Late May, me and my partner went on holiday to Italy for a week.
Our flight to Milan was super early with my alarm going off just after 2am, too early for us to even grab our usual McDonald’s breakfast!
Once on the plane we took an obligatory sefie, exhausted but excited.
And then we arrived! We flew into Milan Linate airport and took a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at the Best Western Hotel City, which is a small four star hotel.
As we arrived too early to check-in, we stowed our bags away in the hotel and went off to explore.
Our hotel was situated on one of the main shopping streets, Corso Buenos Aires and Sephora was just opposite where we was staying!
As well as Sephora, I visited the NYX shop as we only have counters in the UK but no actual stores. I also hit up Zara and a few other places, before we walked to Pizzeria Spontini for lunch.
Spontini is a chain as it has a number of shops across Milan, but it was incredibly busy and is popular with the locals. Compared to regular Italian pizza, this was super thick and cheesy and it tasted great!
We also bought a cannoli dessert, which was really good. It’s a soft and slightly chewy shell, filled with ricotta cheese. It doesn’t sound appetizing, but the filling tastes like a creamy custard.
And then we took a slow stroll back to the hotel.
Milan has a different look and feel to other parts of Italy, as it’s often described as being more like Northern Europe. Whilst it still has Italian flair, the buildings and houses did look different to other places like Rome for example.
Once we got to the hotel, we could finally check-in and I was impressed with our room.
It was spacious, had the most comfortable bed and a really great bathroom. The only downside to Italian hotels is that the rooms are very close together, so you might hear your neighbours.
Once we’d freshened up and unpacked, we headed to Lima Metro Station and took the train four stops to Piazza del Duomo, which is the central square.
In the Piazza you’ll find Milan’s most recognisable building, Duomo di Milano or Milan Cathedral.
Duomo is a huge, marble Cathedral that took close to 600 years to build and it’s spires are topped with thousands of statues. It’s Italy’s largest church.
Duomo di Milano also has the accolade of being the second largest Catholic Cathedral in the world and the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world.
We spent hours around Duomo, sitting on the Piazza admiring the Cathedral and listening to live street music.
After soaking up the sun, we headed just opposite to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping centre. Galleria is one of the world’s oldest shopping centres and is named after Victor Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.
Prada, Milan’s favourite designer.
After admiring the shopping centre, we went back to exploring the streets of Milan and stumbled across a Bath & Body Works.
Whilst it didn’t stock all the ranges the US stores do, I still picked up a couple of bits. (I’ll be doing a full shopping haul on all that I bought in Italy soon).
And then it was time for food! We’d heard a lot of great things about the restaurant Piz and it’s a place I would definitely recommend visiting if you’re in Milan.
The wait time was thirty minutes, but staff give out free glasses of prosecco and slices of pizza while you queue.
Then after our meal, we got a free shot of Limoncello!
After dinner we walked back to Duomo to take in the view as the sun went down.
We sat back down on the Piazza and listened to more great, live music. The perfect end to our first day.