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MILAN, ITALY

We visited Milan in May 2003 and to be quite honest it wasn't our favourite city by a long way. We found it lacking in charm, covered in graffiti and amazingly we also found it very hard to get anywhere nice to eat and drink!

Even the spectacular Duomo Cathedral was covered in scaffolding when we were there, although it's still a spectacular building and well worth the climb for views from the top.

Perhaps if you're interested in designer shops and fashion you would be impressed by Milan. It just wasn't for us!

We stayed at the 3* Una Mediterraneo Hotel. It was OK with clean rooms and acceptable buffet breakfast, but was nothing special. There's not much in the area around the hotel, but it's just a couple of blocks to the nearest metro station so it's easy to get around. Click here for more information.

 

 

 



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Galleria Vittoria Emanuel, Milan

Galleria Vittoria Emanuel
Galleria Vittoria Emanuel
El Brellin Bar, Milan
Galleria Vittoria Emanuel
Galleria Vittoria Emanuel
El Brellin Bar , Milan
Milan Duomo
Climbing the Duomo
View from Room 10, Tegal Sari

Milan Duomo

Climbing the Duomo
Lake Como
View from Tegal Sari
View from Room 10, Tegal Sari
View looking over towards Tegal Sari
Lake Como
Lake Como
Lake Como
Breakfast on the balcony banana pancakes and fruit
Friendly gecko
Flowers at entrance to Tegal Sari
View of Lake Como
from Brunate
View of Lake Como
from Brunate
Brunate


Lake Como

 

Lake Como is about an hour's train journey from Milan and is well worth the journey. We would not be too interested in returning to Milan but we'd certainly go back to Lake Como. There are lots of nice little bars and cafes, you can take a boat ride along the lake and just relax and enjoy the beauty. There are lots of scenic little towns along the lake such as Varenna, Bellagio, and Menaggio, but we didn't have a chance to explore them.

 

Take the 7 minute cable car journey from Como to the tiny mountain village of Brunate for great views over Lake Como.



Places to eat and drink in Milan

 

One of the few places we could recommend in Milan is El Brellin Cafe. Overlooking the Naviglio Grande canal, the Brellin has a nice atmosphere and the bar, where lots of people mingle outside by the canal, is a good place for a cocktail.


Milan Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour

We took the Hop on, Hop off bus tour thinking it would be a good way to see the city. These tours are good when you just have a day or two to see a city, as they take you to all the main sights, and we've taken similar tours in many of the top cities in Europe and found them to be really good. To be honest, there wasn't a lot of interest for us in the Milan one, but it's still a good way to see the city if your time is limited and there are two routes incorporated in one ticket. Click here for more information.

Some useful sites about Milan

HotelClub - Discount Hotel Reservations in Milan

Time Out Milan - Lots of stuff about Milan, including shopping, restaurants and bars and tourist information
Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum


Some useful sites about Lake Como

Lake Como Travel Guide - Hotels, activities and other useful information about Lake Como
Discover Lake Como - Accommodation, restaurants, events and attractions in Lake Como
Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum