From the foodie capital of Italy to its fashion capital, our last stop on our (Thanksgiving) trip was to the vibrant city of Milan.
With only one day in Italy’s second largest city, we still managed to see some of the top sights. Here are the highlights…
The Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milan) is probably one of the most spectacular structures I have ever seen in person. This massive, Gothic cathedral took nearly 600 years to build, beginning in 1386. It is adorned with about 3,500 statues and 135 spires that add to its fairy-tale-like appearance.
We climbed the stairs to the roof for a closer look at the highly detailed work…simply amazing. (The views of the city weren’t so bad either.)
Close by the Duomo, in Piazza del Duomo, is the elegant, glass-vaulted Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade. Lined with high-end retailers (think Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc.), this is a special place to shop. Too bad we didn’t have more time…or money.
One of opera’s legendary venues is the world-renowned La Scala (Teatro alla Scala), in Piazza delle Scala. Besides opera performances, ballet, concerts, and other cultural events are held here throughout the year.
Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) was once used to protect the city from its enemies and as the residence of the Sforza dynasty. Today it is home to several museums dedicated to art, archaeology, furniture, and music.
And finally, Milan’s most famous attraction…Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper. The mural, painted from 1494 to 1498, is located on the north wall of the refectory at the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie church. You must reserve tickets several weeks in advance to view this masterpiece, but—and now for the bad news—since we did not expect to be in Milan, we were unable to obtain tickets at such short notice. I can only imagine how amazing it is to see in person. Not a bad reason for a return visit.
With that said, this wraps up our Italian getaway. What fun we had!