Sep 08

Exploring Milan on a shoestring budget

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Shopping in Milan Italy

Can one really explore Milan on a shoestring budget? After all, the place is famous for fashion and shopping, and the idea of keeping a budget check here seems a bit too far from reality. However, the reality is that there is a cultural and dynamic side of the city that is waiting to be explored, and you can make it even if you are on a tight budget. All it takes is a little tampering with your itinerary and keeping an eye on where you go, eat or sleep.

For cheaper travel

The cheapest way, of course, is on foot and spend hours strolling through the streets and markets. Enjoy the green surroundings and get familiar with the local culture. You can take advantage of Milan tram system which is fairly cheap.  Another great option is to get in touch with transfer company – Kiwitaxi, who are world famed for their cheap and affordable travel services for the tourists in any part of the world.

You may also rent a bike and bike around Milan on popular paths such as Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Martesana cycle path.

For great food

Head towards Mercato Papiniano food market for some great food options that are very affordable too. The city is loaded with coffee shops and cafés and the ones at Open are very reasonably priced too. If you want to save money, avoid upmarket restaurants and enjoy traditional Milanese food at Antiva Trattoria della Pesa. Do not miss out on the local delicacies, such as slices of pizza and biscotti. You get to taste the real Italian food on the streets and not only is it authentic but very cheap too.

Free activities

Milan is a place of beauty and filled with gardens and parks. Acquario happens to be one of the really amazing parks. The city boasts of hundreds of small art galleries, and most of them are free to enter. Enjoy window shopping on streets of Quadrilatero d’Oro lined with designer shops such as Prada and Gucci. Hop on the iconic orange trams, and they are popular public transport vehicles. It will cost you very little and take you through some lovely tree-lined avenues to Piazza Fontana, cover several Milan points through the backstreets and later down Corso Sempione and Via Vincenzo Monti. You can hop on and off whenever you like! Some of the free but amazing hot spots include Milan’s iconic cathedral, Duomo, the rather spectacular cemetery, Cimitero Monumentale or the Chinatown. If you love street art, head for the Isola district, Corso di Porta Ticinese and Colonne di San Lorenzo.

For cheap and comfortable lodging

It can be tricky to find a good and affordable place to sleep in Milan. However, if you know where to look, you can sure find some good options and last minute deals. There are hotels that keep their prices low the whole year round, and some good options are Canada Hotel and Hotel Demò.  Staying in a hostel can be a great alternative, and if traveling with a large group, you can rent an apartment that is comfortable and well-equipped.

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