Increasingly pedestrian-friendly Milan is easy to explore on foot. Its traffic free center contains most of the major attractions, including the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and parts of the Quadrilatero d’or. It takes around 40 minutes to walk from Brera to Navigli, and 20 minutes from Sforza Castle to PIazza del Duomo. From Piazza Gae Aulenti you can reach the Brera district via Corso Como and Corso Garibaldi in less than 30 minutes.

Hearty local specialties like mondeghili, risotto alla Milanese and cotoletta alla Milanese are just part of the city’s diversedining scene. Every day, bars, restaurants and cafes fill up with friends, colleagues and families celebrating their Northern Italian cuisine. Nightlife options are plentiful with fashionable clubs, upbeat bars to live music venues to choose from.

1.Try the local specialties

-Mondeghili a meatballs served as a starter. Traditionally made with the leftovers of “bollito”, a stewed meat dish, mixed with liver mortadella; sausage; parmesan cheese and bread.

-Risotto alla Milanese also known to locals as “risotto giallo” yellow risotto, this creamy rice dish gets its distinctive color from saffron.

-Risotto con ossobuco veal shank served with “risotto alla Milanese”.

-Cotoletta alla Milanese breaded veal cutlet

-Cassoeula a typical winter dish made with the least valued parts of pork meat like ribs, trotters and tail cooked with cabbage and sweet sausages. It is often served with polenta, a cornmeal porridge.

-Panettone this famous italian sweet bread is a Christmas specialty.

2. Don’t missed the Aperitivos and apericenas when you are in Milan

An aperitif with snacks such as olives or crisps is an institution. In some places , this has grown into the apericena, where the snackis almost the size of dinner. For apericena, you get a cocktail or drink for around 10 euros with an all you can eat tapas like buffet of olives, crudites, cold pasta dishes, rice, salad and salami

Aperitivos and apericenas are available at many bars throughout Milan, but the best are in Brera, Corso Como, Isola, Navigli and the end of Corso Semplione near Arco della Pace .

3. Nightlife in Milan is buzzing, with hundreds of bars, clubs and discobars with DJs or live music. The best bars are in Brera, Porta Ticinese, Arco Della Pace and in Garibaldi which we visits with friends till 2am can experienced the loud and sounds while some of the busiest; most fashionable clubs and live music venues are in Central Milan around Corso Como, Navigli and Colonne di San Lorenzo. In summer , the clubs in Forlanini and Idroscalo; near Linate airport, are very popular. Corso Sempione has plenty of ristobars similar to tapas bars for happy hour drinks.

4.  Visit the Duomo di Milano Italy

Milan Cathedral church dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity It is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. it is the largest church in Italy and the thurd largest in the world. You cannot go to Milan and not to see the Duomo.  Great place to visit. Amazing architecture and history. The view from the top is amazing. You can see clearly all the significant attractions around it and the skyscrapers in the background.

5. Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

It’s a very cool place, One of the oldest shopping centers in the world. Most of the stores inside is crazy expensive but the look of the place and  the history is amazing. There is always a lot of people here. The surrounding area has a lot to offer, foods, sightseeing, landmarks and more. If you go to Milan you have to visit this place just next to Duomo Cathedral and see  the mosaic bull which had said to turn around 3 times will gives you luck and I did .

6. Sforzesco Castle

You could spend all day here the castle is very impressive mainly due to its huge size, worth an outdoors free visit. On my visit the Michelangelo museum is amazing this beutiful castle with interesting history. Stunning building with many clasic sculptures. Relaxing and enjoyable garden, but some quiet at night time.

 

Milan is a global capital of fashion, but there’s much more than haute couture here. The city’s varied shopping districts offer designer boutiques, chain stores, malls, independent shops and street markets to suit all budgets. Vittorio Emanuelle II is a bustling shopping street with high end fashion and jewelry shops. Nearby, Galleria Vittotorio Emmanuelle II is Milan’s most glamorous shopping arcade, full of designer stores and elegant cafes. Near Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the iconic department store La Rinascente is the most famous shop in Milan, first opening its doors in the late 1800’s. It has a vast food hall on the top floor with restaurants and bars, some with panoramic terrace views over Duomo. Nearby on Galleria del Corso is the supermarket Excelsior Milano department store.

 

 

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