Saturday, October 15, 2016

Italy Part I: Milan

This year my goal was to travel to countries around the world that I have never been to before. After celebrating my 26th birthday on September 20th in Miami, I wanted to finally make my way to Italy. I secretly think there's some Italian blood inside of me because I eat Italian food 4-5 times a week. I think I would die without pasta, pizza, and caesar salad's. My first stop was Milan. I've always wanted to go to Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. 

On the evening of Friday, September 23rd, I took an overnight flight to Milan from Miami. I finally reached Milan on the afternoon of Saturday September 24th. I stayed at Uptown Palace, which is conveniently located in Milan City Centre. I had an executive suite, that I booked specifically because of it's amazing wrap around balcony, facing the Milan Cathedral. Uptown Palace is conveniently located next to everything, and is only a 12 minute walk from Duomo di Milano, the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. 

A delicious breakfast, with a beautiful view. 

Wearing a stunning Lipsy London gown on my suite's balcony. 

On my first full day, I went to the Milan Cathedral. Everyone who visits Milan, must stop by to see this stunning landmark. It's even more gorgeous and in person! There are hundreds of people, (at almost every hour) taking pictures of and in front of this 17th century masterpiece.  

The top of the stunning Duomo di Milano. The construction of this cathedral began in 1386.

Views from inside The Galleria.

The beautiful paintings and sculptures on the ceilings of the Galleria are breathtaking.
On the west side of the cathedral is one of the world's oldest shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Opening in 1877, the Galleria was named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The Galleria is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful structures and paintings on the walls. Dozens of restaurants and high-end boutiques such as, Versace and Gucci can be found inside.

Ordering a cappuccino at Gucci's Café.

This is the cutest! Even my cappuccinos are designer. 

One of my favorite places in Milan, was Gucci Café Milano, located in front of Gucci at the Galleria. All of the desserts and cappuccinos have the Gucci logo on them. Definitely a blogger's dream!  

Sunglasses by Dior. 

After a little shopping, and more eating, I walked around the streets of Milan taking pictures. The buildings are old and so beautiful, similar to the ones in Paris. Most of the streets in Central Milan are cobblestone, and every block is picture perfect.  

Walking around Via della Spiga. Dress by Ministry Of Style, sunglasses by Dior. 

This street is so cute, I had to stop and take a photo. Bag and shoes both by Valentino. 

Another popular place to visit in Milan is, Via della Spiga. One of Milan's top shopping streets, (and probably my favorite shopping area in Milan), Via della Spiga has almost every designer store you can imagine! It's a fashionista's dream.

Sunglasses by Céline.

Dress by Guess, bag by Valentino, sneakers by Givenchy. 

I don't like to club, so I can't tell you how the nightlife in Milan is. I do however, love to eat, so I can tell you that there are sooo many excellent restaurants in Central Milan. From authentic Italian food, to Asian Cuisine, to even American food, Milano offers great dining. I didn't make it to STK Milano, but I did enjoy a wonderful dinner at Nobu Milano. I highly recommend eating here If you are a Nobu and/or sushi fan. Nobu Milano is located right next door to the upscale Armani Hotel Milano

My first Italian sunset, in Milan. 

Milan was definitely a great first stop to my 26th Birthday Getaway. If you love fashion, Italian food, and Italian history, then you must see Milan at least once in your lifetime. 

  1. Such extraordinary views! I have always wanted to eat at Cafe Gucci!!
    So so jealous!

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  2. You can always find this place packed on a weekend night and sometimes they host parties that you can't get into, but other than that happening every once in a while this is the venue NYC to be. They have nice upstairs and down stairs area.