With the expo just around the corner all eyes on on Milan. Typically known as the business hub of Italy not as romantic or as charming as its famous neighbours to visit. Although Milan is actually a fabulous city to visit with historical and contemporary charm and probably the best restaurants in the entire country!
I was there a couple of weeks ago to meet up with our friends and collaborators. Heres is how I spent my day:
Just a short ride from Florence on Italo to arrive at the Porta Garibaldi Train Station a short walk over the road to Feltrinelli Cafe and Book Shop in Piazza Sigmund Fraud. This business district is known as Centro Direzione situated north west of the city centre. After our cappuccino and introduction in to the business district we took a cab in the historical centre for lunch at L’Arte an exceptional restaurant with a selection of traditional plates like ossobucco, risotto & milanese (breaded veal) with that genius milanese contemporary style. Service is of michelin star level. I enjoyed a starter of raw fish tartar followed by risotto with raw scampi, dessert and coffee was all absolutely divine! sommelier paired a glass of Ferrari Brut Rose Grand Crù that paired perfectly with both plates. I found this restaurant on
After lunch we took a lovely stroll toward the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele for a walk around and cafe at Biffi . Biffi is the first cafe to open at the gallery in 1857. You can find Biffi artisanal panettone close to christmas at Cibreo Cafe or Pegna
We finally arrive at the cathedral of Milan the third largest in the world. Stunning gothic architecture. I especially loved the campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the cathedral back in 2012 that included adopting one of the 135 gargoyles for a mere 100,000Euro! I want one!!!
On to meet one our wonderful friends an expert guide to all of the famous personalities that arrive to Milan! During low season she even has time for me. We met at The Gallerie d’Italia . The coffee shop is divine and the space is wonderful gorgeous milanese contemporary style with loads of areas to sit and relax. You can also visit the Gallery for free! there are always interesting exhibitions to be seen
My last stop but definitely not the least amazing! was about a 20minute walk from Piazza della Scala to the Basilica of Santa Maria Della Grazie for a view of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper I also bought the audio guide that is really worthwhile. You only have 15minutes to visit the masterpiece although it is so worth the visit. It is almost impossible to get in during high season. Even as a tour operator it is impossible to organise last minute tickets so make sure you book way in advance!
For guided tours and off the beaten path foodie walks in Milan do not hesitate to contact us at www.italycustomized.it