Having booked a few days off back in October and not really knowing what to do with them (well besides DIY – but that’s boring right?) we took to the Edinburgh Airport website to see where you could fly to and then checked out where was offering the cheapest flights. Milan won.
In keeping with our trying to keep it cheap plan, we rented a little studio apartment in the Brera area of Milan, a sort of ‘Bohemian’ area full of arty types and young professionals. So far so good. When flying with Easyjet you land at Malpensa airport about 1 hour outside Milan, but with a mixture of the airport bus and the Milano Card (which I would recommend) its pretty straight forward to get into the centre and then onto wherever you are going.
We left the beautiful crisp sunny day weather behind in Edinburgh and landed in a foggy and rainy Milan. Milan is not really known as a tourist hotspot, there isn’t a huge amount to do there, however its a really good place to wander, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a lot of café, gelato or something a little stronger!
When we arrived it was late and rainy so we headed to the first place we could find to eat – a little local pizzeria! Where I got stuck in to all things typically Italian – pizza, gelato and wine! I also spotted a late opening bakery, so popped in and spent a small fortune on patisserie and wonderful breads for breakfast (or a late night snack!)
We spent the next day wandering around Milan. We walked the roof of the Duomo with its amazing views over Milan, we ate Panzeroti, seen La Scala, nearly got run over by a tram and couldn’t get in to The Last Supper. Of course there was a stop for Patisserie at Patisserie Marchesi the oldest in Milan, a shot of espresso and an over-indulgence in gelato (is that even possible?!)
We spent dusk at the majestic Castello Sforzesco and seen a big fat Italian gypsy wedding! Then it was a walk back to the Duomo through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II all lit up and glistening in the dark, past the smell of roasted chestnut vendors filling the air with the smell of winter and to a Mozzarella bar for dinner high up on the 7th floor over looking a twinkling Milan.
The next day it rained heavily, but we weren’t put off! We visited the Pinacoteco di Brera, an art gallery and college, resembling what may have been an old jail back in the day. We wandered through the Quadrilatero d’Oro, daydreaming at all the beautiful items in the windows of the high end shops. Ending up at Milan Triennale, where we were lost for hours in the myriad of exhibitions, before walking out into the dark and in search of some aperitivo, in the Navigli district. We stumbled across a little bar with apertivo and a jazz band. It was warm and cosy, we had to tear ourselves away (eventually) to get the tram back to our apartment, for an early start was required the next morning.
And then we were off, back to the airport and typically the rain had stopped and the sun came out. Milan, only a short hop from Edinburgh – I think we will be back!