Milan travel agent tips

Staff member: Jess and Amanda // Trip date: Nov 2018

After a whirlwind stay in Venice, we headed west to Milan. The train ride was just over two hours and we sped past small Italian towns with a backdrop of snowy mountains. Travelling in Business class was perfect as we could relax in our spacious and comfy seats, charge our phones and cameras and enjoy a complimentary snacks and drinks!

We arrived in Milan and the sun had already set, so we checked into our hotel and went out in search of dinner. We made plans for the following day and called it a night so we were fresh and ready for the next day.

The following morning we woke early and headed back to the train station to catch the regional train to Como. As we were using our Eurail passes, we didn’t need to buy a ticket so we jumped straight onboard! The train ride to Como was about forty minutes long so before we knew it, we were in the beautiful town of Como. We wanted to get to Bellagio so found the right bus stop and took the 50 minute bus ride to the gorgeous little lakeside town of Bellagio! This beautiful little village is usually jam-packed full of people in the summer but as we were travelling in late November, it was quiet and most shops were closed. We still made the most of the relaxed atmosphere and enjoyed the most delicious lunch ever!

We caught the ferry back to Como and wandered through the Christmas markets (and had several ‘gluhweins’) before getting the train back to Milan.

The following day we woke early to explore the city of Milan. Our first stop was the stunning Duomo di Milano, which is the oldest church in Italy! We arrived around 9am but still the place was buzzing with people. If you want a photo with minimal people, definitely go early!

It was a blisteringly cold day so after we wandered right around the Duomo and through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II we gave  into the cold and holing up in a cute little café to warm up with a cappuccino and chocolate croissant.

After a couple more hours exploring the city, we headed back to our hotel and got ready for our next leg of our journey – Bologna!

Must know info

  • Two days is a great amount of time to spend in Milan. It’s a great jumping off point before going to Lake Como
  • Milano Centrale Train Station is the largest train station in Europe by volume but it super easy to navigate! Arrive early to admire the stunning architecture
  • If you have clients wanting to visit the Duomo di Milano, recommend they buy fast track tickets to avoid the long lines!
  • Sample Milan’s traditional dish, risotto alla Milanese. This saffron heavy dish adds an extra touch of class to the standard risotto and tastes absolutely divine.

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