A postcard from Milan

Years ago I worked in Milan for a while. I was young and felt I had the world at my feet. I was so excited by life in the city and felt I could conquer almost anything.

I have one experience of a job interview which I never forgot when I was interviewed by a fashion company. The job advertised was certainly not modelling but a simple straight office work. The lady who interviewed me when I arrived instead of looking at me in the eye she looked straight down at my shoes and to her HORROR they were not pointy like fashion dictated at the time.

Before we even started I knew by her expression that I would have never got that job and her interview was short and frankly quite disinterested. No sense of style? Just go!

This did not prevent me though to find a more suitable job later on with lovely and friendly colleagues. Of course not everywhere is the same but indeed Milan is the capital of fashion and dressing well plays an important part.


Dolce e Gabbana collection. Source: Milano Arte Moda

You can often spot groups of models and celebrities walking about in the city. There are ongoing fashion events and fairs and frankly Italians have a great sense of style: very neat and elegant and that together with food, natural beauty and heritage, fashion is one of those things Italy is really famous for.

Dressing well is considered part of everyday life. It is almost a form of respect to the people around you, therefore it is second nature to an Italian. It is just part of the culture.

My sister has been working in Milan for a while and she has sent me some of these photos.


Milan is the native city of aperitif. This is where you have a cocktail or two and eat for free as much as you like. Sounds great doesn’t it? Instead of a few nibbles like olives and sandwiches many places now serve cooked food like pasta, salads and rice. You basically can have a cheap dinner for the price of a cocktail. I must say I really really loved this in Milan!

Trattoria in Milano

Milan is a foodie hub, you will find many sophisticated restaurants of all sorts and some smaller family run trattorie where the food often can be a delight. I have no doubts my sister has visited quite a few.

Restaurant Dei Poeti in Milano

If you visit Milan the “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II” is definitely a must see. This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1877.

The Galleria is very attractive and beautiful and it is often nicknamed  “Milan’s lounge”, due to its numerous elegant shops, restaurants, coffee bars and book shops.

Vittorio Emanuele II gallery

Of course, the cathedral (“the duomo”) is a majestic building in Gothic style which took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the 5th largest church in the world.

Milan cathedral

The city gate of Milan is called Porta Sempione (“Simplon Gate”) and  it is marked by a landmark triumphal arch called Arco della Pace (“Arch of Peace”) which origins can be traced back to a gate of the Roman walls of Milan.


The city castle is called “Castello Sforzesco” or Sforza Castle. It was built in the 15th century by the duke of Milan Francesco Sforza. It houses several museums and art collections.

Sforza castle in Milan

Here you see the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II (who used to be king of Italy) dated 1896.

monumento a vittorio emanuele II



I love this old church.

small church in Milan

Church Santa Maria del Carmine built in 1446.

church santa maria del carmine in Milan

milano monument


bicycle in milan

And with my sister being a foodie she could not help herself taking a snap of these large bottles of wines spotted in a shop window. Among the many types of wine typical of Lombardy (Milan’s region)  there is Franciacorta a sparkling wine with fine and long-lasting pearls of bubbles. It is considered a very high quality wine in fact it is called the Champagne of Italy.

Italian wine display

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7 Responses to A postcard from Milan

  1. Linda

    What a lovely post. We ant to visit one day and take in the scenery and the great food and wine. Thanks for sharing.

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Che belle foto, sai che non ci sono mai stata a Milano? … spero di visitarla un giorno! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Certo allora ci devi proprio andare. Un abbraccio. Ciao!

  3. Doirs Lee

    What a wonderful photos you posted.
    Can I visit your “my little Italian Kitchen ” in Milano in coming Aug.? As I and my children will visit Expo 2015 in Milano in the beginning of Aug. for 3 days.
    We come from Taiwan and wish will have the opportunity to visit you and your restaurant and kitchen during our stay from Aug. 03 – 06 .

    • Alida

      Hello Doirs,
      Oh I wish I had a restaurant, I am food blogger based online and anything I cook goes on my family’s plates. Who knows, one day maybe I will have my own restaurant!
      All the best and enjoy Milano!

  4. Elisabetta

    What an evocative post and photos. I started my (ongoing) travels through Italy in Milano – it is beautiful. All the places you’ve mentioned are a must but there’s also a very special one, La Scala. I was lucky enough to see the ballet Romeo and Juliet and that left me star-struck! Thanks for the memories Alida x.

  5. TheHungryScribe.com

    Love your photos. Recently got back from Milan – beautiful scenery, stunning food, incredible wine. Il Duomo is one of the most stunning sights in the world.

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