My boyfriend Jay and I absolutely love taking short city breaks with each other. One of the best things about living in Europe is the fact that you have so many amazing and very different countries within one or two hours flights away. Back in July we were having dinner out together and spontaneously decided to book ourselves a weekend in Milan. It cost us £175 for flights and an Air bnb from Friday – Sunday.
“One of the best things about living in Europe is the fact that you have so many amazing and very different countries within one or two hours flights away.”
We booked this really amazing apartment about 30mins from the Duomo. It was a very spacious two floor apartment that had lots of modern trimmings like a coffee machine and washer. So we had everything we needed. The style of the apartment was very ‘bachelor-pad-y’ which suited us both fine. The glass floor took a little while to get used to as I felt like I was going to go through the floor at any minute. I would really recommend this Air bnb if you’re going to Milan as it’s close to some great bars and restaurants along the river too. Check out Massimo’s place if you’re planning on staying in Milan soon.
We booked our flights with EasyJet. We’ve been using them a lot this summer to travel to Berlin, Paris and Croatia. They were around £90 each for a mid September weekend which we didn’t think was too bad. Getting into the city from Milan Linate Airport was very easy, you just have to buy a minibus ticket for €5 and it takes about 30 mins to get to the city centre.
Milan in a Nutshell
Milan was a pretty cool city. It was fairly relaxed and very shopping orientated. I would recommend you go here if you’re into both luxury and high street shopping. People may have the misconception that Milan is very designer orientated (which there are plenty of!) but there are also very cheap high street options. Plus, the shoe stores there have amazing bargains.
Both Jay and I aren’t in a rush to get back to Milan though. There was very little to do in the city except visit the Duomo. The other sights are quite small and are easily do-able in an afternoon after you visit the Duomo in the morning. The nightlife was mediocre in comparison even to British cities like London and Manchester. More over we found the people in the city to be quite rude. It could have been tourists rather than the Milanese but people were pushy, walked over you and didn’t speak to others politely. My experience of the people in Milan contradicted the behaviour of people I’ve met in Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi.
Milan is, unfortunately, my least favourite travel destination so far. It’s not that it was, or is, a bad city; it’s just a bit limited and a bit unfriendly. You could tick off most if not all of the sights in one day (not including those surrounding the city, which we didn’t visit in our short time there). Although the centre is beautiful and old it doesn’t have that old London or Parisian vibe you’d expect from a city of its ilk. Everything outside of the centre seemed to be either very brutalist office blocks or run down estates.
The apartment was amazing – a real lad’s pad. A glass mezzanine and really random decorations topped off somewhere special to spend a couple of nights. Even if Abbie did struggle with the stairs after a fishbowl sized Sangria!). I’m not in a hurry to make the trip back to Milan but the rest of Italy is a must for me.
A word of warning – be VERY careful around the central station. Homelessness, conmen and pickpockets are rife in the area and have no problems putting their hands on women.
It was a good trip and I’m glad me and Jay manage to have the best time together wherever we go. But if I was just speaking on Milan itself I would say that we liked it, but we didn’t love it.
So, what did we do, where did we eat? That’s coming in a later post! Have you been to Milan before? Let me know your thoughts on the city below!
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