It’s getting dark early again these days, something that indicates that the festive season is right around the corner. During this time of year I always feel like making a short city trip. A while ago I visited Milano, Como and Bergamo for three days, together with two of my dearest friends. I realized that I had never put up the picture of that trip on this blog, so today I’ll be taking you a long on our three cities in three days trip.
Milan – or like the Italians say Milano – is one of my favorite Italian towns. It might not be as romantic as Venice, Florence or Rome, but it has a nice sophisticated feel to it. Shopping wise it’s extremely expensive, but window shopping is free even in Milano. My must-see’s of the Italian fashion capital are the Milan Cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall – one of the worlds oldest shopping malls – and Sforza Castle. All of these are in walking distance of each other.
We stayed in Hotel Del Sud, which for us students was great. It was very close to the centre and the staff was nice and helpful. However it wasn’t the quietest hotel and there is no wifi. At that time I didn’t mind, disconnecting from the online world is good at times. If you ever happen to book this hotel: there is an Asian restaurant on the right side (when facing the hotel) where you can get delicious Italian and Asian food. Great dishes for as little as three euro!
Milan is not a town for which you need several days to see it. Two days is enough to visit most that Milano has to offer. Lago di Como close to Milano and by train it doesn’t take long to get there (I can’t remember the exact time). Italy has a great public transportation system, that’s quite easy to figure out. I highly recommend scheduling a visit to lake Come when visiting the Milan area. It’s just so mesmerizingly beautiful and if that isn’t enough to convince you to go there: George Clooney has a house on lake Como.
My favorite part of the trip was visiting Bergamo. Ryanair flies on Bergamo Airport which is approximately 50 km from Milano. Most of the time the areas to which Ryanair flies, aren’t worth paying a visit but Bergamo is an exception. From the airport a bus takes you in less then 45 minutes to the centre of Bergamo, which is on top of a mountain. When we got out of the bus I felt like I stepped into a painting. Christmas was getting near so all of the tiny streets in the town were decorated and the little bakery’s had beautiful cakes and goodies on display. We only spend a few hours in Bergamo
p.s Usually I post a travel article on Thursday, but this week I’ve switched things up.