Milan, the second largest city in Italy is also the most fast-paced city of the country. The city is often misunderstood as a destination apt only for fashion-freak moneybags, thanks to the high-end lifestyle and fashionista-studded streets of Milan. Yet, we insist that a Milan city tour is definitely worth it. Why?
Milan City Tour
A typical Milan City Tour will consist of what the city is known for – its enormity. The tiny city lives a life of a royal size. When in Milan, your visit to the world’s fourth largest cathedral – Duomo di Milano will give your feet some good exercise. You can rejuvenate senses at Teatro Alla Scala, Europe’s largest opera house, with some most brilliant performances. But all this is cliche, something that is better suited for its residents – the highest income earners of Italy. So what should the real Milan City tour be like?
Not everything has to be expensive
While there are streets like Via Monte Napoleone, popular for upscale shopping from world’s major fashion houses, a usual tourist can hardly splurge here given the expensive rates. So often tourists are not too excited about shopping in this expensive city. But no worries! There are other alternatives too for shopping – the Flea Market! Milan’s flea markets have some of the most stylish collections and are usually held only on weekends (Saturday & Sunday). If you don’t mind the crowd you could get some crazy shopping done at Viale Fauché (Some prestigious brands at discounts are waiting for you here), on the other hand Viale Papiniano is an ideal market for people who love shopping for their wardrobe along with some street food treats. But the Mercatone del Naviglio Grande definitely takes the cake away – Open every last Sunday of the month, you could walk by the beautiful canals here and enjoy some marvelous vintage furniture, books & jewelry shopping at Naviglio. Who is excited for shopping in Milan now?
The Last Supper
Many visit Milan with the sole motive of experiencing one of the most famous works of Leonardo da Vinci – The Last Supper. But this 15 feet tall work of magnificent art is open only for 15 minutes of viewing per visit. Not to forget the rare availability of booking and the amount spent. Again, people forget that Milan has much more than its da Vinci masterpiece. The Brera Art Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world, is only second to the Uffizi of Florence when it comes to a collection of prestigious masterpieces. Not to forget, the tickets are almost half the price of The Last Supper viewing ticket.
The Culture and Cuisine of Milan
Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a restaurant in Milan that only serves finger food. Milan loves finger food! Everyday Milan celebrates ‘Aperitivo time’ from 7 pm to 9 pm, to eat finger food. This is usually when people have a merry time enjoying the good food over a chat. But don’t mistake it for ‘discount hours’ because Aperitivo is a custom only meant to celebrate finger food. However, be sure to get some bonus snack for every drink you order during the Aperitivo time. We say snacks because Aperitivo is just for appetizers. Of course, you want to have more than snacks for dinner when it comes to the world famous Italian cuisine! So if you wish to enjoy a dinner post snacks you might want to check out ATMosfera a vintage tram restaurant which gives you a Milan city tour while you enjoy your food and wine. You might have to shell out some good amount here, but it will all be covered in this two hours long Milan city tour ride.
Milan can be expensive, but it has enough for your visit to be worth it. Share with us what excites you the most about a Milan city tour!