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Milano or Milan isn’t at the top of the list for people visiting Italy for the first time. However, the fact remains that Milano is still a bustling City with myriads of economic activities taking place in banking, fashion, travel and many more. We definitely can’t compare this City with the Rome or Florence. But certainly, there are great places you can visit and have fun once you land here.
Here’s a list of what to do in Milano:
Climb the Duomo roof
The Duomo roof boasts of a 500-year old spiked Gothic cathedral which has been compared to a wedding cake. The interior of the Duomo contains some treasures to explore. However, to get a feel of how magnificent it is to be on the top, just climb the 150 steps by foot or an elevator. From the rooftop, expect to enjoy the spectacular views of some 3,600 statues in the city, many of which are curved from pink Candoglia marble. Make sure you climb on a fine day because the weather will give you a chance to see beyond the city and into the horizons of the snow-capped Alps.
Catch a tram and have dinner inside
The city is synonymous with its iconic yellow and orange trams. The trams were manufactured in the 1920s and 1950s, so expect the same old rustic look that is expected out of the effects of time and aging. When you step inside one of these transport units, you will notice fluted glass lampshades and varnished wooden seats to welcome you.
Today, the city has also included some 1970s models into their rolling stock, notably the dark-green caterpillar. However, if you insist on tasting the original version, hop aboard the number one and you shall take a ride inside the city’s most symbolic monument. What’s more, you can also book an evening ride on an old vintage tram to get a chance of wining and dining.
Explore classic art galleries
You have to explore what Pinacoteca di Brera has for curious visitors who have a taste for classic art gallery. Were it not for Napoleon who dumped his Northern Italy loot in this place, perhaps visitors wouldn’t be enjoying the classic feel and look of the art galleries. Here, you can also catch the earlier paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and many more.
Spare some time and shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Believe it or not, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. Built in 1867, the glass and iron dome shopping mall consists of marble floor-ways and magnificent mosaics which are rare to find anywhere else. The shopping mall is also claimed to be the first in hosting the famous Prada store since 1913. Again, world leading brands like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Versace all have a solid presence here. So if you love shopping for designer brands, spare an afternoon for this activity at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
Experience the taste of lunch with the locals down Luini land
The moment you get into Luini land, you will notice a group of young-looking individuals crouching on doorsteps in the backstreets of Duomo — busy clinching on polythene bags. During the weekends, they queue down through the Santa Radegonda for a tasty lunch. You shouldn’t mind joining them for their legendary panzerotti menu. This is a special combination of tomatoes and pastries with oozing mozzarella. It is said that this is one of Milano’s finest treats.
You can’t run out of what to do once you find yourself in this city. There are lots of activities you can take part in to enrich your Milano travel experience. Always try something new, visit places and learn the culture. The fun should never end.