Sunday, 10 September 2017

Milano // Leonardo, Duomo, Galleria Vittorio & Sforzo Castle






Our first day in Milan was wonderful. We had to wake up too early to catch our flight, which made the travel there quite grueling. The bus from the airport to our hotel revealed to us the vast amount of graffiti in the wider city and the unusual way in which the locals cross roads, negotiating with the cars. Once in the heart of the city, after a nap in our room, we took to the streets and began to explore.

We saw the monument to Leonardo da Vinci, an exciting prelude to seeing The Last Supper the next day. We struggled with maps and road signs to find the Duomo, Milan's cathedral, which is so huge and spectacular. We spent a long time queuing up to get in, and an even longer time exploring the depths of the cathedral. It's so intricate and fantastic.

Next came Galleria Vittorio, a very exclusive shopping arcade which houses the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton and Armani. The roof is made of glass, making for a sunny yet sheltered shopping experience. We decided to get some gelato there, just to feel the tiniest bit fancy. I got a delicious pistachio one, which threatened to melt all over everything, but was nevertheless delectable.

Our final stop for the day was the Sforzo Castle, another vast entity. Our legs were so tired by this point, that we could hardly walk any more. However, we were impressed by the grounds. An arch loomed in the background, which really caught my eye.

Overall, our first day in Milan was wonderful. It felt great to orient ourselves in a city we'd be spending the next few days in. We got a first glance at the shopping opportunities, and got to enjoy the architecture and the friendly nature of the Italians there.

Have you ever been to Italy?

14 comments

  1. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL!
    I haven't been to Italy but I'd really love to go there one day.
    Going to their museums is in my list as well as go to designer shops (I love designer but could never afford them).

    mia | chaotic tales

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  2. Your photography looks stunning! I am very jealous of all of your travelling!x

    Claire | clairesyear.com

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  3. OKAY. The tenth picture from the top (yes I counted because I was so fascinated) Looks like it's moving. I kept scrolling up and down a bunch of times! So lucky to have seen these lovely places because i would never sit and google pictures of cities.
    Simply Me

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  4. Just by looking at those beautiful glass ceilings made me so happy. I wonder what will happen if I am actually there in person? (I will absolutely jumping around and can't stop taking pictures, tho). Haha! <3

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  5. I like the idea of locals "negotiating with cars" ... paints a great picture :) you're awakening my travel bug!! beautiful post!

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  6. Aw thank you so much! <3

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  7. Thank you so much Claire! Don't be, there will be a time where you can travel to the same places as I have and more! :)

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  8. Isn't it!? I enjoyed my time there a lot.

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  9. i've never been to italy so these pictures made me go "oooh" and "aaah" ESPECIALLY when it comes to that gelato. a friend of mine who went to italy told me that you have never tasted gelato until you try the authentic one from italy and urgh, that pistachiiiioooo ♥A♥ i'm not one who favors fruit flavored gelato (e.g. lemon) so i'd definitely pick something like pistachio if i ever get the chance to visit italy.

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  10. Thank you! It is truly a wonderful country. x

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  11. Aw thank you! Yes, gelato is such a different experience. It's so melty and soft, and not an ice cream scoop in sight! I hope you get to visit Italy one day :)

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  12. I'm always so happy to read travel diaries in Italy as I'm obsessed with the country. These pictures are beautiful, love your photography. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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  13. I'm glad! I hope you can visit someday too!

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