Where We Be
The facade of the fourth largest cathedral in the world is covered with "gothic bling"
Milan, Italy
The Piazza del Duomo is the place to hang out, eat a gelato, and people watch
Milan’s Duomo is the fourth largest cathedral
in the world. It is covered from head to toe
with gothic bling, including 135 spires and
over 3,200 statues! The facade is beautiful, a
confectioner’s cake of pink marble with a
symmetrical pyramid-shaped top interspersed
with spires. Begun in 1386, it took six centuries
to complete. It can hold 40,000 people – the
entire population of Milan when it was built.

The other highlight of our three days in Milan
was seeing Da Vinci's "The Last Supper." We
had to book this in advance, at a cost of $30
each, but it was worth it. First impressions: the
painting is big! It takes up the entire horizontal
space of a refectory wall and is located higher
up than I expected, above the door. The colors
seem muted, and this is because the vibrant
colors Da Vinci used are only 20% there; the
rest are intentionally muted restoration colors.
Inside, the duomo is cavernous -- it can hold 40,000 people!
The stained glass windows are toweringly high and lovely
This unusual art display just outside the Duomo was still in the process of being installed
The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuel II is located just off the Duomo's piazza and offers a classy place for shopping and a bite to eat
Milan's famous La Scala opera house isn't much to look at
from the outside but is sumptuous inside
An Italian worker adds more "snow" to the exhibit
We got to take a look inside La Scala as part of our
admission to the La Scala Museum (note: not my photo)
The huge Castello Sforzesco now houses multiple museums
Castello Sforzesco's defences were designed by no other than Leonardo da Vinci himself
The Pieta Rondanini is Michaelangelo's last work (unfinished) -- it is the most famous piece of art at Castello Sforzesco,
but the multiple museums are chock-full of other amazing artifacts like this 13th century equestrian mausoleum
Parco Sempione is adjacent to Castello Sforzesco and offers the perfect escape from museum overload!
We shared Parco Sempione with these three turtles -- and thousands of Milanese enjoying their Saturday on a sunny 70-degree day
At the far end of 40-hectare Parco Sempione is this triumphal arch -- a good photo op!
Da Vinci's “The Last Supper” is located in the refectory of Milan's Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
A closeup of one of the 3,200 statues decorating the facade of the Duomo
Enjoying our first full day of sightseeing in Italy
Beautiful window at Castello Sforzesco
Robin stands at the fountain at the entrance to Castello Sforzesco
"The Last Supper" is one of those iconic paintings on everyone's must-see list -- so book ahead to see it! (Note: Not my photo; actual colors more muted)
Milan's pedestrian-only Quadrilatero d'Oro is a ritzy fashion section of town with shops like Prada, Tiffany’s, and Giorgio Armani
Milan is Italy's high-fashion center -- people dress to impress! Shoes shine in this shop window at Dolce & Gabbana in the Quadrilatero d'Oro.
A long line of Vespas -- a common sight in Milan!