Howdy chewys! This will be our final post on Italy for our Europe honeymoon travelogue because Milan was our very last stop before we ventured to our next destination! We spent a short 2 days 1 night in Milan because it was more like a stopover for us 😛
Day 9 of our honeymoon trip saw us checking out of our hotel in Venice in the morning, taking the vaporetto to the train station and reserving train seats with our train pass. We had to wait for more than an hour for the next train to Milan and the wait was pretty agonizing because we had to wait in the cold. Journey from Venice to Milan took 2 hours and 35 minutes to be (quite) exact. We were overjoyed because it was snowing outside when we were about to reach Milan! 😀 Some evidence of snow behind me, at Milano Central Station
After checking into our hotel and having lunch nearby, we took the metro and alighted at Duomo metro station. This is Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), named after the Duomo (Milan Cathedral). If you don’t already know, ‘Duomo’ is a general term for cathedrals in Italy. Yes I was pretty confused myself. LOL.
Duomo di Milano is the largest cathedral in Italy and fifth largest in the world which took nearly six centuries to complete.
We were extremely wary when strangers approached us, offering rice grains to be fed to the birds at Piazza del Duomo. When our friends knew that we were going to Europe, a number of them warned us not to accept anything from these strangers (who are locals btw) even if they claim whatever they are offering to be free. Yeah nothing is free in this world. Basically, these guys offer to take photos of you feeding the birds and subsequently, demand money from you.
Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the kingdom of Italy, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the oldest shopping mall in Italy.
Nope we didn’t buy Prada or Louis Vuitton there, but instead, we bought gelato from Savini! Yum yum! 😛 But very weird la, we could only test one flavor before buying..
Decided to call it a night and we tabao-ed MacDonald’s back for dinner! Our beloved McD! So long never eat liao! We stayed in Hotel Bernina for one night. Location is very good! 3 mins walk from the central station.
The next morning, we skipped breakfast and headed to Castello Sforzesco. Since we were leaving Milan that day, we had to do as much sightseeing as we could! ALso partly because most places are closed on Mondays so there wasn’t much to see the day before.
Inside the castle! It opens as early as 7am, while the museums open at around 9am. We paid €3 per person to enter the museum.
Hahaha I was so thrilled to see this painting of Venice! 😀
There are a handful of museums within the castle but we only visited one due to time constraint and my limited attention span. Oops 😛
We visited Santa Maria delle Grazie next. Listen up, people! If you wanna get up close and personal with Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, you gotta reserve tickets at least 2 weeks in advance. We didnt know that we had to book early so we didnt get to see it But we did pay €10 per person to view Da Vinci’s other works. No photos were allowed though.
Caught the afternoon train and we were on our way to Switzerland! More on that soon 😉 Read about our travel experiences in Italy if you have not done so!
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