Forget Rome — What to look out for in Milan
Rome might be the first thing in a Filipino’s mind when it comes to visiting Italy. But the country of pasta and the Vatican City also has something to boast about in its financial and fashion centre: Milan.
Here are some things you might want to try especially if you’re the type of traveller who likes to party hard and dash your adventures with a bit of culture.
Drinks in Milan are wildly creative: try the Negroni Sbagliato or ‘wrong Negroni,’ a mix of Negroni cocktail and spumante at Basso Bar. Do you enjoy rhubarb pie? Why not try rhubarb cocktails at Pavé. If you’re fond of Italian food, visit Armani Bamboo Bar which has turned Italy’s famous recipes into drinks.
Some other cocktails to look out for are the famous spritz, a mix of the Italian aperitif Aperol, soda and many other ingredients and Caprese Mary, a Bloody Mary cocktail which also features mozzarella and swordfish broth or anchovy cream.
For the ultimate party experience, there’s Milan’s hippest district Navigli with its canals, bars and restaurants.
Like their drinks, some of Milan’s restaurants are also getting more experimental with food. Those to look out for are Cinc’s rice pie with warm cream and parmesan topping, Bianca’s upside-down tart (Tarte Tatin) and foie gras in Marsala wine and Don Carlos’ Risotto Acquerello in Gorgonzola cheese and licorice.
Traces of Roman and Spanish influences can be found around Milan if you know where to look. 4th century galleries can be visited in the iconic Duomo Cathedral. Sforza Castle is a 14th century fort that’s home to several museums with a treasure trove of Renaissance-era art, antique furnishings and others. Cenacolo Vinciano museum also houses Leonardo da Vinci’s famous ‘Last Supper’ painting.
Other places to visit are the eerie Piazza Vetra park where witches were executed in the 15th century. If the shocking past or the busy Navigli aren’t you’re thing, you can opt to visit Quadrilatero del Silenzio, a peaceful quadrangle of streets that known for its mosaics, architecture and literary history.