Well, welcome to Italy! This week we're exploring the fashion capitalof Europe.
We're here in Milan.
But of course there is more to do in Milan than just goshopping.
So we're going to be showing you 20 attractions around town.
We had 3 days in Milan so we hit the groundrunning and tried to see and do as much as possible.
We made time for major attractionslike Il Duomo, Sforza Castle, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, but we also veered awayfrom the crowds in search of street art and interesting neighborhoods.
This being Italy, we also tried to prioritize meals, sampling everything from pizza to risotto, and cappuccinosto aperitivos.
The following travel guide will highlight 20 things to do when you visitMilan, Italy Our first stop was Il Duomo, which is themost recognized attraction in the city.
The cathedral took nearly six centuries to completeand the exterior is covered in Candoglia marble, which gives it its off-white pinkish colour.
So I'm pretty excited because we're standingright behind Il Duomo and we have tickets to go up to the rooftop, to the terrace, whereyou get some pretty cool views of the old town.
So let's go in.
Climbing up to the cathedral's rooftop wasone of the coolest things we did in Milan.
We got some great views of the city and itwas also really nice getting a closer look at the architecture.
So a fun little fact we just learned.
If youdonate enough money you can get one of those church spires all to yourself.
Now we weren't entirely sure what an Italianbreakfast looks like so we did a bit of research and asked around and apparently it is justa coffee and anything sweet.
So that could be pastries, bread with jam, cake or cookies.
So we've sat down at a little cafe and we're going to have our first Italian breakfast.
So my beverage of choice today is the cappuccinobecause it is a very cold day.
And why not have some frothy coffee.
It's a cold day.
When is fifteen degrees considered cold? Look at the way I'm dressed.
I'm cold okay? Ooh, that is nice.
Niceand rich and frothy? Mmmm.
Wanna try some? And this pastry here I've selected, I honestlydon't really know what it is.
What made me select it was that I saw walnut bits.
Andhey, I'm a huge fan of walnuts so I don't know what is inside.
It looks like it mightbe apple.
Let's find out.
I thought it was going to be prunes.
No, no no.
That is like pecan pie.
That'specan filling inside.
Let's see the inside.
Oh wow! That is so delicious.
Oh, it's like having pecan pie.
Pie for breakfast.
He's a happy boy.
Something that surprised us about Milan isthat there is a castle right in the middle of the city.
Sforza Castle was built in the15th century by the Duke of Milan, and it then underwent several restorations and expansionsin the following centuries.
Today it houses several of the city's most prized art possessions, including frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo's very last sculpture.
For some upscale designer shopping, GalleriaVittorio Emanuele II is the place to be.
It is considered one of the world's oldest andmost beautiful shopping malls, and its most impressive feature is an arching glass andcast iron roof.
Well good evening from Milan.
It is our firstfull day here and it is now dinner time.
So we just found a local little restaurant andwe're going to be trying a traditional dish that is very popular in this city and in theLombardy region.
We are going to have Risotto alla Milanese .
So my Risotto alla Milanese has arrived.
Andin case you're not too familiar with risotto it is basically a type of rice that is verythick, very starchy and it absorbs a lot of liquids.
So this should be good.
It almostlooks a little soupy and creamy.
And also my Risotto alla Milanese gets its color fromsaffron.
So saffron is a bit of a reddish orange color when it is dry but when you stickit and mix it with the rice it turns it yellow.
So enough about that let's try it.
Do you like that? Oh, wow! That is so good.
And it is already cheesy.
I mean I know I added a lot of cheese but I think they had already melted some cheeseand mixed it in.
So yeah, very cheesy and very buttery.
You can never get too much cheese.
That is so good.
You're going to like this.
Milan has a lot of really cool street artand you’ll often stumble upon it when you’re not even looking.
We spotted some really coolpieces around Porta Ticinese.
The Colonne di San Lorenzo are the remainsof Roman ruins that date back to the 2nd century.
They are believed to have been part of a bathhouse before they were moved to their current location at some point during the 4th century.
Another fun activity to try in Milan is aboat tour of the canals.
The city's canals are attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, who in1482 was called over by the Duke of Milan to help renovate the city’s canal system.
So cruise on down knowing that Da Vinci once strolled the same neighbourhood you are visiting.
Milan's Navigli District is one of the liveliestparts of town especially when the sun goes down.
We recommend finding a little restaurantalong the water's edge and enjoying a proper Italian meal al fresco.
So we've gone out for our first Italian Aperitivo.
Which is kind of like a pre-dinner drinking tradition.
Basically, you get yourself a cocktailfor about 10 Euros and that gives you access to this massive buffet of like pizzas, pastas, olives.
Anything you could possibly imagine.
And this is what comes before dinner.
So I have to admit I was expecting very simplefood for the Aperitivo.
I thought maybe they would just give us some prosciutto cheeseand olives.
You know, pretty cheap simple food.
But instead what we've found was this.
So I've got lasagna, I've got ravioli.
I have have stir-fried veggies.
And even french frieswhich are not Italian but I had to grab a few anyways since they were available.
And because Milan is one of the fashion capitalsof the world.
You couldn't come to this city and not go shopping.
Right now we are walkingalong Via Torino which boasts lots of different boutiques but there is several different areasaround the city that you can check out.
So we thought we'd show you some of the distinctneighborhoods in the city.
This is Chinatown and we've noticed tonnes of Chinese restaurants.
And I think you can pick up some really good food here.
Another thing we noticed about Milan is thatlocals bike everywhere.
So if you want to do as locals do, consider hiring a bike forthe day to help you get familiarized with the city.
So it is lunchtime here in Milan and we figuredwhy not have pizza when in Italy.
I've only had pizza once the whole time I've been hereand it was time to try a few others.
So we've been walking around the city and we walkedby this one shop and we saw they had like these extra thick slices of pizza.
It almostlooked like a focaccia bread with toppings.
So we went in there and grabbed two slices.
Okay, so tell us what did you get for yourself? So I got the one that had salami and mozzarella.
And this reminds me a lot of the pizza I had in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
These massivethick slices that you would just go into a shop and order.
And I think this is goingto be delicious.
Ooh, time for the first bite.
And I like that has already been pre-slicedinto small little pieces for us.
Perfect for lunch at the park.
That's really good.
Tasty? Oh, yeah.
Gooey cheese? Oh, yeah.
I don't even have anything to say.
What did you get on yours? Okay, so mine has what I believe in mozzarellaand some small tomatoes and basil leaves.
So it looks really good.
And I was asking the guy who served our pizza, you know, what kind of pizza is it? What style is it? And he called it pizza al trancio.
And I lookedthat up and it basically means pizza by the piece or pizza by the slice.
And as you cansee it has already been pre-sliced into little portions, so it is perfect for you know justgetting it to go, having lunch at a park or eating it outdoors.
Yeah, we're having it in a park now as itjust starts to rain.
So time to try this.
It looks wonderful.
Oh my goodness.
Wow! Is that good? Oh, yeah.
So the dough, I mean it is really thick butit also has a bit of a fluffy quality to it and that is like a thick layer of cheese aswell.
Like that is a generous amount of cheese.
Check this out? Look at all that cheese.
It kind of reminds me of Chicago Deep Dishstyle as well.
Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio We also visited the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, which is believed to have once held the relics of the Three Magi.
If you didn't get enough of the Duomo andthe rooftop terrace, you can also visit the Duomo Museum, which covers the cathedralshistory and art a little more in depth.
Like most European cities, Milan is steepedin history but that doesn't mean there aren't newer parts with modern architecture.
We madesome time to take a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour of the city, and that helped us see a differentside of Milan.
We also dropped by the Museum of Natural History, which is probably geared more towards children, but we were still curious to see their dinosaurdisplays.
Lastly, on our final night in Milan we wentout for one last stroll around the city to enjoy some nighttime views.
Swing by Il Duomoif you get a chance – it feels completely different when the lights come on and thecrowds disperse.
And that's all for our visit to Milan.
Wehope this video will give you some cool ideas of sights and attractions to check out aroundtown, and if you have any other suggestions for travellers, feel free to add those tothe comments below.