A Perfect Day in Milan: Where to Stay, Go and Eat

We spent one day in Milan on our way to Lake Como, and we wanted to make the most of it.

Grand Hotel et de Milan lobby

So we started by choosing a hotel with the perfect location. The Historical Grand Hotel et de Milan, located in the heart of the city, and five minutes from the Duomo, La Scala Theatre and the shopping and business district, was the perfect choice.

Statue in the hotel's lobby

Interior of Grand Hotel et de Milan

Every inch of the hotel shares stories from the past. The hotel recently celebrated its 150-year anniversary. This charming luxury mansion, best known as the Milanese house of Giuseppe Verdi, was where the famous composer wrote “Othello” and “The Falstaff”.

Room interior

A plate of fresh strawberries in chocolate

We were greeted by a plate of fresh strawberries in chocolate in our spacious one-bedroom suite, with antique furniture and a marble bathroom.

Resting at the hotel's room

Everything was so inviting that we wanted to stay, but we remembered that we had just one day to explore this amazing city.

Exploring Milan

Duomo Cathedral view

Enjoyig Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Shopping in Milan

Conveniently located on Via Manzoni, facing the fashionable Via Montenapoleone, the Grand Hotel saved us lots of time on walking. In just a few minutes we reached the La Scala Opera House, the Duomo Cathedral, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – an amazing corridor between these two famous attractions. Here we stopped for a coffee, as all tourists do, and enjoyed the beauty of the one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

Da Giacomo restaurant

Cozy restaurant interior

After some window shopping of the latest collections of Prada and Louis Vuitton, we headed to our next stop - Da Giacomo restaurant in Via Sottocorno – an old Milanese trattoria famous for its seafood for almost a century.

Plate of fresh seafood

We chose to be surprised by the chef and didn’t regret it. Our dinner started with a plate of fresh seafood that showed all the diversity of choice at this Tuscan restaurant. The emphasis was on fish; even the slice of pizza served while we were waiting for our main dish to come had seafood on it. The specialty, gnocchi Da Giacomo, had a delectable, savoury seafood and tomato sauce.

Home-made desserts

The bomba Da Giacomo

As for the home-made desserts, among others, we tried the most celebrated dish - the bomba Da Giacomo, a sweet mountain of Chantilly cream, mascarpone and strawberries. Everything was so delicious, and the service was immaculate – I’d definitely recommend this place for lunch or dinner!

Book a table at Da Giacomo


Menu €35 (lunch) - Carte €56/85

Book a room at Grand Hotel et de Milan


Rooms start at €370 per double room per night.

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