Coming from Paris we started our tour of Italy in Milan. This was our third stop on our European Tour. We got there by way of easyJet from Paris Orly airport (ORY) to Milan Linate airport (LIN). Flying with easyJet wasn’t a smooth flying experience, as we would like. We had delays after delays and switching from one gate to another before we can board the plane. It was the most affordable flight at that time so we couldn’t really complain for €55.99, you get what you pay for. From Milan Linate airport, we took the transit route provided by Google maps to get to our hotel. We had preloaded the map on our mobile device ahead of time incase we couldn’t get a Wi-Fi signal in Milan. It was a good thing too because unlike our first two stops in Europe in Milan we couldn’t find anyone that was able to speak to us in English. It was a challenge to ask anyone for directions when you can’t speak their language. People gave us a confused look when we talked to them in English.
We were lucky enough to get a great deal for our stay at the Westin Palace Hotel in Milan which normally we wouldn’t be able to afford because of the €279 per night rate. By booking with secrethotel we were able to save 70% on our hotel stay. The hotel definitely lives up to its 4 star rating, but with our experience we would probably give it a 5 star. The room was really spacious and nice, complete with an office area where if you were there for work you had room to do just that. The staffs were friendly and most important of all they spoke English. The best part of it was that it was also walking distance to the major attractions of the city.
The Network Providers:
After we checked in at our hotel the first thing we did was look for a prepaid SIM to get internet connection on our mobile while we were out exploring the city. There are 3 major carriers in Italy (TIM, Vodafone and Wind), we chose to go with Wind mobility. Once we had secured the SIM card and got connected to the mobile network we were able to explore the main city streets of the Fashion District (Via Montenapoleone, Via Sant’Andrea, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Bigli and Via Gesù).
The Fashion District:
Milan is known as the Quadrilatero Della Moda or the Fashion District. This is because of the large concentration of haute couture shops in the city. We didn’t really know what that meant until we walked the streets on Montenapoleone and saw it with our own eyes. Walking from our hotel to the Duomo (Milan Cathedral / Santa Maria Nascente), the streets were literally a shopping center from one end to the other not to mention the shops inside of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Walking around the Galleria and the Duomo felt like we were inside a movie scene with pigeons all around. To think we were only at the beginning of our trip across Italy.
We didn’t stay long in Milan because we wanted to celebrate our 10th year Wedding Anniversary in Venice, which was our 4th stop on our European Tour. So after a day of walking around the Fashion District and doing some window shopping we headed to the Milano Centrale/Ancona and caught the first train to Bologna Centrale/Venezia S.Lucia.
For more on our European tour, please check Wonders In Wanders.