Milan, Italy

The first stop on our 2015 family vacation was Milan. Unfortunately it’s a bit difficult to thoroughly enjoy your first day in a new city or country due to the time difference and major jet lag, but from the brief time that we were there I remember being fascinated by it. Milan was heavily crowded but there was so much to see.

How to get there? How to get around locally?
On my trip from the airport, we rented a car and drove to the city. There is a train that will take you from the airport to the city for much less hassle.

As far as getting around locally; everything worth seeing in the city is within walking distance but there is also busses, trams, and a subway system.

When we got to the city, our first order of business was to get some food. The trip across the Atlantic ended up being my worst flight-mare yet and the rest of my family was certainly as frustrated as I was. We quickly found a little restaurant and got a bite to eat. I opted for this delightful mozzarella and tomato sandwich. Yum.

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Time for a quick snack 🥖🍅🧀 August 2015

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How much money?
Milan is one of the more expensive cities in Italy. Budget yourself extra, especially if you plan on doing some shopping.

How much time should be spent here? When is the best time to go?
One or two days should be plenty. The more time you spend here, the more money you will spend here.

The best time to go is probably spring and fall. We were here in the summertime and it was a zoo.

What to do?

Yes. Seriously, this is a thing. It’s brilliant. And it’s directly outside of Milan’s stock exchange. It’s called the L.O.V.E. statue, and it was originally only supposed to be a temporary thing that ended up becoming permanent.  We had loads of fun taking pictures.

Our Dad convinced us that there wasn’t a whole lot to do in Milan (he’s been here a few times), so we visited the two most popular buildings. These landmarks, which just so happen to be next to each other, include the stunning shopping area, known as Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the Milan Cathedral. They are truly magnificent structures. The gothic architecture is so beautiful.

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Milan is a magnificent city 🇮🇹🏰😍 August 2015

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We wandered around the city a bit until we were far too exhausted to go on.

Traditionally, people might opt to spend a bit more time in Milan for shopping and exploring, but there were bigger things to see in Milan this year and we really needed to get some rest before the upcoming day. Twenty straight hours with immediate family and no sleep had us all on the edge, but taking those pictures in front of the L.O.V.E. statue was certainly a great way to express how we were all feeling.

Off to our hotel we went, and this is the last thing I saw before entering into a blissful twelve hour slumber.

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