It’s officially summer time, and I am ready to put on my GG Blooms and go for an adventure. If there’s one thing to know about me it’s that I love Europe. Milan is always my first stop, for obvious reasons, like shopping! Milan is the place to get all the latest designer bags and accessories, fresh off the runway, seriously. Let’s also not forget that it’s Italy, and the food will not disappoint. Here are some of my favorite places in Milan, some are tourist destinations you’ve heard of but others are secret spots I’ve found while exploring.

Food:

Il Ristorante

Bulgari Hotels and Resorts, Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7/b, 20121 Milano, Italy

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If there is one thing to know about Milan, it’s that there are many designer restaurants and hotels. This is actually a restaurant inside the Bulgari Hotel in Milano, whether you stay there or not the food is amazing and you should definitely give it a try. There is a beautiful view and great food.

10 Corso Como

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This chic, hidden spot is a combination of everything that is trending in Milan. It’s located in a quiet courtyard at the centre of Corso Como. They have a store that sells the latest designs and fashion brands, as well as a cute little café/restaurant and an elite hotel. It’s very stylish, and the food is delicious, what more could you ask for?

Bacaro del Sambuco

Via Monte Napoleone, 13, 20121 Milano, Italy

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This is a unique restaurant that is hidden deep in the archway facing a Dior boutique on via Montenapoleone. It is definitely not a tourist spot, but a nice place to get great pasta. They have a nice patio area outside, with flowers decorating the windows and ivy draped along the walls. If you ever find yourself in Milan and end up here, get the paccheri pasta with pachino tomatoes and basil.

 

Hidden Gems: These are some of Milan’s best-kept secrets that you won’t find on a tour.

Palazzo Lombardia

Piazza Citta di Lombardia 1, Milan, Italy

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This is a major skyscraper of Milan that was designed by famous architects. It may look like a regular skyscraper, but the real secret to this building is that it is open to the public on Sundays, from 10am to 6pm. With 40 floors to walk around, get your camera out and get ready to see a captivating Milan skyline.

 

The Rondanini Pietà

Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano, Italy

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The Rondanini Pietà is a marble structure that Michelangelo worked on in the 1550’s until the last days of his life, in 1564. It’s located in the Sforza Castle. The Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. This is definitely a historic place and worth a visit.

 

The Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12, 20121 Milano, Italy

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This is a museum next to the Teatro alla Scala. The museum is a house of the great art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. It displays beautiful pieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Perugino, Pinturicchio and the famous “Lady Portrait” by Pollaiolo, which is the symbol of the museum.

Shopping: Saved the best for last!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 

Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano, Italy

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is know as one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. It is housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, right next to Il Duomo.  The Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, who was the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It is a beautiful shopping mall and has many great stores. There are also restaurants situated in the mall.

 

La Rinascente

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This has to be one of my favorite malls right next to The Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Harrods in London. La Rinascente is a huge mall that is decorated with many elite stores, and beautiful architecture. They feature many designers like: Fendi, Gucci, Prada, and Miu Miu.

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