§ 9AM – You wake up in your small, but very charming apartment with high ceilings. Through the curtains, the sunlight invites you to get up.
You open the balcony door and before you shines the beauty of the boulevard surrounded by browning trees. At the end of it you can see the magnificent Porta Romana. You can feel the day waiting for you. Waiting for you to go out and enjoy the fairytale that is Milan.
§ 10АМ – Ready for adventures and new things to try, you start walking from Porta Romana. The walk is only 15 minutes to the center and everything you pass by is worth seeing. Everything around you has a story and you almost feel the tales that the cracks on the old buildings can tell you. Reaching the Duomo, there is no way you don’t stop and look at it for a while. I am certain that it is impossible to not appreciate it.The square is crawling with people. Everybody is taking pictures in attempts to immortalize the view before their eyes. Watching the glory that is this cathedral makes you think about how trivial are all the problems worrying our busy heads.
§ 10.30АМ – Leaving Piazza del Duomo, you start walking towards Brera.
The oldest and most beautiful quarter of Milan. In the very beginning, you see a minimalistic-style café named Princi and it is time for your morning coffee.
Around you people are ordering espresso after espresso and drinking it in seconds, before leaving off for the tasks awaiting them. YOU are in no rush. Sitting in the sun, drinking the wonderfully creamy cappuccino and absorbing everything that Brera has to offer you. Tram 27 passes by, old and wooden, but very well maintained. People get off, some aboard and the tram continues on its path.
§ 11АМ – Drinking the last sips from your mini white cup, you realize that it’s time to leave for Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you can see DaVinci’s Last Supper.
The walk from Princi to Santa Maria is just 10 minutes and your reservation is at 11.30, so you have plenty of time to feed your architectural hunger with the Italian designs on the way.
§ 11.30АМ – The entrance to DaVinci’s masterpiece is on the side, where a wonderfully chubby woman greets you. With a big smile and perfectly stiled curls, she says, “The group for 11.30 is waiting in the corridor on your right. You will be let in in just a few minutes”. Peeking into the corridor, you see a massive metal door in the end. Security opens it and gestures for you to come in. After passing the metal door and three glass ones (with scanners in them), you finally reach “The Last Supper”. In just a moment you realize that these are the security measures that this greatness deservers, if not more. The light is romantically dimmed and all you can hear is the tourist murmur. Everybody is trying to be as close as possible to it. When actually in order to perceive the whole picture, there is a respectful distance to be kept. And so you are a little behind the group, almost as if it is only you and the story that DaVinci is telling. The 15 minutes you have inside pass for what you think is a moment, in kind of a trans you have to leave the room, through the beautiful garden of the church.
§ 12.30PМ – DaVinci’s magic is fading away, so you are back to your normal functioning hence you feel hunger. On that note you leave for Obicà. Again positioned in Brera, very famous and great Italian restaurant. Ton of mozzarella and typical Italian dishes on the menu.
It is obligatory to order the “caponata” there. Sicilian dish from eggplant, capers, almonds, olives, vinegar, olive oil and tomatoes. To accompany it you order mozzarella, not the ordinary, but burrata. A kind that once you cut through the coat, it just spreads all over your plate. Your taste buds are at a peak and you are leaning on your senses only. Literally tasting the Italian culture. A warm breeze blows, which is perfect considering the hot September sun.
§ 14PМ – After the amazing lunch, there is a walk due. The best place – Montenapoleone, luxury dripping from all the cafes and stores around you. Very high class. There’s a little secret though, if you take a turn to either of the small blocks you are immediately transferred into another world. Small, but very colorful stoned streets filled with mini-boutiques from any kind. Restaurants – from the typical pizzeria to fish restaurants. When you look up you can see old fashioned terraces with flowers hanging from them and here and there maybe a grandma watching over the street.
You just walk and feel a sort of pride from being a part of the dynamic that is this colorful mini-world. While walking you see “Amorino” and your eyes light up – ICE CREAM. Inside a very nice girl suggest ‘l’inimitabile’, which later you find out means – unforgettable, one that cannot be imitated. It really is. It’s almost like it’s created to celebrate the alliance between chocolate and hazelnut, it is hands down the best ice cream ever made (all natural).Health Living
§ 16.30PМ – Continuing your walk, you reach the Duomo again. There aren’t as many people as before, so it is the perfect time to go to the top. Debating whether you should take the stairs or the lift, you decide that it should be the stairs. Your reason – it MAY count as fitness. The stairs are tight but two people can pass each other easily, so you climb and climb, and climb… In the end – it’s totally worth it! The view is magnificent.
You can see the square, where just minutes ago you were one of the ants now walking beneath you. On your right, you have the gallery Vittorio Emanuele.
Straight forward you can see Via Dante and at the end of it the Castle Sforza. The feeling is as if you are on top of the world and nothing is impossible (you climbed the stairs to the top after all!)
§ 17.30PМ – After conquering the Duomo it is time for a bit of art. You are in luck, just on the left from the cathedral there is Museo del Novecento
Made with the purpose to popularize XX century art and from time to time some seasonal exhibitions of modern art and audio-visual installations. You walk through it in a circular path for three floors. Passing through Picasso Braque, Kandinskij and Modigliani and their ideas of the world. You can see the change in the times with each painting you pass. Reaching the end of the exhibition (the last floor) once again you can see Piazza del Duomo.
Straight ahead, the gallery Vittorio Emanuele opens up and you can see the beauty of the roofs, draped in gold. On your left the unforgettable Duomo.
§ 19.30PM – Quick shower and changing into appropriate attire – it’s time for DINNER!
§ 20.30РМ – For dinner you choice is a lovely nearby restaurant named “Casa Tua”. Very traditional and in a kind magical. In just seconds, you order ‘vino di casa’ which is the wine produced from the owners of the restaurant. Dimmed lighting, wooden chairs and tables. Plants draped in little romantic lights that in a strange parallel send you to the old town of Sozopol in Bulgaria.
Flipping through the four- page menu, you finally pick “panzanella maremanna” which is a Tuscan bread salad with tomatoes, onions, basil, vinegar and olive oil. The perfect appetizer – its quantity doesn’t allow for you to be full before the main course.
In your case that is “pappardelle all’antica”. Fresh pasta with ragout from three types of meat, tomato sauce and pecorino (Italian cheese). Everything is just so delicious, the staff is more than wonderful, the atmosphere – so romantic. You cannot deny it, Italy has your heart.
§ 22PM – Once done with dinner, you head out for a walk towards Navigli.
The pulse of Milan. The beautifully lighted canals are full of people, small cafes on the streets and bars in art basements. On the canals, there are benches with people in love, enjoying life and once again, you are in the center of the amusement. You are a vital part of this evening’s dynamic. It’s already 10o’clock, but the fun is just starting. Music booming from everywhere, different people try to sell you selfie sticks or something else you don’t need. The thirst for life is in the air and you are off to your next stop!
§ 23.30РМ – Martini Dolce&Gabbana Bistrot.
Based in the city center, it is the beginning of Milan nightlife. The place where you go to drink one, two (maybe THREE) cocktails. Black minimalistic tables, one next to the other one, laughter and music. In the back there is a DJ taking care of the mood behind an expensive console. Glasses clicking, spicy stories and many amazing experiences. Sitting there you can really peek into the reality of the Italian soul – smiles, tales spoken loudly and the obligatory drink used as fuel for more and more chatter.
You finish your last Manhattan for the nigh and it’s time to go home. You did so many things today and who knows where tomorrow will take you.
After all it’s September in Milan.