Monday, May 2, 2011

ITALY - LOMBARDIA: MILANO

After travelling to Rome last year, I have come back to Italy to visit two nice areas of northern Italy: Tuscany and Lombardia. There are really lovely villages in these two provinces of Italy, as well as the beautiful city of Florence.


After spending five fantastic days in Florence and Tuscany, we arrived at Milano to visit this important city of Italy and to enjoy two lovely days sailing on Como Lake and walking along the streets of the medieval town of Bergamo.


The proximity of the Como Lake, the Maggiore Lake and Bergamo are actually  additional reasons to spend one day in Milano.

Although Milano is the second largest city in Italy after Rome and the capital city of the region of Lombardy, I think that one day is enough to discover the most interesting places in Milano, which in my opinion are:

  • Duomo
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Parco Sempione
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie (The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci)
  • Sant Ambrogio
  • Quadrilatero d'Oro (Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga)
  • I Navigli

In the evening we went to I Navigli to enjoy an aperitivo. Milanesi people are known as good "aperitivo" masters - every evening from about 6 pm to 9 pm there's a Happy Hour in all the bars and restaurants in Milano - all you need to do is choose the place you like, choose the drink you like, pay the fixed amount (usually less than 9 euroes) and you can take and eat everything what you see in the buffet of the bar. An advice - choose the place with a rich buffet... and not only those who look trendy.

Next I would like to show you some pictures of these places:


Duomo


Duomo of Milano
The largest and most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy, the Milan Cathedral, is the fourth largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Cathedral of Seville and a new cathedral in the Ivory Coast

Duomo of Milano
We really enjoy walking through the forest of Gothic sculpture that decorates the roof of Milan Cathedral and going under the flying buttresses and eaves

Duomo of Milano
It's worth climbing the steep roof of the Duomo to enjoy fantastic views of Milano

Velasca Tower in Milano
Velasca Tower from the roof of the Duomo of Milano

Piazza del Duomo


Piazza del Duomo in Milano
I realized the hugeness of La Piazza del Duomo when I looked at it from the roof of the Duomo

Piazza del Duomo in Milano
Impressive gothic facade of the Duomo of Milano. On the left you can see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milano
Next to La Piazza del Duomo, Italian elegance is reflected in this four-storey shopping arcade with vaulted ceilings of glass amd steel

Castello Sforzesco



Castello Sforzesco in Milano
A fountain in front of the Castello Sforzesco in Milano

Parco Sempione


Parco Sempione in Milano
Sempione Park is a large public park in Milano, situated between the Castello Sforzesco and the Peace Arch, near Piazza Sempione. I strongly recommend walking along this park because of its beauty and the calmness you can feel inside


Santa Maria delle Grazie



Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milano
The extraordinary fresco of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci adorns the wall of the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and, of course, is the main attraction of this church. What I like the most of this convent was its cloister. I couldn't visit the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci because you have to buy the tickets four or five months before

Sant Ambrogio


Sant Ambrogio in Milano
Sant'Ambrogio is the second of the great churches of Milano after the Duomo and one of the finest ones. I really liked the cloister at the entrance, which you can see in this picture



Of course, Milano is a fantastic shopping city. Milano's main upscale fashion district is the quadrilatero della moda (literally, "fashion quadrilateral"), where the city's most prestigious shopping streets (Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia) are held. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza del Duomo, Via Dante and Corso Buenos Aires are other important shopping streets and squares.



Quadrilatero d'Oro (or della Moda)




Via della Spiga in Milano
Via della Spiga, a pedestrian street, is the street of Il Quadrilatero d'Oro I like the most 

Via Montenapoleone in Milano
Pen shown in a Montblanc shop window in Via Montenapoleone in Milano

I Navigli


I Navigli in Milano
Today I Navigli is the most lively and bohemian area of Milano. The old warehouses now house modern apartments. Along the canals you can find a lot of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. Every night, the streets are full of young people in and out of bars and restaurants


After an interesting day in Milano, the following day we would sail on Como Lake and visit the beautiful village of Bellagio.


Finally, you can see more pictures of the days I spent in Rome last year clicking on the next links:

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