Marvellous Milan

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Nína Hjördís Þorkelsdóttir

Marvellous Milan

Italy is my favourite country in the world, and while I lived and studied in Milan for two years, I grew very fond of the city. I know that Milan seems a bit uninviting at first sight, and it really takes time get to discover its charms. If you want to speed up the process, check out this guide.

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The Must-See Stuff

The classics...

Image - Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano
Nína:This massive cathedral is located on the main square of Milan. Go up on the roof for Alpine views.
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Cenacolo Vinciano
Nína:In this chapel, you'll find one of the world's most famous paintings - the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Image - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Nína:Shopping malls don't get much more fancy than this!
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Sforzesco Castle
Nína:This castle, that was built in 15th century, is a must-see while in Milan.
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Colonne di San Lorenzo
Nína:Roman columns near the busy shopping street Via Torino.
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Naviglio Grande
Nína:One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Milan. A perfect place for a night out.
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Hidden Gems

Because Milan has much more to offer than fancy shops and a breathtaking cathedral.

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Monumental Cemetery
Nína:Spectacular tombs of the rich families of Milan. You will be amazed by the size and splendour of the tombs you'll find there!
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Teatro alla Scala
Nína:A visit to Milan is incomplete without a night at the opera. Buy your ticket as early as you can since they tend to sell out.
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QC Termemilano
Nína:If you're craving a spa day during your stay in Milan, this is the place you should be heading to.
Image - Santuario Di S. Bernardino Alle Ossa
Santuario Di S. Bernardino Alle Ossa
Nína:This little church in downtown Milan is filled with stacks of human bones. Not for the faint-hearted!
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Villa Necchi Campiglio
Nína:Villa Necchi used to be the home of the wealthy Necchi-family. Its original interiors have been preserved and it is now open to visitors.
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Arco della Pace
Nína:Milan's Arc de Triomphe!
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Bosco Verticale
Nína:Bosco Verticale is a tall apartment building that was built a few years ago. Bosco Verticale means "vertical forest" and you'll see why!


The most interesting museums of Milan


Nobody should visit Milan without having a proper apperitivo! For those who are not familiar with the concept, apperitivo is the Milanese version of happy hour. By buying one drink, you'll be able to graze on a generous buffet, full of Italian delicacies.

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Nína:Indian style cocktails and buffet.
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Manhattan Navigli
Nína:A classic Italian buffet and decent cocktails.
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Living Liqueurs Delights
Nína:Good apperitivo, located by the splendid Arco della Pace.

Wining & Dining

Italian food is so good that it almost makes you cry. Still, there are plenty of restaurants that are specially aimed at tourists, that may look good on the outside despite being of pretty low standard. Follow this guide to avoid the tourist traps and get the awesome Italian food you deserve!

Image - Miscusi (Cinque Giornate)
Miscusi (Cinque Giornate)
Nína:A "fast food" pasta place that has more class than you'd expect. Superb pasta and good wine at a fair price. Price: $
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Ristorante Da Giacomo
Nína:Good seafood and charming interiors. Price: $$$
Image - PreTesto
Nína:A cosy and chic bistro serving curious Umbrian delicacies. Excellent service and good atmosphere. Price: $$
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Sabbia d'oro
Nína:Good pizza, Neapolitan style. Price: $
Image - Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
Nína:A chic little spot serving gourmet food. And it's also a florist! Price: $$$
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Panzerotti Luini
Nína:THE must-try street food while in Milan! Price: $

Wonderguide map

  1. Duomo di Milano
  2. Cenacolo Vinciano
  3. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  4. Sforzesco Castle
  5. Colonne di San Lorenzo
  6. Naviglio Grande
  7. Monumental Cemetery
  8. Teatro alla Scala
  9. QC Termemilano
  10. Santuario Di S. Bernardino Alle Ossa
  11. Villa Necchi Campiglio
  12. Arco della Pace
  13. Bosco Verticale
  14. Museo del Novecento
  15. Fondazione Prada
  16. La Triennale di Milano
  17. Pinacoteca di Brera
  18. BhangraBar
  19. Manhattan Navigli
  20. Living Liqueurs Delights
  21. Miscusi (Cinque Giornate)
  22. Ristorante Da Giacomo
  23. PreTesto
  24. Sabbia d'oro
  25. Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
  26. Panzerotti Luini

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