A week in Milan

The Duomo

The Duomo

MILAN, in the north of Italy, is known across the world as a prosperous capital of fashion. Home to such designers as Giorgio Armani and Miuccia Prada, the city is teeming with fashionable young individuals ready and willing to spend their hard-earned money.

However, as students living on limited loans, my boyfriend and I spent our time engrossed in the city’s fascinating history, art and culture. After all, Milan is full of things to see and do.

During our week away we wandered through the centre of the city on a daily basis; every day was a new experience. One of our main priorities on the holiday was to visit Milan’s world-famous cathedral, a piece of monumental and historic architecture that has to be seen to be believed.

The Duomo is at the heart of Milan and is widely recognised as a piece of stunning creativity and ingenuity. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world, and took many hundreds of years to complete. The complex structure requires constant maintenance due to its incredible size. The cathedral is one of the city’s most important landmarks and attracts visitors of all ages from all over the world. The piazza in front of the Duomo is the perfect place to sit and relax – not only is it beautiful, it’s also a thriving centre of activity.

My boyfriend and I spent many hours there together in the hot summer sun, relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. The city has many other important landmarks such as the Royal Palace and the castle – these iconic structures all within walking distance of one another. However, there are also trams and tourist buses available, should you feel the need to rest your feet. There are several galleries and museums to be enjoyed throughout the city – the variety I was particularly surprised by – from work by Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, there is certainly something for everyone. Milan is also home to Da Vinci’s world-famous Last Supper painting, attracting all kinds of people from all walks of life. After all, it is one of the most widely recognised images in the world. I would thoroughly recommend taking a trip to see the painting – but be sure to book a place on a tour well in advance as it is an extremely popular destination, especially during the spring.

Milan Fountain

Milan Fountain

In short, Milan is an ideal destination for an interesting, well-rounded holiday. The city is teeming with life, beauty and excitement. There are buskers and street performers on every corner as well as all kinds of restaurants and cafés varying in price and style.

From what I’d heard about the city I expected to spend quite a lot of money during our time away, however I was pleasantly surprised. My boyfriend and I were able to enjoy ourselves on a limited budget, therefore I would definitely recommend Milan to students, or indeed anyone with a keen interest in history, art and diverse cultures. I very much enjoyed my stay in Milan, and I intend to go again!