Ciao Milan? Were you waiting for us? I am sure, SI!

Duomo di Milano

Who follows our adventures on instagram, facebook or twitter, then already knows, that in one of the days spent in Turin, we decided to take fast train to get to Milan. We took tickets, few days previously, for a really great price 9.90EUR/pers one way. It was a special offer during those days. So, we took advantage of this offer, and took round trip tickets for only us 2 in a super fast train, that gets you within 1h from Turin to Milan.

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There is as well the option to take normal train, that gets you in 3h to Milan for 12,50 EUR. I mean, if you do not find an offer for a super fast train, this one is an option. As prices for fast train are much higher usually.

We took our train at 9.25 and were in Milan at 10.30, and our way back was at 20.28. All day long for us 2. Romantic… don´t you think so?

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Once there,  there were a lot of beautiful Christmas trees at the Railway Station. We kept doing pictures all over there.

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When we get out of the station, we were looking for a city map, to get to all main places to visit and see. As I confessed on my previous post, we didn’t planified our trip this year at all. We saw bikes, that can be took for 1 day only, by downloading the map. And the price is quite good, 4.50EUR/per day per person. Which includes 30 min for FREE, and then special prices are applied.

We decided to explore the city on foot. There is a long time, since we haven’t walked so much during our travels. With kids, you don´t permit yourself such a thing.

From Centrale Railway Station, we walked by Via Vittor Pisani, and then through quite small streets, till we got to Porta Venezia. Just after this, we´ve made some walk through the nearby park, Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. The park is very beautiful. It was the first time, when I thought about our kids. There are a lot of things to do for families with kids.

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Our second stop, was the main reason we came to Milan. Visit Duomo di Milano, the most famous Cathedral of Milan.You will notice it from a far. It is truly magnificent sight, even more if you are familiar with the fact, that 6 centuries were needed to be completely built. It has over 3,500 statues, 135 spires, and 5 bronze doors. The magnitude of this place, leave you speechless. We spent some time admiring the façade with its spires and statues. We didn´t enter inside, as the queue was sooooo long, as we even didn´t want to spent our precious time on a queue. The only bad thing to notice here, is that this place is really crowded, it was even so complicated to take a picture of it. Anyway, it was pleasant to see Duomo di Milano not only in pictures.

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We headed over to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a 19th century arcade to the right of the Duomo. Walked under the glass dome, we checked out the mosaics on the floor.

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Spending only one day in Milan, we had enough time to explore some of the most famous Milan tourist attractions and feel the city’s vibe too.

Milan´s some facts:

  • Milan is the fifth-largest city in the European Union and is recognized worldwide for being a design and fashion capital. It’s set apart by the city’s glamor and passions – football, opera, and fashion. We saw a lot of beautiful arranged stores, but this day wasn´t dedicated to shopping at all.
  • Visiting cafés and gelaterias, you will realize there are two different prices – for take-away or for sitting behind the table. It is cheaper to drink your coffee at the bar than to sit down too. In one of the places, they didn’t leave us to sit, just because we were not planning to take lunch. We took our coffee standing on our feet.
  • Italy is known for its cuisine – fresh pasta, bread, tomatoes, pizza, gelato, and wine. It’s easy to have a great (and expensive) meal anywhere in Italy. We decided to take a good pizza Margherita. No matter which restaurant you will choose, you will not be able to avoid paying for service. In our case we payed 2eur/person.
  • Milan will surprise you by the amount of things to see and do around town, and how diverse the city is. Many know that Milan is Italy’s fashion and design capital, but it also offers so much more historic and artistic sights.

I hope we opened your motivation to visit this beautiful city one day! Maybe it is worth going there for more that only 1 day.

Till next time.
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It would seem that visiting Turin has almost become a part of our lifestyle. Which isn’t surprising as that’s there my sister’s family is based. Being in the city is always something that we enjoy as there’s always much to do so it’s no surprise that we found Turin calling one last time just before the year ran out.

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We were there for two reasons; to stay with the family on New Year’s Eve and to make some 1 day tours to other Italian cities. And both our reasons went successful. We enjoyed our family time and we went to both Bardonecchia for ski and Milan for our couple getaway.

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Usually, all our trips are completely organized with things to do and see during our travels. Even if we travel with kids, we keep in mind, the most important places we want to go and see. Then, if we have enough time, we permit to check for new places and moments. This trip, instead, was a special one, as it was no-organization at all, and very spontaneous. We had already seen the city and the most beautiful part of it, check our last year post here. So, we just tried to enjoy our time with family and be happy of being with our kids.

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When I talk about spontaneity, this means that we have done things, but without any planification.

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Right on the second day of our stay in Turin, we took tickets to Bardonecchia, ski town. We, even, haven’t checked the weather there. It was soooo beautiful snowing outside. There is some time that we didn’t see real snow. It was beautiful, and scary at the same time. Afraid of not getting back home :). Beautiful enough, Bardonecchia this year showed us, the all its splendor. It was beautiful to see mountains full of snow, playing with kids, and making a snowman. Sledd and have fun. It was only one day trip, as we didn’t book anything. The ski place is very close to Turin, and easily enough to get a round trip.

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New Year’s Eve and the first day of New Year, was spent with family. My sister’s family, parents, and our kids. These 2 days, passed too quick, we talked a lot, ate a lot, drunk tea and ate tons of panettone. The only way out, was our quick visit to Villa Regina, as it has gorgeous gardens. Unfortunately, the gardens were closed, due to the snow of previous days.

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On one of other days, we went on ice skating with our biggest son, Damian, and our cousin. Our cousin, takes classes of ice skating, and she feels very well on ice. Damian, instead, at the beginning, even didn’t want to go on ice. And it was difficult to convince him. By the way, it was his first time on ice. But, after 1 hour of trying, he was happy enough to stay on ice with daddy. The best thing of it, is, that all of us, enjoyed the time there.

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Within the highlights of our trip to Turin was… we finally went as a couple for 1 day trip to Milan. Another post just to come. What to say, it was some time, since we haven’t walked so much, without making stops, and just enjoyed our time as a couple. Even if, it was so easy to travel without kids. We are so used to have them with us everywhere, at any time, that it was really unusual feeling to travel without them. Meanwhile, our kids, didn’t have time to think about us. My sister went with them to a kid playground, full of balls, inside activities. They have spent very funny the time there, and enjoyed their stay there.

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Last but not least, we ate a lot of pizzas, panettone, chocolates. All Italian food is too delicious to stop eating.

Overall, Italy is simply amazing.

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