One Day In Milan

24th June, 2015

by Erin Framel

The only route to Franciacorta is by way of Milan, so we set aside one day of our adventure for exploring the city. We woke up before the sun, dashing out the door, hoping to beat the crowds to see the Duomo. I had been told over and over if I could only make one stop in Milan, this was THE must see. And my, what a sight! The church is a monument, an architectural feat that has stood the test of time, and the rest of Milan seems to radiate from this one focal point, as if circling, bowing in reverence.
Milano2In Italy, ice-cream (well, gelato) is encouraged at any hour of the day, so after watching the city awake from below the great spires of the Duomo, we went ahead and had it for breakfast.
Milano3ABOVE + BELOW| Named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele I is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls.
Milano4We wandered through the streets window shopping, cheering on street performers, avoiding the far-too-persistent hagglers, and leisurely winding our way to Via Montenapoleone, the Rodeo Drive of Milan.
Milano5ABOVE| DKNY dress (similar here), Ralph Lauren Ricky bag, Coach patent loafers (similar here), SEE sunnies  BELOW| These cherry red trolleys are Milan’s main source of public transportation
Milano6ABOVE LEFT| street performers with a vexing optical illusion
Milano7 Milano8ABOVE| a midday costume change! wearing  Nicole Miller top, Sally LaPointe skirt (similar here), Ralph Lauren Ricky bagCoach patent loafers (similar here), SEE sunnies

My one souvenir goal in Milan was a great pair of kicks, because aside from superb sparkling wines, the Italians are most revered for their exquisite leather goods. This country truly set the standard for quality and craftsmanship, and if you’re shopping for the very finest, look no further than Fratelli Rossetti. Although they have shops across the globe, their store on Via Montenapoleone is the only place where you can have a custom pair tailor made and hand painted by their master craftsman.

This craft is passed down through generations, with techniques honed over many lifetimes of dedication. When you witness the prowess and passion their in-house artisan puts into one shoe, you’ll understand what sets Italian shoemakers apart. It’s about more than just footwear. This is art.
Milano9Of all of the Italian traditions I discovered, my favorite was apertif, a mini-meal snuck in between lunch & dinner, consisting of nuts, pastries, chips, finger sandwiches and of course, cocktails. We slipped over to Sant Ambroeus and toasted our Italian adventure with a round of Aperol Spritzes.
Milano10As blissed as could be, we sauntered to Ristorante Terrazza Triennale on the rooftop of La Triennale di Milano, Milan’s architecture and design museum. Surrounded by glass walls and an open roof, we watched dusk settle over the city while sipping a last glass of Franciacorta wine.
Milano11Ambling back to our hotel after dinner, we happened to pass once more by the Duomo.  Lit up pink like a vintage valentine, it was like a sweet goodbye kiss from a culture that had stolen my heart.

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  • It looks amazing!

    Liv Studios

  • Oh looks so great! It’s been a while now that I was in Milan the last time!!

    have a lovely day!
    Vicky // The Golden Bun

  • Wow these photos are stunning! I’ve been to Florence and Rome, but definitely need to visit Milan someday.

    Danah ❤ Panache Offblast

  • sanja

    Amazing city!! I`m, of course, impressed with shoemaker! I have one pair of shoes from Fratelli Rossetti, and I dont have to say that they are perfection. Lovely post..:) You´ve catched the essence of Italy!
    Love your bag and shoes.

  • such gorgeous shots and I’m seriously loving your black outfit, so chic!

    xx Angie |

  • Chloe Johnston

    Wow! These are spectacular. Can’t wait to be opening up our office in Milan.

  • Margaret

    This is crazily gorgeous! A beautiful city with great gelato and your stunning outfit! I wish I did the same next month in Milan too! Love all your beautiful pictures!

  • svadore

    Love Milano…I miss it so much. Love your shots and being Italian, I can say you definitely aced this itinerary and the look 🙂

  • Sarah Kline

    Wow!These are spectacular. Love Milano lovely post You´ve catched the essence of Italy!!

  • Milan is a must, especially for fashion lovers. Definitely noting Fratelli Rossetti. Do you know of any great vintage shops in Milan? Stunning photography by the way!

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