I went to sleep late last night and got a slow start today. I woke up around 9 am, Italy time, which is one hour behind Israel. I stayed in bed most of the morning, I was in no hurry to get started, had no big sightseeing plans for the day, no walking tour to go on. I read my Europe travel books, had an idea of the sites to see in Milan, and I figured a day was plenty of time to see the city.
I began my day with lunch at a nearby cafe, I ordered the calzone, it looked good from the window, I saw another customer eating it too. The calzone was good, not outstanding but good, and a nice change from the Middle Eastern fare I have burned out on over the past two weeks. After lunch I headed to Piazza Duomo, Milan's Central Square, a short walk from my hostel.
The most prominent building in Milan's main square is the Gothic Cathedral, which is one of the largest Gothic Cathedral's in the world. I briefly went inside the Cathedral I took out my camera to take a picture and was approached by a woman who told me I would have to pay 2 Euros to take photos. I decided I have enough pictures of interiors of European churches, I am not going to pay to accumulate more. I did not stay at the cathedral long, did not pay to go to the roof or the baptistery. I was keeping my Milan tour basic, I explore the interiors of building in more depth in Rome and Florence.
|Lynnae in front of Milan's Cathederal|
|Lynnae in Galleria Vittorio Emanuale|
Castello Sforzesco was my last stop on my self-guided tour of Milan, is there more to see in this city, definitely. There is a canal district and the Church of Santa Maria dell Grazie, which is famous for the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The Last Supper viewing required advanced purchased tickets, Milan was an unexpected stop on my trip to Italy, I did not book anything in advance.
|Lynnae at Castello Sforzesco|
Tomorrow I go to Venice for two nights, I will have my own room there, with a shared bathroom at an inexpensive hotel. I finished booking my Italy trip, it ends on May 31st, them I go to Barcelona, booked the flight already. My tour of Europe will end in a couple of weeks, I may go teach English in Istanbul or go and get my TEFL certification, I have not decided yet. Well, it is time to get some sleep, I have a train to catch to Venice sometime tomorrow, I did not reserve a seat in advance.
Day 1 in Milan Photo Album