While you’ll struggle to find a beach in landlocked Milan, its position in Northern Italy means an easy driving distance to the beaches and lidos that surround the Italian lakes.
Baveno’s beach is pitched on the shores of Lake Maggiore, just over an hour’s drive from Milan. This manmade stretch of sand runs alongside a strip of grass, so there’s plenty of space for stretching out.
Lake Garda’s Miralago Beach is pitched on its northern shores, making it a three hour drive from Milan. Things are quiet around this side of the lake, and the views from this pebble waterfront line up mountain views left and right.
Not all of Milan’s price tags are eye-watering, you’ve just got to know where to go. The neighbourhood of Navigli has got you covered for pocket-happy buys.
The likes of H&M and Zara don’t miss out on Milan’s shopping scene – you can find this pair and a bunch of other high street heroes along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
If shopping’s your thing, Milan’s Golden Rectangle would be on your hitlist as soon as your winning numbers came in. All the big names have a slot down these four streets, including Gucci, Prada, and Versace. Not to be outdone, Armani even has its own A-list nightclub.
Wine bars and stylish lounges are all part of Milan’s cool-without-trying image. The neighbourhood of Brera does them by the bucketload, you might even spot a famous face or two as it’s got a name as a bit of an A-lister hangout.
While Milan’s nightlife map is spread across the city, Navigli’s dotted with lively nightlife spots all over. Evenings here kick off with Milan’s world-famous happy hour, apertivo. Live bands and riverside cocktails follow thing up. Once the doors have closed on that, head to a nightclub to see out the night.
These things are top-notch nosh for busy-life locals who lunch on the go. They’re a bit like a quesadilla and stuffed with meats and cheese before being griddled. You can pick one up from street food vendors and cafes around the city.
A classic cocktail favourite, Campari has its roots in a bar in a town not too far from Milan. It’s probably no wonder that many of the city’s favourite tipples come with a healthy splash of this herby liqueur.
Every region’s got its own take on risotto in Italy. Milan’s dish uses a serious shake of saffron to give the Arborio rice a yellowy colour. Flavour’s added by beef stock, onions, shallots, a glug of white wine, and parmesan cheese.
You’ll hear no complaints at apertivo time in Milan. Many of Milan’s bars offer happy hour between 6pm and 8pm, when they lay on a full spread of snacks. What’s better than snacks we hear you ask? The food’s often free, as long as you buy a drink.
Milan’s a nation of Minestrone lovers, so much so that you can pick up a cold version during the summer months. Don’t expect to see any pasta either, rice replaces it in this version.
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