Sunday, May 30, 2010

Destination: Milan

Posted by Kero at Sunday, May 30, 2010
"Rome is a like a voluptuous woman whose gifts are very apparent, while Milan is the shy, demure girl whose treasures are plentiful, but discovered in time." ~ Italian saying

After a challenging yet romantic stay in Venice, we packed our bags again and boarded EuroStar Italia. We spent two hours marveling the beauty of Italian countryside before reaching our last place to visit, the world's fashion capital -- Milan.

Our tour started visiting Da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper or locally known as Vinciano Cenaculo. The 15-minute visit requires reservation a few months before. Strictly no photos allowed and only 25 people are allowed per visit. The photo is similar to what you see inside the room.

Da Vinci's masterpiece is housed in the simple refectory of the 15th century St. Mary of Graces Church. It is a 20-minute taxi-ride from our hotel in Corso Bunos Aires.

After our lunch, we passed by the massive La Scala Theater touted as the world's most renowned opera house. It  first opened in 1778.

Because we spent our morning with legs cramped inside the train, we decided to walk our way to visit Piazza Del Duomo where Milan's iconic gothic cathedral is located. The Duomo  built in 1386  is Italy's second largest cathedral next to St. Peter's Basilica. It is set in white marble with thousands of statues in its facade and hundreds of spires.

"Some say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands." ~ Mark Twain

Going back to Hotel Fenice, we decided to walk around the posh mother of all shopping malls  called Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele. The 19th century palace is named after the first king who unified Italy.

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Ebie on May 30, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

Magnificent church architecture! I wish to visit Italy someday.

anne on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 AM said...

I always wanted to go to other place, to see what the place like and to know about their culture. Anyway mine is up and its here thanks

kayni on June 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM said...

The duomo is impressive :). Did you shop in Milan? Please

witsandnuts on June 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM said...

The first time I heard about the demure quote on Milan. The more it encourages me to go there.

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