Postcard from Milan

28 Nov 2017

Milan does not seem like a great winter vacation destination, which is exactly why winter is an excellent time to visit. There's no better season to take in the city's historic sites, boutiques and restaurants at a leisurely pace than during the first months of the year when the crowds are lighter.

1. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” 

One of the most admired, most studied, and most reproduced paintings the world has ever known.  However,  you wont find it in a museum, its permanent home is actually in a convent. This piece of art was painted on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495.  Book your visit in advance here to avoid disappointment.

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2. The Duomo di Milano Cathedral

This spiked gothic cathedral contains some magnificent treasures, but for a truly breathtaking experience, pop up to the roof. On a clear day, the view spans far beyond the city as far as the snow-capped Alps. Near the Duomo, you will find Piazza Mercanti, one of the most charming and picturesque plaza in Milan . Chill out and enjoy a cappuccino here surrounded traditional Milanese architecture.

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3. Shopping 

You can shop in style at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world’s oldest and most glamorous shopping Malls. It lures in the locals for its choice of coffee shops, restaurants, independent boutiques and high street stores. With its glass dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floors – the arcade is worth a visit, even just for some window shopping. For the more price conscious, head to Fiera di Sinigaglia- a flea market loved by the locals. Here, you'll find handcrafted jewellery, collector items, food/drink stalls and more. Dating back to 1800, it’s the oldest flea market in the city.

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4. San Siro Stadium

If you’re a football fan, the San Siro  must be on your to-do list. Enjoy the unforgettable thrill of watching a match here or take a tour of the museum and stadium on a non-match day.  

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4. Dine in the ATMosfera

We recommend booking an evening ride on ATMosfera. Hop on this vintage tram and have a unique dining experience while you tour around the historic centre of Milan. The menu includes four courses with wine and is a great way to see the city in a different light.

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5. Milan Christmas Fairs and Markets 

Enjoy hand-made decorations, objects, and Italian delicacies- Christmas Markets in Milan are situated in squares throughout the various districts all over the city. Get in the festive mood and look for some unique Christmas gifts. Take a look at the list of Christmas Markets in Milan for 2017 here.

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6. Where to Drink

For a city break, you will struggle to find better bars than those in Milan. The city oozes class as the famous fashion houses boast their own ultra-chic bars and restaurants. Most Milan bars open until 02:00am and nightclubs go on until around 04:00am. Head to the lively area of Navigili for the best restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer.

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5. Where to Stay  

Milans neighbourhoods are split into 9 zones, arranged in a circle around the Duomo di Milano Cathedral. Each zone offers different atmospheres and price points.

  • Centro Storico is the historic centre and heart of the city. Here you can find all the top tourist attractions on your doorstep. While convenient and undoubtedly beautiful, it’s the most expensive place to stay in the city when it comes to hotels and restaurants.
  • Porta Nuova is the new business district and another high-end place to stay. This area is great for business travelers. You’ll find a pedestrian district full of restaurants, bars and clubs. By day the Milanese visit designer shops and by sundown, they fill the streets and bars for Happy Hours and dancing – don’t be afraid to join them!
  • Ticinese is by far the hippest neighborhood in all of Milan. Located in Navigili, it has an exciting mix of artists, young-intellectuals, ladder-climbing professionals and hipsters. This lively, creative scene with artisan shops and noisy nightlife, offers tiny streets and stone alleyways to explore. 

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6. Getting About

Milan’s city centre is nicely compact and easily explored on foot. However, there are also three major modes of transport available throughout the city centre and further neighbourhoods – metro, tram and bus. Milan’s public transport system is quick, cheap and easy to navigate. See a full guide to the city’s network here.

7. Getting There

Enjoy great deals with Ryanair from Belfast this winter!

 


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