The opinion that Milan is the fashionable and financial center of Italy is very common. But behind all the banks and boutiques of the city, there are mysteries and highlights that are unique to Milan. It is worth noting that many of the secrets and features of this place can hardly be called Italian. Nevertheless, before you go on a trip to this beautiful city, try to learn more about it. We have selected the five most useful, as well as unusual and amazing facts about the city of fashion.
All roads lead from Rome
Despite the fact that Rome is considered the Eternal City, it is a kind of rivalry with Milan. While Rome is the main political center of the country, many banks, exchanges and, of course, fashion houses are concentrated in Milan. The Romans often say that the best thing in Milan is a train to Rome. However, this slightly biased opinion does not stop them from the habit of coming to Milan on vacation.
Restaurants often close early
Milan is located in the north of Italy, and this means that life follows its normal course and according to other rules, which often do not coincide with the southern and central regions of the country. Restaurants, unlike numerous boutiques and clubs, can adhere to an unusual mode of operation, often offering lunch only after 13:30, and dinner after eight in the evening. The inhabitants of Milan are very punctual, so if you book a table, try to come on time.
Less Espresso, More Lungo
If you are tired of endless cups of coffee from popular coffee houses, Milan will seem like a paradise. But do not expect to be offered a cup of strong, typical Italian espresso with a bitter flavor. Milanese prefer to drink coffee with plenty of water. Undoubtedly, this helps them to fully enjoy some pastries.
Happy Hour - Aperitif Hour
Milan is a city where you need to drink amazing and elegant cocktails. A popular drink here is the so-called "Syringe" ("spritz") - a low-alcohol drink, which is a mix of sparkling wine ("prosecco" - "prosecco"), soda water and an aperitif called Aperol.
Basso Bar (Via Plinio 39, +39 2 29 40 05 80) - the place where Negroni Zbagliato (Negroni Sbagliato) was first accidentally cooked for the first time. The local bartender mixed up the ingredients of the Negroni cocktail, accidentally adding sprumante instead of gin.
At Armani Bamboo Bar (Via Manzoni 31, +39 2 88 83 87 03) traditional Italian dishes turn into cocktails. Caprese Mary consists of vodka, tomato juice, basil and mozzarella. And this is far from the only unusual mix that you can try only here.
Navigli is the king of the night
Navigli is the most fashionable district in Milan, where all social life is concentrated. It is here in the evening that young people gather. And there is a reason for this: numerous restaurants, bars and cafes regularly offer new programs and entertainment.