Visit Milan - 5 Things You Will Love & Hate about Milan, Italy

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The Best & Worst of Milan, Italy for Travelers. From the Last Supper & walking on the top of the Duomo. Eat some Panzerotti, see fashion before its fashion, but watch out for the aggressive beggars, high prices & make sure you reserve your tickets for the Last Supper! Da Vinci would want you to.
Filmed in Milan, Italy
Copyright Mark Wolters 2015

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Hi I am from Milan and I have a suggestion for beggars and sellers: IF you don't want to buy anything and don't want to be annoyed, literaly IGNORE them, don't answer to them, don't look them in the eyes, say nothing to them, walk your way or continue talking with your friends, and after a minute they will leave you alone. That's rude but it's the easyer and faster way.

Author — Eminio Spgwelund


Guys, don't get all upset. I'm from Milan just like many of you and I find the (mild) criticism very reasonable. From a tourist's point of view, our city doesn't have the same immediate impact that most other famous Italian places have. I personally wouldn't live anywhere else in this country, but that's a completely different story. Of course we, as locals, know all the hidden beauties and the surprises this city has to offer, but you cannot expect someone coming from so far away to be able to find them and appreciate them. Milan will always be this anomaly, mostly loved by those who live there and hated by other Italians because, basically, they don't understand us. A few livid comments below this video show just that. Commuters coming here every day and complaining about the traffic that they generate themselves... we're used to that. But hey... find me another Italian city with 4 metro lines, 2 more under construction, 14 suburban railways, cable cars so cool San Francisco wanted a few for their collection, stores open 24/7, hundreds of restaurants delivering at your doorstep (some even at night), all the concert venues, car/moped/bike sharing, outlets for electric cars in the streets, an actual Downtown complete with a fairly decent skyline in the middle of the city, and I could go on and on!

Author — reezlaw


Approssimativo. 9.58 min spesi a ripetere La Scala, la Cattedrale, la Galleria. Si dimentica: i Navigli coi suoi cortili, Porta Ticinese, Basilica di San Lorenzo e colonne, La Darsena, la basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, la Cattolica e il Tempio della Vittoria, Ca' Granda (Università degli Studi) San Bernardino alle Ossa, San Carlo al Corso, San Maurizio Maggiore (la Cappella Sistina di Milano), Triennale, Gallerie d'Italia, Brera e la Pinacoteca, Buenos Aires e la sontuosissima zona residenziale di Porta Venezia, i nuovi quartieri di Porta Nuova, Corso Como... insomma si è dimenticato tutto tranne i panzerotti, che non sono di Milano e che a Milano fanno veramente schifo.

Author — alediellemme


As a real Italian living in Milan I can tell you are definitely missing having a drink and eating "aperitivo" at Navigli! Just head to "via torino" road from the Duomo, walk down "corso di porta ticinese" and you will discover the best part of our city :)

Author — Beatrice Costanzo


I am a Milanese too, but I wouldn't say the video is necessarily "wrong". Yes this town can get expensive; you _can_ eat for a few bucks but you need a street-savvy friends to guide you, as we sadly _do_ tend to milk tourists. I don't personally believe that the traffic and beggars are noticeably worse than in other towns, but maybe it's just because I'm used to that.
And yes, if you're coming for the monuments and museums you're better off visiting Rome or Florence or Venice or Sicily. But the Greek monuments in Southern Italy, the Roman monuments and the Renaissance are the stuff our past is made of. Yes they're (deservedly) famous in the world and great to see in person, but Milano is alive in the here and now. You'll go to those other places if you love art, but come here if you love people!

Author — Silvia Sellerio


Milan isn't more expensive than Venice, for sure!

Author — HeavyDan


Milan is ancient, Milan is art but most of all, Milan is wounded.

Many cities in Italy were bombed during the last Great War and Milan was buried under thousand of tons of explosives. To give an idea, just after the war a local architect (Piero Bottoni) built a park arranged as a hill 50 m high and 370.000 m2 large in the north west part of the town using as a base the rubble caused by bombardaments and the last demolished remains of the town's ancient walls (the spanish ones, built between 1548 and 1562).

You can visit many places in our country and see many things, beautiful things, but Milan is an old lady not as flamboyant as Rome or many, many lovely towns in Tuscany, in which you can actually walk along medieval streets and inhabit historical buildings (you can actually do this also in Milan but you will have to find those places, they are well hidden). Milan is reserved, introvert, humble, her beauty is a little faded by age but still there if you want to see it, if you wish to explore it, if you ask her kindly to show you what of good she still has.

Milan is not a city to look, is a city to find, in old cloisters of aristocratic palaces (if you see a large building that look baroque or classical in its architecture, it's probably some centuries old, please, if the door is opened, you may not be able to enter but, nevertheless, look inside! The inner courts are really beautiful), in little churches (Milan is overflowing with churches, so many that actually a lot survived the bombings, and almost all of them conserve frescos, sculptures and paintings worth seeing), in inscriptions (if you see a memorial stone somewhere, be sure to try knowing what's written: many are memorials of the war but there are others, much older and written in latin, such as the one that was originally on the "column of infamy", now in the court of the castle), in the pavimentation of streets itself (during fascism many canals and rivers in Milan were buried and made flow underground for sanitary reasons, modernism and other apparently extremely important reasons like ruining the little Venice that was Milan; however, something that not everyone knows is that where they once flowed there were buildings and shops and those shops collected provisioning coming on boat from those same canals and rivers and now that the rivers and the canals are underground you can still somewhere find stairs and rooms in basements open to the outside where once were shops, maybe still are)... Just around the area of the Scala theater, you can trace an elliptical sequence of streets that is thought to follow the shape of the celtic temenos, the sacred area that romans respected (and did not cross with roads: we are talking VERY ancient here!) and if you wish to see something considered celtic, in the underground station of Duomo, you can atually see an altar, found inside one of the churches that existed before the Duomo was built.

Milan is like this and I know it can be disappointing to people used to visit Europe and see things every step they make. You can't always do it in Milan but indeed, if you take your time, it can be really worth it.

Author — Ereborn-IT


No mention of the Pinacoteca di Brera? OMG.

Author — Teddy Aura


... and you can't forget "Navigli" by night. Remember Navigli, a lot of good people having fun along a system of water channels built by Leonardo da Vinci. Pubs, restaurants, pizzerie and so on. (Sorry for my poor english).

Author — Pietro Rivolta


What I love about Milan is that everyone is speed-walking and do not look you in the eye, everybody minds his own business. It's like a city full of cats. For directions, after being ignored by everyone, I had to find a cop in order to get help...and I'm Italian ahahah. I love it

Author — TheDorianTube


Tutti che discutono sulla bellezza di Milano ecc ecc ma nessuno si è indignato per i panzerotti?

Okay sicuramente saranno buoni anche a Milano ma non si può dire che sia una tradizione milanese... i panzerotti vengono dalla Puglia!
Date a Cesare quel che è di Cesare! :)

Author — Stephanie Italy


Hey man, you didn't mention the Accademia di Brera, a wonderful art museum that nothing has to envy to the other famous italian museums...I mean, Milano it's a lot...Milan l'en gran Milan

Author — Mario Cassina


Sant'Ambrogio, colonne di San Lorenzo e Sant'Eustorgio (trittico romano) and Abbazia di Chiaravalle

Author — Sergio Adami


What about the "Brera Art Gallery"?! They have amazing paintings there!

Author — TheFlowMind


Sorry but your description it seems a bit simplistic, and some information are wrong: if you come invested outside the zebra strips you have to pay (laws in Italy are the same in every city), you also forgot to mention that it is the city with the best transport net and services in Italy.You forgot: Brera/Corso Garibaldi, Navigli, Parco Sempione & Arco della Pace, Corso Como, Sant'Ambrogio, Corso Buenos Aires, Parco delle tre Basiliche for Aperitivo, Terrazza Martini, Torre Branca.Clubbing and night life in Milan are easy.There are many unjust prejudices about this city, People, check what to do in Milan on Trip Advisor, you'll see that there's a lot to do.
Worst period August (the city is empty it's too hot about 40° C. and many activities are closed) February and April (many exibitions hotel prices are higher but if you don't have money promlem is the best period for parties). Best period: spring May/June (warm but not heat the city has flourished, all activities are open, the Milanese are still in the city, many open spaces are livable). Lombardy is the Italian region of Lakes(Lake Como, Lake Iseo two of them Garda and Maggiore shared with Piedimont and Veneto regions), and has also many sky resorts, the north border (with Switzerland) is made up by the Alps (40 train).
By the way it's Venice the most expansive city for tourists in my country.

Author — peoplebrotherhood


It's Venice the most expensive in my opinion!

Author — Giovanna Capraro



Author — mike


I do LOVE living in Milan, I think, for me, it's the best place for living in Italy (and I'm from Naples).
I think it might be the least interesting city for tourists coming to Italy for the first time but still pretty enjoyable with a lot of things to see and do.

Author — Luigi Catuoño


Milan is a little overrated, he said.
I can reply that New York city is overrated.
But not a little.

Author — silvano de lazzari


I am Italian, and I lived in several cities of Italy, and I can tell you that you are totally right!! I agree in everything you're saying. If some tourists would like to visit an italian north-west city, I would recommend Torino. That's a really stunning and historical city. If Milano is overrated (and it is, no one from Milano would admit it but everyone else would), Torino is the opposit. Walking through the city makes you feel that you are walking in a royal palace, everything is so elegant, you go from ancient Rome, to Middle Age, Renaissance, and beautiful stunning views, such as the Alps that you can admire tall in front of you!
Anyway, keep going woltersworld! :)

Author — Kappa89CarreraGT