Instagraming Milan

Today is my last day in Milan.  I’m sad to leave since this is a city I’m really fond of, but at the same time I’m excited to visit new places.  Milan has been my “home” since the end of October of last year, so I’ve had the chance to truly live here like a local, experience la dolce vita, and even make wonderful friends.

This “Instagram” essay is just a visual sample of the many things I saw and experienced in Milan during these past four months and was able to capture with my iPhone.  These are some of my highlights.

Autumn in Milan, Italy

A nice welcome to Milan with the trees showing their best autumn colors. One of the things I love about Milan is the great selection of urban parks that are spread throughout the entire city.

fountains in milan

These fountains can be seen all around the city, especially on parks. They have the symbol of the city under the duck-looking spout

bikemi milan

Biking in Milan is a breeze since the whole city is flat. My favorite experience biking in the city was when my friend and I got caught in the middle of a hail storm. We had to take shelter under some trees as we were being “severely attacked” by the hail.

Duomo, Milan

Milan Cathedral, also known as Duomo. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in the Italian state territory. Without a doubt, this is the highest symbol and sight of the city. It has an elaborate facade and architecture and an interesting history behind it. This is a sight not to be missed in Italy in general.

St. Bartholomew in Milan's Duomo, Italy

Saint Bartholomew’s statue inside Milan’s Duomo. His strange looks are due to the fact that he was skinned alive! (According to legend)

Galeria Vittorio Emanuelle in Milan, Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the oldest shopping mall in Italy. Built between 1865 and 1877. These used to be regular streets before, but eventually they were covered to create the Galleria.

bull of milan

This is a famous spot at Vittorio Emanuelle. Supposedly, if you spin three times on top of the bull’s balls you’ll return at some point to Milan. I guess it worked for me the first time I did it during the summer, because I returned!

San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan, Italy

San Bernardino alle Ossa. The walls of the chapel are lined by human bones, probably from the people who died in what was the hospital of San Barnaba in Brolo. They were victims of the plague.

San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan, Italy

A closer view at the skulls at San Bernardino. By the way, this is my favorite sight in Milan.

Food in Milan

This wasn’t exactly in Milan, but very close to it. I visited the Fiera del Tartufo e del Miele (Truffles and Honey Fair) in Casteggio, Italy. I didn’t know Tartufo could cost hundreds and even thousands of euros per piece!! Well, best thing was going back home to cook fresh ravioli with Tartufo. Very good!!

Lots of beer!

This is called the Molecule. It is 8 liters of beer in a cool “jar”. When in Milan, go to La Fontanella in Naviglio to have one of these!

pizza vending machine

A pizza vending machine? Why not?! I never tried it, since there are so many good pizzerias in Milan, this could have been an option if I craved pizza at 3am. Not sure how good they are, though.

Pasta Carbonara

I want to present to you my favorite Italian dish; homemade pasta Carbonara.

Milano Centrale, Milan, Italy

Milan’s Central Train Station at night. This is the legacy Mussolini left in the city. A strong fascist statement of power and strength, all expressed through architecture.

milano centrale

A nice Christmas tree in the main hall of Centrale Station. Al those white things you see at the bottom of the tree are used train tickets with notes to Santa, family, and friends.

Dolce and Gabbana Milan

Of course, Milan is synonymous to fashion. No visit to Milan is complete without visiting Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino, and quadrilateral della Moda (the high fashion area).

Dinosaur in Milan

How it would look if dinosaurs were technicians… I could see this from the apartment… funny sight.

Chocolate Factory, Milan, Italy

I was funny to see the sunset through the bedroom window. Every afternoon the birds would fly around the chocolate factory smokestack as if looking for food. I guess they love the smell of chocolate?

Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy

Probably the statue that impressed me the most as I walked through Cimitero Monumentale. Look at her expression?

I’ll miss Milan, but I’m hoping to come back soon!

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  1. Sylvia @ Marina Apartments says

    You have captured so many unique sights from around this beautiful city that it makes me adore Milan all the more! The first picture is enough to make anyone fall in love with your photography, though! =)

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