A Day in Milan for Just 50 Euros

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As Italy’s second largest city and business capital, Milan is often thought to be home of the fashion conscious and money hungry. This is not so. With population growth up seven percent since the last census, and the city set to host the World Expo in May of 2015, it’s undergoing major change — and in more ways than one. I set out to see just how far 50 euros would take me in a city otherwise known as “The Moral Capital of Italy.”

Cioccolati Italiani
Two scoops of gelato, 3 euros

Gelato for breakfast. Why not? Warm, fresh liquid chocolate — choose either white or milk — pooled at the bottom of the cone makes this money well spent in Milan. Although lines here can be a bit of a battle due to the store’s location near the Duomo, it’s worth the wait. Recommended flavors include pistachio and stracciatella.

The Duomo
Roof admission, 10 euros

Though admission to Milan’s Cathedral — “the most important gothic architectural work in all of Italy” — is free, getting to the top is not. Visit the rooftop terraces where you’re afforded a wonderful view of the city between the cathedral’s famous spires. To take the stairs costs 10 euros, and getting there by lift is slightly more expensive.

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Trattoria Temperanza Da Abele
Meal, 25 euros

Like anywhere in Italy, really, Milan is ripe with excellent food. When there, try risotto — the most famous way of cooking rice in Italy. It’s commonly believed that risotto rose to prominence in Lombardy between the 15th and 16th centuries. Try one of the specialties at celebrated trattoria Da Abele: a particular favorite is the pumpkin and poplar mushroom variety, at 10 euros. Add that to the main course of rabbit stuffed with spinach, cheese, and chestnuts (15 euros) and you’ve got a meal.

Santa Maria della Grazie
“Last Supper” viewing, 8 euros

One would be remiss to visit Milan and miss da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper,” housed in this church and former Dominican monastery. Still, visiting takes a bit of planning, and reservations are required to view the work, which can only be viewed in 15-minute timed slots. Come at least 15 minutes before your scheduled viewing time, or you may lose your place. Reservations can be made online or over the phone, and cost 6.50 euros for each viewing, with a 1.50 euro reservation fee.

Total spent: 46 euros

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