Milan, Italy
Marcela, 31
1/2 Wanderluster and 1/2 Brand Manager
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What are the Milan spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A nice walk from Brera to Isola enjoying Milan's ever-changing architecture and skyline, Trattoria La Madonnina for a cotoletta, a delicious apericena at Ravizza near Duomo and a delightful night dancing at Magnolia or Spirit de Milan. An amazing drink made specially for you at Lacerba. A cool cycling at Naviglio Martesana stopping for eating at Cascina Martesana or a quick visit at MUDEC museum...oh, but there are so many other amazing things!

Do’s and don’ts in Milan: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

YES TO: using public transportation; doing as much as possible tourism by feet, not eating in too touristic area like Duomo (they will give you frozen pizza, I swear!), renting sharing bikes in a very simple way. NO TO: not buying tickets for buses, waking up late to go for Duomo line to go up, walking around not paying attention to your purse or leaving cellphones on the table unguarded.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I live life and I do it because I love every single experience. For what concerns working I am a brand Manager for TIM (telco brand) and I looooooove working with events, communication, sponsorship....there is a lot of strategy and creativity involved. I also teach at the university.... it is another passion for me! In my spare time i do a lot of sport (indoor and outdoor) because of aesthetics and also because of happiness :) I am also learning Chinese.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

It depends on the type of night. I don't go to fancy places a lot. But the average cocktail price is about 10 euro. There are many options in different neighbourhoods, many discos are free for entrance of max 15 euros including a drink.

Which Milan shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Wunder market happens once a month and there are many deals and different things. I am not a fashionista but I always recommend based on what my guests like.... I buy online but I guarantee I can give you good advice on shops, enoteca, ecc.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Rolling Stones, Rage Agains the Machine, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Vinicius de Moraes, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Offspring, Claptone, Sofi Tukker, Rita Lee, Beyoncé.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

During the day: Brera, Garibaldi, Centro Storico, Navigli, San Siro; During the night: Isola, Navigli, Monumentale, Sarpi, Brera.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

You would never caught me dead in Quadrilatero della Moda doing expensive shopping and sounding like "Pretty Woman".

What’s the one place in Milan you think is underrated?

Lambrate as a neighbourhood is underrated and there are just so many nice things to do!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

I would walk around the news sights in Gae Aulenti and end up in a cute bistrot or restaurant to drink a good glass of wine. It's an area of the city full of enchanting options, just pick one when you feel it's the right place!

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Milan?

If you want a 4 am quick bite there are many "Cilinguito" spread in the city. Those places remain open only at night with great and fat Hamburgers for drunk and hungry people. If you are lazy maybe you'll get luck and find somebody at Deliveroo still awake...or the 24 hour McDonalds!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Milan is a city full of museums: Pinacoteca di Brera, Mudec, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Casa Rocket, Pinacoteca Castello Sforzesco... and many others. In between you can go to some of Milan's most famous pasticceria to grab a good hot chocolateMilano, ecco le migliori pasticcerie: La pasticceria Knam, del “re del cioccolato” Ernst Knam, Pâtisserie des Revês - Corso Magenta, 7 oppure la Viscontea a Via Edmondo de Amicis.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I take them to see the "Bosco Verticale" and them after walking another 10 minutes in isola we end up at Deus Cafe for a drink...Afterwards, it might sound like a clichè, but looking at the Duomo by night is just breathtaking!

Your go-to brunch spots:

Cocotte at Piazza Cinque Giornate, all american-brunch California Bakery, very beautiful and fancy Bulgari Hotel brunch, for vegeratians in Isola there is Capra e Cavoli.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

La Gare hotel Rooftop, il Pirellone, Palazzo Lombardia – Piazza Città di Lombardia 1, Terrazza Triennale, Torre Bianca al Parco Sempione, Chiostro delle Umiliate at Via Cappuccio 5, Palazzo Cornaggia, Cortile dell'università Statale di Milano and the nice Via Mozart in general.

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