So, one of my best friends from Uni has moved to Italy after graduating. Not only doing her dream job, she also lives in Varenna, just meters from Lake Como – jealous yet?

As I can never pass up an opportunity to visit bella italia it was only right that myself and another friend book a flight asap for a weekend away to reunite the Piazza Castello trio (imaginatively named after our apartment we lived in in Italy).

We flew to Milan and met there , we had all been there before when we lived in Italy so we weren’t worried about the tourist spots and instead spent the afternoon wandering around – pretty much moving between different bars to drink as much beautiful Italian coffee/spritz/prosecco as possible.

A favourite bar of mine was oTTo in Chinatown where we tried as best we could to blend into the Milanese hipster vibe without a macbook or oversized glasses. We had spritz and coffees which were both amazing. It was the perfect place for a uni student to do some work with friends as there was a quiet and relaxed vibe – I wish we had had a place like this at uni!


We had dinner with another of our other friends from Uni who now lives in Milan. We went to navigli (the canals in Milan) where you can get an unlimited buffet (think amazing Italian pizza, pasta and nibbles) and a spritz for 10 euros – it’s beautiful with all the lights reflecting off the water and full of young people. Not to be missed!!

Photo cred: Caitlin

Between getting lost trying to find a tram to the bar to meet for dinner and witnessing a small police chase (don’t ask!) we even managed to squeeze in a quick wander round the Duomo. It never fails to amaze me, it’s so beautiful!! You walk up out of the metro and it is the first thing you see.

Flights were £45 return from Gatwick for the weekend, so you’ve no excuse not to go!


Read on for part 2 in Padua


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