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published 18/09/2017 | Luigi78
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Pro Architecture, fashion, food, accesibility
Cons Expensive
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Ease of getting around

"Milano - without shopping or spending a fortune"


Milan Central is very easy to get around because it is so flat. From the San Siro stadium, around 1.25 hour walk to the Doumo (Cathedral), La Scala and beyond the gradient is minimal. I walked everywhere, and it becomes apparent quickly that cycling is a popular mode of transport, not on an Amsterdam or Beijing scale, but it's big and growing.

Of course many tourists are attracted to Milan for the shopping, and from landing at Milan Malpensa airport you can be struck by the iconic style, the fashion and the brands than one associates with Milan. You can also avoid it, very easily if you wish. The shopping district which is home to Gucci, Prada, Armani etc... sits to the north of the central square, and is bustling with wealthy shoppers. Milan does though have so much more to offer.

The Cathedral and its affronting square are the focal point of the city, its a must see and impressive inside and out.
Venture west towards the castle and you'll stroll along fascinating boulevards and side streets full of independent restaurants and cafes where you simply cannot eat badly. It maybe a city of fashion but it still maintains Italy's love affair with great food.

Look up and around, the architecture is sublime. What you'd expect for sure, but still a thrill to the eyes and the mind. Dirty pastel colours, balconies and blinds feeding an imagination of what lies inside.

Whilst I didn't use the public transport, i did marvel at the trams, many of which don't seem to have been updated or cleaned for decades and I hope they never are! The chunter of them rattling along the old streets amongst the mopeds and the fashionistas and the old buildings is a fantastic blend of all that is Italy. A blend of history from Mussolini to Sophia Loren to Gianluigi Buffon - nectar to a tourist flaneur.

A walk through or around the castle is free and open late, it's the bridge between the old city and the vast Sempione Park - a people watching paradise. The people of Milan are, generally speaking, beautiful. It's in the Italian culture to look good and take care of your appearance and first impressions. Nowhere is this more evident than in Milan, and nowhere more in Milan than in Sempione Park. A vista of dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, strollers etc... who all stop to chat eccentrically, smoke, snooze. For the traveller it makes for great entertainment. the perfect place to stop, and sit, and watch for an hour, or 3!

You can head on to the Arco Dello Pace and the north west end of the park, where i'd advise an ok pizza (which is a lot more than okay and great value) and another chance to people watch the locals again. Here you will see the ancient Italian art of flirtation in all it's glory, The scooter mopeds are parked up, the football is out, and the girls watch the boys and vice versa.

It's not cheap Milan and it'll bankrupt you if you let it. But don't let it put you off going if you're on a budget. As a lone traveller I spent a total of 90 euro on food and drink over 4 days, and I ate very well. A sensational Swordfish linguine, the perfect pizza that could've fed a family and plenty of Morretti beers included.

Milan is also a great central location for a wider vacation. The wonderful Lake Como is less than an hours drive, and Milan is the central city to access all the beauty of northern Italy.


My journey from and to Malpensa Terminal 1 to and from Milan Central was by taxi. The cost was 30 euro each way. In Milan a taxi licence is expensive (I was told around 200k euro!) and these licences are limited and passed down, or purchased, from current licence holders. Therefore whilst this may make travelling by taxi more expensive, it also makes it much more comfortable and luxurious, than in the UK for example. The taxi driver was smart and accommodating, his vehicle was modern, clean and very smooth with perfect temperature.

I stayed for 3 nights at the Hotel Nasco. A 4 star hotel located on the Via Corso Sempione, near to 'City Life' the Velodrome and 2 mins walked from the metro station Domodossola. (although I didn't need to use public transport at all as I was able to walk everywhere I wanted to visit)
I had a single room which was fresh and spotless. The bathroom was spacious with all required facilities, thick fresh towels and nice toiletries. The aircon system was quiet, easy to use and maintained the required room temperature. I requested ironing equipment which was delivered to my room immediately and also an adaptor plug which I was given for the duration of my stay.

Corso Sempione, 69
20149 – MILANO
Tel +39 02 31 951 – Fax +39 02 31 952 777
P.IVA 03793190962

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