A Day in Milan, Italy
Italian cities have a sense of nostalgia about them. Perhaps buttressed by various movies and books portraying their undeniable appeal. A history brimmed with notabilia. My trip to Milan was for the occasion of a friend's marriage. My time was spent mostly in the countryside merrily enjoying the traditions of Italy. Hence some of the following recommendations to spend a day in Milan comes from my queries to locals and friends whom I met. After all, Milan is a vibrant city comprising of artistic masterpieces, design and fashion and great food. But let's start in the outskirts of Milan in a grand country house surrounded by stretches of rolling farmland.
I had the pleasure of spending most of an afternoon at Isola Gerre. A farm that also hosts events such as weddings. Situated Southeast of Milan, perched in the middle of greenery and an alluring breeze. Confronted with a procession of delectable Italian cuisine prepared from the products grown and raised on the premises. Fittingly complimented by a never ending (so it seemed) cellar of wine flowing through the afternoon. To call the experience jolly is putting it lightly. Although I may be digressing from the topic of an 'A day in Milan,' it would not be a bad way to spend one day. Now let's get back to the city and absorb the more traditional sights.
Santa Maria delle Grazie
When you think of artistic masterpieces, nothing triumphs 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci. Therefore, visiting the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a must. Setting your eyes on one of the most famous creations is certain to raise your inner artist. Due to restoration and preservation efforts of this very delicate showpiece, the number of persons that are allowed to visit it in one day is limited. For this reason, it is recommended to book tickets in advance.
Duomo Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)
Duomo Cathedral is probably the number one attraction of Milan. It is an astonishing structure constructed entirely of marble. Over 500 years of immaculate masonry went into the elevation of this cathedral. The Duomo is the third largest cathedral in the world and is intricately decorated with over 4000 statuettes, gargoyles, and decorative carvings.Time permitting, Castello Sforzesco, Sala delle Asse, and Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini are unique attractions. Also, take time out to just stroll through the heart of Milan. An open plaza of cobble stoned streets, trams, and palatial buildings.
Shopping in Milan
When in Milan, you at least have to window shop. Known as one of the fashion capitals of the world it is imperative to visit the luxury shopping district, the Quadrilatero della Moda. It is made up of Via Montenapoleone, Via Borgospesso, Via Della Spiga, and Via Sant'Andrea. As the day approaches dusk and you are looking to enjoy the Milan nightlife, head uptown to Hollywood. Which is where the legendary disco of the Milanese fashion scene blends into the starry night.