Milan! The last place I thought I would get to visit! Although for this day trip I only visited the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, it was still a great experience to actually see the 4th largest cathedral in the world and the fashion capital of Italy 🙂
Once again, we took the train from Reggio Emilia to Milan. However this time we took the faster train, .italo. It’s a high speed train that only took us about 45 minutes to get there instead of the regional train which would’ve required switching trains at a station and taking a few hours to arrive.
Once we got off the train, we had to purchase subway tickets and take the yellow line subway to Piazza del Duomo. The subway was underground, so once we walked up the stairs, we were smack dab in front of the cathedral! Oh what a beautiful sight…I remember being so starstruck and mesmerized by the grandeur and size of the cathedral. It was like nothing I’ve seen before, from the detailed sculptures on the walls all the way to the tall steeples. The Piazza was quite a sight itself! With so many tourists and pigeons it was so lively and fun. Right next to the cathedral was the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II which had restaurants and brand-name shops like Prada, Gucci, LV, etc.
First thing first, half of the our group decided to get in line to enter the Duomo. The line was quite long, but went by quickly. We had to buy tickets to go into the Duomo and pay additional if we wanted to travel all the way to the top (It’s so worth it). The dress code was very strict with covered shoulders and covered knees. The cathedral inside is breathtaking! So big and so grand…I was walking around with my mouth agape and trying to just soak everything in.
After walking inside for quite a bit, we all decided to travel up to the top of the Duomo. I believe we went up about 200 spiraling steps and I was quite out of breathe at the end! There weren’t as many people there as I thought and the view overlooking Milan was AMAZING. I can’t begin to describe it so I’ll post a few pictures…
Absolutely unforgettable. Next top was to explore the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II! We entered into the galleria and oh my, it was packed! With the shops and restaurants, it was the perfect tourist destination. For all those fashionistas, this would’ve been perfect for you! There was Prada, Gucci, LV, and so much more! I am obviously not a fashionista, but was mesmerized with the whole scene in general. My friends fancied the Gucci cafe which was a small stand on the side of the store and wrote “Gucci” on your coffee.
After walking around the streets and other stores outside the piazza for a bit, we all got so tired of walking and decided to head home. Milan was so beautiful and grand, and I never thought I would be in such a place. I had always heard about it before, but didn’t understand what was so great about it until now. If I could go back, I would definitely spend a night or two just to explore more places other than just the Piazza del Duomo.
- Beware of pickpockets – Milan is so crowded so just be careful and hang onto your belongings tigtly
- Beware of the men offering food to feed the pigeons – If you don’t want to do this, or don’t want to pay to do so, then don’t make eye contact with them and keep moving! Also don’t be on your own because they will approach you. Try to stick with a few other people when you can.
- Cover your shoulders and knees – especially if you’re planning to visit the Duomo! My friend wore a dress and they were so strict, they made her put a coat on her waist to cover her knees.
- Gucci cafe is SMALL – and crowded. I didn’t purchase from the Gucci cafe myself, but I saw the stand and it’s tiny. So just be aware if you’re planning on purchasing!
- H&M and ZARA is huge – so enjoy yourself and ensure you get enough time to shop 🙂
- The subway – the subway was actually not that difficult to navigate! The big maps they post are really helpful because it’s color coded according to the subway lines.You purchase your tickets on these big machines that you can’t miss when you get there. On the subway, beware of pickpockets.
Alrighty, that’s all I have for Milan! Please let me know if you have any specific questions or comment to share your thoughts. Thank you and until next time 🙂