Most of us love to see Italy the way it’s supposed to be seen– with a lot of time, warm sunny skies and of course Rome. I, tend to do things a bit differently. I visited the lovely city of Milan and other neighboring cities on my Thanksgiving 5 day break.
About The City
Milan is a city in Northern Italy and is the second most populous city after Rome. Approximately 1.37 million locals live there and it is largely composed of built-up urban land that stretches beyond the boundaries of the Metropolitan City of MILAN. Milan has a population that is about 5.27 million individuals. It is considered to be a leading global city with strengths in the field of art, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare and tourism. It hosts the third largest economy among European cities.
Places to See
Navigli- The navigli is a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Lombardy, Italy. The system consisted of five canals: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana, Naviglio di Paderno, Naviglio di Bereguardo. This is the cliche boat ride that you come across in many European canvasses. It certainly is worth the boat ride. You get to enjoy local shops that house fantastic artwork, amazing Pizza and unique European shops. Boat rides are relatively inexpensive (15 Euros) and you get to see the world from a different perspective. And ofcourse, the sunset is breathtaking!!
Here my wife and I during the day time, about to enjoy a November sunset.
The Gallery – If you are looking for the place to shop, look no further. The Gallery is a central hub of all the name brand and unique shops you could find. Fantastic architecture and it is currently Italy’s oldet active shopping mall. As you can see below, it is housed within a four-story double arcade in the center of the town. The Galleria, or Gallery is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.
Lake Como – Lake Como is truly astonishing. It’s mountainous beauty and scenic views make it look as epic as it sounds. It is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate. Here, you can expect to find Italy’s version of overpriced bags, clothes and souveniers. If you catch the right ferry, you can even see the Swiss Alps!
Breathtaking Villas at Lake Como
The Hills opposite Lake Como
City Of Varenna
I was told to pose
Castello sforzesco – Sforza Castle is in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Today you can go and check the historic grounds, see the architecture and enjoy the fountain-escapade. Be wary of local salesman trying to sell you selfie sticks, flowers and everything else that’s way overpriced.
Some of the pictures from the Castle
Bellagio – Bellagio is a ferry ride away from Varenna, only 13 Euros and is a magnificent get away! Inclined streets give you fantastic views of the Lake, very unique family shops that include toys, books, hand carved goods and glass chandeliers. The food, ferry ride and experience was totally worth it.
Places to Eat
Vun Andrea Aprea
Vun Adrea Aprea is a pleasant venue offering an interesting and sophisticated gastronomic experience in refined and elegant surroundings. In designing the new environment of restaurant VUN Andrea Aprea, architect Flaviano Capriotti focused on the culinary experience offered by Chef Andrea Aprea. The Italian food, ambience and furnishings are nothing short of perfection. The choice of fresh food , gluten-free Mediterranean dishes are a sight to behold.. however needless to say there is no point in looking at them but get tasting! Things are a little pricey but the ambience and the fantastic service and the choice of dishes makes it worth paying a little extra. The food was adventurous and creative and often a bit of a surprise and that made the whole experience more memorable.
The design of the restaurant confirms its philosophy: eastern notes, elegance, modernity and inspiration. The large windows have geometric decorations, sofas and velvet armchairs are combined with contemporary paintings, the black walls are illuminated by turquoise pop tones and brass details. The Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine is done to perfection.
This was certainly one of the best Moroccan food in my life. The design of the restaurant confirms its philosophy: eastern notes, elegance, modernity and inspiration. The large windows have geometric decorations, sofas and velvet armchairs are combined with contemporary paintings, the black walls are illuminated by turquoise pop tones and brass details. The service was excellent which came directly from the owner who was caring and attentive. It was clear to see that he genuinely cared about his customers and was trying his utmost to deliver an exceptional service. He achieved this. This was exaggerated due to the fact that he was able to assist my friend in choosing the best things to eat as he has severe allergies to both eggs and nuts. He explained every dish in detail and made us feel very welcome
This gelato shop has practically everything! The flavors, (especially coffee and chocolate) is nothing short of heaven!! You can pick flavored waffle cones, double cones, and your standard cups. Their moca latte’s and coffee are amazing!!
Summary & Cost
For 4 nights and 5 days, we were able to get to see 3 cities, have 14 meals, witness 6 historic landmarks and make it back to New York City for $2000! Catching a red eye flight, a motel thats only 45 Euros a night and clean, this trip was certainly worth it! We ubered it everywhere and the cost came out to somewhere around 60 euros. Add in the train and ferry rides, transportation cost a total of $120 US dollars.