A Day in Milan

For our third study abroad excursion, we spent a lovely day in Milano! After being in Florence for so long, Milan was a complete change of pace. Rather than the slow pace of life and homey feeling I was acquainted to, Milan felt more like the Italian version of NYC. Everyone here was decked out in designer clothing and moved quickly with a sense of purpose. As the financial and fashion center of Italy, Milan is Florence's chic and cosmopolitan counterpart. 

While we didn't have time to truly explore the whole city, we did see some of Milan's famous landmarks.

 
Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Corso Como - a trendy shopping and dining area

Corso Como - a trendy shopping and dining area

 

My favorite part, however, was getting to explore the wonderful world of Giorgio Armani. We were so fortunate to have been able to visit his Armani / Silos museum, which houses his collections from 1980 to present day. To be honest, I wasn’t knowledgeable about his design aesthetics prior to this trip, but now, I have a greater appreciation for his brand. If you’re ever Milan, I highly recommend that you visit this museum if you’re a fan of Armani or just fashion in general. Here’s are a few of my favorite pieces from his massive collection…

 
 

Following the museum, we went to visit the Armani Hotel. Designed by Armani himself, the hotel is architecturally stunning. Even though the interior is simplistic with a neutral color scheme, Armani adds his touch of elegance and luxuriousness, making it timeless. This is his second hotel, with his first being in Dubai. During our tour, we were told that it costs 1,300 euros to spend a night here…ya know, just pocket change...

 
Even the elevators are classy af

Even the elevators are classy af

 

It's tough to try to see an entire city in one day, especially if it's a city like Milan. Definitely a city I'm putting on my "revisit" list!

*Originally published on Violets for Vivien