This year (2017) I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of my best friend’s bridesmaid in Italy.
Since the bride and groom have a good taste, I already knew it would be beautiful. But they did even better than I was expecting!
The couple lives in Milan, so they chose the beautiful Castello di Marne in Bergamo to celebrate the matrimony.
All the decor was in perfect harmonic with their style and the venue’s architecture.
The buffet … – ouch, the buffet! I still dream about it. rs … – totally vegetarian and full of surprises! Tables for appetizers for all tastes, including a whole table only for different types of cheese. Dinner with three main courses. And for dessert, 3 rooms of the entire castle of sweets, including a chocolate fountain and gelato made with liquid hydrogen.
After all, the result was an elegant marriage mixing perfectly Brazilian and Italian cultures. Not to mention it was sooo fun and made friends that I want to keep for life!
I know I took a lot of time to do this post, but I was very disappointed to not have the complete material to write about the trip. Unfortunately, the memory card of the camera “gave stick” and lost several photos of the trip, including mine at the Duomo.
Either way, it was such an amazing experience that I could not help but share. So let’s go!
What always came to mind when talking about Milan was the fact that it was one of the biggest fashion capitals, of course! And yes, you can see this in the way people dress. However, this city is much more than that! It’s a place full of possibilities, nice people, great restaurants, an intense nightlife, wonderful food and lots of cultures!
Places you have to visit
Duomo di Milano: The Gothic-style cathedral that began to be built in 1386 is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. All the details are breathtaking! For lovers of history, art, and architecture, this must be the first place in the script. You can spend hours admiring the place inside and out.
Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II: Inaugurated in 1877, the gallery is considered one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and is only a few steps from the Duomo. So, take advantage of the proximity to take a look at the beautiful architecture, admire the windows of some of the most luxurious brands in the world and, maybe even make some shopping!
Castello Sforzesco: The sumptuous castle inaugurated in 1499 by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, is part of the list of things you have to see! Today, the site that was the granary of some works of Leonardo da Vinci, at the request of the duke, has been transformed into a museum and is open to visitors.
Santa Maria delle Grazie: Also having its construction been ordered by Duke Sforza and was completed in 1469. The place is part of the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and houses one of the most famous works in the world, The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci.
Milan exudes fashion, from the fashion shops – oh, the shops! – even the inhabitants of the city.
Even the department stores that exist around the world have a better selection made there. Some pieces that I certainly would not find in these same stores here in the United States. In addition, it is worth taking a walk in the “fashion quadrangle”.
But it is also no wonder, after all, that the city is part of the calendar of the most important fashion weeks in the world!
Italy, right people? Wonderful food. But one thing that struck me very positively, was the amount of vegetarian and vegan options everywhere I went. (I.e.
Where to eat:
Cocotte: Try breakfast or brunch in this cute and cozy bakery. A croissant with coffee is a great way to start the day.
Cioccolati Italiani: When you have a chance, take a wonderful gelato from there. There are 6 stores in Milan, but if you are already in the Duomo area, there is one in Via San Raffaele.
Il Bar: Drinks overlooking the Duomo? This is the place! The drinks are good and the view is amazing.
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè: Take time between 6 pm and 8 pm to enjoy a traditional “Apéritif” where you pay a fee as much as you want.
Osteria Conchetta: It is worth going to dinner and try the wonderful risotto with vodka inside the Grana Panado cheese.
We stayed in an Airbnb in the Corrobio area and we loved it as it is close to several sights of the city. But, if you like to stay in a hotel, there are great options too.
I’m honestly not very lucky because on the days we were there, there was a taxi strike and me, speaking Italian the way I do, couldn’t t explain exactly where I was to the Uber driver. Imagine…
However, as in all of Europe, it is very easy to use the subway and nice to go places walking and watching.
Unfortunately, we did not have much time to leave Milan, but if you have more time than we had, I recommend taking a Rail Europe train and exploring as much as you can from the old continent.
If you have already been or want to go to Milan, leave a comment with your experiences or expectations.