Milan Travel Diary

January 16, 2018

The Beautiful Monumental Cemetery (Cimitero Monumentale) in Milan Italy

The Duomo Rooftop Terrace in Milan Italy

The Duomo Rooftop Terrace in Milan Italy

Milan Duomo Cathedral

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Our honeymoon tour of Italy started with Milan! We only spent a few days there before heading on to Venice, then Florence. While in Milan, our days centered around the Galleria Vittoria Emanuale, the Duomo of course, eating delicious food and visiting all the beautifully designed cafes and shops. Even though it was a bit overwhelming at first (we arrived on a holiday and it seemed the entire city was filled with shoulder-to-shoulder people everywhere!), we really enjoyed it after we acclimated and have great memories of the fashion capital of the world.

The highlights of our trip were:

  • The rooftop terraces of the Milan Duomo. The gothic spires and statues carved of pinkish white marble are stunning up close. The Duomo exterior is incredibly unique and like a scene from another world when you first see it!
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – a large, beautiful shopping arcade under a beautiful glass dome that is a stunning dark blue in the evenings. It is located right next to the Duomo. You can enjoy fantastic views of the Galleria while enjoying coffee, sweets and pastry inside the cutest cafe, Marchesi, located on the second floor.
  • Seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in person! See tip below if you want to see it also during your trip.
  • The amazing food. Needless to say, we enjoyed amazing pasta and delicious (and beautiful dessert) every day. Probably our favorite dinner was at the Spazio, where we had amazing dishes and fantastic service while looking out at the Duomo in the evening. We also made multiple trips to the Peck gourmet grocery store, where we had the most delicious lasagna ever! Even better than the ones we had at restaurants!
  • Monumental Cemetery – Probably the most beautiful cemetery we have ever been to. It is filled with beautiful sculptures and resembles an outdoor sculpture gallery. It is huge and a must see if you have a few days in Milan.
  • The beautiful architecture and design everywhere. All the restaurants and cafes are beautifully designed inside and out. The shopping areas near the Duomo are also stunning inside and out. We spent hours just window shopping and admiring everything.

Some travel tips:

  • Tourist attractions and the entire city are packed with people on bank holidays, with long lines everywhere. Plan ahead and look up holidays if possible.
  • With a Duomo pass, you can split up your visit to the inside of the Duomo and to the rooftop terraces. However, do ask if there are any planned closures of either during your time there. We had planned to visit the inside on our last day there, but due to a closure, we were not able to!
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper tickets: purchase tickets ahead of time, either from the official website, or from a trustworthy tour operator. Multiple people stopped by the ticket office while we were there in hopes of a ticket but were turned away. I bought our tickets from the official website.
  • Ask your hotel concierge to make restaurant reservations for you if online reservations (such as through TripAdvisor) is not available.

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