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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