Picking a favorite Italian city for me is like picking a favorite food. I have lots of favorites! However, I’m gonna get a little technical here…the prompt asks for my favorite Italian city. While many will argue that there are much prettier parts of Italy (and honestly, I don’t disagree), my favorite city is the one I spent 5 months in…Milano! It certainly lives up to the name “city.”
Over time, I heard just about everything about Milan. It’s rainy, it’s ugly, the food is bad, the people are cold…and I kindly disagree.
I think Milan is worth so much more than the 5-hour stopover from JFK to Venice. The cool part about it is that it is less “loud” than other parts of Italy. Places like Rome and Florence are dramatically beautiful, and that’s the allure of those places. But to see beauty in Milan, you have to see beauty in subtlety. Milan’s beauty is hidden, and it takes multiple visits to find it.
To love Milan means to love the European cosmopolitan vibe. So much is happening, from world expos to the world’s most important fashion week. To see Milan is to experience it…the people dressed to the nines are just as much of a tourist attraction as the famous Duomo. Go to Porta Romana to see an ancient Roman gate to the city, and go to Piazza Gae Aulenti to feel like you’re living in 2025. The contrast will strike you.
I know I am biased to love Milan, but even besides the fact that I studied there, I truly thought it was one of the most interesting places I have ever been. To read more about my experiences, read here.
As I said, picking a favorite Italian city is IMPOSSIBLE for me. So, here were the others I was juggling between:
- Rome: There simply isn’t another place like it. I don’t feel as though I need to explain further!
- Verona: I really have an affinity toward medieval Italian cities. I can see why Shakespeare chose to make this the setting for many of his works! I’ve been to Verona twice and the beauty of the city wowed me both times.
- Palermo: A cosmopolitan city that feels like you’re in the tropics. No complaints there!
And that’s my take! Have you ever been to Milano? Let me know below!