Milan? Don’t bother, but…

…if you really have to…

haha okay, looking at the title of this post, you know what my main point is. really, if you don’t have time during your trip in italy, SKIP milan. it’s really one of the most dull places on earth. not worth the time at all, especially when you should really be spending the bulk of your trip nearer the south of italy in florence & rome ^^ if you wanna see the real italy, that’s where you should go! and forget all the nonsense about milan being the fashion/shopping capital. florence has the BEST shopping.

anyway, if you really do want to go to milan though…there are a few things you could do. please don’t stay there for more than 2 days though. it’s really not worth it at all…
haha so quitting the whining, here are the tourist spots to visit in milan! 
What to see in Milan
the most famous, and perhaps the only worth-seeing attraction in milan is the Duomo. it’s magnificent both on the outside and inside. i particularly love the stained glass in this Duomo! (: it’s probably one of the most intricate and detailed designs i’ve ever seen. 
the Castle is another relatively popular building to see in Milan, but it’s pretty much just like a museum.
i would say that Parc Sempione is one of my favourite places in Milan! (omg do you notice that my face was slimmer then? :( i don’t know how am i ever gonna lose these chubby cheeks now…) even though it was freezing cold when we were there. but i’ve heard it’s much prettier in the spring & summer!
The Last Supper: I didn’t manage to take any photos of this, because photos aren’t allowed inside. but this would be one of the places i believe are worth visiting! (: there is a lot of historical and religious value placed on this attraction and it was pretty interesting! it’s really popular though, so it’s best to get your tickets (€8) early. each visit lasts about 30min if i remember correctly. you can also purchase the audioguide at the counter when you’re there. it’s very useful in explaining the painting! 
for football fans (realised that no one in europe calls it soccer…haha), try to get tickets to a match at the San Siro Stadium! i’m not sure how tourists get tickets, or whether it’s even possible, but we had to go to a bank to purchase them for €20. 
Teatro Alla Scala: probably the most famous theatre in italy – catch a ballet/opera if you’re an artsy one! (: tickets are REALLY expensive and sell out fast though! so you have to book them way in advance. apparently you can get last minute tickets for less popular shows if you queue up on the day itself, but you’ll have to google for that! not too sure how it works. 
What to eat in Milan

so like i said…milan doesn’t have the best food in italy. but there are some worth mentions that make it special (: Apperitivo is really popular in milan, and that’s where you can get a buffet spread of food with a drink that you’ve ordered. for more insight into the italian food culture, you can check out my post here
anyway, singaporeans would totally go CRAZY over apperitivo, knowing our kiasu/greedy culture xP haha embarrassed to say, but i’m known to be one of those people who stuff myself silly during buffets, just because i love the spread and i wanna try everything! 

the BEST place for apperitivo in Milan is Maya! (: there are actually a row of restaurants/bars along the Navigli district, kinda like italy’s version of singapore’s clarke quay, which serve apperitivo, and most are likely to be pretty decent and relatively affordable compared to the higher-end districts. (of course, the prices in castellanza are unbeatable, but the spread is less desirable. and who would go all the way there anyway??).
Maya has the largest food spread, and the cuisine is slightly mexican, which makes it stand out among all the other apperitivos! (: i LOVED it. something different, finally ;) apperitivo is always very carbs-laden though. so it actually makes you full really quickly. maya is super popular, so be sure to go there early (they open at 6pm), or be prepared to wait! btw they do have dessert for this, and they usually only bring it out after 8.30pm ;) so if you wanna try it, wait around or come later! they don’t usually like people to stay for long because of the queues, so perhaps later would be a better option ;) drinks are around €9 if i remember correctly! 
Maya Milano
Via Cardinale Ascanio Sforza, 41, 20136 Milano
Tel.: +39 02 5810 5168
there was also this other bar as well, not quite as popular as Maya, but also very crowded! i can’t remember what the name of it was, but it was good!!! it was just next to the nutella ice cream shop below.
Nutella is big in italy, because everything hazelnut is big in italy ;) and you have to try this nutella gelato!!! it’s the best ever, trust me on this, and you won’t want to eat the same gelato anywhere else after it ;) rich, creamy, chocolate-y, hazelnutty. it was soooo delicious!!! it’s really filling though, so don’t be too ambitious :P i was, and completely regretted it. although it was really super yummy ;)
Rinomata Gelataria
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 1, 20143 Milano
Cioccolati Italiani is another place that you have got to go to for your gelato fix! ^^ it’s special because of their focus on chocolates, and get this, the best part is how they drip chocolate sauce into your cone before topping it with gelato! :D and so you get more sweetness at the end, just before you finish it up ;) we opted for three scoops of chocolate, and i’d say, just stick to the chocolate flavours! they have many. although we couldn’t really tell the diff between them :P but they definitely outshine the other gelato flavours by leaps and bounds. 
Cioccolati Italiani
Via San Raffaele, 6 
it was hilarious how we chanced upon cioccolati italiani as we were looking for Panificio Luini. they are just around the corner from each other! no excuses not to get both ;) luini is famous for their panzerotti, which comes in both savoury and sweet flavours! i absolutely loved the fluffy bread and crisp exterior, that somehow reminded me of ham chim peng!! it was delicious :D 
Panificio Luini
Via Santa Radegonda, 16, 20121 Milano 
and so that’s it for my milano adventures (: remember, no more than 2 days and perhaps you’ll love it ;) 

Ciao! :)

hello from italy!!!! (: i was in a dilemma whether to start writing in my diary first, or on my blog, and guess who won! :p this is just gonna be a short one. just a lil flavour of what i’ve been doing so far from photos in my phone! yeah oops lazy to post too much stuff for now – busy exploring the place! ^^ haha.
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on the plane to italy! :) super long flight of 13 hours, sit until butt pain. it wasnt the longest flight i’ve taken (to USA it was 18hrs before the stopover omg…) but still, i woke up after sleeping for 5hours, and it felt like forever already!!! thank goodness i didnt have really bad air sickness this time, so it was still alright i guess.
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this was the room we rented in milan! (: staying here for three nights before heading to LIUC when school starts. it’s been pretty fun here, trying to find out how to get around the place, barely knowing any Italian at all (it’s really quite torturous! haha and feel kinda bad that we keep asking ‘do you know how to speak english???’ cos we’re so desperate and lost :p). but we’ve really walked quite a bit in these two days, so got some super good exercise! :D first day slept at 9pm cos we were soooo exhausted after the whole day haha.
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first meal in italy was a focaccia that cost 2.40euros! and it was so big! heh ^^ that’s what happens when you’re on a budget. manage to get the most bang for our buck.
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visited the Duomo today (: one of the most iconic landmarks in milan. it was so beautiful and impressive! the outside was really crazy cos of all the people who try to cheat your money (ughh it was quite annoying trying to avoid them. can’t even take a photo in peace!!!! haha i think after awhile i just tskked at them cos i was so irritated :p). but inside the cathedral, it’s peaceful, and so quietly enchanting.
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more bang for our buck! hehe cooked this super yummy minestrone-like soup for dinner! and it was so filling!!!! all veggies heh. i can’t really believe this but i’m SUPER deprived of veggies here after one day. so we bought a whole bunch of vegetables plus some pasta and threw it in with chicken stock to make this lovely comforting pot of soup :)) the joy of homecooked food!!!! soooo delicious ^^ and super affordable. i’m really just thinking in euros now. well, looking at the prices in this discount supermarket we bought our food, i must say that i’m quite pleased with our haul :D less than 10euros for dinner for two nights (enough for tmr!) plus maybe breakfast and snacks thrown in woohoo :D
okie, shall update properly with pics from my camera next time :)
as they say in italy, Ciao!