First stop on my European vacation is Milan! We only had 36 hours in the city, so we had to plan strategically, however it’s plenty of time to hit all the big spots. From the majestic Duomo to the quirky Wes Anderson designed Bar Luce, the below list has everything you need to enjoy your time in this city.
First Stop: Bar Luce for Breakfast + Fondazione Prada
Located a bit outside of the city-center, Bar Luce — the Wes Anderson designed cafe — is the perfect start to your day(s) in Milan. Nestle into one of the booths situated in a retro-themed cafe for a cappucino, prosciutto mini-panino, and cornetto if you’re feeling crazy. Once you’ve caffinated and filled your stomach for the day, head next door (literally) to Fondazione Prada to check out the latest exhibit.
Pro Tip: Before you head out, be sure to stop by the golden wall (it’s literally a gilded wall) for some photo-ops.
Afternoon Stop: Duomo + City Center
Next stop on the list is The Duomo — an absolute must-see and can’t-miss (literally). You can view both the inside of the cathedral as well as the roof, but if you have to pick you should absolutely take in the breathtaking views of the city from the roof. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the scenic part of Milan, I’d recommend wandering the streets and getting a feel for the city — this is by far one of my favorite ways to see a city because it allows you to experience it as a local does. Plus, who knows what gems you’ll stumble upon on the way!
Pro tip: be sure to bring something to cover your shoulders if you’re wearing a sleeveless top or you’ll end up having to by a cover-up in the gift shop to enter the cathedral.
Last Stop of the Night: Dinner + Drinks
We spent our night in Milan in the Navigili (the canal district). It feels almost Venice-like and has a large selection of restaurants and bars all along the waterways. While wandering around the canals, we stumbled upon Officina 12 which was a total gem. The food was amazing and as an added plus the bar was pretty unreal — it was very San Francisco with an Italian twist. Highly recommended, especially for gin-lovers.
Pro tip: Ask for a table in their back patio — it’s like a garden oasis.
Day 2: The Last Supper + Gelato
Before you head off to your next city (for us it was Florence) make a stop at Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see The Last Supper. Once you’ve gotten your dose of culture, make one last pit stop at Chocolat down the street for out of this world gelato. I opted for their Nutella flavor, which was easily the best gelato I’ve ever had (and I studied in Florence for a year).
Pro Tip: Be sure to book tickets ahead of time before you go because they are always sold out.
Until next time!
P.S. Big shout out to my girl Lauren Murray for showing us the best spots in Milan.