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Milan - Italy

April 25, 2016

 

I had a long weekend due to Liberation day on Monday so I spent three days in Milan. Milan is not as congested as Florence and is definitely more of an artsy city with its extravagant fashion taste and plenty of design conferences.

Taking advice from a local I had lunch on Corso Sempione which was recommended for its cheap eating and lunch buffets. I arrived to Corso Sempione around 12pm so there wasn't a lot of places to chose from yet since the Italian lunch time is around 1pm-2pm so I settled for a place that sold fries and burgers. 

 

Right next to Corso Sempione is the Parco Sempione Park and the Arco della Pace aka the Peace arch. If you look closely from the Arco della Pace you can even see the Sforza castle at the other end of the park. 

Arco Della Pace 

 

 

Parco Sempione is a huge park about 386,000 meters squared. It is a nice place for a stroll and enjoy some fresh air. Walking from the Arco della Pace to the far end of the park I found the Sforza Castle. 

Sforza Castle Square

Outside of the Castle 

 

The fountain in front of the Castle 

 

The Fountain and the Castle

 

There was a variety of museums in the castle but it was unclear where all the entrances were so i'm not if I saw the whole castle. I paid a 5 Euro entry to the museum and even though it was nice to see more renaissance art I could of skipped the galleries all together. 
 

From the park I walked down the Via Monte Napoleone which is a famous costly shopping street with lots of well known fashion designers. I was told that famous actors, actresses and entertainers love to shop here. 

 

Not too far from Via Monte Napoleone was the Duomo which was my favorite place in Milan. The front of the Cathedral is 354 ft (108 metres) tall making it the fifth largest church in the world. Of course there were tons of people in the Piazza and also a lot of pigeons. Beware of the people trying to sell pop corn kernels to feed the pigeons, they are everywhere too. 

 

Duomo Square

Inside of the Duomo

 

Right next to the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which is a beautiful double arcade with an incredible domed roof and magnificent tiled floors. It is one of the worlds oldest shopping malls. Luckily I made friends with a local who told me about the good luck ritual that happens on one of the four mosaics on the floor. The four mosaics portray the coat of arms of the three capital of Italy; Turin, Florence Rome and Milan.

 

He told me to put my heel in the Bull mosaics balls (theres a hole in the mosaic) and make a full turn. Four turns are for wealth, one turn is for a better sex life and two or three turns is a wish of your choice. But warned me not to fall or I will have a life of misery!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

 

At the end the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the La Scala theatre which doesn't look like much from the outside but I bet its just spectacular from the inside since it holds operas of the greatest operatic artists from Italy and around the world.  It is also one of the leading opera and ballet theaters in the world. Its a shame but I didn't get a chance to go inside.

 

 

The canals in the Navigli District were what I imagined a typical Italian atmosphere would be like. There were a lot of great places to eat or drink especially at night. On Sunday there are tons of market stalls lining the canal if you still haven't gotten all of the shopping of your system! 

Navigli District
 

Navigli District on Sunday with the Market Stalls
 

Navigli District at night

 

 

On Sunday I walked around the Moscova region and ate a sandwich at Eataly. Eataly is also a marketplace where you can buy a TON of Italian Groceries. 

 

About a five minute walk from Eataly I arrived at The Piazza Gae Aulenti. With its high skyline and mirrored windowed towers it is definitely brings a different scenery from the historical architecture Italy has to offer. You would almost think you weren't in Italy anymore! 

 Plazza Gae Alunti

 

 

Milan was a fun weekend trip but I would of been okay with two days instead of three. If I knew about the near city of Verona (three of shake pears plays are set here: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew) earlier enough I would of made a side trip there since its close to Milan but I will come back and give Verona a good two days of its own. 

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