Milan is a great city and Italy is a great country – I love them both. But when I say great, I mean great for visiting.
I had plenty of fun holidaying in Italy as a child and, more recently, enjoyed exploring Milan on a solo trip. However, I just couldn’t see myself living in Milan or any other place that I’ve visited in Italy – here are my reasons why:
The food is too stodgy (heavy)
Don’t get me wrong, I really do like Italian food. Pizzas, calzones, pasta, tiramisu – if you eat at the right places it’s fresh and delicious. However, for my personal liking it lacks a few vegetables and chunks of meat!
I enjoy eating a varied diet but for me Italian food is all too similar and it’s stodgy carbohydrates sit heavy in the stomach. My point is, I would quite happily eat Italian food on a 2 week holiday but I think I’d struggle if it formed the majority of my diet.
Things are too expensive
Supermarket food, restaurant food, drinks at bars, clothes – they’re all noticeably more expensive than in England. For a country where wages aren’t as high, it just wouldn’t make economic sense for me to consider living in Italy.
The most significant example was when I was trying to buy sun cream; I was quoted an average of €25 (£22/US$29) at pharmacies until eventually I found some at a supermarket for €9.90 (£8.7/US$11.5) – still almost double what you’d expect to pay in England though.
As a bit of a foodie myself, it’s perhaps a little surprising that I’m citing food as one of reasons why I couldn’t live in Italy! Nonetheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to travel there, and neither should you!
For my top 8 things to do in Milan, click here.
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