Milan, Italy

When I think of Milan I think of Milan Fashion Week. Luxury, high end, shopping, Prada, and it being one of the newer cities in Italy.

At the very end of our vacation, we decided last minute to all go to Milan for a couple days. It was one of the cities I really wanted to visit while in Italy and wanted to check it off of my “to-see” list.

The day before we booked our train tickets, hotel, and went to bed early to wake up early, to go to Milan. We arrived at the beautiful train station and that set the bar high.

We took a taxi to our hotel, which was located in the middle of the high end shopping area of Milan and only a 5 minute walk to the Galleria and a 6 minute walk to the Duomo. The location was perfect so we got ready and started walking. We came across the beautiful Galleria.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the world’s oldest shopping mall. It houses 2 Prada’s, the world’s only certified 7 star hotel, and is famous for being the home to some of the oldest shops and restaurants in Milan.

The Galleria was named after Victor Emanuele II, who was the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was decided in 1861 and was finished in 1877 by Giuseppe Mengoni.

We walked through the Galleria and there it was. The Duomo di Milano. This cathedral took nearly six centuries to build. It is the largest cathedral in all of Italy and third largest in the world. (Even bigger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.)

After arriving back at our hotel we decided to take some time to ourselves to relax. We swam in the coolest pool and relaxed hopping in and out of the sauna, steam room and laying on the lounge chairs. We even all fell asleep and took an amazing nap.

After we were able to chill by the pool and decompress, we continued to just hang out after having a week and a half of just straight going. We watched a few movies before sending of my Dad and Sister off to the Milan airport so they could catch their flight to Iceland and then home.

A few tears were shed that were then followed with She’s the Man with Amanda Bynes and bottles of wine.

The following day my sister, Grayson, was feeling under the weather so my Mom and I embarked on a trip to check out the Navigli.

The navigli is a system of canals in Milan in a super cute part of town. Only about a 25 minute walk from where our hotel was located. We looked up the area and found out that a market was going on since it was the last Sunday of the month.

The market had antiques, jewelry, art, furniture, and other little pieces. We stopped at an amazing bar called Pinch Spirits and Kitchen. It is one of my favorite parts about my time in Milan. The owner was serving us at the bar and we ordered two glasses of wine. Then he gave us water, little things to snack on. The couple next to us made vermouth and had a bottle that was very old and special, so he also whipped us up some vermouth drinks. I never thought I would enjoy vermouth, but he made it happen. Anyway he only charged us for the two glasses of wine and I am still wanting to go back to Milan to see him and the bar.

Overall Milan wasn’t my favorite city in Italy, but if you do the right things that you’re interested in, you will enjoy your time. For me, the last sunday of the month is when I will look to go back. Galleria, duomo, navigli, market, Pinch. The perfect way to spend a day. Especially if 50% of the day is at Pinch.

xx, Chandler

 

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