I went on a 4-day trip to Italy recently and I visited my favourite Milan where I used to live and study in my early 20s. I really love the city and I am always happy to go back whenever I can.
I didn’t have much time for shopping and the reason for my trip was actually Metallica’s concert (which I will have a separate post about).
So, I went to a few of the iconic spots in the city – the Milan Cathedral, Sforzesco Castle and The Naviglio Grande Canal. There were hundreds of people in front of the Cathedral as usual, trying to take the perfect shot of the magnificent building, it is simply breath-taking, especially if you see it for the first time.
But to be honest my favorite part of the city are not the crowded places near Duomo. I’d much rather walk down the more quiet streets around it, eat ice cream and immerse in the atmosphere of this ancient city. A picnic in the park of Sforzesco Castle and a stroll down the shores of Naviglio Grande are a couple of ideas you should consider, (especially if you visit Milan in spring time). I did not really have time for a picnic myself but I did eat an ice-cream and drank some wine in one of the cozy little restaurants by Naviglo.
I spent the whole day wandering around the city, visiting my favourite spots, enjoying the weather and remembering my university years spent in the city. It was a refreshing experience…
The second part of the journey was a wonderful day-trip to lake Iseo. It was my first time visiting and I loved it! There is an island in the middle of the lake, called Monte Isola, which we visited – it is a 10 min boat ride from the mainland. The island is rather small and you could easily walk across it and around it in a day. It was such a quiet, beautiful and romantic place. We walked along the shore and it was really breathtaking – the view, the swans and ducks in the lake, the beautiful houses with front gardens, the whole atmosphere was splendid. This is the same place where Christo set his Floating Piers art installation that allowed people to actually walk on water!