We managed to visit Italy before the attack of the coronavirus. So, things to do in Milan Italy.
On this trip, we had no particular expectations. We just wanted to spend time with our friends.
Milan seemed like a rather boring city to us, but how wrong we were, now I can’t imagine not seeing it.
What did I know about Milan? The fashion capital of the world and an industrial center. But in my ideas, I always missed the fact that it is still Italy, and Italy is absolutely amazing, unique and beautiful with every city. So, things to do in Milan Italy.
Who would love Milan? I think everyone! What are things to do in Milan Italy? A lover of history and culture will truly enjoy the contemplation of the Duomo, art galleries with paintings by famous authors, here you can see a genuine fresco “Secret Evening” by the great Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Sforza Castle, painted by his hand. Fashion lovers will truly enjoy visiting boutiques and huge country outlets. Lovers of delicious food will enjoy the cuisine of the pizza and risotto in Milan. Milan cutlet and much more – beautiful Italian cuisine will not leave anyone indifferent. Do you like opera? You’re back in the right place, the famous La Scala is waiting for you.
NOTE! Useful information
You can buy a ticket for public transport at cigarette and newsagents, as well as at self-service terminals at metro stations. You cannot buy a ticket inside the bus. You can buy a ticket for 1 and 10 trips. You can also buy a ticket for the whole day. There is also a 3-day card, a weekly, a monthly card and an annual pass. These tickets are valid all the time regardless of the number of trips. For an ordinary tourist, a ticket for 10 trips or a 3 day or week card is more suitable.
The cost of one trip is from 1.60 to 2.00 euros and depends on the areas in which you want to get.
All tariffs and nuances of the new rules can be found here on nuovosistematariffarioon.atm.it
I advise you to make intercity communication on trains. In northern Italy, this mode of transport is very well developed and affordable. In addition, there are often promotions that further reduce the cost of travel. For example, from Milan to Venice and back we drove for only 20 euros per person.
Tickets can be bought trenitalia.it or at the station in self-service terminals. The station staff will always help you if you have any difficulties.
Bla Bla Car service is available in Italy as well. You can get to any point by car.
If you want to enjoy the creation of the great da Vinci – fresco Ultima Cena (Leonardo) take care of buying a ticket a few months before the trip. Not the season does not guarantee the availability of tickets, most often all seats are occupied. You can buy tickets vivaticket.it or tel.: +39 02 92800360
Duomo Cathedral of Milan. Opening hours from 9.00 to 19.00.
There are no problems with buying tickets, but there are queues. Tickets come in different categories: inspection only inside, inspection with a pawn going up to the roof and inspection with an elevator going up to the roof. From 3 to 23 euros. I recommend climbing to the roof, there is something to see.
In addition, tickets can be bought in advance duomomilano.it
We rented accommodation in Milan here. Nice apartment with a large terrace and Wi-Fi, but far from the subway, this should be taken into account if you plan a trip with people aged or with physical disabilities.
The Internet is available in almost all cafe in Italy completely free.
Chiesa di San Marco
Art gallery – Picasso
But at the same time, Milan is a city of contrasts, homeless people sleep right under the windows of boutiques in the city center. By the way, the tramps are clean, one of them even had a bed. I even wondered if they had nowhere to live or if they were just out of love for art. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
There’s an absolutely fantastic beautiful white marble cathedral – the Duomo and the graffiti-painted district of Isola – not very comfortable in the evening.
Prices in Milan can be quite democratic. For example, a large pizza “4 cheeses” can be ordered for only 6 euros.
What else is Milan good for? It’s the capital of Lombardy. Milan allows you to visit many wonderful cities in the Italian north without having to constantly move from place to place. Within one day – leaving early in the morning and returning late in the evening for about 20 euros you can visit Genoa, Verona, Florence, Venice. The most convenient and fastest transportation is by train, which departs from Milan Central Station.
So, now you do know things to do in Milan Italy.
We personally visited Genoa and Venice.
Genoa is an atmospheric, extraordinarily nice seaside town. It gave us a lot of positive emotions. It’s hard to single out one thing: there are amazing streets and beautiful buildings, and a nice promenade with a hundred ships, and delicious food.
In Genoa you just have to wonder, just look, go into all the churches, look at all the yards, go up to all the viewing platforms, look, breathe, enjoy. If you want to get a lasting impression of the local cuisine you need to come here.
Stuff you must have in Italy.
The prices here are quite democratic, the institution works only in lunch hours, and all food is cooked right in front of you and cooked very tasty. The portions are very large, which is traditional for Italy. Besides, there’s free wine for lunch. The serving doesn’t look extraordinarily beautiful, but it is not a restaurant, for example, this climbing. “What do you want me to do, model”? – Told me the lasagna and it didn’t work in the photo.
But her main goal was to be insanely delicious. Actually, my friends and I agreed to eat delicious and cheap. The secret is simple, banal and hundreds of times voiced by travel bloggers – do not look for pathos places and those where they eat local. Yes, you will not be brought food with music and dancing, and behind your back, there will not be a waiter pouring wine into your glasses, but! You will immerse yourself in the atmosphere of local life and have real pleasure with food. Italy is really delicious!
So much has been said, filmed and written about Venice that I can’t add anything new. I can only say one thing – come for sure, come any time of year. Venice is always beautiful.
But if you want to fall in love with it forever – I advise you to take a ride on the Grand Canal.
NOTE! Useful information
The first thing a tourist who needs to travel by train to Venice is to know which station to take a ticket to. You need a Santa Lucia train station. If you arrive at another station you will have to use one more bus or train to get to Venice.
The cheapest mode of transport in Venice is the Vaporetto water tram. Its station is located directly opposite the Santa Lucia station. All routes are indicated there. Do not be afraid to take the wrong route, the ticket is valid for 75 minutes. You will have time to transfer to the correct one. The fare starts from 7.50 euros and depends on the destination. It is also the cheapest way to enjoy the views of the Grand Cаnal. All the necessary information is here – actv.avmspa.it
For budget travelers, I can say that you can get from Santa Lucia Station to San Marco Square on foot. With the islands of Murano and Burano, the truth is not so.
Eat deep-fried shrimp near Rialto Bridge. Ask for a table with a real gondolier.
Feed the pigeons in Piazza San Marco (I never thought I’d do it and I’ll love it) to meet the sunset on the quay of Piazza San Marco, this sunset you will never forget.
Italy is not only history and beautiful cities. This is still an amazing nature that you can enjoy traveling with a tent and staying at the campsite. Here is a list of places where you can reserve your seats and stay. Here you can choose the best camping tent for this trip.
History of Italy
The Thals is a land with a rich history and culture. Cities and towns along the whole length and width bear endless evidence of this through their palaces, fortifications and archaeological parks.
By uniting, its peoples have searched abroad and carved out territories from their neighbors’ lands, enriching the country and leading to a wave of rich construction. When Italy was divided, it was a place with rich prey that could be easily captured from the sea by any power with a Mediterranean harbor from which to launch a fleet.
The Italian landscape is dotted with buildings that these invaders have set up to secure their control and domination over their new properties.
Italy’s long history is dominated by three periods, three Rs:
Roman Empire: During these centuries Italy was the centre of one of the largest empires the world has ever seen, and the wealth that spilled over into the peninsula has led to the creation of some of the most magnificent monuments of the Ancient world.
Renaissance: a time of outstanding artistic and cultural achievement, in which Italy led the rest of Europe. Some of the most iconic Italian paintings, sculptures and buildings were commissioned at this time and seeds for the future of the Italian state were sown when Dante Alighieri developed the modern Italian language.
Risorgimento: Fifty or so years before 1871, during which people on the Italian peninsula and its associated islands began to successfully campaign for the elimination of foreign influence and the creation of a single Italian state, which would soon become one of the main forces in the world.
These three periods are rightly considered defining moments in Italian history, but the time between them was capricious and exciting, and this very brief overview of some of its key moments is intended to establish them in a basic context:
Italy: a brief chronology
Okay. 4800 BC. Neanderthal arrives on the Italian peninsula
Okay. 32,000 BC Homo Sapiens arrives on the Italian peninsula.
from 6000 BC. Neolithic Revolution: the emergence of the first farming communities.
p.2500-1500 B.C. A series of migrations to the Italian peninsula brings new cultures, languages and forms of metalworking, and provides the basis for pre-Roman civilizations.
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