-to-go meals (find on map)
    Fru.Eat on Piazzale Baracca (find on map) – lunch based on fruit and vegetables.
    Panini Durini,7, Via Buonarotti (find on map) delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
    Panini Durini, 31, Corso Magenta (find on map), delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee to go.
  • Italian ice cream Grom, 1a, Via Alberto da Giussano (find on map) Good concept and excellent ice cream.

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Insider tip no. 10: outlets near Milan.

If you’re into incredible bargains in clothes, shoes, bags and accessories it is actually worth your while to visit one of the many fashion outlets near Milan. Be prepared to spend a full day on it but most of the places are little villages with restaurants and cafés so you can get a fun day out of it. Fares are around €10,00 roundtrip and most of the companies give you vouchers to either the restaurants or some of the shops on top. 

Scalo Milano
Visit this newly opened shopping center in Locate di Triulzi (find on map) just 30 minutes from Piazza Reppubblica in the city center by the railroad link S13 (passante) and a 2/minute walk from the station. There are great brands like Karl Lagerfeld G-Star Raw, Twinset, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Kartell, Alessi and many others at outlet prices. You can also get there by shuttle service from Largo Ciroli three times a day. The center is open Mondays-Wednesdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday-Sundays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Vicolungo
Shopping tour from Piazza CairoliIMG_8249

Foxtown
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Franciacorta Outlet Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Fidenza Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Serravalle
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Mantova Outlet Village
Go by train and then bus from Mantova Station

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