About 2 weeks ago, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary by taking a city break to Milan. We usually do a little something to celebrate, and after doing a short break in Paris last year, we thought we'd try somewhere new!

We got to Gatwick Airport in the afternoon before boarding our flight to Milan Malpensa Airport. Unfortunately due to the weather, we didn't get much of a view on the plane, as it was very cloudy pretty much the entire way there!



We landed late afternoon (it's only about a 1hr 30mins flight from London) and hopped on the metro to our hotel. We stayed at the B&B Hotel Milano Cenisio Garibaldi, which was pretty much ideally located - not far from the centre at all! The hotel itself was modern and cosy, but not expensive! It was basically an Italian version of a Premier Inn which suited us just nicely!



On our first night, we explored a little, but were so tired so we made food the priority. We found a little restaurant called Spontini on Via Cenisio. They have a few of them around Milan, and they're a combination of a fast food place and a sit down restaurant; for about £5 each, you get 2 big thick slices of margherita pizza and what is basically a small tankard of drink - very filling and a great place to pick up something quick! The food came so quickly!





After this, we were craving some proper Italian gelato, and found this place again on Via Cenisio (afraid I can't find the name of it!) where we had strawberry cheesecake, stracciatella and chocolate ice creams, so good!

The next day, we headed to Lake Como, which you can read about in my post here!



When we got back from Como, we thought we'd make the most of it and explore a bit more of the centre of Milan. We wandered around Sforza Castle, which was built in the 15th Century. It houses many of the city's museums and is a must see! It was a lovely day, so afterwards, we had a quick stroll around Parco Sempione, stopped by the Arco della Pace for a quick picture, and then went to get dinner!



We found a place nearby called Pizza OK (seriously), where we got a pizza and a carbonara, and drinks for about £15 between us! It was a really nice evening, and had we not been absolutely shattered from the long day, we would've stayed out longer for drinks. Lots of areas of Milan have happy hour deals which include dinner and drinks for about 10 euros each, so it'd definitely be worth trying.

On our penultimate day, first, we headed for San Siro Stadium. I'd promised my boyfriend we could go, but unfortunately when we got there, we were told we couldn't get in to the tour and museum as there was a game going on that night! So instead, we went and explored around the Duomo, which is perhaps the most iconic landmark in Milan. The square was very busy, and it was a boiling hot day - which was great as our forecast had said to expect thunderstorms! We grabbed some food in Il Mercato del Duomo which is right next to the cathedral. The food wasn't too bad, though I think had we not been so hungry we would have found something else.



Next, it was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which was just something else! Full of designer stores, we fell in love with sooooo many beautiful pieces which were far out of our budget! That's the thing about Milan - the fashion is amazing, but also so expensive! :(


For the next few hours, we walked around the streets near to the Duomo, window shopping and occasionally actually shopping. It was such a warm day that we decided to treat ourselves to more gelato at a place called Autogrill, again opposite the cathedral. I went for stracciatella, blood orange sorbet and strawberry sorbet, while my boyfriend went for blood orange sorbet, passionfruit sorbet and mango sorbet. They were delicious, but a bit sharp - the blood orange sorbet in particular!



Later, on our final night, my boyfriend managed to get us tickets for about 20 euros each to see AC Milan v AS Roma at San Siro. It was a great game (unfortunately Milan lost) and I really enjoyed it, but some of the fans were rowdy as you'd expect!

Finally, it was our last day, so we grabbed breakfast at this place called Bianco Latte. I had a hot chocolate - which was essentially just a pot of melted chocolate, sooooo good - and a croissant, whilst my boyfriend had orange juice, fruit and yoghurt and a pain au chocolat.





We got to the airport around lunchtime and browsed duty free for a bit before getting on the plane. Luckily this time it was fairly clear out so we could see the Alps out the window. A wonderful end to such a lovely trip!