My weekend in Milan!

Duomo, the Cathedral of MilanArriving in Milan from Switzerland is a piece of cake. If you are on time! You have a direct train from Zurich and you arrive right in the heart of the city, at the Milano Centrale train station. Luggage deposit is available on the ground floor, starting from 5 euros.

On Friday night, I was at this great restaurant, Salsamenteria di Parma (Via san Pietro all’Otro, 9; +39 02 76 28 13 50), next to the Duomo. We paid €50 for two persons and we got to taste some real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and culatello (cured ham) and we savoured the pleasant combination of traditional dishes with their sparkling red wine, which they serve in a little white bowl. After the dinner, we stopped by the GROM gelateria (Via Santa Margherita, 16; +39 02 80 58 10 41) to get an ice cream, which was delicious!

Then we went to Navigli and had a beer at the BQ bar (Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 44). They have an amazing variety of draught beers.

Saturday, we decided to see the Duomo by a sunny day and grab something to eat. Luini (Via Santa Radegonda, 16) make the best panzerotti in Milan; but because of the design week, we could see a waiting line of around 30 minutes. So we decided to change our plan and went to the Panino Giusto (Piazza Diaz, 5; +39 02 36 63 25 29). They have delicious Panini and Aperol Spritz!

We walked a bit around Milan to get to see the city and went to Torre Velasca, Ca’ Granda (seat of the “Università degli Studi”) and Porta Ticinese. We also stopped by the San Lorenzo Maggiore Park to enjoy the sun and afterwards walked to Navigli to try an “apero alla Milanese” where we had the chance to find a table at Jab Milano (Via Corsico 1; +39 02 58114068). You pay just for a drink and then you can eat everything you want! The food was really tasty and nicely presented.

The design week in Milan

If you like design just pop by the Brera area to find numerous show rooms.

On the other hand, if you are not into design, my suggestion would be to avoid visiting Milan during the design week. One week per year, the city of Milan just goes totally crazy! The prices of the hotels are extraordinary high, if you have the chance to find something available! I had to queue for more than twenty minutes to buy a ticket for the underground on Saturday night and the streets were extremely crowded.

Anyway, although not so into design myself, I tried to enjoy this weekend in Milan as much as possible. On Friday night, I went to the Heineken event; one of the best events in town! A new disco could be found next to the “Porta Genova” for a week.

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