After our last unsuccessful Italian trip to Turin we were in two minds whether to visit Italy again. We gave it another chance with a few days in Milan Italy, an easy place to visit from stansted airport.
The worst part of the trip was flying with RyanAir. They seem to make the shortest of trips a big deal. We made it to Milan regardless of RyanAir’s cattle market.
We had booked a coach for 5 Euros through Terravision. It was a bit of a white knuckle ride to the central station. As it was our first visit to Milan we decided to take a licensed cab from the central station to our hotel. We didn’t realised that it was a licensed bandit in the taxi. I would recommend if you can find an alternative way of getting to your hotel then it would be better than paying over €35.00 for a 10 minute trip. Don’t trust the taxis. Negotiate the fare first!
We did however discover the trams were great value and very reliable. You can buy an unlimited ticket for 3 days for €8.00.
Our hotel was the Enterprise Hotel at Corso Sempione 91, Milan.
The hotel is in a great location. Not central but the tram lines were right out side. Tram no’s 1 and 19 which take you into the city centre, they run about every 10 minutes and cost about €2.00. We bought the 3 day tickets for our €8.00 so we could use the tram as often as we liked. Well worth the money. The hotel itself was very nice. The check in was a bit slow, but once in our room we were very pleased. It was very clean and quite spacious. The breakfast was very nice and a lot to choose from. On the whole a fantastic place to chill out in. I would stay here again.
The Cathedral is one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe it is also so elegant, beautiful, such an amazing piece of art! We did not climb on the top, only went around it and inside it… I wish we had…There was a massive queue so give yourself plenty of time. There are also two mummified corpses of Milan archbishops inside. If you plan to travel around the city this is the great place for you. So many locals visit here too which makes gives it such a wonderful atmosphere.
The shopping mall was in the shape of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II the oldest in Italy built around 1865-1877 and situated directly across from the Duomo.
One of the strangest traditions in Milan is spinning on the mosaic bull’s balls in the Galleria. You need to place your heel firmly in the bull’s groin and turn backwards three times. It will allegedly ward off the evil spirits and bring good luck.
I couldn’t resist this one. It was popular with the locals and the catered for English speaking customers so we tried it. Was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and great atmosphere.