Italy is one of my favorite countries. There is a story told about how each of the European countries elected their official language based on the most populous city. France adopted the language spoken in Paris, Spain adopted the language spoken in Madrid, so on and so forth. All except for Italy which chose their langue based on the one that sounded most beautiful. The story is used to exemplify the Italian obsession with beauty. For the most part I tend to agree, Venice is a must see location. Rome has beautiful architecture everywhere. There are the picturesque fishing villages in Cinque Terre, and the Vistas near Florence.Italy is one of the most beautiful countries. Which leads me to Milan
Milan has the architecture one expects in Italy, it has historical sites, such as the Duomo Milano, or the Last supper Fresco, but what is most known for is its fashion. It is home to the earliest rendition of a shopping mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. There are fancy clothing stores everywhere, and the people seem to dress with just a bit more class, but maybe thats just my perception. What I can say is definitely not a perception is the cost of things in Milan. It is normal to expect a bit of a mark up when you eat at the tourist locations, however the price gouging vs the quality didn't seem appropriate in comparison to other cities I've been to. Simply put, Milan is expensive.
I managed to stay at a nice hostel Ostello Bello, which has two locations in Milan, both considered very good, The offer free breakfast, free snacks, free dinner, free towels...pretty much everything outside the cost of your room was free, which was greatly appreciated, given the high costs that can be incurred in Milan.
From a photography stand point, I found Milan to be beautiful, but difficult to photograph. There is a lot of construction going on, which makes finding images harder than you would think. Also despite it being the off season, there was still a plethora of people out and about by the time the sun came up. I don't by any means regret the trip down to Milan, I'm just unsure its one I'll make again in the near future.
If you wish to checkout the video I made documenting the images you see, please check out my video here.