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Who likes Milan - what to do in 2 days - can you wander around & enjoy its "big-city" feel?

Who likes Milan - what to do in 2 days - can you wander around & enjoy its "big-city" feel?

Old Aug 5th, 2002, 05:08 AM
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ttt for Milan
Old Aug 5th, 2002, 09:34 AM
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Old Aug 11th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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Two days is plenty to see Milan. While it's not as horrid as its detractors make it out to be, the fact is that most of the sites worth seeing are close together and you can run out of things to see rather quickly (then it's a matter of how much shopping you want to do).

From the Castello Sforesza, you can walk down the Via Dante to the Galleria and then the Duomo. They are all very nice and worth seeing. I believe that La Scala is closed for renovations, but you might call ahead and check. Via Monte Napoleone and Via Manzoni are great entertaintment for window shoppers, as many of the shops are tragically chic (think leopardskin-pattern leather pants). There are also some great public gardens there. Some of the better traditional Milanese restaurants are worth checking out (don't bother with the menu, let the waiter put together a meal), but make reservations -- we walked around for an hour-and-a-half without reservations one night before we found a place that would let us in to eat! It was worth it; Milanese cooking is really good.

Frankly, I would spend one day walking around in Milan, catch a train to Lake Como that evening, stay overnight at the lake and tour a couple of towns on the lake the next day before taking the train back to Milan and joining your tour to Florence.
Old Aug 12th, 2002, 02:20 AM
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Milano is a big and moder city witll little oldies left for the massive bombing that it had to withstand during Ww2. yet it can be a lovely city if you allow yourself time to walk and discover. Two days may be barely enought to see the most famous things (Duomo, Galleria, Castle; the Scala Theater is closed and it will be so for a few years), but this is not all that there is to see in Milano. Go to the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, visit Sant'Ambrogio Church and the nearby Università Cattolica biulding, visit the Unversità Statale building near the Duomo, in particular the southwestern endof the bouilding that had been built in the XIV century, visit the Navigli area, go to the Certosa di Garegnano (tram number 14, ask the driver to call you as you arrive near Via Garegnano). Amongst the many churches of Milano, I think that at least San Carlo al Corso, Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Santa Maria delle Grazie, San Marco, San Simpliciano, San Nazaro Maggiore and San Bernardino alle Ossa (the Latter with a chapel decorated with real houman bones of long dead monks, http://www.emmedici.com/milano/eottobre.htm) should be visited. More things to see are the Guastalla garned, the Rotonda della Besana, the Sempione park (dunring the day, do not go there at night), Piazza Vetra area including the columns of San Lorenzo Church (once belonging to a Roman temple) and the Parco delle Basiliche (laso this area should be toured by day). If you like early XX century architeture, take a walk in the area of massive buildings that surround the Palazzo della Borsa, the Italian Stock Exchange. Museums includePinacoteca di Brera, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the museums iside the castle (there are several of them, all free), Museo della scienza e della tecnica (near Cenacolo) and several more. For dinner and lunches, check my suggestions at http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...archText=MIlan
Old Aug 12th, 2002, 05:54 PM
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I happen to love visiting Milan, and one of my top gastronomic stops is the magnificent Peck food emporium near the Duomo, Via Spadari 7 and 9. There are always important art exhibits at the Palazzo Reale and smaller venues in central Milan, very often indicated by banners throughout the city. Of course La Scala, the Galleria & via della spiga are always there too. Comfortable shoes a must! Then you can always buy a new pair in via Dante!

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