For the second year in a row, my girlfriend and I celebrate St. Valentine's day in Italy. Last year, we enjoyed some lovely spring weather in Rome and this year we visited one of the “Big Four” world fashion capitals – the city of Milan in northern Italy.
In case you are wondering the "Big Four" fashion capitals are: Milan (known as "Capital of Fashion Capitals”, according to Wikipedia), London, New York and Paris.
I am fond of fashion as you can easily see from my Instagram account, so visiting Milan was a dream come true. It has been on my bucket list for a while, and now I'm happy to have actually visited. We stayed for four nights and spent one of the days by the beautiful Lake Come. This is enough to appreciate the city and this is how our trip went.
We flew to Bergamo airport, which is around 50 km away from the city of Milan. Fortunately, there are many means of transport from Bergamo to Milan, and we chose the bus option for our transfer. The coaches run every 20 minutes, and the ticket price is about 5 euro, so it is easy to see why we went for the bus transfer option.
We reached our hotel in around an hour, quickly checked-in and went out for a stroll around the city. Milan is quite big and the Metro infrastructure well developed, and it is easy to reach different parts of the city. A single journey is priced at 1.5 euro, or you can buy a two-day ticket for 8.25 euro per person, which offer some added value.
The journey, transfer and short stroll were all taking its toll and the time was approaching pizza o’clock! Mamma Mia, pizza in Italy tastes better than anywhere else in the world.
The next day, we enjoyed breakfast at our hotel and a cup of coffee later we were on our way to one of Milan’s most significant landmarks - Duomo Di Milano.
Indeed, this is one of the most magnificent cathedrals I’ve seen. Duomo Di Milano is authentically majestic!
You can climb all the way to the rooftop of the building and enjoy some spectacular views over the city from there! Needless to say, this is a good place to take some great photos! You can buy and see ticket prices at Duomo Di Milano’s official website.
Gallery Victor Emmanuel is located right next to the cathedral. This shopping arcade as well as Galleria Collona in Rome and Galleria Umberto I in Naples are economic symbols of Italy. The three galleries located in the North, Centre, and South portray the societal secularization as well as the unification of Italy as a state and one people.
If you wish to indulge in luxury shopping, then Rinascente Milano is the place to be. This shopping mall hosts all the famous luxury brands you can think of across seven floors!
Next on our list was Sforza Castle or Castello Sforzesco in Italian, a 14th – century fortification and famous landmark. The House of Sforza was one of the ruling families of Renaissance Italy, and throughout their rule, the city flourished and expanded.
Located next to the fortress is Arco della Pace (Porta Sempione) meaning Arch of Peace, which I rate as my second favourite landmark after Dumo Di Milano.
Time was pressing, and it was getting late without us noticing. Lake Como was awaiting us the next day, and it was time to head back to our hotel and rest well for the journey ahead.
Impressions from our first day in Milan - Everyone is dressed to impress! I see now why Milano is a fashion capital of the world, style is blooming everywhere!
The whole of our second day, from early morning to late evening we dedicated to Lake Como as originally intended. Como is located only 40 kilometers away, and a 5 euro train ticket will get you there. I have a lot to say about this second day and will dedicate a whole blog post to it. Lake Como is gorgeous, and a must see place in Italy.
On our third day, we planned a visit to Bosco Verticale. This architectural marvel consists of a pair of residential towers designed by Boeri Studio. This “living building” project involved a lot of input from horticulturists and botanists as you can see from the photos below.
Since we didn’t have much else planned we headed back to the city center and Duomo Di Milano. With an aperitif in our hands, we appreciated the cathedral once more. I would recommend the famous Aperol Spritz aperitif cocktail, made of prosecco, Aperol and soda water.
We spent the evening of Valentine's day, indulging ourselves with a romantic dinner- some great risotto and lasagna!
As with most journeys, there is a beginning and an end. The end of our trip to Milan was here, and it was time for us to head back to Bulgaria. Arrivederci, Milano, thank you for a great St. Valentine’s day trip!