What do you think of when you hear “France“? If your list of associations includes Paris, wine, and delicious food, this article is for you! Book a table at one of the ten restaurants with the most interesting views of Paris.

Jules Verne

Of course the first on our list is the famous restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. The view is fascinating – the whole Paris lies at your feet, and it is especially impressive in the evening. The restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star.

Address: Tour Eiffel, pilier Sud, Champ-de-Mars

Official website: www.lejulesverne-paris.com

Cost per person: lunch from 135 Euros, dinner from 245 Euros

Madame (ex 58 Tour Eiffel)

The view from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower is not so dizzying, which makes it even more interesting. The famous restaurant 58 used to be there – 58 meters above the ground. The Brasserie Madame opens in its place in May 2022. The merits of the new chef suggest that the restaurant will be even better than 58.

You can book a dinner at the Brasserie Madame online right here. For lunch use this link.

Cost per person: lunch from 56 Euros, dinner from 99 Euros. The cost depends on the view from the selected table.

Dinner on a boat

Another great way to enjoy Paris for dinner is to book a table at a cruise restaurant. A boat trip on the Seine is a must for everyone who comes to Paris, because all the main sights seem to stand along the waterfront. If you combine a river walk with lunch or dinner, the trip will become one of the most vivid memories of Paris.

Book a cruise with dinner at this link, and with lunch here.

Fare per person: lunch from 69 Euros, dinner from 99 Euros.

Le Ciel de Paris

The restaurant on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower justifies its name (translated as “the Paris sky”). Here you will be in the sky over Paris and can have a dinner admiring the lights of the night city and the Eiffel Tower. Among other things this restaurant offers really good food and is considered one of the best restaurants of the 15th arrondissement.

Address: Tour Montparnasse, 56e étage, place Raoul Dautry/33, avenue du Maine, Paris 15e.

Official website: www.cieldeparis.com

It is worthwhile to take an interesting tour of the Montparnasse Tower before visiting the restaurant.

Cost per person: lunch from 30 Euros, dinner from 70 Euros, guaranteed table by the window – 134 Euros.

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Tour D’Argent

Founded in 1582, it is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. In addition to excellent cuisine Tour D’Argent is famous for its beautiful view of the Seine and Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. The restaurant’s main dish is duck, and many say that it is the best cooked in the world. You will receive a postcard with the number of the duck you ate as a souvenir at the end of the evening. As of today this restaurant has one Michelin star.

Address: 15-17, quai de la Tournelle

Official website: www.latourdargent.com

Cost per person: lunch from 110 Euros, dinner from 380 Euros.

Le George

The restaurant on the roof of the Centre Georges Pompidou is designed in the general style of the building. One of its trump cards is a panoramic view of the roofs of central Paris. The menu is in the tradition of Italian cuisine. Le George has received one Michelin star for its quality of cuisine and level of service.

Address: Centre Georges-Pompidou, esplanade Beaubourg

Official website: restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Cost per person: lunch from 70 Euros, dinner from 135 Euros

Maison Blanche

The restaurant is located on the top floor and roof of the Theatre des Champs Elysees. It is not far from the Trocadero Square, so the Eiffel Tower is well visible. In addition to the beautiful view of the city the restaurant is known for its good food and interesting menu.

Address: 15, avenue Montaigne, Paris 8e.

Official website: www.maison-blanche.fr

Cost per person: lunch from 70 Euros, dinner from 100 Euros

Les Grandes Marches

Les Grandes Marches is a seafood restaurant. Here you can taste oysters and mussels and also enjoy a beautiful view of Bastille Square.

Address: 6, place de la Bastille

Official website: www.grandes-marches.com

Cost per person: lunch from 25 Euros, dinner from 40 Euros

Les Ombres

This restaurant on the roof of the Quai Branly Museum boasts one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and a good author’s cuisine.

Address: 27, quai Branly

Official website: www.lesombres-restaurant.com

Cost per person: lunch from 48 Euros, dinner from 110 Euros

Le W

The Warwick Champs-Elysées restaurant offers a beautiful view of the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. It is known for its light cuisine and ideal for ending the day with a glass of champagne.

Address: 5, rue de Berri, 8e

Official website: www.wrestaurantwarwickparis.com

Cost per person: lunch and dinner from 49 Euros

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The Duomo di Milano is a top destination for Milan tourists, worthy of endless acclamations of praise. 

The facade of the Duomo: how it became what it is

When we enter the Piazza del Duomo, the grandiose facade of the cathedral appears before us with white marble spires pointing upwards and numerous stone scaffolding on the roof. This kind of architecture, especially when combined with the chosen material, is not typical of Italy. It is easier to imagine this building somewhere in France or on the banks of the Rhine.

Gothic churches usually consisted of burnt brick in a much more down-to-earth manner. But the Duke of Visconti wanted the future great temple of Milan to be no worse than that of the French and Germans (remember – by that time, they had already built the famous Notre-Dame de Paris). 

And then, the Italian Factoria, which led the construction of the Duomo, decided to invite foreigners for consultation. But everyone thought they were the only experts on the subject and sought to justify their point of view to the Duke. 

Duomo in Milan

However,  back then, the construction of churches traditionally started with an altar, so they left the question of the appearance of the Duomo for another time. In the meantime, the cathedral would have the facade of the old basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – they were going to demolish it anyway. The use of brick was not even discussed at the time: marble and only marble!

The centuries passed. The existing project was changed and supplemented following new trends in architecture and new, alternative projects. One builder even suggested a classical portico with columns and obelisks. They demolished the old facade of the basilica, and over one hundred years, the cathedral stood with naked walls, worthy of a large stable. 

Napoleon made the decisive point. He was impatient to become King of Italy and decided to hold the coronation procedure in the main temple of Milan. Construction work rapidly accelerated, and during eight years, the cathedral received lancet windows, spires with statues, and the bulk of the decor. 

True, the Factoria then tried to redo the facade of the Milan Duomo: it turned out too heterogeneous and eclectic.

Eclecticism is a combination of different styles in architecture.

The Milan Cathedral, except for minor alterations, was destined to remain exactly like that. It is an interesting cocktail: 

  • windows with triangular cornices and portals borrowed from Roman, classical architecture;
  • the small spire is Renaissance;
  • the main sculptural trim is Baroque;
  • lancet arches, stained glass windows, and all spires, including the spire of the Madonna, are Flame Gothic and Neo-Gothic.

Flamboyant Gothic is the most ornate and redundant of all varieties of Gothic architecture. If you see striving facade lines, ornaments, contours, and silhouettes like tongues of flame – this is it!

They added the last detail to the appearance of the cathedral in the 20th century.These are the magnificent bronze doors: the central one and two pairs of side doors. The high relief shows scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and Christ, deeds of bishops and monarchs, and historical events with stunning detail. 

A high relief is a part of the sculpture that protrudes more than halfway. Some prominent parts (for example, the leg of one of Jesus’ tormentors) shines. Tourists around the world do a pretty good job of it!

The sculptures of Milan’s cathedral

Duomo in Milan

Another favorite activity of every self-respecting tourist is looking for interesting and amusing sculptures. The so-called Peducci, the small sculptural decorations that support the trefoil arches, is especially endearing. 

There are hundreds of them, and they do not repeat any of them. You will not find animals and birds, fantastic creatures and real historical figures, masks and flowers, and sports equipment. 

There are even larger sculptures on the facade of the cathedral. Some stand in free-spirited poses, others casually support columns, while others depict scenes from scripture. Without knowing it in detail, one can guess Adam and Eve being cast out of Paradise or David after defeating Goliath in a craftsman’s costume. 

And on the edge of the central balcony stands a female figure with a raised bowl and a crown on her head. And she resembles… well, of course, the American Statue of Liberty!

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Inside the cathedral of Milan

Full of awe, through the side doors, we enter the cool twilight of the cathedral. There are many truly unique things here.

The Organ

Italy’s largest organ is less than a hundred years old, but it surpasses its predecessor in power and sound. The instrument has 15,000 organ pipes and five keyboards, with which the maestro-organist commands this “spaceship”.

Some are thick as a water pipe, while others are like a cocktail straw. Almost all are metal, but there are also wooden ones to convey the sounds of the oboe, clarinet, and flute. They blow the air to the organ by powerful furs located in the basement. 

And alongside all this are neat bundles of cables because the nature of this marvel is electromechanical. You can listen to the Milan Duomo organ at the Saturday or Sunday services. Sometimes the cathedral hosts secular music concerts, which you can find out about on Duomo’s website.

Statue of St. Bartholomew

The most notable sculpture inside the cathedral is the statue of St. Bartholomew, who died a painful death: he was skinned alive. The Renaissance tradition dictated that they cover him with his skin like a cloak, so the sculptor Marco d’Agrate did. 

It is hard to say what is more fascinating about this statue, whether it is the Christian’s courage in fighting for his faith or the artist’s stunning skill in conveying the anatomy of the human muscles. 

The Sundial

The Milan Cathedral does not have a clock with hands and a dial, like those in the churches in Zurich. Instead, there is a gilded brass band set on the floor along with one of the walls, divided by twelve zodiacal constellations. This is the midday meridian.

Every day at noon, a ray of sunlight passes through a hole in the roof and falls on the midday line at the level of the zodiac sign. One could envy the precision of this clock, but now they do not work since it interferes with the scaffolding on the roof. 

Mausoleum of Gian Giacomo Medici

There are not many tombs and sarcophagi in the Duomo. The most famous among them is the marble mausoleum of the Medici, nicknamed Medeghino (little Medici). He was a controversial man, as were all members of his clan. Apparently, this is why there are allegorical sculptures of War and Peace juxtaposed on the tombstone.

Ciborium

The most notable Christian object of worship in the cathedral is the ciborium. The European Baroque style design is in a special pavilion above the altar. Under its canopy is a tower-skynia, symbolizing the body of Christ in the form of bread and wine. The dome of the ten-meter pavilion has eight angels, and the top has a statue of the risen Christ. 

Stained Glass Windows

The grandiose stained glass windows of the Duomo are considered the largest in the world. Most of them are behind the altar. It is the authentic Bible in pictures. The English poet Shelley loved to read Dante’s The Divine Comedy in their soft golden light.

The oldest panels of colored glass from the 15th century are dedicated to St. John of Damascus, the patron saint of apothecaries. They have recently been restored and are about to take their permanent place. And the youngest stained glass windows came 500 years after the first ones. It is rather unexpected to see chimneys of factories and modern agriculture on them. 

Sacred Relic of the Duomo

Duomo in Milan

The true nail from Christ’s crucifix is the pride of the Cathedral of Milan. It is now in the reliquary under the dome, but every year on September 14th, they present it to the faithful for adoration. 

The procession with the Sacred Nail used to be a measure to combat the plague. Apparently, it worked because the rite became annual, although it has changed over time. They employed a technical innovation – a rope elevator that lifts the bishop to a height of 40 meters to the monstrance with the nail. 

No, no, it is not dangerous, but beautiful and comfortable. The clergyman at this moment sits in a round basket painted with angels and clouds. It is called Nivola, from the word “cloud.”

The relic stays on the ground for 40 hours, after which it returns to its place until the next year.

You can watch the Cathedral from the inside for hours. There is also the seven-candle candelabrum Trivulzio, the precious sacristy, the font, and below the floor level, the excavated area of the Basilica of Santa Tecla and the baptistery. Most importantly, do not forget to climb to the roof of the Duomo after such an abundance of treasures.

The way to the roof

You can fly up to the observation deck in an elevator, but it is more interesting to walk up the narrow spiral staircases and go through the maze of passages, stopping at countless balconies.

Spires and statues

From the lower level of the observation deck, you see a veritable stone forest, towers, statues, carved columns, lace friezes, and other elements with mysterious architectural names.

It is noticeable that some of the marble details are lighter in shade. Well, they restore them every ten years and clean them regularly. The finer elements of the decorations, right in front of your eyes, are the best to see. Sculptures of archangels and saints at eye level are also clearly visible and sometimes even signed. But for the large statues on top of the spires, you need binoculars.

And crowning the Milan Duomo is the main 104-meter spire above the dome.

Madonna raising the flag!

Duomo in Milan

A four-meter gilded statue of the Madonna glows on the large spire of Milan’s cathedral. In a fluttering robe with a halo over her head, she has been staring up to heaven for 250 years. There was a brief interruption during World War II; they covered the statue with burlap because it was too convenient to see for bombers. 

In the Madonna’s right hand is a halberd with a cross, and on civil and church holidays, the national flag flies on it. The people of Milan love the Holy Virgin and call her fondly – Madonna. And she, in turn, protects the city from all kinds of adversity.

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Panorama

The highest point of the observation deck is about 60 meters high. If you look down over the parapet, you can see the gargoyles of the gutters, the ant people in the square, and the imposing arch of the Victor Emmanuel II Gallery.

The red bell tower of St. Gotthard’s Church and the mushroom-like Torre Velasca stand out against the endless line of rooftops. Vibrant Milan and the cluster of skyscrapers in the distance stretch almost to the horizon, and on clear days you can see the Alps and Apennines.

Better come here at night, when the setting sun reflects in the white marble and gently illuminates the sleeping city. You can plan your visit in advance and book tickets at this link to the Milan Cathedral with a sunset climb to the roof.

The observation deck is so large that there is enough space for everyone to relax, sit and even sunbathe in clear weather. A century ago, there was a cafe on the roof of the cathedral. No one considered it blasphemy, and it had tables, awnings, and even palm trees in pots. The visitors received ice cream and champagne. 

 

How many secrets have the cathedral accumulated over six centuries of existence, and how many remain unsolved? It is worth a trip to see everything with your own eyes! 

Milan

Moving around the suburbs of Milan by car is convenient if you have a place to stay in the countryside, or planning a trip to the lake, and a must if you have small children or elderly relatives on the trip.

You can rent a car from a website and drive it right from the airport.

Parking in Milan is a rather complicated issue, as well as in all of Italy. We advise you to weigh all the pros and cons. Free parking is scarce, paid parking is expensive, and they are sometimes difficult to find. But the reservation service is now available online.

In most cases, it is more convenient to move around the city by public transport or cab. If you cannot do without a car, get ready to walk or take a streetcar from the parking lot to the city center.

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Types of parking lots

Types of parking lots

The color markings for parking are your guides, which are white, yellow, and blue.

White indicates free parking spaces, and yellow is for residents and the disabled. Also, under the signs, they have the number of zones in Milan for which they permit residents to park.

In case of non-compliance with the rules, they can impound your car and charge a fine up to 90 €.

The paid parking has a white letter “P” on a blue background. Also, a sign indicates what time you can pay for the parking.

Usually, it is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at other times,, parking is free. The cost per hour is also on the sign.

Parking rates and zones

The cost of an hour of parking depends on the area of Milan – the closer to the city center, the more expensive it is (up to 3 € per hour).

You can pay for the service in special vending machines. After payment, place the ticket on the windshield on the driver’s side. Do not forget to turn the cardboard clock to the time you began parking.

You can also buy a “Sosta Milano” parking card at one of the Tabacchi stores, on which you should put the time of arrival in the parking lot.

Parking rates and zones

The cost of parking in the center of Milan (Area C):

  • From 8:00am to 7:00pm – 2 € per hour for the first 2 hours, after that – 3 € for each following hour.
  • From 7:00pm to 8:00am, 2€ per hour for the first 2 hours, after that, it id free.

Entrance to Zone C also must be paid because it is a restricted traffic area (ZonaTraffico Limitato – ZTL). There is a fee is charged from 7:30am to 7:30pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) and to 6:00 on Thursday.

Entry to the ZTL area is free on Saturday and Sunday.

You can buy entry tickets to “Area C” at the Tabacchi stores and parking machines. The cost is 5 € for one day (valid until midnight), 15 € for one day (valid after midnight), 30 € or 60 € for multiple tickets that they will automatically deduct.

The cost of parking outside the center of Milan:

  • From 8:00am to 7:00pm – 1.20 € per hour in the Corona Filoviaria area. In the Extra Filoviaria, Agee ospedaliere area, 0,80 € per hour. Ambito San Siro 1,20 € per hour and 7 € for the whole day.
  • From 7pm to 8am – free.

Parking Park & Ride

Parking Park & Ride

Milan has a transportation service system, Rark&Ride, which allows you to leave your car.

The “temporary storage” is relatively inexpensive: the first 4 hours are 1 €, a day is 2 €, a week is 6.20 €. Often this amount includes travel on all forms of public transport.

From each Park&Ride station, you can get to the historic center of Milan by metro, streetcar, or bus. It is also easy to walk and see the city at the same time.

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Covered parking lots

Covered parking lots

Covered parking lots are open 24 hours a day and are more expensive:

  • Daytime from 8:00am to 9:00pm – 2.90 € per hour.
  • At night, from 9:00pm to 8:00am, €1.90 per hour.
  • A day is 31,20 €.
  • A week costs €130.

In the center of Milan, there are several covered parking lots: Meravigli, Augusto, Velasa, Diaz, and Rinascente.

Car impound

Car impound

Parking in the wrong place in Milan is forbidden. Authorities will impound any cars found in unauthorized areas.

To get your car back, you must pay a fine and go to the lot to pick it up. You can contact the Lost and Found office by phone +39.02.77270280 or in Via Beccaria, 19.

Advice from an experienced tourist

The best thing for you is to find a hotel with parking for guests. There is no point in driving in the center of Milan: the distances are short and walking allows you to experience the atmosphere of the city.

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Enjoy the experience!

Milan transport

There are several fares for getting around Milan by public transport. In Italy, the ticket system is unified – you can ride any form of public transport with a single ticket. You can stay at a hotel near the subway and see the sights. Also, the intracity trains routes are underground. Streetcars and trolleybuses can […]

We tell you the details and the secrets of a pleasant and safe vacation to make your trip to Rome unforgettable.

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Safety and security in Rome

Safety and security in Rome

To avoid theft and trouble, spread your documents, credit cards, and cash in different places: pockets, liners, wallets, and key holders.

Some money is better left in the hotel room (in a suitcase or safe). In reality, Italy is not as dangerous as you hear. However, there are pickpockets and thieves in every tourist spot, especially in popular, crowded places.

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Choose the right shoes

Choose the right shoes

For long walks in Rome, wear comfortable shoes. In addition to decent walking distances, a special test in the Eternal City will be the roads and streets. The ancient cobblestone is uncomfortable to walk in high heels, platforms, and shoes with thin soles. In addition, the city has countless stairs: not for nothing, Rome is called “the city on seven hills”.

Drinking fountains in Rome

Drinking fountains in Rome

To avoid endless buying of drinking water in supermarkets or tourist stores, you can buy a bottle of water and refill it as much as you want from the drinking fountains of Rome. There are numerous around the city; look for small fountains with taps, nipples, etc. And do not worry, you will not get poisoned – it is crystal clear water from mountain springs

Where to eat in Rome?

Where to eat in Rome?

How to eat well in the center of Rome without spending too much? Do not eat in restaurants near the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Spanish Square, and the Trevi Fountain. In such establishments, more often than not:

  • tasteless;
  • you will pay two or three times more.

However, turn the corner onto a quiet street and be surprised by the variety of inexpensive restaurants with tasty Italian cuisine hidden from the eyes of tourists. For prices, check out the menus posted on the street next to your favorite restaurant.

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Breakfast Dolce Vita style

Breakfast Dolce Vita style

Want to enjoy a delicious Italian breakfast in Rome? Then come to any nice bar you meet on your way, enter, and feel free to order a fresh sweet pastry along with a delicious hot cappuccino with lush milk foam. The pleasure of all’italiana is assured.

You need to get used to the fact that the “bar” in Italy is a coffee house, not a place for drinking alcohol.

We recommend you get to the bar early, at 7-8am, because the counters offer a variety of sweet pastries with all sorts of fillings. By 10 or 11 in the morning, there is almost nothing left.

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Weather peculiarities

Weather peculiarities

For a trip to Rome in spring, we advise you to choose mid-April to May (the rains have already passed), and in summer, the period from June to mid-July (because later the heat is unbearable).

September to mid-November is also good in Rome. After November, you have the rainy season. And winter in Rome is best from late December to February (the thermometer is about +10, the wind is cold, but the sun is warm).

Another important tourist tip: Always dress in Rome according to the “cabbage” system, so you can take something off/on depending on the temperature changes during the day.

How to avoid lincommaes to the sights?

How to avoid lincommaes to the sights?

Rome and its residents wake up early, around 6 or 7 in the morning. But the crowds of tourists fill the streets of the Eternal City at about 10am.

So to have time to capture the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Spanish Square without thousands of tourists around, you will need only to get up at dawn. At the same time, you can buy admission tickets much faster. More convenient is to buy it online in advance.

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Beware of pesky florists!

Beware of pesky florists!

Like any other tourist mecca, the center of Rome is full of peddlers from the Middle East who sell their wares (flowers, toys, trinkets, scarves, and bags).

They are especially impudent with their tricks with flowers: first, they put them in your hands or your companion’s with the phrase “It’s a gift,” and then demand 5 euros for three tiny roses. An unpleasant situation, isn’t it? So, ignore them.

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Cab in Rome – not a cheap pleasure

Cab in Rome - not a cheap pleasure

If you are used to a cab as a convenient and inexpensive mode of transportation, be prepared for the price in Rome. Even a short trip of 10-15 minutes will cost about 20-30 euros, but on the way from the airport to the city center, you will need to pay 60-70 euros (in general, it is better to order a transfer with a fixed price from the airport).

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Therefore, it is better to use the bus, subway, or train. Although, you can view the center of Rome on foot.

About transportation: Tickets for metro and buses can be purchased either from ticket machines at metro stations, newsstands, or tabaquerias (shops with a sign “T”).

Tickets cost €1.5 each and are valid for 100 minutes from the start of use.

Buy tickets for sightseeing in Rome online

Buy tickets for sightseeing in Rome online

You do not need to stand in hour-long lines to buy tickets to the main attractions in Rome if you buy them in advance online. For example, you can buy tickets for the entrance to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum at this link.

Following these tips, you can make your vacation in Rome ten times more pleasant, easy, and carefree. 

Buon viaggio!