Milan, Italy

When we were in Rome, we’d ask people we met what their favorite city in Italy was. Not a single person said Milan, and in fact, a couple even went as far as to say they hated Milan!

This was extremely confusing to me, as I’ve always really liked Milan and I definitely prefer it over Rome. To be fair, the two are vastly different, so it’s like choosing between New York and LA (for the record, I’m 110% Team LA).

After an interesting week in Lake Como (60% starry-eyed over the insane beauty, 40% mega stressed over unreliable internet for work), we had just under a week to explore Milan before catching a flight to Greece.

The last time we were here it was December and freezing, so it was so nice to see the flowers in bloom and sit in the sunshine around the Duomo to eat (more than) our share of panzerottis.

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Speaking of the Duomo, it is seriously incredible. It’s one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world and took nearly 600 years to complete! Talk about dedication! Last time, we climbed hundreds and hundreds of stairs, which wind around and around in very cramped quarters until you pop out up top.

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The climb is more than worth it, and I was willing to do it again… but then I discovered they have an elevator!!!! (One guess on which mode of transportation I chose.)

Once you get to the top, you can weave in and out of the rooftop terraces.

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Eventually you’ll climb high enough to be rewarded with this view:

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It is SO cool, and 100% the thing I’d recommend doing in Milan.

Milan is also known for shopping, which we did a bit of. We went to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (those ceilings!!), to the biggest and most beautiful Zara I’ve ever seen, and got to go hang out at the RETROSUPERFUTURE corporate offices, which both Jer and I completely geeked out over.

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The city was just as fun as I’d remembered, and the perfect way to round out our last week in Italy. In fact, as you read this, we’re in the air, leaving a deliriously wonderful 2 months in Italy in the rearview mirror…

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