The Travel Junkie Diary in Milan with Elias El-indari
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Where is your favorite travel destination?
Milano, Italy to attend the Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
Where did you stay?
Bulgari Hotel Milano
What was it like?
The hotel was simply incredible. Our hotel supervisor handled the Middle East and North African guests and had an outstanding level of knowledge about the regions that allowed us to converse comfortably. The rooms were extremely comfortable, with cloud-like beds, a spacious layout and a dreamy bathroom with a ceiling shower-head that you could spend hours in every morning. The bar, restaurant and outdoor terrace were my hotel favorites. Perfect for a late afternoon bite and refreshing drink after a sweltering Milanese summer day. Unfortunately, I did not manage to visit out the pool, sauna and massage therapy, even after so many recommendations. It is something I will definitely have to try on my next stay at the hotel. As you check out of the hotel, you are stopped by an intriguing sugar-station occupied by several large glass jars filled with candy. That on it’s own won me over.
What are the things to do in Milan?
– Milan Cathedral (Duomo) – One of the most visited sites in Milano, the Duomo is one place you should definitely visit
– L’Ultima Cena at the Santa Maria delle Grazie – Painting of the Last Supper
– Dialogo nel Buio – An incredible experience into the life of the blind.
– Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – For your well deserved shopping sprees
– I highly recommend you take an Italian cooking class. As your hotel concierge for tips on where you can book
What are your packing tips?
If you are traveling during the summer, I highly recommend you pack as many shorts and shirts as possible. Also, with so much walking, a comfortable pair of sneakers/runners will become a lifesaver before you know it. Sun protection is key with temperatures soaring to over 35 degrees on some days. Before leaving your hotel, stock up on bottles of water to keep you well hydrated during the day. During winter, Milano is literally freezing. Amazing how the temperatures fluctuate during the seasons. Coats, jumpers, scarves, gloves and solid boots are key. Finally, my personal favourite essential: Chap-Stick
Top 5 restaurants
– Ristorante Giapponese Iyo – Best Japanese in town and the only non-Italian restaurant in Milano to be awarded a Michelin Star
– Langosteria 10 – A five-star traditional Italian restaurant
– Il Baretto Al Baglioni – Located inside one of Milano’s luxurious hotels, Carlton Hotel Boglioni, this place is one of my favourites
– Ristorante D’O – The chef, Davide Oldani, a relative of a great friend, knows how to put together an incredible spread
– Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia – For more of a fine-dining experience
Top 5 shops
– For some amazing, handmade Italian shoes you have Tod’s and Santoni located on Via Montenapoleone
– Salvatore Ferragamo
– Al Bazar – For the sartorial gentleman, you will find all things double-breasted suits, ties, leather shoes and impeccable garments.
– You might be able to snap up discounted pieces from Prada, Gucci, D&G and other luxury Italian brands during the summer sale period
– Pal Zileri for beautifully tailored suits
Best time to visit I recommend sometime during the end of July and Beginning of August. It will be a little more cooler, less busy and non-chaotic due to Fashion Weeks
Top 3 tips on Milan
– Keep all things important close to you in a travel pack. The last thing you want is to be a victim of pickpocketing
– Remain well hydrated and protected from the sun during the summer time
– Eat loads of pasta, pizza and antipasto!
What airline did you fly with? Emirates
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