These past two weeks, I have taken some time extra time to explore the city I am living in. I have had the great opportunity to travel to a few countries on weekends but I have focused on exploring Milan during the week. These are a few notable things from my recent time:
Free Museum Day
On the first Sunday of every month, many museums have free admission. This means, I was able to visit 3 places in one day- at no cost! This most recent Sunday, I visited the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Civic Archaeological Museum and the Pinacoteca di Brera. The artwork was fantastic and these were definitely places to see.
A Picasso Vase in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”
One of the most amazing things about Italy is the intense culture you find in the most obscure places. When I booked my ticket 2 months in advance to see this famous painting, I didn’t know what to expect. This painting is tucked in the dim lit church hall of the Santa Maria Novella. This painting spans the entire wall of a church, with rich colors painted right onto the textured surface. It was so amazing and it was unlike any art piece I have seen. It is a must see when in Milano, but you must book in advance! They are strict about viewing and the 15 minutes you are allotted.
International Women’s day is held in early March. Although I have had this experience in the states, Italy took this day very seriously. Women are always greatly respected– but on this day; they were the star of the show. Women were offered flowers and free entry to museums, and a lot of awesome wishes. It was cool!
The Navigli Grande
I have thought my neighborhood was charming since moving in... but I didn't fully realize how amazing until the sun came out. On the top of the Navigli Canal, I discovered an amazing market and my new favorite thing to do is grab a fresh juice, read or chat with friends on the water after class.Having traveled to a few places like Genova, Italy & Barcelona, Spain... I have realized that being on water makes me feel at home. Maybe the Navigli grande is the new Lake Mendota...?
The Navigili Grande
Food, food, food
The food in this city is great! From authentic Risotto Milanese to pasta and pizza, from fast food Spontini to unique tiramisus, from fresh bread to great coffee– you eat well in this city. There are Michelin star ranked restaurants for occasions and great hole-in-the wall authentic spots– it is the perfect food scene for a foodie.
How to abroad: Get out and explore. I've recently fallen madly in love with my city and it’s because I've given it a chance. I walk home from class when it's 50 and sunny, I see shops to stop in, or parks to relax in and I capitalize on the opportunity I have to do so.
Time has flown by, and I'm already two months into my journey. My goal is to feel like I really lived in Milan and I'm getting there. These next few weeks I have visitors coming in and am so excited to share everything I love about Milan with them!