A three-day weekend trip to Milan/Lake Como, Italy is both as romantic and dreamy as it sounds. Although Rome has the nickname the city of love, Milan/Lake Como is one of the top honeymoon destinations, and as cheesy as it sounds, I can feel the love resonating throughout the cities. Here is what I did on my weekend excursion to Milan and Lake Como, Italy.
Life is Gucci in the fashion capital of the world, except the highest fashion is ugly, and a t-shirt costs more than I pay for a month of rent. Visiting Milan has to be on everyone’s must-see list; even the train station is magical.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This is not a regular mall by any means. Instead of department stores, the Galleria retails high fashion with the latest European clothing trends. Although the Galleria has clothing stores just like an ordinary shopping mall, it feels more like a castle than a department store.
Teatro alla Scala (Opera House)
The opera house in Milan is a must-see. I happened to be there while the orchestra was rehearsing. Hearing them practice is moving and dramatic. I got to stand at the top of the booth and hear them play a song they were performing later that evening. I wasn’t in town long enough to hear a performance, but while in Milan, I highly recommend checking the opera house’s schedule.
Leonardo da Vinci National Museum (The Last Supper)
Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most famous painters of all time. Don’t miss the chance to see some of his work on the display, such as ‘The Last Supper” at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.
Duomo di Milano
The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Milan is one of the most photographed places in Italy. Once you see it, you will know why. It is the second-largest cathedral in the world, and the church did not scrimp on the expensive of building process. It took a total of six centuries to build. This cathedral’s dramatic Gothic style architecture is constructed with marble from the quarries, and after decades of construction, it continues to dazzle visitors year after. Additionally, while access to the Duomo is free, if you want to head to the room, it will cost a small fee.
Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton are just a few stores you can find in Milan, Italy. Milan is a high-end fashion guru’s gold mine. As an avid traveler with a nomadic lifestyle, investing in expensive clothing has no purpose for me. Even though I don’t plan on taking anything home in a Prada bag, I still enjoy admiring the aesthetics of the carefully designed displays.
Lunch on the go (eggplant sandwich)
With so much to see in a new city, I often grab lunch on the go. While the food in an important stop on your cultural adventure of Italy, optioning for cheaper lunch options will help me stay on a budget. Stop in a sandwich shop and grab a quick eggplant panini to go.
Dinner included Penne Pesto Pasta.
When in Italy, I eat carbs whenever possible. In downtown Milan, there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Since Milan is a part of Northern Italy, much of the food has Swiss and French influence, but you can never go wrong with a bowl of pasta. For most meals in Milan, you should expect to pay around 15-20 Euros.
You can’t go wrong in a chocolate gelateria – Chocolat Milano.
This Gelateria specializes in chocolate. I ordered an orange dark chocolate gelato, and after my first bit, I knew it was my choice.
Stay the night in Sereno.
Airbnb in Sereno
Sereno is an excellent alternative to staying in the city. Booking a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb in the heart of Milan or Lake Como can be expensive. Sereno is only a short train ride away from Milan and Lake Como. It allowed exploring these grand cities without the hefty price tag of the city.
Find your bliss at the edge of the water in Lake Como. If you don’t believe a Milan/ Lake Como weekend trip is the ideal romantic getaway, once you see Lake Como’s lakeside, I am sure you will be convinced. The views alone make the short train ride completely worth it. The houses, hotels, and shops bleed into the mountains, and I spend the first couple hours during my arrival in Lake Como strolling around the city and admiring the lakeside and mountainous views.
Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa, and although constructed in 1797, it still amazes guests. The villa was originally built as a summer retreat but is now owned by the City of Como and is open to the public for exhibitions during the day.
Take the boat to Bellagio.
Take a quick boat ride to Bellagio and see more dreamy lakeside views and the quaint. Additionally, Bellagio has two public beaches; you can visit the beach of San Giovanni or the Lido di Bellagio.
Veggie wraps and frizzante for lunch at Piadineria Rosticceria Siciliana
As a vegetarian on a budget stopping by Piadineria Rosticceria Sicilianna is the perfect lunch spot for a quick bite. I wouldn’t say I like to go hungry, but I also don’t mind grabbing something quick to curb my hunger.
Weird water fountains
Different from the United States, asking for water is never free. Most stores only sell bottles of water. Not to worry, there are water fountains all over, but they will look different from the ones you are used to seeing. If you see a water fountain like the one in the picture below, it is perfectly safe to drink out of.
A trip to Milan and Lake Como for a Weekend Trip is the perfect romantic getaway.
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