During the bank holiday weekend I popped over to Milan and it was so was nice to get out of London for a couple of days and enjoy some warmer weather. Unfortunately I was feeling a bit ill for part of the weekend so I didn’t really fit as much in as I would have liked, but I still got to see some incredible sights. Here’s what I got up to:
The cathedral is easily the most recognisable landmark in Milan, and it also happens to be the largest cathedral in Italy. Amazingly, it took nearly six centuries to build!
It’s free to enter the cathedral so we took a peek inside before purchasing tickets to the terraces – by far my favourite part of the cathedral. The views from the top weren’t as spectacular as I had hoped but it was just cool to be able to walk around on the roof of the cathedral.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral you’ll find this opulent shopping centre. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II contains many luxury brands like Gucci and Prada, but even if you aren’t interested in shopping its still worth a visit purely to admire the architecture.
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
This historic house was once home to the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers and now operates as a museum, showcasing their vast collection of paintings and decorative arts from the Renaissance period. The building itself is equally impressive as the artefacts, with beautiful decorative ceilings in each room.
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
This church looks rather plain from the outside so you would never imagine the incredible art you’ll find inside. It is sometimes referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Milan, although San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is free to enter and a lot less crowded!
In addition to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll also find many of the high end shops on and around Via Montenapoleone.
If I had more time…
Milan is close to many other beautiful parts of Italy including Lake Como, Bergamo, Lake Maggiore and Turin. I definitely would have liked to take a day trip somewhere if time had allowed.