I had a really short trip to Milan last summer, I had just five hours to discover the city. Although me and my husband travel to Italy quite often, still I did not have a chance to visit many famous cities in the country.
Milan is known as the Italian capital of fashion, with a history, fabulous architecture and shopping opportunity. The city has a lot to offer to tourists, but if you can’t stay more than a day, you can still catch the popular attractions of the city.
I arrived at the Central train station of Milan around midday. My first impression when I got off the train and entered to the lounge was “wow”. The station is one of the most beautiful train station I have ever seen. The station was built in 1864 and it is the second largest railway station in Italy.
Milan with its warm environment impressed me from the very beginning of my visit. Instead of going under ground and taking the metro I preferred to stay over ground and walk to the centre. I wanted to enjoy every moment of being in the city. Maybe it sounds crazy but I walked all the way to the centre. The city and its architecture are fabulous.
If you decide to walk to the centre, you will walk through many nice shops and restaurants, and you can try one of the various Italian restaurants, as I did.
After having some tasty lasagna and a portion of tiramisu, I restarted my journey and kept wandering around until I reached the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls which is located in central Milan. You can find plenty of coffee bars, restaurants and luxury stores like Prada and Louis Vuitton. The mall is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy and designed in 1861 with an amazing architecture. Walking through the Galleria feels like you are in a live museum.
When I got out the mall, I found myself in front of the stunning gothic Milan Cathedral, the most famous building in the city, the third largest church in christendom. You can walk around the building before getting in to admire and see the two-thirds of the 3,500 statues adorning the church. If you want to see inside, make sure you are dressed appropriately, covering arms and legs, otherwise you won’t be allowed in!
I continued my walking through the car-free shopping avenue of the Via Dante, till I ended up in the Castello Sforzesco, which was home to the noble Visconti family in the 14th century, was destroyed by the people who were rebelling against the family’s tyranny in 1447. The castle was rebuilt it in 1450, when Francesco Sforza became the ruler of Milan. Nowadays, It hosts a collection of civic museums featuring everything from ancient art to Egyptian artefacts to furniture. The castle has access to the large Sempione park, which allow you to take a rest after long walk and enjoy the beauty.
After a short rest in the park, I walked to Milan's train station to finish my trip and hoping to be back for a longer stay.