Discovering our world: One day in Milan, Italy

Hello my dear readers,

Are you ready for our first trip of 2020?

Get comfy and enjoy a day trip to Milan πŸ˜‰

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Milan, the fashion capital of the world, a vivid city that will fast conquer your heart.

This winter holidays, we’ve went back home in Italy. From when we live in Singapore, we always like to go back to Italy and explore the country as a tourist.

This time we only had a few days so we’ve decided to do a one day trip to Milan.

Milan has 3 airports: Malpensa, the main city airport, Linate at 20-25 minutes by shuttle bus from Milan, and Orio al Serio, at 4 km from city centre of Bergamo and 50 km from city centre of Milan, so it can be easily reachable. But if happens to be in Italy already and you have some spare time or you want to spend your weekend in a different way, you may easily reach Milan by car or by train too.

I’m not a car lover, it can be very chaotic sometimes, so I prefer the train when possible, it is more comfortable. Italy is pretty much well connected by high-speed trains, having Trenitalia and Italo and you can easily reach most of the cities.

Let’s discover our day trip to Milan by train.

I will let the pictures talk for me πŸ˜‰

We’ve travelled with Trenitalia and we’ve started our trip from Vicenza train station. We have booked our tickets online withΒ TrenitaliaΒ but you may also buy them directly at the train station. A round trip from Vicenza to Milano Centrale with Frecciarossa, the high-speed train, cost from Euro 40 per person in Super Economy to Euro 100 per person in Business class.

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Frecciarossa Vicenza train station
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Enjoying the train trip and the view, Vinceza to Milan by FrecciarossaΒ 
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Frecciarossa Vicenza to Milan, Economy class, pretty comfortable

After less than 2 hours and an enjoyable trip, we’ve reached the Central station in Milan.

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Milano Centrale, Railway Station, the largest railway station in Europe by volume, that sees each day about 330,000 passengers. Is really the most beautiful railway station I have ever seenΒ 
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Milano Centrale, Railway StationΒ 

From here we’ve took the subway, the yellow line from Centrale to Duomo and after only 4 stops we’ve reached the Duomo.

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Milan Metro NetworkΒ 

Immediately after you exit the subway, you’ll be amazed.

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Duomo di Milano is the Milan Cathedral, the largest church in Italy and one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedralsΒ 
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Duomo di Milano, dedicated to the Nativity of StΒ MaryΒ 
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Duomo di Milano, it can house up to 40.000 people
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Duomo di Milano, took five centuries to complete, and the structure was covered with white and pink marbleΒ 
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Duomo di Milano, is one of the most important attractions in MilanΒ 

Near Duomo there is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

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Β Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of ItalyΒ 
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Β Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, ItalyΒ 
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Β Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a four-story double arcade in the center of town

Strolling through the streets of Milan

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Β Roasting area of Starbucks Reserve in Milan, Italy, a one of a kind space that features an impressive mix of bars, combining the art and craft of coffeeΒ 
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Β Starbucks Reserve in Milan, Italy, a place to explore rare coffeesΒ 
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Β Strolling through the streets of Milan and enjoying a delicious brioche con la crema or croissant with cream
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Β Strolling through the streets of Milan

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Β Strolling through the streets of Milan, pomodori verdi or green tomatoes, something that I can’t find in SingaporeΒ 

At a short walking distance from Duomo, there is Castello Sforzesco.

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Β Castello Sforzesco, Sforza Castle, built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan
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Sforza Castle, it was one of the largest citadels in Europe
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Sforza Castle, Leonardo da VinciΒ frescoed several rooms of the castle

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Sforza Castle, has a quadrangular plan, on a site across the city’s walls

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Sforza Castle

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Parco Sempione, adjacent to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and to the Arch of Peace, isΒ one of the largest parks in the city

After visiting the Sforza Castle, we’ve walked to the Quadrilatero della Moda. Milan is well know for its fashion, so if you are a fashion addicted, you can’t miss this part of Milan. Here you can see all Italian’s fashion brands atelier.

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Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan

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Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan

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Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan

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Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan

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Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan, Gianni Versace Atelier

After we’ve enlightened our eyes with gorgeous Italian fashion, we’ve visited Teatro alla Scala or simple called La Scala, where have appeared most of Italy’s greatest artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world.

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La Scala, the theatre is regarded as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world

Time for lunch, and what best than a pizza πŸ•. I had a pizza of the day which was salsiccia e friarielli or sausage and a type of vegetable, which is similar to broccoletti, and my husband had a 4 season pizza, which has artichokes, mushrooms, ham and black olives and we have drank a delicious house Prosecco. When you visit Italy, you can be sure everywhere you go, the food and Prosecco is delicious πŸ˜‹Β  πŸ₯‚Β . And the price for everything was around Euro 30.

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Pizza in Milan

After our lunch we’ve returned to the Duomo. To visit it inside, I suggest to buy the tickets online as the queue can be very loooong, tickets cost start from Euro 3.

This time we have visited the Duomo Museum, whichΒ is a museum originating from the cathedral, from which all the works on display have been taken and which constantly refers to it. It isΒ a quiet, silent place where sculptures from the Duomo, can be admired from close up, enjoying the colours of the marble and the details of unique works of art which had been placed on the monument, often at dizzying heights.

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan

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Duomo Museum, Milan, Leonardo’s drawings

When we’ve finished with the Duomo Museum was dark outside already, so we enjoyed a little bit the Christmas lights and headed back to the Central Station.

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Duomo di Milano by night


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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele by night


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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele by night


After an aperitivo with Aperol spritz and pizza, we took the train and headed back home.

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Italian aperitivo: Aperol Spritz and pizza

It was an intense but really beautiful day. Even if it’s winter in Italy, the weather was gorgeous too, sunny and not too cold.

I hope you enjoyed it!

If it happens to be in Italy and have a day and don’t know what to do, a trip to Milano is well worth it πŸ˜‰

And if you enjoy traveling as much as I do, you may visit my other posts andΒ discover our worldΒ one step at the time.

Enjoy our world! Happy travels!

That’s all folks!

Bye bye for now

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Ending a day in Milano, tired but happyΒ 
All photo credit: Popsicle Society done with iPhone 11




57 thoughts

    1. Is really a wonderful city and is well worth a visit πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your time in Nice and if you have time, don’t think twice, Italy is really worth a visit πŸ˜‰ You can also find a lot of interesting veggies πŸ˜‰

  1. Enough of your airports, Italy looks small but 3 airports in Milan alone. But Why? Whoa, the train looks awesome. and whats that on the ground? Why people stick sticks on the ground in a pattern? Are these train seats, My country is far behind in this thing we still travel in wooden seat, or plastic seat. Central station, HUGE and beautiful at night. I have no clue why i love churches so much, The architect or something that keeps me look at these pictures. You call this a shopping mall? i call this Palace πŸ˜€ So beautiful, Even the streets are in some pattern. Love the civil engineering works in this city. Night view is awesome πŸ˜‰ Oops, i got scared when i suddenly looked at your face. i was expecting a salad and there you are πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ LoL. You look beautiful Ribanna πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the little tour, i feel satisfied reading this post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Simon, Milan is well connected as is a very popular city for business and for tourism…Is Italy’s fashion capital πŸ˜‰ On the ground are the vineyards…Italy is a big wine producer so most of the time, in any region you go you’ll find lots of vineyards. Yes, trains nowadays in Italy are really comfortable to travel πŸ˜‰ Duomo, galleria are all pretty amazing and also I can keep staring at them πŸ€ͺ Yes, the streets in Milan are in a circle pattern πŸ˜‰
      Oh yes, I was tired but happy πŸ˜‰
      Thank you Simon for your time, I appreciate it! Wish you a lovely Sunday!

  2. I loved our time years ago in Milan. The architecture is amazing. Our rooftop visit to the top of the Duomo was worth the price! We had a dinner on top of a building overlooking the duomo. Magical.

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