How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan

How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan
What I Wore in Milan


Milan is the perfect weekend getaway. 48 hours may not sound like long, but in Milan it is all you need to hit each of the city’s iconic locations, and enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine. We actually spent 3 days in Milan, I have already written all about my outfits here. But it is definitely a trip that could fit into a weekend if preferred.

A visit to the famous Duomo di Milano is a must. Though be warned, the queues for tickets are pretty monstrous if you want to head inside or to the rooftop. Inside the Cathedral is seriously impressive, however the views from the top aren’t anything out of the ordinary. I would skip the rooftop if you’re short on time, and maybe hit up a rooftop bar instead!


For restaurant lined canals, al fresco dining and authentic Italian vibes, spend an evening in the Navigli district. I think this was my favourite night of our trip, enjoying the atmosphere along the canal as the sun went down.

Mag Cafe is an absolute must if hole-in-the-wall cocktail bars are your thing, and check out Napoli 1820 for delicious pizza, of course! Or if you prefer wine over cocktails, there’s a lovely wine bar called Il Vinaccio. If you can’t choose, it’s worth noting that we visited all three in one night. So I can speak from experience that it is do-able! 


The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele might be what springs to mind when you think of shopping in Milan. The oldest shopping mall in the world houses some incredible designer stores, from Gucci to Louis Vuitton and is really beautiful to wander around, even if you don’t plan to make any purchases. 

Situted just behind the Duomo is Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a street lined with high street favourites. Sephora, Mango and & Other Stories to name a few. Not forgetting the most stunning Zara store I’ve ever visited, split over two levels and graced with sweeping staircases as soon as you step through the front door.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan Navigli District
How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan Galleria


If I’m totally honest, some of my favourite memories of Milan are food related. Italian cuisine is definitely the way to my heart so I did a lot of research before our trip to ensure that we only experienced the very best.

For a lunch time treat head to Piz, a small pizza restaurant, tucked away off a busy shopping street. They only serve three different pizzas, but I can honestly say they’re some of the best I’ve ever tried. Something to note is that they close at 4pm and it seems there is always a wait to get in, so if you do want to go, get there early. 


Milan has it’s fair share of stylish rooftop bars, particularly located around the Piazza del Duomo. We checked out Terrazza Aperol, which, clue is in the name, serves amazing Aperol Spritz’s and is spitting distance from the Duomo You may need to wait a little to be seated at a terrace table but the views more than make up for it.

Rinascente Terrace is located on the top floor roof terraces of Rinascente department store, which is Milan’s answer to Selfridges. It’s the perfect location for an early evening drink, thanks to it’s laid back vibe and delicious aperitivo.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan Piz
How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan Pizza
How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan


Lake Como is situated just a 30 minute train ride away from Milan Central station, making for the perfect day trip away from the city. Take a boat trip across the lake and experience some of the villages located around the lake. Or spend a day in the Como area, where the train drops you off, exploring the streets and stopping for lunch. 

How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan Lake Como