Milan’s Aperitivo Culture


Milan. City of high fashion. Art. Stock exchange. Risotto and unlimited fun. Due to Northern European attitude mixing with Italian style.

This capital of Lombardy is the most cosmopolitan city in the whole country. Some find Milan too urban. The least Italian of Italy. I tend to disagree. Milan is different and much more modern but it is people who make the country.

And Milanese barmen still serve espresso with a smile on their faces. People chat you up on the street. Gelato are to die for. And as a woman you get to think that your second name is ‘bellisima’. From hearing it so often.

Glamorous. Vibrant. Artistic. Hardworking and always one step ahead. So alive that for those who are not used to hectic life became restless after few days. Too extreme.

If I would have to choose one adage to describe it. I would say: ‘When You work hard You have to play even harder.’

I have plenty of Italian friends. And they are people who know how to appreciate life. Never stay far away from any party. But after my first visit in Milan I was overwhelmed with aperitivo ritual.

Every day of the week. 6pm whole city looks like there is some huge celebration going on. Streets are full of people taking their drinks outside. Chatting and laughing.

In Poland such crowds are only present outside during serious national strikes. Oh, and yes Radetzky is my favourite sight of Milan.

Although Milan has a very lively and exciting nightlife and it is impossible not to have a ball here. The city is so much more than a good party. The cultural wealth. Numerous sights which survived the heavy bombing during WWII and charm of the city make the visit here unforgettable.

Spectacular Duomo Cathedral will take your breath away. Admire Caravaggio’s ‘Basket of Fruit ‘ in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

And ’Supper at Emmaus’ in Pinacoteca di Brera. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ in the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Grazie.

Do not miss Palazzo Reale with its superb exhibitions. During my stay Alberto Savinio’s Surrealistic paintings were on display.

Another great exhibition was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art ‘Tony Oursler – Open Obscura’. Spend a lazy afternoon in Sempione Park behind Castello Sforzesco. And last but not least see an opera or ballet performance in LaScalla. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Milan’s Aperitivo Culture

  1. Chels

    I have always dreamed about visiting Milan, seems like such an amazing place. I had to Google what ‘bellisima’ was but good to know!

    • My Travel Affairs

      Milan is a nice city but the best of this city is ‘aperitivo cultur’ :)

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