One of my favorite places in Italy was Milan. Or properly pronounced, Milano. Above is a picture of me on top of the Duomo Di Milano. It took nearly six centuries to complete and is the fifth largest cathedral in the world. We climbed over 170 stairs up a narrow tower, for a one-of-a-kind view of the famous spires, statues, and city.
Its made of white marble, with fun walkways we could walk under, countless details you could see close-up, and then we climbed another 40 steps and reached the peak of the roof.
Yup, we climbed to the top of it! 🙂
After the Duomo Di Milano, we visted the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. It’s housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milano. Literally yards away from the Duomo.
One of the strangest traditions in Milan is spinning on the bull’s balls in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The proper way to do it (as shown by me) is to place your heel firmly in the bull’s groin – just look for the worn patch! – and turn backwards three times. Many people get it wrong, twirling forwards instead. You feel ridiculous. Many Italians roll their eyes at the tourists, but make a wish when you do and who knows, maybe it will come true!
We then took an afternoon tour to see the Sforza Castle, but primarily because it included an entrance to see the Last Supper by Leonard Di Vinci. They provide you these little audio guides, but the actual tourist guide talks through her microphone and you can hear directly through the machine. This way the tour guide doesn’t have to yell in places of worship! Brilliant for someone as short as me and usually in the back of the pack.
The castle now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. Although it doesn’t house the Last Supper, although several rooms were designed by the famous artist.
They also had some of the most beautiful gardens.
And let me take a moment to talk about the water fountains. They were all over Italy! Our tour guide taught us how to use them – just stick your finger under the fountain to cover the hole and it automatically goes from a well of water to a fountain. We used this technique to fill up our water bottles or take a quick sip of water throughout Italy. Absolutely no need to purchase water either. It was the coldest, most fresh water we’ve ever tasted.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip without a selfie! Took 4 tries… and a common theme throughout this trip.
Now onto the Last Supper. We weren’t allowed to take any photos inside and rightfully so! It’s just as spectacular as they say and much larger. When I saw the Mona Lisa in Paris, France, I was very disappointed. It was so much smaller than I thought, and I couldn’t get close enough to see it because there were just endless crowds hovering around her. However, not the case with the Last Supper! Our tour guide was impeccable because she not only gave the history of the beautiful creation, but also the biblical ties to it, as well as referenced the Dan Brown’s book, “The Da Vinci Code”. It was spectacular to see from afar because the angles and depth he provided was impeccable, but absolutely stellar to see up-close. I could feel Da Vinci’s emotions as he created this masterpiece. I was in awe.
Here we are outside of the home of the Last Supper. I’m so glad that WWII didn’t destroy this impeccable piece of art or the history behind some of the most famous places in Italy.