Milan is considered a global capital for Fashion, art, commerce, finance, entertainment, media, tourism and design. It is also considered the biggest industrial city in Italy.
Some random (important) facts of Milan; The city of Milan was founded around 400 B.C.E by the Insubres, a Gaulish population. The Romans conquered the city in 196 B.C.E and renamed it Mediolanum, meaning “the central place” because of its location. Later on, the Roman Empire evolved the name to Mailand, meaning “the land of may”, and eventually to Milan. In 313 A.C.E, the Roman Empire signed the Edict of Milan, a proclamation that allowed all persons freedom to worship whatever deity they please, assuring Christians legal rights to organize churches, etc.
This is my brutally-honest opinion of my experience in Milan.
My boyfriend Angel and I went to Italy for 4 days total. Throughout our stay in Milan, we noticed how touristy the city is. Easily comparable to Time Square. If you go early in the morning, you will see that the city is not as crowded. But if you go mid-day, the city is packed with people. Our overall stay here was lovely. BUT, our first Uber driver was a bit of a dick. He literally got out of the car to open the door for me to get out, just so that he can adjust the seat (only because he saw from his review mirror I moved a button slightly). We experienced a few people who were this way throughout our stay. Some people were friendly, some were dicks, some were a tad bit racist- which I guessed was normal characteristics of a city with little diversity.
The weather was a little chilly, from 35-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Not so bad considering it's winter.
The first day there, of course, we went to visit the Duomo di Milano! Beautiful cathedral. We went in the afternoon so of course, it was super packed. There were men around that area that tried to give us food to feed the pigeons, and although we politely declined, (because we did not want to), they sort of continue to follow us around a bit. OMG and the PIGEONS ARE EVERYWHERE!!! I almost got attacked by the pigeons while trying to stand for a picture.
For people who are not too fond of pigeons (like me), I recommend going extremely early like we did the following morning. The Duomo was empty, no pigeons, barely any people, perfect to take pictures and explore a little in peace.
We went inside the Duomo di Milano and experienced its beauty. The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, which began construction in 1386 and is still under some construction.
The total cost of the tickets, to see the cathedral with the stairs to the roof was 6 Euros.
Here are some pictures to show you guys of the interior artworks of the church.
We also had the opportunity to go to the roof and get some cool shots in.
After visiting the cathedral we went to the art museum called, Museo del Novecento, which is right by the church. Beautiful artwork and a beautiful view of the Duomo di Milano.
The food experience was okay overall in Milan. We did go to a “fancy” dinner one night, but the food was okay, nothing to brag about. The crêpe's were amazing, the cappuccinos and of course, the gelato!
Quick side note: The public transportation in Milan was a bit.. different than NYC. We were confused whether you pay or don't pay? Online when you research it says you have to pay for the Tram and Bus but we did neither. there was no one collecting the money in the front nor little card slots. Also, no one who lived in Milan swiped their passes wither. Soo... I guess it was free? Lol.
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If you guys have any questions about our experience in Milan, I would be happy to answer them!