Along with Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ fresco, Milan’s duomo is one of the most iconic images of Italy’s fashion capital. This past May we spent 2 days in Milano during a week long trip to northern Italy’s Lombardia region. The Milan Duomo is impressive, and we were fortunate to capture some great shots during a storm. Read on for more tips on visiting this stylish fashion mecca!
Upon exiting from the staircase of the Milan Duomo metro stop we were immediately greeted by the impressive gothic cathedral that took nearly 600 years to complete. While construction began in 1386, it wasn’t until 1965 that the Duomo was finished, giving proper meaning to the phrase “they don’t build em’ like they used to.” The clouds were ominous so we immediately started taking pictures as we knew our time before a downpour was imminent. We lucked out in capturing some great photos of the Milan Duomo in a thunderstorm, many from under the awning of the neighbouring shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Milan Arcade)
Milan’s Arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest and most beautiful shopping plazas in Europe, is a great place to take cover from a downpour. The plaza features some of Italy’s finest boutique shops like Prada and Louis Vuitton. You can also sit at an indoor bistro terrace and enjoy a meal or drinks in the beautiful setting pictured below, with Milan’s Duomo just outside. We didn’t sit down but instead grabbed fast food pizza in the arcade, which turned out to be one of our favorites in Italy. We ate a lot of pizza too!
More Tips on Visiting Milan
If you have a few days, asides from visiting the Milan Duomo, check out the Piazza, Arcade and Milan’s beautiful fortress, the Castello Sforzesco. Dinner and drinks in the gorgeous Canal district of Navigli is also a must. Milan is famous for happy hour, where if you pay a little more for your drink, an assortment of food is included, often times a buffet. You will find excellent happy hours in Navigli that are perfect for lapping up the Milanese lifestyle.
We enjoyed wine and complimentary food near the Duomo at one of the many chic cafes. A table of men in stylish business suits had a fashion book open to a page with a topless model, which was comically cliche in the world’s fashion capital. Milan is also the city that inspired Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz to add espresso to their menu in the 1980’s. And the rest is history…
Have you visited the Milan Duomo or are planning a trip? Let us know in the comments below! You can also email me at alex(at)wanderlustmarriage.com if you have any questions on planning a trip to beautiful Italy!