Like any Italian city this one is a very easy one to fall in love with – you can’t beat the Italian food and architecture. It’s easy to pack a lot into 36 hours in Milan.
Four other kiwis made the trip with me having bought Milano Cards online for 13 euros each which promise transport for 48 hours around the city and discounts on major attractions.
It was a bit of a waste of money – the bus ticket (the necessary part) was worth only 8.50 and we couldn’t use the discount at the Duomo as the tickets had to be pre-purchased elsewhere. The card went unused for those of us who didn’t visit the A C Milan stadium and I’d not recommend purchasing them without a plan of what you intend to see and do.
Happy Hour in Milan is the best – bars set out plates of Tapas from which you can help yourself with the purchase of any drink. Both weekend nights in Milan we were knocking back the cocktails at 7 euros a pop and loving the pizza, bread, cold meats and pasta dishes provided.
Another bonus was finding a bar offering all you could drink till a very late hour for 15 euros. Not something which would be encouraged in New Zealand. We weren’t entirely sure what was in the strong cocktails on offer and mostly stuck to the sangria.
How to spend 36 hours in Milan
We packed as much sight seeing as we could into our 36 hours in Milan, visiting the Piazza Duomo, the roof of the Duomo Cathedral, Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione and Arco della Pace. The Italian pizza and wine consumed to sustain us was definitely in order!
Our 36 hours in Milan was a weekend Expedia holiday package which included flights with EasyJet and two nights accommodation at Hotel Mayorca.