Since we are talking here about thoughts and opinions I figured why not tackle one of my favorite hobbies, travel…trips and tips 🙂
No, I won’t get into too much details because I just want to give you a taste, enough to make you want to go there.
So, follow me around Milan, the city of fashion, art and good food (among others). Even before we landed to Bergamo we got ourselves the bus tickets online (try Terravision as they have pretty good prices – 9€ two way trip), which drove us around 1h (depends on the traffic) to the Milano Centrale.
Even the Central Railway Station, Milano Centrale, is more than a Station. With shops, restaurants, access to metro and beautiful glass arched roof, this Station is a work of art in which we got a chance to take a sprint through in order not to lose our bus on our way back. No worries, we made it 🙂
We also hit the Piazza del Duomo to be amazed by the mind-blowing architecture of the third largest church in Christendom (outdone only by St Peter’s in Rome and Seville’s cathedral), Duomo Cathedral.
Standing proudly, the over 600 years old cathedral is indeed quite a sight to see.
Interesting fact: Each of the five bronze doors that provide access to the Duomo was sculpted by a different artist between 1840 and 1965, along particular themes.
Make sure to take a look at your left and see Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a high-end fashion mall with astonishing glass vaults and enchanting mosaics. This is a paradise for a shopaholic, even if you are just window shopping. You will appreciate the beautiful details and carefully placed items on display.
A few stops (via Metro, recommend to buy 1 day tickets from Metro stations for 4.90 €) from the Duomo we have the Castello Sforzesco – Civici Musei del Castello. A beautiful Castle with 12 mini-museums and archives running all the way from Palaeolithic history through to 1950s furniture, where we also got to hear a concert held in the courtyard which had pretty good acoustic.
As I mentioned, this is a city filled with art, the Castle will give you a wonderful opportunity to see a collection of paintings, with artworks from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Or, you can chose Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci…you really have quite a large spectrum where you can choose from when it comes to museums.
Moving forward, make sure to realx on the grass near Porta Sempione. A gate, marked by a landmark triumphal arch called Arco della Pace (“Arch of Peace”), dating back to the 19th century, is an awesome sight to have while enjoying a delicious and huge ice cream!
Of course have some stops to eat. I would recommend go for the pizza. Maybe my luck was almost over but the pastas (for me) were quite average. So choose pizza, ice cream, bowls of fruits and cold drinks wherever restaurant you choose to eat to.
Not to make this too long, but Milan is a wonderful city with friendly people, amazing architecture, history and culture. So if you are thinking on a city break that won’t break the bank for you, choose Milan.
Interesting fact: If you manage to be there while Tiziano Ferro is having a concert, definitely go! His voice sounds just as perfect live, atmosphere is intense and happy people are filling the arena. Curios on more details regarding the trip, spend, concert & co? Visit: yosoytourist.wordpress.com
Let me know if you’ve been here and YOUR thoughts.
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