Italy proved to be the final country on my European tour. This was my first extended visit to the country, I had previously made a day trip from Nice, France to Ventimiglia, a small town just across the Italian border, in 2011.
Flying from Clu-Napoca in Romania, I landed in Milano, Italy’s modern and fashionable city. The city is known more for its shopping and posh lifestyle than it is for its architectural or natural beauty. Nevertheless, there are still some impressive sites to visit.
The Duomo di Milano is the city’s landmark building. It serves as the centre point of the city. A popular meeting spot, practically all of Milano’s public transportation converges around the massive cathedral.
Close by is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ll, a magnificent shopping centre. Built in 1867, its modern use of iron and glass makes an elegant indoor plaza for shoppers can wander, covered from the elements. It’s particularly impressive at night.
A short walk away is the Castello Sforzesco, a glimpse back in time to the middle ages. The 14th century structure houses some of Europe’s finest museums and leads to Milano’s large Parco Sempione.
At the North end of the park, you’ll find the Arco della Pace, a grand arch commissioned by Napoleon. It was completed in 1838.
I only spent two nights in Milano, but that proved to be enough to see most of the architectural sites the city has to offer. Shopping isn’t really my thing, but if you’re looking for a getaway where you can enjoy great food, shopping and a little bit of history and architecture sprinkled in, head to Milano.