Hello all, I am pleased to come to you all with another travel blog post about my recent day trip to Milan, Italy. Milan has been on my bucket list for while and whilst the flights were cheap me and my mate Ogechi booked our flights one afternoon in October with the help of Skyscanner
*Fast forward to January*
Saturday 18th January
Our flight was early in the morning (8:45 am) and typically I didn’t sleep much the night before doing some last-minute prepping. Therefore, I used the flights as an opportunity to sleep. Once we landed in Milan, that’s when some of the minor trivialities began. After debating on what was a cost-effective way to get to Milan city centre AND back to the airport, we made our way by train. The train to Milan’s city centre took roughly 37 minutes and after some confusion on where to purchase a Milano card from we just decided to go ahead without purchasing one and simply crack on with our itinerary.
Duomo Part 1
The first stop Milan trip was to visit the iconic Duomo Cathedral which I would say is a huge complex of basilicas, rooftop terraces, an archaeological area, a royal palace and a museum! I would say that the queues to enter and purchase your tickets were pretty long so there are several ticket offices to facilitate the congestion and queues. When we finally got our tickets (the Duomo Pass Stairs), we could tell that the gentleman who served us was in a pretty miserable state by how he slammed our change on the countertop. Nonetheless, we made our way to the Duomo Museum since it was located right next to where we purchased our tickets from. This museum originates from the cathedral meaning that the works on display originate from the cathedral itself. There was a variety of Roman Catholic-inspired work in the form of sculptures, stained glass and paintings which were pretty intriguing, to say the least (my friend, however, had a somewhat different view to some of the sculptures). After going through the museum, we found ourselves in the Church of San Gottardo, a beautifully constructed church housed right next to the Duomo Museum. There wasn’t much to see however, therefore we made our way back to the museum as a means to exit. I can honestly say that I couldn’t help but gaze back at the main cathedral as we made our way to the next stop on our list.
Museo del Novecento
*Disclaimer: Entry to this attraction was gifted on behalf of Comune di Milano*
The next stop was to see the Museo del Novecento. It was a nice break in between exploring the whole of the Duomo complex simply because we wanted to see other attractions that close earlier than the Duomo. The museum was located pretty much near where we purchased our tickets for the Duomo complex so it was the more logical choice for the next stop. When we got a hold of our tickets, we began to explore! I liked the spiralling ramp that took us towards the first floor of this museum. In total there were 5 floors which showcased unique paintings and sculptures of 20th century/21st-century Italian art and the design of the building made it easy to navigate hence I didn’t get lost unlike my time in Bristol. Some of the paintings were a mini throwback to my primary school art lesson days where we explored different styles of painting such as pointillism and surrealism. Upon adequate viewing of the museum, we decided to move on to the next attraction however we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take pictures in Duomo Square with the cathedral as the backdrop! We were also pretty hungry at this point so we quickly grabbed some McDonald’s which was reasonably priced unlike my time in Geneva.
San Siro Stadium Tour & Casa Milan
Since my girl and I are both football fans, we just had to visit the San Siro Stadium! I can honestly say this was my first football stadium tour (I know at my big age considering that I am a football fan is bad). In spite of that, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to do a stadium tour of such an iconic stadium such as the San Siro. Before touring the stadium, we visited the cute little museum that housed a collection of football jerseys from both AC Milan and Inter Milan most iconic players. I liked the fact I saw the jerseys of football players that I have come to witness through the Premier League such as Ibrahimović (my guy has his jerseys on both sides) or the iconic players who came through at various World Cups when I was younger such as Ronaldo and Sneijder. After browsing through the museum, we made our way to the stadium to begin the tour! I can’t describe it but there is just something overwhelming yet extremely exciting about touring such a big stadium just trying to imagine the atmosphere on a match day. We popped by the respective dressing rooms however I was somehow more at home inside the Inter hence why my friend and I had a mini photoshoot. It resonated with me that we were chilling where players get dressed and prepare for games. We then made our way out to the actual pitch through the tunnel where the players and mascots will come through again I was just envisioning what it would feel like on a match day. The pitch was so stunning that I couldn’t help but picture how the atmosphere will be like when it’s packed to the brim with supporters. I would recommend you to take pictures with the pitch as the backdrop! The tour ended pretty much after we had made our way to the pitch, therefore, we headed for the exit.
We wanted to pop by Casa Milan which was a bit of a trek from the San Siro to have a peek at AC Milan’s trophy collection however this turned out to be a flop. A mixup of instructions from somebody that working at the nearby metro station in answer to my friend’s question lead us to believe that you get entry to Casa Milan with your San Siro ticket. You can, however, get discounted entry if you wish however for the sheer miscommunication, we decided to go and visit other attractions.
*Disclaimer: Entry to this attraction was gifted on behalf of Comune di Milano*
So due to the mishap with Casa Milan, by the time we had made our way to this attraction all the museums had closed. A lesson I learnt was to be consistent and check the official website for attractions and not rely on Google for closing times especially for attractions that are essentially a complex of different museums. I was pretty disappointed but we had to suffice with just walking around the castle complex and taking pictures of the architecture. The complex does look extremely beautiful at night with all the different lights and I was getting pretty nice vibes similar to my visit to Prague Castle.
Duomo Part 2
The final stop for the day was the Duomo again because we wanted to go back to make the most of the ticket that we purchased. We made it just in time to begin climbing up the stairs to the rooftop terraces. Honestly, it was a lot of stairs to walk up (I always do this to myself) however the inner frugal Igbo woman in me wanted to be money savvy even though the lift was available. When we finally did get to the top, my oh my the views were outstanding and so beautiful especially with all the lights of the city just glistening and seeing the hustle and bustle of the city happening down below. To our surprise, there were still some more flights of stairs to ascend to get the optimum view of Duomo Square and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Centre. We made our way up quickly again to capture more stunning views of Milan and it was worth the rush and energy output to squeeze it in. After taking the pictures we needed, we made our way back down the stairs to go and find and grab some dinner.
We managed to find a decent restaurant Fresco & Cimmino to have some authentic Italian pasta. The food and cocktails were decently priced and the food was nice overall however what dampened the experience is the fact that a lady who was sat next to us had a problem sitting next to black people (the coward expressed this in Arabic but my friend is fluent in Arabic so she understood). She eventually got her wish and was able to sit somewhere else in the restaurant. After we had finished eating and settled the bill, we made our way back to the airport thus drawing a close to our Milan travels.
Overall, I will be honest and say that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with my Milan experience. It was nice for me to visit and on my bucket list but I now know that it is not necessarily every city that I will enjoy when I visit. The bright side was sharing this experience with my girl and going on my first ever football stadium tour of an iconic football ground. One thing I would differently is to try and secure an earlier departure flight for day trips that way the day doesn’t feel too rushed and possibly more attractions can be seen. I also do regret not being able to maximise the Castello Sforezco complex and see many museums that were of interest to me. I also did at some points feel the same way I did when I travelled to Sardinia in a sense of some stares and also the coward at the restaurant. That being said, I honestly would only consider coming back to Milan to visit Lake Como and the museums within the Castello Sforezco complex.
Until my next adventure,
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