Italy

The Last of My European Summer: Milan

Allora, here we are at the end of my European Summer adventure: Milan!

In all, we had about a day to explore Milan and to me, I felt that it was enough. As a city itself, Milan is quite pretty too but it doesn’t seem to be teeming with activities like Barcelona. The weather was also really hot and that kind of sapped our energy while walking about. I would imagine Milan would be much nicer to explore in Fall, and you can probably people-watch the locals rugging up in designer coats and boots.

We did not actually plan much for Milan – to give an idea on how under-prepared we were, we had no idea until we got to Europe that Milan actually houses the original fresco of The Last Supper, AND that booking to see the fresco had to be made at least 1 month in advance. -_-

Anyway, thank God we met this really friendly Aussie-Italian couple on the train ride from Cinque Terre. There was a nice familiarity in hearing the Aussie accent again and being able to converse in English with strangers. The train ride just flew by as we shared about our travelling adventures and as they had just visited Milan, they shared with us their go-to spots, complete with pictorial evidence on their iPad – whoop!

The lady also shared with us a little secret about Milan, which we set out on a quest for when we reached Milan…

So here’s my whirlwind trip in Milan, before we left behind the European summer and went back to cold wintry Melbourne… brrr…

You can't really visit Milan without visiting the Duomo
You can’t really visit Milan without visiting the Duomo
The Galleria, where of course, we couldn't afford anything!
The Galleria, where of course, we couldn’t afford anything!
Statue of Leonardo Da Vinci just behind the Galleria
Statue of Leonardo Da Vinci just behind the Galleria
The streets of Milan
The streets of Milan

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The inside is actually really dark
A church that the lady recommended us to see for the blue interior
St Ambrogio Basilica
St Ambrogio Basilica
Outside San Lorenzo Maggiore. So what's so special about this church?
Outside San Lorenzo Maggiore. So what’s so special about this church?
Unlike the Duomo, this church is void of any tourists and the architecture was much simpler than the Duomo...
Unlike the Duomo, this church is void of any tourists and the architecture was much simpler…
But inside, it houses a replica of The Last Supper and Michelangelo's Pieta!
But inside, it houses a replica of The Last Supper and Michelangelo’s Pieta (well, not exactly, but close)!
No idea who did this but you can see the replica fresco is peeling away fast as well
No idea who did this but you can see the replica fresco is peeling away fast as well

Yup, so that was the ‘secret’ that the Aussie lady shared with us. I guess this was a good replacement for not being able to see the original fresco!

Inside San Maurizio.. to be honest, at this stage, I was getting a little bored of viewing the churches at this point
Inside San Maurizio.. to be honest, at this stage, I was getting a little bored of viewing the churches… I’m surprised at how many churches are concentrated in Milan!
Walking towards Sforza castle
Walking towards Sforza Castle
Castle walls
Castle walls
1 last walk around the Duomo Piazza and it's time to head to the airport!
1 last walk around the Duomo Piazza and it’s time to head to the airport!
Lego version of the Duomo at the Milan airport!
Lego version of the Duomo at the Milan airport!

So as you can tell, Milan is a mixture of fashion, classical artwork, modern citylife and old religious architecture which gives it quite abit of character. But as far as activities go, it just didn’t seem as lively as other cities.

I would say that I was disappointed with the quality of food there, as we probably hit the tourist spots and the food just didn’t seem as authentic as what we had at Cinque Terre.

BUT I must add in that we had some rocking good gelato here, which inspired me on some cupcake baking when I got back to Melbourne – haha any excuse to churn out some cupcakes!

So that’s it for our somewhat short but packed European summer adventure. I guess for a lot of people, their aim is to get through as many European countries within a short time and spending as little as possible. That was my dream as a university student which I never got to fulfill (I only got to backpack across the East Coast of USA as an exchange student) but now, being able to travel with some income, I would say that was a more enjoyable experience – can’t quite turn back to backpacking and hostels again!

But even still, we didn’t quite break our wallets, and perhaps, if I am able to get down to it, I’ll share with you all on how we planned out the trip 🙂

And of course, you would realise that food photos are virtually absent from my European posts but that doesn’t mean we didn’t eat well! Yup, one thing we didn’t stinge on was the food so I can’t wait to share my gastronomic experiences with you all! So watch this space!

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