After having such an incredible time on my recent solo trip to Milan I thought i’d share my top 10 experiences that made me fall head over heels in love with the city.
1) Visit The Duomo
It’s one of the most breathtaking buildings I have ever seen. It’s impossible to describe how something that took over 6 centuries to finish looks in words. I made sure to visit at all hours of the day, from sunset to midnight.
I visited early one morning, it’s the only time to see it in all it’s beauty without throngs of tourists. I also met some great people that I would now call friends, who also helped take some of these shots! Thanks Josh & Luis! I really love that solo travelling means you are out of your comfort zone and more likely to make new friends.
3) Designer Shopping – Via Della Spiga
I stayed a street over from Via Della Spiga a tree lined cobbled pedestrian only street full of high end designer shops. Great not just for designer wears but for spotting Italian celebrities and fashionistas!
4) Chill at Spa QC Termemilano
This was an incredible find the last day of my trip, I needed to check out of my hotel but also didn’t want to carry my luggage around the city before my late evening flight.
What a treat this place is, a luxury spa with different wellness rooms from infrared sleeping pods to tram saunas and hydro massage tubs.
Milan is known for it’s shopping outlets, I visited at least ten on this trip, these are my favourite and recommended based on stock and organisation; DMAG, Vintage Delirium and Matia’s.
I stumbled across these fellas on a stroll, you can only see them through gates, but it is so worth seeing them in the middle of the city! They are in Villa Invernizzi, via Cappuccini.
7) Dinner at Savini & Ice Cream
I decided to be courageous and take myself for dinner solo, as it can be quite nerve-wracking going to dinner on your own, where better to enjoy it than Savini’s in the centre of the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, opposite Prada no less.
A visit to Sempione park is a must, the park is 116 acres, so plan out just a couple of bits to do, you can easily spend a whole day here taking in it’s beauty. I headed to Arco Della Pace and wondered the grounds.
9) Photography tour
I absolutely recommend doing a photography tour! As this was a solo holiday I planned to get out on a photography tour as soon as I got to Milan. I feel this is the best way to get a sense of the city and get your bearings. I did my tour with a lovely Italian lady called Silvia and can’t recommend her enough! You can book her tour here.
10) Take in Navigli
With it’s relaxed vibe and great bars and restaurants Navigli is a must, even if you only have a few hours to spend here. It’s one of the most historic; the neighbourhood dates back to 1179, when the waterworks were constructed to link Milan to nearby lakes. Make sure you stop for Caffè and watch the world go by.