Our final stop for this adventure is Milan, the fashion and financial capital of Italy, and home of the Duomo, pictured above. While we have spent a day before or after a flight here, we have never stayed for a longer period of time. So we rented an apartment in the center (views from our balcony below), invited Mom, and are ready to see the sites.
Our visit began with Easter Sunday, which begins with a delicious Colombo bread, shaped like a dove for peace. We then go to the Duomo for mass by the archbishop. The Duomo piazza is teeming with people, and security. A later visit to the rooftop and interior is also a “must do”.
We take in “Manon Lescaut” at La Scala, the famous opera house, and earlier toured its museum next door.
Seeing the di Vinci’s “Last Supper” at Santa Maria delle Grazie is a must in Milan. Visits are strictly limited to 15 minutes for this large wall painting, and tickets should be acquired well in advance. The cloister of the adjacent former monastery is a pretty place to visit.
We take a day trip to Lake Como, and the charming town of Como at the bottom of the lake. A boat ride on the lake takes us past incredible villas (we wave to George and Amal), and we have lunch in Bellagio.
We visit with friends, old and new.
We shop, have our favorite Italian treat, and prepare to go home.
Bottom line, Milan is a destination in and of itself. Nearby Bergamo, which we saw on a prior visit, is also an easy and worthwhile day trip or overnight. After a grand adventure, we are ready for re-entry and catching up with family and friends. Thanks for sharing this visit with us. A presto e Arriverderci!