What's the best Christmas gift if not a flight ticket? We decided to spend a day with my sister in Milan. There are always some great deals by Wizzair, you can catch the early morning flight from Budapest and return back late evening. If you are lucky, the ticket will be under 50 EUR, which is pretty incredible for a return flight. Amazing day Italian style and so much fun - Read our story below!
We arrived to Malpensa airport and took a train to Milan center. It was 13 EUR one way and it takes about 40 minutes to get there. It was time for breakfast, 9 am, fresh croissant and real Italian cappuccino - The best start of the day!
The world-famous Scala was closed due to performance, but next time I will definitely visit it inside. We had a short walk in the Brera area, which is a laid back, artistic side of Milan. Finally we took a metro to Navigli Grande. Day pass costs 4.50 EUR, really worth the price if you are eager to discover the whole city. Navigli is my favorite part, the little canal with pretty, colorful houses. Buzzing place full of restaurants and bars. It's an area not to be missed. We had a nice lunch in Trattoria Al Capolinea, a traditional, Italian place, very much loved by the locals. Pizza and Focaccia was heaven!
The rest of the day we spent in the heart of the city. From the Terrazza Aperol we had an amazing view of the Dom and the square. Perfect sunset - winter mood - gorgeous architecture, we had it all!
As soon as it got dark, we couldn't wait to check out the Christmas lights. The market at the Dom is a nice one, you can buy handcrafted goods, taste cheese and wine, not to mention the typical Italian sweets like cannelloni.
Right next to the Dom square you can walk into the most fashionable, iconic place in Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The oldest shopping mall of Italy, it's housing designer shops like Gucci and Prada among others. The place is the ultimate symbol of luxury all around the world. The Swarovski Christmas tree was very impressive!
It was time for Limoncello and Tiramisu, so we stopped by at Caffé Camparino inside the gallery. Elegant, posh place for a short break.
When in Milan, go for shopping! Via Monte Napoleone is an upscale fashion street, where all the major designer brands are located. It's the place to be for fashion lovers, just have a walk and admire the elegant boutiques! For Zara, H&M and other fast fashion brands visit the Corso Buenos Aires!
We quickly had a look at the shops and before heading to the airport, we had an "aperitivo" at Ristorante City Life close to the Central Station. Aperitivo is very popular in Milan, it dates back to the early centuries and it means that your drink is always accompanied by some snacks: cold cuts, little pizza pieces, salad, cheese and so on. One thing is sure, you won't leave the place with empty stomach. We payed 8 EUR for food and a glass of Chianti wine. Just look at those dishes!
Even though it was a tiring day, it was worth every minute of it! We feel so blessed with my sister, because we explored this magical city together.
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