Finishing Our Central Europe Trip With A Short Visit To Milan
We finished our spring trip to Central Europe with a short visit to Milan Italy. We booked a lovely pampering spot to stay and never really wanted to leave the hotel. But we could not visit Milan without sampling the food and wandering the city. And of course, we needed to see the famous Milano Duomo.
Train Ride From Geneva
After we enjoyed a few days in Geneva, we headed back to the train station for the train trip to Milan. The train ran regularly between these spots and we had several train options. We opted to pay for First Class and an assigned seat on the fast direct train. It was quiet and we worked during the 4 hour trip.
There was much to see out the train window along the way. The mountains scenes dominated as we enjoyed the last views on our visit to Switzerland. As we came south in Italy, we passed through the lake region. And high on the hills we saw the terraced vineyards. This was a region in Italy that made the rich red wines we loved.
The Milan train station was the first of the interesting buildings we saw as we wandered on our short visit to Milan.
We Never Wanted To Leave Our Hotel Suite
The suite was large and classic in design. It even had a chandelier! There was a separate seating area. But the best part was the large walk in marble steam room! It was the perfect spot to relax after we spent a busy day walking in the city.
The hotel had a large patio on top that was another spot to relax. It was no wonder we never wanted to leave our hotel on this short visit to Milan. It reminded us of the great rooftop patio views we got in Rome!
The Milan Duomo Was The Top Of Our List To See
The Milan Duomo was the top thing we wanted to see on this trip. This cathedral took about six centuries to build and was not completed until 1965. And we thought it took a long time to finish the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona! Our first view of the church stopped us in our tracks. It was an imposing and beautiful sight.
We strolled slowly around the outside. As we went, we admired the design and the intricate details we saw on the outside of this church. When we looked close, we were amused by the characters on many of the water spouts.
When we looked up, we saw people on the high walkways. We were sure there would be awesome views from those vantage points. But we only enjoyed the outside of the Milan Duomo on this short visit to Milan. We wanted to plan enough time when we returned to Milan to wander the inside. We learned that we really needed a Fast Pass to avoid the lines.
Exploring The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II In The Duomo Piazza
The Milan Duomo was not the only thing to see in this area. Right beside the Duomo was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Italy’s oldest shopping mall was a shoppers delight with expensive brand names in the stores.
We were drawn in by the architecture. When we looked up we saw glass covered roofs, frescos and intricate designs. Floors featured colourful tile work. We were enchanted by this treat within view of the Duomo.
We were glad we made time and visited the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on this short visit to Milan. Even if we headed home with no haute couture clothing from a shopping spree in Milan.
Other Things We Saw On Our Short Visit To Milan
From our hotel there were many public transportation options to explore further in Milan. Both trams and subways were close by. We also considered doing the Milan Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour. But in the end, we chose to wander close to our hotel on this short visit to Milan.
As we wandered in Milan, we saw many examples of interesting architecture. Statues, carvings and art decorated the buildings.
The Montanelli Garden was close to our hotel and offered a green oasis. The park was established in 1784 and as such it was the oldest city park in Milan. It was formerly known as the Giardini Pubblici and Giardini di Porta Venezia. There were small waterfalls, bridges, ponds and paths. Scattered through the garden we found an interesting variety of statues.
The little we saw of Milan teased us to want to see more. It was easy to fill our time on this first visit.
Tasty Treats Around Milan
We loved Italian food and were glad we made this short stop in Italy on our way home. It was not hard to find some of our favourite treats. Great dark chocolate and real Italian coffee kept us energized as we walked the city. Of course we found authentic Italian gelato. And Aperol Spritz’s were available everywhere.
The local pizza shop Tantica Pizzeria Da Michele was a short walk from the hotel. The wood fired pizza oven produced the perfect pizza. It was a reminder of exactly how we loved our pizza!
One night we had a nice seafood dinner at the hotel. We were happy when our heaping side plate of grilled vegetables arrived. We sure missed eating vegetables as we travelled in Central Europe for the spring. It was time to load up again!
On our short visit to Milan, we found some of our favourite Italian foods.
Our Last Stop In Central Europe Was A Short Visit To Milan
We enjoyed our short visit to Milan. We were tempted to never leave our pampering hotel spot. But we sampled some of our favourite Italian foods and wandered the area close to our hotel. We were happy we got a first look at the stunning Milan Duomo. But knew we needed far more time there on a return visit.
It was great to get a small taste of Milan on this trip to Central Europe. Milan was a direct flight from home in Toronto so we knew we would be back. We had a long list of things for a return trip.
What did you do on your first short visit to Milan? What should be top of our list when we return?
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