Leaving Dan behind this time, I set off on a little girly getaway to Milano, Italy.
Five of my wonderful girlfriends and I decided to book a long weekend in Milan following a dream that my friend Joni had around two years ago. She dreamt the six of us packed up our suitcases and jetted off to the global capital of fashion and design to consume a mountain of carbs and a bucket load of Prosecco… and that’s exactly what we did!
We arrived at our modern Italian apartment Milano Garibaldi, Lombardi*, on Thursday around 5pm. Three of us kicked off our shoes and began unloading our baggage whilst the other three headed straight out on a very important mission… finding the best local Prosecco, and lots of it. On their arrival back to the apartment (it took them all of ten minutes to sniff it out, they’re well versed in the art of bubbly hunting) we popped open the fizz and slurped away to our hearts content. It was much needed after the day of travelling we had endured.
We quickly got ourselves dressed up and wandered off down the cobbled streets on the search for some tasty Italian grub.
We stumbled into a local eatery, an authentic, family run Italian restaurant who had a vast menu bursting with many carb-filled dishes. The restaurant was vibrant and energetic, occupied with many local families and group of friends enjoying each others company and the feast set out in front of them.
I opted for a classic Caprese salad for starters and then a delicious pizza for my main, obviously accompanied by a few too many glasses of Prosecco.
We all thoroughly enjoy the unforgettable ambiance, the delicious banquet and the personal service we received.
We ended the night with a boogie at a local Euro club, complete with lots of sparklers (as you do!).
The following morning we awoke, quickly consumed a couple of croissants from the local bakery and a mug of tea before heading out for a day of sight-seeing.
First stop, Castello Sforzesco. A beautiful 15th century castle in Milan built by Francesco Sforza the Duke of Milan, which now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. We didn’t go inside but stopped outside to get a couple of pictures. It’s a stunning castle with vast walls and tree lined walkways which frame the fortress charmingly.
We continued on South towards the illustrious Duomo di Milano, a gothic cathedral which took almost six centuries to complete, and you can really see why. It is breathtakingly handsome, the design is intricate and polished, not an inch is left untouched. It has been carved and moulded to perfection and was really very striking against the bright blue sky that day.
We bought a ticket which allowed us both on the roof of the cathedral and also inside, neither disappointed.
The views from the top we’re incredible, we could see for miles and miles across the enchanting Milano landscape. We spent almost an hour on the roof, perched on the top setting the world to rights, the sun beaming down on us was almost holy.
We carried on to take a peek into the cathedral, it was breathtaking. So peaceful and settling.
We stopped for a spot of lunch overlooking the Duomo, taking in every last breath of this gothic masterpiece, and then ‘accidently’ ended up roaming through The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II… as us girls do!
This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, filled with every designer name under the sun. We were good although it was very hard!
That evening we got dressed up and headed for the canals, we’d heard the ambiance was electric and the food to die for, it was.
We ate and drank at a quirky and lively little restaurant, the bar was buzzing and luckily we were able to order Prosecco like it was on tap.
With six bottles of Prosecco down and copious amounts of pasta filling our bellies we wondered down the canal to find yet more Prosecco (there’s a theme going on here, don’t you think?).
We found a quaint bar hidden down a side street. Inside were three very smiley and welcoming Italians who were ready to feed our fizzy wine addiction. We happily slurped our favourite tipple whilst offering relationship advice to our new friends, this was also the night we all experienced our first lock-in, I don’t think any of us had ever laughed so hard!
At 5am we headed back to our apartment and sunk into our beds, tomorrow was going to be a very exciting day.
Our final day in Milano meant only one thing… A visit to Lake Como.
We booked a boat trip around the lake and took in the beautiful sights. The rolling hills of the Alps were lush green and spattered with a flurry of pretty, multi-coloured houses and villas. It was a misty day which only made the lake even more magnificent.
We were all geared up to say ‘Ciao’ to George Clooney, unfortunately he must have been busy that day!
That evening was spent eating even more carbs and drinking Aperol Spritz (to make a change!).
We talked all evening about the wonderful trip we’d had, the amazing memories we’d made and the laughs we’d never forget.
Who knew so much fun, laughter and friendship could derive from one person’s dream?
*Images of apartment sourced from: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3936189 (because we made it messy pretty quickly!)