Study Abroad: Milan

The semester has come to an end and I keep thinking back to this time last year when I was getting ready for one of the most exciting and rewarding times in my life.  I miss London and I miss the traveling that we did.  Today, I’m sharing a small part of my spring break trip to Italy, beginning with our first stop: Milan.

Elizabeth, Lizzie, Bre, me and Emily documenting our first stop in Italy!

We arrived in Milan a few hours later than planned due to a delayed flight.  Once in Milan, made it through customs and quickly realized we didn’t know how to get to our hotel from the airport.  The directions that the hotel had given us seemed easy enough, until we got outside and realized that getting a cab for 5 wasn’t simple.

Our cute Hotel Rossovino
Our cute Hotel Rossovino

Once we did get a cab big enough for all of us, our driver took us to what looked like an abandoned building.  It was obvious to everyone but him, that we were clearly not in the right spot.  After showing our driver the map for probably the third time, he finally understood and told us that we had given him the wrong address from the beginning.  Thankfully, we found the correct place, which was the cute little Hotel Rossovino.

Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano

Once we checked in, we decided to find some gelato and wander through the city.  We walked through the main part of the city and got to see the Duomo at night, which was beautiful.  The entire square in front of the Duomo was filled with tourists and street performers and peddlers.  We decided to call it an early night after flying and exploring the city all day and had a relaxing dinner in the hotel.

Views from the Duomo
Views from the Duomo

The next day we bought tickets to tour the Duomo and climb to the top.  The architecture was amazing.  There is so much detail in every inch.  The views of the city were also pretty incredible.

Because if you don't take a "groupie" (when there's more than one in a selfie), on the top of the Duomo in Milan, did it actually happen?
Because if you don’t take a “groupie” (when there’s more than one in a selfie), on the top of the Duomo in Milan, did it actually happen?

We may or may not have gotten a little carried away with the photos on the top of the Duomo, but it was so much fun.  After our tour, there was a festival going on.  We stopped for gelato, walked through the festival and did some shopping.

Duomo di Milano
Duomo di Milano

Our stay in Milan was short, only two days, but we packed a lot in within those two days.  Funny story, in an effort to save money, we thought we’d walk to the train station to get to our next city, Venice.  It was a three mile walk…I can only imagine what people thought as we wandered through the city with our backpacks and suitcases.  Looking back, it’s hilarious, but at the time, we were not laughing.  We were hungry, frustrated from frozen ATM cards and tired from all of our walking.

My recommendation, if you ever travel to Milan, stay close to the Duomo.  That’s where most of the attractions are.  We stayed farther away, about a 25 minute walk each day, to get to the part of the city that we wanted to be in.  The walk was beautiful and we got to see parts of the city that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, but for the sake of time, staying in a more central part of the city would have been best.

Taylor xo


8 thoughts on “Study Abroad: Milan

  1. What an awesome blog! Even though I’ve heard & seen so many of your pictures & stories, there’s always something new to share. Never heard about the 3 mile walk with your luggage…would love to have seen that. 🙂 Keep sharing your trip of a lifetime experience ,I love reading about it.

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