How to Spend 48 Hours in Milan

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

WHAT TO SEE

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!

NAVIGLI DISTRICT

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! 

WHERE TO SHOP

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

WHERE TO EAT

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. 

WHERE TO DRINK

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

AND IF YOU HAVE AN EXTRA DAY...

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

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  • I didn’t realise that Lake Como was so near to Milan! Really good to know!

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  • Nikki Lund

    Great guide! I’ve been wanting to go to Milan for quite some while now 🙂
    Hugs,

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  • Oh Milan … is on my bucket list too.
    Stunning pictures .

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  • What a gorgeous pos! I’ve always wanted to visit Milan so I’ll have to bookmark this post for when I do visit! xx Imogen

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  • Your photos are gorgeous hun, Lake Como looks stunning and Italian food is the best! Italy was one of my favourite desalinations and would love to go back and explore more, thanks for the food and drinks recommendations 🙂

    Hanh | hanhabelle

    • Thank you Han! I definitely want to spend longer in Italy too, it’s such a lovely country xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    I went to Milan probably around 10 years ago but I loved it! I don’t remember too much of what I did but I remember we went to Lake Como and it was beautiful there 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Ooh everything looks so amazing. I would love to visit Milan one day. Even that shopping centre, so gorgeous!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • It’s gorgeous isn’t it! Imagine if buildings were made so elaborately nowadays! xx

  • What a fascinating view of the cathedral. Milan is a great tourist city and easy to embrace. It seems that you had a lovely trip.

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  • Amazing photography, Lake Como is right at the top of my travel list. Actually, Italy in general is at the top of the list – such a beautiful country!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • Me too! I want to do a big tour of Italy one summer and stop off in lots of different places, I think that would be amazing xx

  • Kate Winney

    Such a great post! I would love to go, it looks dreamy!
    I’m loving your blog atm hun <3

    Kate x
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    • If you’re ever wanting a little weekend break I’d definitely check it out as an option 🙂 Thank you so much! That’s made my day xx

  • This post is super helpful and I absolutely love your pictures! I need to visit Milan one day <3

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment! Glad you found it useful 🙂 xx

  • ella ryder

    Really helpful post Frances! It looks amazing there. And that pizza – yum!

    Ella xx

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    • Thankyou so so much Ella! Honestly that pizza doesn’t look like much but was so incredible! xx

  • I had no idea Lake Como was so close to Milan central! I definitely would have made the trip if I’d have known. I was there for a weekend during Milan Fashion week and had a fab time. I definitely agree that it’s a city you can do in 48 hours as in comparison to other European cities there really isn’t that much to do there! Still really enjoyed it though.

    Abigail Alice x

    • Neither did I until we started looking into it! You have to get the fast train for it to be 30 mins, I think the slower one takes nearly 90, which is a massive difference. Glad you enjoyed yourself on your trip though, fashion week must have been such a cool time to go xx