Being one of Europe’s four fashion capitals; when thinking of Milan, Ideas of elegance and sophistication are conjured. And as summer is coming to an end in London, a weekend away (although rather brief) is a much-welcomed summer extension. Now I know you’re probably pretty classy already, but here is a little cultural boost for your trip to Milan.
Day 1: Morning – Duomo
With 135 spires and 3400 statues, Milan’s extravagant gothic cathedral is an essential part of any trip to Milan. Opt to take the 250 stairs to enjoy the steep and winding passages, before opening onto the Duomo’s rooftop: Where you can not only enjoy a 360-degree view of the city but also see its intricate filigree up close.
Day 1: Afternoon – Bagni Misteriosi
Extend your summer with a visit to the ever so elegant Bagni Misteriosi (Mysterious Bathhouse). Ditch your preconceptions of a public swimming pool, and swing in a hammock among roses, swim in fountain adorned pools whilst sipping on granita. If you’re in Milan to relax and indulge, Bagni Misteriosi is a must.
Day 1: Evening – Navigli
Bridge the gap between lunch and dinner with a cocktail. Head over to the south of the city, for charming cobbled streets, canals and unparalleled Aperitvo. This neighbourhood is everyone’s playgrounds, from students, professionals, tourists and families. Get there early to sit waterside and sample the cuisine Milanese style as the evening draws in.
Day 2: Morning – Fondazione Prada
Experience art and architecture in equal measure. The Fondazione Prada is a cultural centre located on the southern edge of the city. It is an intriguing exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art in which analyses current times. Enjoy its cafe designed by film director Wes Anderson, and ensure to stop by the “haunted house” clad in 24-carat gold. Expect to be mystified, as the Fondazione Prada is confrontational and contradictory.
Day 2: Afternoon – Sforza Castle
Built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. This red brick castle is a treasure of Renaissance Milan. For the artsy inclined, get lost in the ceaseless museums, featuring everything from the decorative arts to an Egyptian museum, not to mention the last masterpiece of Michael Angelo. Spend your time enjoying its three courtyards and expansive park, ideal for gelato fueled strolls, before departure.