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48 hours in Milan

There is something extremely attractive in the apparent superficiality of the Lombard metropolis and it is nothing other than what lies behind. At the back of the Duomo, the galleries, the cafes and the shop windows, where the Milanese life trembles and the city is welcoming to rage. This double life allows enjoy the 'Grande Bellezza' of its monumentazos and the stylish quilombo of its bars, cafes and streets in just a couple of days. And without going crazy.



Piazza del Duomo is one of those aesthetic slaps that every human being has to receive sometime in life. The most exaggerated will call it Stendhal, Meanwhile he homo sapiens As a minimum, you will know how to recognize the beauty of this site with a typical and empty comment. It is what it touches. Then comes to discover inside the impressive temple, understand that, in the end, all the luxury and fashion of this city is inspired by this impressive building, the third largest Christian temple in all of Europe. Of course, the route between ships and chapels cannot be finished without climbing to the top. On the roof a terrace is improvised from which Milan is dominated with the eyes and in which the pinnacles and other gothic features accompany this celestial ecstasy.

Il Duomo, a gothic empacho © Alamy Stock Photo

But the Piazza does not end here, however much it may seem. Not even in the busy arcades or in the coffee shops that arise from them. On its south side, the Palazzo Reale Cry a little attention, even for your Neoclassical rationality and its unexpected magnificence. A necessary counterpoint to the Gothic empacho that is usually undervalued by the common tourist. In addition to greeting the good Vittorio Emanuelle riding his horse in the center of this agora, the other essential is to sneak into the Gallery that bears his name, sigh before their finishes and their shop windows and, before the budget shortage, settle for a pair of backlit photos between the maelstrom of bags, heels and Japanese that represents your day to day.

Looking inside the Gallery will be more than enough © Alamy Stock Photo

On the other side appears the La Scala Theater, a space that has to be enjoyed with the ear, although the mere fact of being so mythical is aa small mandatory stop for the cultural traveler. The transit to the Piazza Mercanti It is usually accompanied with a ice cream from the famous Grom house, one of those street pleasures that make Italian roads from another world. And already in the square everything becomes a palace for its amazing outdoor delicacy. Here he sends the Palazzo della Ragione, who still resists medieval amidst so much stylistic chaos throughout the city.

The last point of this downtown walk has its climax in the Church of Santa María delle Grazie. Here is the magnificent mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. In addition to feeding best sellers, this work is one of the great ones, one of those that must be seen at some point to be believed to be real. Its considerable size (880 cm x 460 cm) and all the legends, symbologies and details that are hidden here give for a few paranoia, mental films and for enjoy another art form, which is not bad either. To visit it it is mandatory to reserve the ticket in advance through its Web.

The Last Supper, by Leonardo © Alamy Stock Photo


The universality of Italian food itself makes the line between the fast food for tourists and good gastronomy be difficult to distinguish. However, it is not impossible to eat decently in the heart of the city without having to resort to the best tablecloths. Tables like those of Nerino Dieci, Fratelli La Bufala, Tandem Bistrot, Yokohama and your decent sushi or Risoelatte They offer dishes with love, effective and tasty.


The resumption of tour The castle is the most classic in this city. No, it is not a powerful fortress, not even an iconic door in which to pose for the memory, but it is Milanese and that is saying a lot. And is that the Castello Sforzesco has to his credit more than five centuries of history, a few attempts to be demolished by popular subscription as well as a considerable palatial surface. Here, in his long corridors, he has found his new fate: host different collections of local museums that give it a lot of substance. From the paintings in the art gallery (with Tintoretto, Canaletto or Titian as principal authors) to the sculptures of the Museum of Ancient Art, where it shines the last Michelangelo with the Piety Rondanini not forgetting the Roman and Egyptian pieces of the Archaeological Museum. And at the end, a walk through the flirtatious Sempione park, the most remarkable green extension of the city.

Five centuries of history before you © Alamy Stock Photo


Milan without fashion would be tasteless. Therefore, escape to Quadrilatero della Moda, with the Corso Venezia as epicenter and the Via Monteleone like Parnassus, it is trying to innocently take advantage of this capital condition fashion. Beyond buying or not, browse through its tidy streets, browse prices while avoiding windbreaks and getting its baroque and neoclassical sumptuousness is a good way to 'late'. The essentials? The mother houses of brands such as Valentino, Armani, Roberto Cavalli or Prada (beyond the Vittorio Emmanuelle Gallery).

The paradise of a 'fashion victim' © Alamy Stock Photo


A Milanese evening without an appetizer is blasphemy. In addition to being an entertaining way of joining the evening with the night, it is also A simple way to mutate in Milanese without exaggerating the accent or inventing the language. Its most chic version is enjoyed in the Armani Lounge of homonymous hotel, at Bulgari Hotel or in the Radetzki Café. The classics are served at mythical tables such as the Basso Bar, the Coffee mag or in the Cantine Isola. Finally, the most daring are delivered to the sushi of the Bento Bar, to the pool of Ceresio 7 or to the impossible concoctions of Rita & Cocktails.



There is no more truth in a name than in the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. Its adjective comes as a ring to the finger of this graveyard that never hurts. In fact, their tombstones, mausoleums and pantheons are a waste of creativity which, in many occasions, makes the visitor forget where he is. In addition to finding the tomb of illustrious Italians like Verdi, the main incentive is to circumvent the magnificent constructions that the wealthiest families of the nineteenth century raised for all eternity, in a show that shows that Milanese take care of aesthetics until the last moment.

Monumental until the last moment © Alamy Stock Photo


Having a good coffee is the best way to return to the world of the living and endure their hustle and bustle. And in Milan they know that and cultivate it as a religion, making An Espresso is an ecstasy of nuances and singularities. If you add to this the innate posture of this city, the result is historical and essential places like the Sforzesco, the Bastianello, the Marchesi Pasticceria or the total volume: the Cova (whose owners are the LVMH group).


The city leaves two alternatives little crowded to enjoy art and good Italian taste in two capsules stopped in time. The first is the art gallery Ambrosiana, a man reviewing the best Italian painters of the Renaissance and the Baroque where the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Titian or Caravaggio are not lacking. The second is the Brera Palace, an impressive building that reigns in the very homonymous neighborhood that exhibits in its spacious rooms European works of all styles, with a certain Italian predominance, but which never gets too intense or too intense.

In vein, please © Facebook Bastianello


The canals of Milan are a kind of I find the most traditional and real version of the city. A backstage beautiful in which everything seems more authentic. Even though it is enjoyed both at night and during the day, the fact of being able to walk on its banks until choosing a good restaurant makes the second option a bit more palatable. In addition, it has become a kind of place to be For the average Milanese, hence there are almost more restaurants than street lamps throughout the neighborhood. And it is usually right, although to go a little more about insurance, the Cucina Fusetti, Il Principe dei Navigli e I Shoe They are three safe, effective, resultona and very native options.


Straight to the point: San Siro is a temple of football. The shared stadium of Inter and Milan is living history, a cathedral whose lawn has lived many of the great moments of this sport. And that's why it's worth getting close to the outskirts and live an evening of goals and legends. The first stop must be done in front of your imposing stamp, in front of its circular concrete towers which have become another icon of the city. The second, in its entrails, in a tour in which his magnificence and the scenic fear that produces his presence and his silence are admired. The last one, the Museum in which it is exhibited, in equal parts, the history of both teams, their trophies and their most mythical shirts.

From here will come the European football champion © Alamy Stock Photo

Video: What to Do in Milan, Italy. 36 Hours. The New York Times (February 2020).

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