I have just returned from Milan where I had the chance to spend the weekend!
I had never been to this city in northern Italy. A very good childhood friend had talked to me about it a few times with enthusiasm; also, I wanted to go and visit it.
Aware that two days pass quickly, my ambition was not to make a “race to visit museums”. On the contrary, I wanted to discover some emblematic places of the city while strolling through the streets of Milan, with my nose in the air.
I had heard of the beauty of her cathedral, the third largest in the worldafter that of St. Peter in Rome and Our Lady of the See in Seville.
Milan is also known for its Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery.
Besides these two magnificent buildings, I wanted two days of Italian Dolce Vita, cheese pizzas and glasses of Chianti!
It is the first religious building of this scale that I have had the chance to see.
Believer or not, you will not be able to remain indifferent to the beauty of this religious building.
I remain in awe of so much work. Throughout the Cathedral, figures sculpted in marble seem to come alive. The height impresses me, from the top of their
108 meterssmall figures are enthroned, perfectly straight, at the top of thin pillars that seem to pierce the sky.
The visit of the cathedral is paying and I advise you not to save such a discovery.
Different formulas are available and several websites will allow you to buy tickets in advance.
As we are in low season, the queue is not very long, I opt for the interior visit of the Cathedral and for access to the roof of the building (13 euros).
Those who wish can go up there by elevator; I prefer the discovery of the spiral staircases!
The few images below will give you an idea of the beauty of this religious building whose the construction took almost 6 centuries!
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is a stone’s throw from the Duomo Cathedral.
It’s a Prestigious gallery which was built in the 19th century by thearchitect Giuseppe Mengoni.
It forms a cross with a grand dome in its center.
The part of the Gallery that opens onto Piazza Duomo ends with a Triumphal arch majestic.
The architecture is splendid, the canopy that we discover when we raise our heads is astounding!
I do not have enough words to say how much I find this majestic place.
Here you will find bookstores, cafes, pastry shops and luxury boutiques. It is not for the latter that I recommend this place, it is for the beauty of the architecture.
I invite you, moreover, to take the time to enjoy a pastry or a latte macchiato to soak up even more of this special place.
The Gallery is a passage between Duomo square and La Scala opera house in Milan whose exterior architecture is really nothing exceptional. I did not have the opportunity to go inside the opera.
Evening, the very pleasant district of Naviglio opened the door to one of those delicious restaurants where, in a friendly atmosphere, you can eat aperitif platters with good chianti!
The principle of the Aperitivo is well known in Italy: you pay for your drink and you can taste antipasti for free. We are very far from the few chip petals served in France during the aperitif!
The Naviglio district is located in the south of the city.
It is easily reached by metro: take the M2 metro, green line, towards Assago and get off at the Porta Genova FS stop.
It is really very pleasant to walk along the canal lit by a thousand small bulbs.
There floats a Venetian air!
There is plenty to do !
I only went window shopping because they are really very well decorated!
There are really a lot of luxury shops. It does not cause me any particular desires but there is a lack of more affordable shops…
Anyway, if you like to shop, you will find something to please you!
Obviously, there would still be other things to do, such as the essential Leonardo da Vinci museum where you have to go well in advance to be able to get tickets and see The Lord’s Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.
There is also the sforza castle which is located in the center of the city, at the end of Via Dante.
Whether an opera is being performed at La Scala during your visit, I imagine that the experience must be interesting to live.
I don’t know Italy very well.
Although my mother was born there, I went primarily to Piedmont when I was a child.
I keep good memories of it, I often wanted to return to Limone, a mountain resort full of charm.
But, I don’t know the Greats that are Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompeï…
Several months ago, I had the joy of visiting Venice and, two years ago, Sicily through multiple hikes in the Aeolian Islands.
One of the things that puts me off would be the tourist influx…but that’s the case in many other cities in Europe.
This getaway, 3h30 by car from Nice, was a very nice parenthesis that extended the magic of the Christmas holidays for a few days. 😉