Being the random person I am, I booked a quick trip to Milan for a few days and I’ve just recently come back! One of my girlfriends was studying out there for a month so it seemed like the best opportunity to get away and have a little break! I’ve also really been trying to come out of my comfort zone so travelling alone to a city I’d never been to seemed fitting. Milan is beautiful and I always describe it as an experience. I’m from London and it’s similar in many ways but for many reasons, I’d prefer to live in Milan!
My flight arrived at about 9:30pm to Milan Malpensa Airport and with no time to spare, I had to find my way to the hotel. I was lost. I had to get the train but at that time everyone had gone home so the ticket desk was closed and I had to work out the self-service machine. I’d managed to get a ticket which I couldn’t actually understand and my next challenge was finding the train! Everyone is really friendly, even if they don’t speak English all that well, they’ll do their best to help. Almost an hour later and with the help of an Italian lady, a ticket inspector and Google Maps, I’d met up with my friend!
I had about an hour to get ready (impossible!) because we were heading out to Roberto Cavalli’s club which aesthetically, was probably the best club I’d ever been to! Firstly, the club is outside! It’s kind of awkward to get to as you have to walk through this downhill mini forest thing but once you get there it’s amazing! You can see how much thought and effort was put into designing it and I love that! Secondly, and this is something I think UK clubs should introduce, you pay the entry fee which gives you a ticket to any free drink of your choice from the bar, how good is that?
Time to actually see Milan! Luckily I had my friend and the new friends I’d made out there to show me the way to the town centre. They went off to college and I was left to explore the beautiful streets of Milan. I found a cute little restaurant for some lunch then headed towards the Duomo (Duomo Di Milano) which is a huge, beautiful and historical cathedral – you can’t miss it. From there I walked around loads, did some sightseeing and shopping, and yes ladies – they have Sephora! I met up with the girls a few hours later for a quick coffee break and we went to the Marchesi 1824 which is an amazing coffee/pastry shop owned by Prada. They do the best pastries, cakes and tarts I’ve ever tasted. I had a pure hot chocolate which is exactly that, finest chocolate melted and poured into a cup with flavoured whipped cream and a honey croissant that tasted like a piece of heaven.
In the evening we went to Armani for drinks and dinner which was my fav place to dine! It was such a nice vibe, really yummy food and just all around a really nice place to be. For dinner I had Gnocchi with Octopus and Pornstar Martini’s all night! We were ready to head out and hoping to get into the Armani club but with private events all over the city for the upcoming fashion week, we ended up back at Roberto Cavalli which was pretty cool as they had a Vogue themed night!
My last full day! I was absolutely exhausted by this point because I’m not used to so many late nights in a row. Usually tucked up in bed by 10:30 lmao. My friends left early for college so I stayed in bed until about 1 o’clock and went to meet the girls because we decided it would be the day we all toured the city together! We tried to climb the Duomo but the queue was ridiculous so we ended up in a little museum of nothing. Seriously, we had no idea what the museum was about and there really wasn’t anything to see so we left and went to the Prada museum instead. I paid €10 to walk around and look at half hung pictures of what I don’t actually know! I love art and I’m down for abstract things but I really couldn’t get my head around what I’d just paid my money to see. I wouldn’t even call it a museum, it looked like a life sized scrap book honestly. Apparently we wasn’t even in the real Prada museum, there was a bigger site in south Milan and we could use the ticket we just paid for to get into it, so off we went!
Hopped on the Metro (their underground train) and once again, shocked and taken back by where we were. If you’re from London then you probably know the banter about South London being quite a rough area and a no-go zone. Clearly that seems to be the case for most large cities because South Milan was far from the glamorous side I’ve been staying in the past few days. We were all saying “how can the Prada museum be here??”. Low and behold there it was, “Fondazione Prada” which looked like an old prison. We all agreed but apparently it used to be a distillery (not convinced). At this point we’re all excited because this looks more like what we were expecting the first time round. We got our new tickets, a map of this huge prison-like building, quick info about what we’d be seeing including the cinema room, the haunted house and a number of exhibitions. Sounds great? Eh eh. Disappointed once again as it turns out that Fondazione Prada is an exhibition centre for contemporary art and culture and we just so happened to be there at the time of the Italian TV exhibition from the 70’s. There really isn’t much to say about it so I’ll leave you with these pictures..
We left there straight away and headed home to chill; bought a few bottles of wine and ordered in some Chinese. In the evening we went to the Dolce & Gabanna bar for drinks which was surprisingly quiet so back to Armani! The entire evening was spent with the amazing girls I’d met in Milan, having drinks and laughs before getting ready to leave at 4am for my 7am flight!
Flights to Milan are seriously cheap! I was actually really shocked when I saw just how cheap they were. I used Sky Scanner to book mine and ended up flying with Ryanair. If you book at least a week in advance, your bound to find super cheap flights – when I was looking the cheapest was £48 return! Me being me, I booked my flight two days before I flew out and paid about £100. It’s about a 2 hour flight, perfect for a little nap! Also, if you’re going to be in central Milano, it’s best to fly to Linate airport as it’s closer.
Considering I went mid-september, the weather was lovely! Pretty similar to London’s but much warmer and they seem to consistently have more sunny days. Pack as if you’re not actually leaving London lmao. When it’s sunny you could get away with wearing shorts but at the same time, you might want a little hoodie too.
- Uber: Yes! they have Uber out there just as they do in most cities. It’s not necessarily any cheaper to get an Uber out there than it is in London but they only have Uber Exec which means you’re most probably gonna be picked up in some kind of Mercedes-Benz, BMW or even a Bentley.
- Trams & Buses: I didn’t get on either but they seem pretty easy to navigate around. If in doubt, ask anyone!
- Metro: The metro is a huge underground world lmao. I absolutely struggled with the trains from day one but everyone else seemed to get the hang of it better than I did. The trains are relatively cheap and once you know where you’re going, it’s not that hard to get there. It really is big down there though. There’s also an express train to the airports which is just like getting on the Gatwick Express. It’s really easy to use and came in handy when my transfer cancelled on me last min!
All in all, Milan is a beautiful city that I plan on going back to one day. Being in Milan in the lead up to fashion week was an experience, I wish I could have stayed longer but I really do encourage anyone to put it on your list of places to visit!