by corinne iaia

June 27, 2015

WANDERING AROUND MILAN


Walking out into the Piazza del Duomo, I couldn't help but snap the typical tourist shot. I mean, you can't help but to snap a good twenty photos of the beautiful Duomo cathedral. I always love how Italian cities are still centered so much around history. The church was, and still is, the most important aspect of Italian culture (aside from food and fashion of course) and it stands true even today. All of the hustle and bustle is around the main square where this grand structure sits, hundreds of years later.
And while you're wandering around, don't forget to look up. You'll likely see the beautiful structure reaching up toward the sky filled with cotton candy clouds.
For an even closer look at those guys, climb to the top of the Duomo. Amongst the hundreds of carved spires, you'll see out across the whole city, which seems to stretch on forever. It really puts things into perspective...
And when you get down, you might just cross paths with a building that was once home to DaVinci's codex. It's no longer there; instead it can be found at Biblioteca Ambrosiana today, which is worth a visit if you find yourself in Milan. It's a bit eerie how these relief statues still seem to be guarding something important.
Don't forget to do a spot of shopping in between sightseeing. Milan is after all known for it's chic streets filled with high-end stores and is home to the oldest shopping mall in Europe, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Also, probably the most beautiful, in my opinion. 

After a day of hard work, wander a bit more to find a place to get a nice cold drink, preferably, somewhere you can admire the views...
Perhaps try the Terrazza Aperol, for some aperitivo, and of course, an ice cold glass of the classic Italian cocktail.
Okay, now I'm thirsty.
Then back at the hotel, Boscolo Milano, take a dip in the silver bubble speckled spa. Then you'll feel refreshed enough to wander back into the city to find something to eat. Notice a theme?
This Antica Trattoria looks as good a spot as any. A plate of Spaghetti Vongole and enough wine to put you to sleep, followed by a big bowl of homemade Tiramisu. 
The next morning, you may want to find your way to Sforza Castle, and walk through the halls and labyrinths once home to the Duke. Then I'm sure you'll get tired, and hungry...and find another cafe from which to enjoy a bowl of Spaghetti Carbonara or Cotoletto Milanese. Mmm...Milan, you're quite the dreamy city. 
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  1. Wow Milan! The architecture looks amazing! Do you get to travel a lot? How do you find the time? vanessaespina@gmail.com

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