Milano is known as a fashion city. But it can offer much more than just fashion shows or shops and boutiques for shopping. I spend there two months. First of all, do not go to Milan during summer months. June and July are the hottest months and especially inside the city, it could be overwhelming.
When you are working every day till afternoon, you do not have lots of time to discover everything you wanted to. Here I will sum up some of the things to do during these warm months and lack of time…
Gothic cathedral Duomo is situated in the middle of the city. Usually, there are lots of people (tourists). Cathedral is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity. It is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world. You can also visit the rooftop where you can admire nice sculptures. The interior is also very nice, I was impressed by the statue of Saint Bartholomew.
2. Piazza del Duomo
This huge square is full of restaurants and shops. North-east (left side) from the Cathedrale duomo you can find an arch which is an entry to the gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II. It is an amazing gallery where is for example shop Ferrari. There are few streets from the square which is worth to visit. each of them offers lots of possibilities!!! 🙂 One of them will take you to Piazza Castello where is a beautiful fountain. I usually went outside to huge HM store. I always found something there!! This is true that Milano is a city of shopping and fashion! 🙂 ❤
3. Parco Sempione and Arco della Pace
Right behind the Piazza Castello is Parco Sempione.
Beautiful place for running, chilling, having a picnic or just walking around. This big park is the best place how to escape from the city. If you walk through the park, you will see the Arco della Pace. Around this square is many restaurants.
4. Colonne di San Lorenzo
This is a great place to chill with friends!!! 🙂 By the evening there are bars and pubs and lots of young people who drink a beer or just playing cards and chat.
When you say, Milano, I can hear Aperitivo!! 🙂 Aperitivio is something specific about north Italy. You buy a drink, and then you can eat whatever you want from the buffet. Navigli is a place full of restaurants where you can enjoy Aperitivo, either alone or with friends. OMG, how I miss this!!! The really fantastic concept of the combo of food and drinks 🙂 You can enjoy the atmosphere along the canals with drink and nice food. It is a place crowded with people, a place where you are bitten by mosquitoes!!! This is especially during the warm summer.
6. Mercato Metropolitano
Another nice place in Milan!!! Mercato Metropolitano is near in Navigli area. I recommend going there during the lunch time or dinner time. There are lots of fresh food. And later on, there is also music to dance 🙂
For one day trip, I would recommend visiting Como. It is very close to Milano. There is beautiful Como lake with nice nature where you can hike or just chill. Furthermore, Como is known as a place where famous people such as George Clooney, Madonna or John Kelly have had a house.