Lombardy Region - Milan
Our travels start with five days in Milan. We have not been to Milan for a number of years and I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a number of days to explore the city. On previous trips we went to the "hot spots" which were great, but I have seen so many beautiful photographs of Milan posted on Instragram I know there is more to see.
We have a beautiful apartment books in the central historic centre. This will be our base to see the city.
It was a poster of the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II which fueled my initial desire to travel to Italy. Who would have known that my trip to Milan in 1986 would have ignited such as passion for Italy.
The Galleria was designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni and construction started in 1865. It took only two years to complete. Mengoni never saw it open to the public. He was found dead under the scaffolding days before it opened.
I am looking forward to a new feature, the walk on the roof. There are now two high-speed elevators at via Silvia Pellico 2 that take visitors up to the roof (open 9 am to 11 pm). There is lots of high end shopping, but I know from previous trips to Milan that I can't really afford high end Milan shopping - but I am going to enjoy the building itself.
I will stop by Bar Camparino, famour for the iconic Campari and soda drinki, or the Negroni. Both two drinks that I have enjoyed for years.
This is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It was built in the 14th century and took over 500 years to complete. It is located, appropriately, on the Piazza Duomo.
Walking from Piazza Duomo through the Galleria's corridor to the other side is La Scala, one of the most famous and beautiful opera houses in the world.
An an important art museum exhibiting contemporary Italian works from the 19th and 20th centuries.