I’ve been back in the US for exactly one week, and the nostalgia is already hitting me hard. I’ve had a serious craving for pecorino cheese and spicy salami–so much so that I willingly went to Wegmans on a Sunday afternoon to check out their selection. Italy was everything that I hoped it would be, from the friendly people to the amazing food and scenic views. Our first stop was Milan, a city that I obviously loved for the fashion.
Duomo di Milano: It’s no wonder that Milan’s cathedral is one of its most famous landmarks. The weather was gorgeous when we arrived–blue skies and in the low 60s–so we left our luggage at the train station and headed to the city square to enjoy the sunshine. We first toured the cathedral, taking in the intricate architecture and beautiful stained glass windows, then climbed to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Teatro alla Scala: If you ever have a chance to go to the Teatro alla Scala, you must go! We went to see the ballet and it was amazing. The accompanying music was by Bach, which was incredible too.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: The Galleria, a glass and iron-roofed arcade, houses many flagship stores, like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci.
Via Montenapoleone: Possibly the best shopping in all of Italy, Via Montenapoleone is a street in Milan lined with designer shops and boutiques. We spent the afternoon walking up and down the street, admiring the storefronts with beautiful displays and stopping in a few places.
The locals in Milan were so effortlessly chic–I found myself inspired by the street style and constantly taking mental notes. I tried to pack as minimally as possible (though I still had a suitcase that weighed in at 51.0lbs…), so I brought versatile pieces that I could easily transform throughout the week. A leopard print clutch pairs surprisingly well with a lot, and a classic trench coat is functional yet flattering. As soon as I saw this belted dress (under $70!), I knew it would be a great piece and couldn’t wait to wear it in Italy. I was also finally able to wear the newest addition to my shoe collection, being sure not to ruin them on the cobblestone!
Luini: Oh my gosh. The small bakery is best known for its panzerottis, fried dough filled with mozzarella and red sauce, and they were one of the best things that we ate on the entire trip.
Park Hyatt: After the ballet, we went to the Park Hyatt for cappuccinos and tiramisu. The bar had a cool, low-key vibe that was perfect for unwinding after a long travel day.
CioccolatItaliani: We waited in line for over 30 minutes, but the gelato was well worth it. Creamy, expertly scooped, and friendly service!