This past weekend, Vinn, Copley and I headed to Milan, Italy for a long weekend of pasta, pizza, gelato, sunshine and churches. It was a great trip, probably because neither of us had any expectations. The only thing I really researched beforehand was the Duomo and made two dinner reservations. That was it. We went into the weekend with an open mind and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Our trip began on Thursday morning as we made our drive to Italy. We decided to stop in Lichtenstein (because why not?) for lunch and to break up the drive. We stopped in Vaduz, Lichtenstein, which is the capital, and walked around. The town is very small, with only about 5,000 residents, is seated on the Rhine River and has incredible views of the Alps.
We walked around, enjoying the views and got stopped every few feet by other tourists asking us if they could pet Copley and take her picture! That was really fun. We ate a quick lunch and then hit the road again towards Milan through the Alps. It was truly amazing. A word to the wise for people who will be driving through Italy, check if your routes have tolls. We had to stop several times to pay, which was only about 2 Euro, but it definitely added time to the trip.
Luckily, we didn’t get stuck in too much traffic and pulled into our hotel, Westin Palace Milan, right around 8 PM. This hotel is so nice and is in a great location about a 25 minute north of the center of the city. They even had set up the cutest little dog bed and water bowls for Copley, which was so incredibly nice. Huge shout out to them!
For dinner, we stopped at this tiny restaurant by the Duomo, which is usually where we avoid eating, but we were starving and just needed some food. Over dinner we realized that on Thursday we had breakfast in Germany, lunch in Lichtenstein and dinner in Italy. 3 meals, 3 countries! Pretty special. I had a pasta with mushroom sauce and a glass of red wine. It was just ok but the real highlight of the evening goes to gelato! The place was filled with people and we had to wait about 15 minutes but, boy, was it worth it. We ate our gelato on the walk back to our hotel and crashed.
Friday started pretty late for us because we all slept in until 10 AM! Well, sorta. Copley woke up at 5:15 wanting breakfast and a bathroom break, but then she fell back asleep. It was glorious. Both of us really needed to sleep in and took our time getting ready for the day.
Once we were ready, we walked towards city center again, down the main shopping streets filled with stores that no one can afford but have the most amazing window displays. I kept eyeing some jewelry stores but got quickly shut down. The hotel concierge recommended a restaurant for lunch, Paper Moon, so we headed there right when they opened at 12:30. And it did not disappoint.
Vinn ordered pizza with real mozzarella and pepperoni. In Germany, sometimes the pizza comes with more of a German cheese and pepperoni means banana peppers. He was in Heaven. I ordered a baked zucchini appetizer and some homemade cheese ravioli, which were out of this world. And a glass of prosecco is necessary at lunch while on vacation.
After lunch, we made our way to Sforzesco Castle, built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan. It has been renovated several times and now houses art collections and several museums. I love the fountain in the front and the circular towers on each side. There is also a park, so we walked around for an hour or so making sure to stay hydrated and in the shade because it was almost 85 degrees! We even dipped Copley’s paws in the fountain.
We made our way back to the hotel to drop off Copley (thankfully the hotel is air conditioned) and then head out to dinner. We stopped for a happy hour cocktail where we ended up sitting outside and the bar kept bringing us food, like a cheese plate and gnocchi. It was hard to resist but I wanted to make sure we weren’t full for our dinner.
I had read that Dry Milano has the best pizza in Milan, so we gave it a try and each ordered the Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella. It did not disappoint and we left full and very tired from all of the walking from the day.
And that’s it from our first two days of vacation. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday and Sunday adventures. You don’t want to miss it because we had the most incredible dinner on Saturday and drove through Lugano, Switzerland on Sunday! See you tomorrow.
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