Milano, ma quanto sei bella!
When I had the opportunity to move to Italy, I was very excited. Although I’m not very familiar with the fashion industry, I was excited to be in one of the most important cities in the fashion industry. I was going to live and study close to beautiful Milan! Who wouldn’t like to all of a sudden see models during a photoshoot in the streets of the city or in front of Milan’s Cathedral?!
I know what it feels like to be at a place you haven’t been before and you don’t speak the language, I want to give you some tips that should be useful during your visit to Milan. For example, transportation, food, and places to visit.
In Milan you can move by train, subway, bus, taxi, bicycle, tram, car and walking. It all depends on how you want to discover the city, and how much you want to spend in doing so. For public transportation you can get different types of tickets depending on how many journey you may need, because some times it might be cheaper to buy a ticket that’s valid for the whole day than a one-way ticket, and they can be used at the subway, bus, tram and, depending on the distance, the train.
If you come by airplane, make sure which airport you’re arriving to; there are 3, Milan Linate (closest to the city center), Milan Malpensa (at the north of Milan), and Orio al Serio (most low-cost flights arrive and depart from here).
From Milan Linate to the city center, you can choose to take: a taxi that will cost you around 25/30 euros to get you to Milan Central Railway Station; a coach to Milan Central Railway Station that will cost you one-way 10 euro, and round-trip 18 euro; or the public bus that will cost you 1.50 euro and will take you to San Babila Metro Station (close to Milan’s Cathedral).
From Milan Malpensa, you can also take a taxi, but since it’s in the suburbs of Milan it will be expensive (it’s a one-hour drive); here they also have the coaches that take you to Milan Central Railway Station, one-way 10 euro, and round-trip 18 euro.
From Orio al Serio, taxi will also be expensive, it’s also around one-hour drive; as in the other airports, there are coaches that take you to Milan Central Railway Station, the price is 5 euro one-way, and 9 euro round-trip.
Milan Central Railway Station
Here you will find a subway station called “Centrale FS”, it covers 2 subway lines M2 (yellow line) and M3 (green line). The yellow line will take you to Milan’s cathedral (Duomo), you just have to take it on San Donato’s direction.
Also outside the Central Railway Station, you will find taxi cabs and car rentals, in case you want to use those services.
From here, trains to Switzerland, France and Germany depart.
Places to visit
Milan’s Cathedral (Duomo)
When going to Milan, you can’t miss the Cathedral! If you get hungry, you should go to “Luini’s” and try the panzerotti. Important! Around 14:00 p.m. there might be a long line, but it usually moves fast, and you won’t regret it! And if after that you feel like having something sweet, just go in front of “Luini’s”, to “Cioccolat Italiani” and have some gelato (they put chocolate inside your cone!), crepes or waffles.
Window-shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II
The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II is known for having luxurious brands such as Prada, Louis Vouitton, and Dolce and Gabbana. Also you can find some restaurants and even coffee shops, for example the Gucci coffe shop. On the floor you will find a bull, you’re supposed to spin 3 times with your heel over the bull’s genitals, it will bring you good luck.
If by the time that you are in Milan, you hear that there’s a match at the San Siro Stadium, do your best to go. And if it’s Milan against Inter or the Italian National team against other Nation, you shouldn’t miss it! You can even get tickets for 10 euro. Check the events at ticketone.it
One of the great things about Milan is that being a student or an EU citizen, you can get many discounts for tickets. Inside the Castle there’s a complete exhibition, you get to see sculptures, paintings, musical instruments, and many other things. All of these are inside the whole castle, so it may take you a while to see it. The first time I went, I got really hungry and couldn’t bear all the exhibition, so I recommend to eat well! And a very important thing is that on tuesdays from 14:00 p.m., from wednesdays to sundays from 16:30 p.m., and every first sunday of the month from january to july, entrance is FREE!