Italy – the country of pizza, pasta, and ice cream. How come I’ve never been there?
That’s exactly what I thought when I was looking for short trip ideas. I wanted to escape the usual stress for a while and have some alone time. So I booked a ticket to Milan, found a host on Couchsurfing and went there a few weeks later. It was a really good decision. I met some really nice people and we just had the best time.
On the first day, we went to Lago di Como ( Lake Como), which is roughly an hour away from Milan. The weather was good, so we even went for a swim. Lago di Como was simply amazing – the mountains surrounding the lake were so impressive and the small Italian houses along the lake were just so beautiful. I would definitely recommend going there.
I spend the other two days in the city. I visited the Duomo, the Sforza castle, and the San Siro stadium. I just loved the atmosphere in Milan. I went to see Inter Milan play Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League for only 10€ (student price) and even though the game wasn’t the best it was still a lot of fun.
One thing that I really liked in Milan was that the city isn’t expensive. I had vegan icecream near the Duomo and it was only 3€ for three scoops. Here in Germany, it’s usually around 1,20€ per scoop and if it’s vegan it’s even more expensive. Also the “aparetivo” thing – you pay for the drink and get the buffet for free. I went to Navigli for having the aparetivo and I paid 10€ for the cocktail + the buffet. The food was super good and the drink was even better.
So if you’re looking for a destination for your next city trip, Milan will be a good choice.