Milan’s Main Sights

I’ve never done much sight seeing in Milan, even though I’ve been many times to visit friends. This time around I only had one evening in the city on my way back to Paris from Umbria. I decided to check out the main sights and work on my iPhone photography.

The main attraction in Milan is the Duomo. The Gothic cathedral took around 600 years to build which gives you some indication of how things work in Italy.

Italians love to protest almost as much as the French.

Is that guy wearing a skirt?

Don't trust guys in tall hats.

Right next to the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s an exclusive shopping arcade which leads to the Teatro Alla Scala opera house. I suppose it’s not that exclusive seeing as there’s a huge McDonald’s there.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Window shopping at its best. 

My favourite part of Milan is the Castello Sforzesco. Sitting on the fountain in front of the castello with a gelato is one of the most popular things to do in Milan.

Castello Sforzesco: The place to eat gelato in Milan

At the rear of the castle you can sit in the park and relax in the shade (also with a gelato!).

I wish the moat at Castello Sforzesco was still filled with water. That would be cool.

I would like to live here.

There’s lots more to see in the city as you wander around the old town.

Milan is not just grand boulevards and shopping.

Street art and weird curtains.

I will be back in Milan in June. Any tips on other things to see?

Discovering Northern Umbria

Umbria is big on hilltop towns. Assisi is probably my favourite but I also loved Orvieto when I visited last year. Then I got to visit Gubbio in Northern Umbria and was once again taken aback by the stunning panoramas and medieval architecture.

Medieval Gubbio in Northern Umbria

My preference when visiting medieval towns is to wander through the old streets and squares, imaging who might have walked the narrow streets before me.

Walking Around Gubbio An Adorable Piazza in Gubbio

Most of the shops you see as you walk around Gubbio are small, family run businesses. At this little ceramic shop we got to see a pottery master in action, making a bowl, vase and jug in rapid succession. I got to have a go too but let’s just say I need to work a little on my technique. It wasn’t pretty.

Andrea making a mess.

Someone clearly knows what they are doing though as there were hundreds of beautiful ceramic items on display.

Ceramic Shopping in Gubbio

The next Umbrian town on the agenda was Citta di Castello. The highlight here was going truffle hunting at Agriturismo Ca Solare. Matteo and Sole took us out in the driving rain to uncover some white truffles for our lunch. Sole’s truffle smelling nose didn’t fail to deliver and we ended up having a wonderful truffle based meal.

Truffle Hunting in Umbria with Sole

Along with being famous for truffles, Citta di Castello is also known as the place of traditional, artisan businesses like Tela Umbria which produce rare hand woven linens. You can visit the their textile museum and factory to see how it’s done.

Hand Loom Weaving in Citta di Castello

Another off the beaten path museum is an old printing house which has been in business for seven generations. Grifani Donati have hand printed works which are on display in museums and libraries around the world.

Old School Printing at Grifani Donati

Where to Eat in Northern Umbria

Our dinner plans in Gubbio involved heading to a local agritourism farm for a meal. Villa Dama is not far from Gubbio but the long, winding, unpaved road we took was slow going, made even slower by a rather pesky crested porcupine that refused to let us pass. My suggestion is to visit during the day when driving would be a little less stressful or better yet stay at one of the villas and walk to dinner each evening. The drive was totally worth it in the end though with a lovingly prepared 7-course meal including multiple delicioius bruschetta and pasta dishes.

Friendly Chef at Villa Dama in Gubbio

If you’re in Gubbio and don’t want to leave the city walls then you might prefer Restaurant Federico da Montefeltro. My favourite here was the fried cheese and truffle dish they made specially for me. I never expected fried cheese to be served up in a restaurant but I had it multiple times on this trip to Italy. I’m not complaining!

Fried Cheese and Truffle Goodness

Where to Stay

We stayed at the stylish Park Hotel Cappuccini in Gubbio which has a wonderful spa and relaxation area where I so wish I could have spent more time. If hotels aren’t your thing you could try something completely different and choose a farm stay in Umbria. Next time I’m in northern Umbria I’m going to stay at Agriturismo Ca Solare to go truffle hunting, eat well and relax in the countryside!

Here’s a quick video of our trip to Umbria which was organised by Umbria Tourism and Umbria on the Blog.

One Day in Venice

Venice in a Day from Joerg Niggli on Vimeo.

I love this short timelapse video of Venice from daybreak to sunset, especially the shots of the gondolas and going under the Rialto Bridge.

Via Travel Blissful

Featured photo credit: daniela_lepus

Living Like a Roman

Rome is somewhere I’ve always wanted to live. Great food, fascinating history, warm weather and hot Italian men… what’s not to love! A few years ago I had the opportunity to rent a penthouse apartment overlooking Piazza del Popolo for the same price I currently pay for my tiny studio apartment in Paris. I don’t know what I was thinking by not staying there, especially considering the number one benefit of living in Rome over Paris. The food!

That’s why I was so happy to finally experience Rome like a local. Staying in an apartment and taking part in a local food tour in Rome made me think how my life would be if I lived in the Eternal City. In short, it would be fantastic!

Our guide Eleonora showed us what was in season in the markets and how to pick the best produce. We started by tracking down the best artichokes which were on just about every menu in Rome at the time.

In season artichokes in Rome

Then we looked for other seasonal produce which included Romanesco zucchini, wild asparagus and sweet smelling strawberries.

In season produce in Rome.

After that we picked up the most important ingredients of the day; black pepper, pecorino romano cheese and fresh hand made pasta before heading back to our apartment to cook.

Making Spaghetti with Crushed Black Pepper and Pecorino

This is one of the easiest pasta dishes you could ever make and also one of the most delicious.

Ingredients

Spaghetti
Crushed Black Pepper
Grated Pecorino Cheese

Method

Cook the spaghetti until it’s al dente.

Fresh Spaghetti

Drain the pasta but reserve the salted cooking water. Mix the pecorino and black pepper in a bowl.

Pecorino and Black Pepper

Add a couple of ladles of the pasta water and mix until the sauce reaches a creamy consistency.

Making Cacio e Pepe

Mix in the pasta and it’s ready to eat!

Cacio e Pepe Roman Pasta

I lived like a Roman courtesy of HouseTrip who arranged for us to stay in an apartment literally a stone’s throw from the Colosseum. They have many apartments in Rome available for short stays but I don’t think you’ll find one with a better view than this:

HouseTrip Colosseum Apartment

Special thanks to Eleonora who prepared a four course meal for 10 of us virtually on her own. She has a great food blog called Aglio Olio e Peperoncino where she writes about Italian food and way of life.

Assisi Photo Walk

As part of the Travel Bloggers Unite travel conference in Umbria, I was lucky enough to take part in an iPhone photo workshop with Kirsten Alana (kirstenalana on Instagram). She’s been specialising in iPhoneography for a while now and it was great to get a few tips from her as I love iPhoneography!

Instagram and Camera+ are my two most used iPhone apps and all photos here were taken with my iPhone 4S and edited with Camera+. You can follow me on Instagram at destinationeu.

Our photo walk took place in the beautiful hilltop town of Assisi in Umbria and here are some of my favourite photos from that day.

On the walk up to Assisi

The rain didn't stop the tourists

Looking over the Umbrian countryside

From medieval times

Weird mural

Assisi in Umbria

St Francis of Assisi returns

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

Teatro di Marcello is one of the most beautiful ancient buildings in Rome. Built for Julius Caesar but completed after his death it has since been redesigned and reconstructed to take on its current form. The non-uniform facade (which you thankfully can’t see in this photo) is thanks to Mussolini who decided to have a bit of a go at restoring the building.

Teatro di Marcello in Rome

Walking past the theatre towards the Portico di Ottavia you’ll stumble into the Jewish Ghetto, an area established by the Pope in the 16th century which stripped the Jews of all rights and freedoms.

Rome's Jewish Ghetto

The Jewish Ghetto was enclosed by a wall and the 1,000 poverty stricken inhabitants were locked in each night. Nowadays, the exclusive residential area is known for it’s art galleries, boutique stores and great restaurants. Funny how quickly things can change.

Jewish Rome

The Jewish quarter is also home to Rome’s main synagogue which can only be visited on a guided tour (unless you’re there for a service). There is also a quirky turtle fountain.

Turtle Fountain in the Roman Ghetto

From the Jewish Ghetto you can cross the Ponte Fabricio to stroll around the pretty Tiber Island and enjoy a gelato.

I <3 Gelato

Special thanks to Katrina and Dario for sharing their local knowledge and to HouseTrip for putting me up in their wonderful apartment in Rome.

Hilltop Town: Orvieto

One of the reasons I find Italy so appealing is due to its beautiful hilltop towns. They take my breath away every time. I know it’s just a village on top of a hill but there’s something so mysterious about it, from a distance at least. The thought that once upon a time they were forced to build up high to keep out invaders and then they carried out their simple lives within the city walls. Of course that was long ago and nowadays most of these stunning hilltop towns are only invaded by tourists who take over the towns in the summer months.

Until recently, I never actually ventured up to see one of these towns. I always admired them from the autostrada commenting that one day I really should visit one of those medieval beauties. Then on my way to Florence, I saw a sign for Orvieto. The name sounded familiar but I couldn’t recall anything specific about it but what the hell, may as well go check it out right?

Turns out I should have heard about Orvieto as it’s one of the most famous of all the hilltop towns in Italy and is especially well known for its outstanding Gothic cathedral.

Orvieto Cathedral Umbria

Orvieto dates back to Etruscan times which means it’s bloody old and for most of its history has been a fairly wealthy city. Its wealth is obvious when walking around the narrow streets and huge piazzas. Everything is in pristine condition which, lets be honest, isn’t always the case in Italy.

Orvieto Side StreetsPiazza del Popolo Orvieto

Most of the things to do in Orvieto revolve around its Etruscan and papal history. Also of interest is the tour of the ‘underground city’, that is, if you don’t mind being stuck underground for an hour. Which I do.

Orvieto is a small but spectacular town and it’s well worth pushing through the crowds to visit.

One Day in Florence

Florence is not a city you want to rush. The world renowned museums, monuments, squares and gardens merit a slow paced visit, not to mention taking the time to enjoy every mouthful of Florentine food and gelato. Unfortunately, a drawn out visit is not always possible and if you only have one day to visit Tuscany’s capital you’ll want to see the best of the best. Of course determining the best of the best is completely subjective but if you find yourself wandering around the city in awe you are probably on the right track.

Piazza del Duomo

Florence’s busy main square has much to offer for history, religion and architecture buffs. The 15th century Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) has an unusual green, pink and white marble façade (added in the 19th century) and the dome is the largest ever constructed out of brick. The interior of the Duomo is quite sparse but it is well known for its stained glass windows and religious paintings. Entry to the cathedral is free but it’s €8 to take the 463 stairs up to the dome.

Florence - Duomo  

Giotto’s Campanile is the free-standing bell tower next to the Duomo and is worth a visit for the magnificent views of Florence and in particular of the Duomo dome.  It’s €6 and 414 stairs to reach the top and I’d recommend going up the Campanile instead of the Duomo dome for the better views and cheaper ticket. 

The other highlight of a visit to Piazza del Duomo is the the Baptistry of St John. You can visit for €4 or just admire the incredible bronze doors known as the Gates of Paradise

Baptistry in Piazza del Duomo

Piazza della Signoria

This is my favourite part of the city. I remember on my first trip to Florence back in 1995 when I came across Piazza dell Signoria and the statues out in the open in the loggia. I couldn’t believe there were so many works of art in such a small area and that everyone is free to walk around and admire them. It still amazes me to this day.

Memelaus Holding the Body of PetroclusHercules and the Centaur

Although the statues in Loggia della Signoria are fascinating, the star attraction in the piazza is Michelangelo’s David.

Michelangelo's David Piazza della Signoria

This David and the one in Piazzale Michelangelo are copies. If you want to see the original David you’ll have to make a reservation to visit the Accademia. While I do think it’s a worthwhile visit, I wouldn’t recommend it if you only have one day in Florence.

The other prominent work of art in Piazza della Signoria is the 16th century Fountain of Neptune.

Fountain of Neptune 

Ponte Vecchio

Two blocks from Piazza della Signoria is one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Ponte Vecchio. My tip for visiting the Ponte Vecchio is to not visit it at all and cross the river at Ponte Santa Trinita instead. That way you can avoid the crowds and tourist shops but get a great view of the 14th century bridge. This vantage spot is best enjoyed while eating a gelato from nearby Gelateria Santa Trinitia.

Ponte Vecchio 

Boboli Gardens

A short walk from the Ponte Vecchio, behind the Palazzo Pitti, is the Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens). You can enter from the Palazzo Pitti or from the quieter entrance near Porta Romana. While not free, the Boboli gardens are a wonderful place to relax and get away from the nearby crowds. The park is quite steep in parts so it’s not for those with limited mobility but the panoramic views of Florence from the hill are fantastic.

View from Boboli Garden

There are many unusual statues from different eras throughout the gardens.

Isolotto's BacinBoboli Statue

The amphitheatre near the entrance to the Palazzo Pitti has an small Egyptian obelisk at its centre which seemed a little out of place but the Medici’s must have liked it.

Boboli Amphitheatre

I’m in two minds whether to recommend a visit to the gardens. You’ll need 1-2 hours to see the fountains, statues, different gardens and the grotto and while I enjoyed it and thought it was worthwhile, there are many negative reviews on Tripadvisor. If you’re not a lover of parks and gardens I’d give it a miss and visit one of the other attractions. I do feel like €7 is seriously overpriced for a garden (although the ticket includes the porcelain museum), especially considering more beautiful gardens like Versailles are free. I think it will really depend on the time of year you are visiting. The gardens are no doubt more attractive in spring and early summer but I would definitely give them a miss in winter.

Where to Eat

Knowing where to eat when you don’t have much time is critical. I have only tried a few places to eat in Florence but would definitely recommend Trattoria Quattro Leoni, located not far from Piazza Pitti, where I had a wonderful eggplant parmigiana.

Trattoria Quattro Leoni

Where to Stay

Visiting Florence on a day trip is tough and I would recommend spending the night there, even if you can only squeeze one night into your itinerary. We stayed at the beautifully restored La Terrazza su Boboli bed and breakfast, just near Porta Romana and the Boboli Gardens.

One Day in Florence

For me, it was disappointing only having a day to explore one of the most incredible cities in the world. Of course if possible I would recommend staying much longer and spending time at some of the many world renowned art galleries and museums as well as visiting the Duomo, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Campanile at the very least. But if you are just passing through, Florence is compact enough to be able to visit many of the main sights on foot in 24 hours.

Detour to Trieste

On the drive from Ljubljana to Piran on Slovenia’s coast, the thought of real Italian pizza and gelato was too great so we too a quick detour to Trieste to enjoy a little Italian hospitality.

Trieste is a large port with 200,000 residents so I wasn’t expecting too much in the way of things to do or places to visit but I was pleasantly surprised by how much character the city has. Sure, much of the city consists of ugly post-war apartments but the charm of the historical centre quickly put that out of my mind. From the grandeur of Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia to this historic Roman ruins at Teatro Romano there is plenty to see.

Things to Do in Trieste

As it turned out, I had a bit of car trouble and while the nice boys at Fiat were fixing the problem, I had plenty of time to explore Trieste (5 days to be exact) and the surrounding area.

Piazza Dell’Unita D’Italia

One of the largest and most beautiful squares I’ve ever seen, Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia sits right on the waterfront. There are a few expensive places to eat here but unfortunately no where else to sit so all there really is to do is look at and admire the Austro-Hungarian era palaces, preferably while eating a gelato from nearby Jazzin, one of the best gelateria I’ve encountered in a long time.

Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia

Jazzin Gelateria Trieste

Teatro Romano

Right in the heart of the city, a short walk from Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia, you can see the Roman amphitheatre which dates back to the 1st century. While this kind of historic site is common in Rome, I didn’t expect to see it in northern Italy and it seems almost out of place in this modern city. I find it incredible to think that when it was built the theatre was by the sea but with time the coastline has changed to the point where the it’s now around 400 metres from the water.

Teatro Romano Trieste

Castello di Miramare

Miramare is Trieste’s most popular beach and by beach I mean concrete. I couldn’t bring myself to lay on the pavement like everyone else but instead went to a private ‘beach’ where you can hire beach beds for €4. This is a much more civilised way to enjoy the Adriatic and once you’ve cooled off you can walk a couple of hundred metres down the coast to Castello di Miramare, the castle of Maximillian and Charlotte of Habsburg. Take bus number 36 (buy tickets from a tabacchi) to get to Miramare and get off at the last stop. Castello di Miramare and the beautiful gardens are a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.

Castello di Miramare Trieste

Tram de Opicina

The Opicina tram is interesting and unusual in that it’s both a tram and a funicular. You can get on the tram at Piazza Oberdan (not far from the Synagogue of Trieste) for the price of a bus ticket. About 5 minutes into the journey, the tram stops and converts into a funicular to continue up the steep hill. There are great views of the city and coast during the funicular ride and 10 minutes later it changes back into a tram until the final stop in Opicina. There is not much to do in Opicina itself, except perhaps to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures or to take the number 42 bus to the Grotta Gigante.

Opicina Tram

What to Eat in Trieste

Being on the coast, it’s not surprising that fish and seafood play a big part in the local cuisine. However, I was on a mission to indulge in pizza and even though there aren’t that many pizzerias in Trieste, I still managed to eat an entire pizza a slice or two each day of my stay.

Pizza in Trieste

Pizzeria Copacobana has one of the largest ranges of pizza I’ve ever seen anywhere. It’s very central (just down the road from Teatro Romano), very popular, and very cheap. If you would prefer somewhere a little quieter, there is a little pizzeria on Via Torino, not far from Piazza Venezia. My favourite though was at California Bar in Miramare. It’s hard to beat pizza by the sea.

Pizza Trieste

The All Important Gelati

I feel it is my duty as a travel and food blogger to sample as many different gelato flavours as possible. Fragola, limone, mandarino, nutella, noce di cocco… and that was just on day 1 :P I always used to choose fragola and limone (strawberry and lemon) but recently discovered there is nothing better than mandarin gelato.

Fragola e Mandarino Gelato

In most places the gelato goes for €1 per scoop which is very inexpensive when compared to other big Italian cities. Jazzin is a little more expensive but is worth it for the extraordinary flavours and little gelati cups which are pure works of art. Gelato Marco (located halfway between Teatro Romano and Pizzeria Copacobana) is a good after pizza option and the huge gelateria off Piazza dell’Unita d’Italia got repeat business from me. Honestly though, it’s pretty tough to find bad gelato in Italy.

Where to Stay in Trieste

I can’t recommend anywhere to stay in Trieste because my hotel sucked and the internet there sucked even more but the Hotel Miramare looked to be sleek and contemporary when I took a peek inside. The only reason I didn’t stay there was that the €140/night price tag was a little out of my budget. If you don’t want to dip too deep into your wallet, Ostello Tergeste (also in Miramare) has double rooms with ensuite for €45/night but there’s no internet in the hostel, a big negative for me.

Being stuck in Trieste for 5 days wasn’t the painful experience I imagined it would be. Trieste is noisy, dirty and chaotic and I loved it.

Visiting Turin

After a 4 hour drive from Bologna, we arrived in Turin. I only chose to go there because I’ve already been to Milan a million times before but never to Turin. It’s also fairly close to Lyon which was the next destination.

Even though it was gloomy and raining, F and I went out for a quick walk around the city centre. Most of the main sites seem to span from the main train station, along via Roma, and up to Palazzo Reale. We visited most of the cities main squares in a hour or two. So the city centre is quite small and walkable even though Turin itself is a very large city.

We only spent 2 nights in Turin but that was probably enough for me. The city is fairly quiet and has an older demographic which is quite different from Bologna but worth a quick visit nonetheless. It’d make a nice trip for a weekend getaway if you have already been to Milan and are looking for somewhere a little different.

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Quick Trip to Bologna Italy

Bologna is famous for Bolognese sauce, tortellini, and for having the oldest university in Europe, which I’m guessing would also make it the oldest university in the world.

The city is bustling with people, mainly young people, with most of them spending their time shopping, eating, or drinking coffee in one of the many cafes. My kind of city.

The most striking feature of the architecture in the city are the porticos which can be found on most of the buildings in the inner city. This was a building requirement put in place by the town planners way back when but I’m not sure why. It does make the buildings seem more grandiose and it’s convenient for staying dry when walking around the city on a wet day.

Bologna has around 40 towers around the city including one half finished leaning tower just near the centre squares, Piazza Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore. If you go up the hill on the outskirts of the city you get a great view of the towers and the old city. You can also see how polluted and hazy the city is, not unlike most Italian cities.

Bologna

Piazza Maggiore Bologna

Piazza Maggiore

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Bologna Italy

Rome Again

Ferbent’s mother lives alone in Albania. Being Albanian means it’s very difficult to travel as they need visas for pretty much every country. It took 6 months and about a billion documents for her to get an Australian tourist visa a couple of years ago to visit us in Australia.

However, it seems that having the Australian visa in her passport makes it easier for her to now get other visas. So she applied for a Schengen visa at the Italian Consulate and got it almost immediately. We thought it would take a least a couple of months so were caught off guard a little. The big problem being, where was she going to stay? We only have a studio apartment.

We quickly gave notice on out apartment but I’ve yet to start looking for a new place. I hate the thought of having to call people to look at overpriced apartments and then have them laugh at my flimsy dossier. The Particulier a Particulier comes out tomorrow so I really should start looking then.

Safura’s visa stated she had to enter Italy before the end of August. So I booked flights for us to go to Rome with Vueling and we checked into one of the crappiest hotels I’ve ever stayed in, the Hotel Primavera. It was filthy with the most disgusting towels I’ve ever seen. At €90 for a triple room it was way overpriced. The old hag working there refused to return my passport until I paid extra for the air conditioning which had already been included in the price. Only after I yelled at her did she return it. What a cow. I must admit the location was fantastic though. Right next to Piazza Navona and a short walk to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, The Vatican, and Trastevere.

Ferbent and I spent one night in Rome and then he went to Bari to pick up Safura. Her ferry had been cancelled so she got a later one and different arrive until 10pm. They then got a lift back to Rome and knocked on my room door at 5am, exhausted. The stupid hotel doesn’t have 24hr reception so they were stuck outside for a while ringing the bell until they got the owner out of bed. He was less than impressed, not surprisingly. If the 2 new mobile phones had arrived which I had ordered 3 weeks earlier then we wouldn’t have had that problem. That’ll teach me to buy something from a French website.

The 3 of us then did the hop on hop off bus tour and showed Safura around Rome. I think that was my 5th trip to Rome which is really more than enough. I do love the city but I’ve seen everything now. I couldn’t get over how many tourists were around, especially those in groups. I was really disappointed with the food. I always remember the food in Rome being great. This time it was mediocre at best. It was cheap though. Around €5 for a pizza margharita and sometimes as low as €3.

After a few days we got a slow, crappy train to Nice and I was happy to be out of dirty, heavily polluted Rome. Ok, the pollution was probably due to the numerous fires surrounding the city but anyway…

Quick Trip to Milan

Did I mention that Ferbent has gone away? Well, not permanently of course. He’s in Albania visiting his mother. He wants to get a visa for her to come here to live but, being Albania, it’s not easy. He has been gone for more than a month. Who knows when he’ll be back. Hopefully in time for our trip to Luxembourg next month.

Before he went to Albania we spent a few days together in Milan. We’ve got some friends there which explains why I’ve been to Milan at least 5 times. There can’t be any other explanation as it’s one of the crappiest cities in the world.

Milan has the worst weather ever. In summer it gets extremely hot and extremely humid. I’m from Perth which is a very hot city but it’s generally very dry. It’s the humidity which I can’t stand. We briefly considered living in Milan before moving permanently to France and I’m so glad we didn’t do it. It would have been a nightmare.

Reasons to never visit Milan:

  1. It’s too hot.
  2. It’s too humid.
  3. Milan is expensive (not when compared to Paris though).
  4. The pollution is a nightmare.
  5. There are no trees anywhere. Like nowhere!
  6. There only seems to be 2 parks in the entire city.
  7. There are no places to sit down. So forget about sitting down in Piazza Duomo or any piazza or street or wherever.
  8. My friends are too cheap to eat out even though you can get pizza for €5.

Reasons to visit Milan:

  1. Great shopping.
  2. Great ice cream.

Well, the shopping isn’t better than any other big city, it’s just different and you can obviously get great ice cream anywhere in Italy. So don’t bother visiting Milan.

I had to put all these reasons in writing so I remember to never ever go to Milan again, no matter who I know there.