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Guns & Butter: Milan Travel Guide

Guns & Butter: Milan Travel Guide is part of Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report.

TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.

Milan is a great city. Everyone is so fashionable. I feel like a bum each time I am there because I never have my tailor-made suit and tie (see Fabric Market Shanghai Prices: How to Bargain (2019 Edition). My ragged appearance does not stop me from taking in the sights, treating myself to fancy dinners, or staying at top-end hotels. Here’s what I have done:


If you’re here for one night, the Hyatt Centric is acceptable.

a multicolored building with many windows with Canterbury Cathedral in the background a bed with white pillows and a black bed with green lights

If you’re here to experience Milan, splurge for my favorite Park Hyatt, the Park Hyatt Milano (see Let Me Live Here, Please).

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    • The Park Hyatt is steps away from the following:
  • Duomo di Milano 
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  • Sforza Castle

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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While it is beautiful in the day, it is best experienced at night (see Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Go At Night).

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Nothing says Italy like espresso and negroni (see Negroni! Social Drinking in Milan Espresso Bar Italy: Nothing Better).

a cup of coffee on a saucer

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  • Fancy Lunch

Overpay for pizza and wine in La Galleria.

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  • Pop Up Bars

A nice social spot area is Colonne di San Lorenzo. Drinks are cheaper and the atmosphere is vibin.

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From late night to tourist to everything in between, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Milan (see Food in Milan: Tourist Places But Great Nonetheless)

  • Late Night

With everything closed around the Hyatt Centric, we went to a ‘diner’ on Via Ruggero Boscovich, 22, 20124.

a bottle of wine next to a glass of wine

Another choice is Le Capannelle which is located on Viale Papiniano, a great name for a street.

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  • Tourist

It’s tricky to ask upscale hotels like the Park Hyatt for dinner recommendations. They send tourists to safe spots that may not necessarily be the best for authenticity or value. Here, the Park Hyatt recommended Solferino. One thing is for certain, you will arrive in style.

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That’s not to say that the wine and food were not top notch.

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  • Latteria di San Marco: Though I’ve never been, I have it on local authority that I missed out.

Real Estate Law

If you’re thinking of buying a 1 euro villa, I have a lawyer you should speak with first (see 1 Euro Italian Villa: Would She Be Mine?).

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What happens when a client doesn’t listen to his lawyer? Stay tuned for Part II.


Next time I go to Milan, I will show up with better clothes. Other than that, I felt right at home.



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