5 Things to do in Milan, Italy

As some of you may know, I studied abroad in Milan during my Junior year of college at Howard University. I fell in love with Italian culture, and quickly became invested into the city and its activities. Below I will list my top 5 things to do while in Milan. I know Milan is often not first on someone’s list to travel to Italy, although it is a city worth making an extra for.


1. Lake Como Day Trip

About 30-40 minutes by train, you can visit the infamous vacation hometown of George Clooney. I am absolutely in love with Lake Como! From the scenery, to the lake, to the shopping, to the food, this small town is the best way to spend an afternoon.

2. Shopping

Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world. They have the BEST fashion for any size, shape, or budget. Be cautious though and try on everything! Milan also has the best clothing markets where you can purchase new items for as little as one euro.

3. Castello Sforzesco

This 15th century castle is expansive and sit north of the Duomo. It also features numerous tours and museums inside its grounds.

4. Naviglio Grande

Ah, I have SO many good memories walking along this town canal. Not only is this a beautiful canal to walk along, there are numerous restaurants, bars, and markets along here. My favorite time to go was during a warm summer night, and during Christmas when they beautifully decorated the canal and each shop. The Naviglio Grande also held one of the best markets I’ve ever seen, where I was able to find a couple antiques and old albums.

5. Milan Cathedral

This beautiful monument is the featured image of this post. I am in love with this duomo and would often take the metro here just to sit and people watch. I also was able to attend a fashion week event they held out here. Its the perfect place to pass by, have a drink by, and even go in. What’s crazy is that I’ve been inside every other duomo I visited but the the one in my own city.

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