Sunday, October 12, 2008
We did a quick one day trip to Milan and as soon as we got off the subway and walked up the stairs we were confronted with Milans Duomo Cathedral. With more then 2,000 statues, and 52 one hundred foot high pillars, built to hold 40,000 worshippers, it was an amazing first sight of Milan.
It was a cold, overcast day, yet somehow it seemed to suited to this gothic cathedral built between 1386 to 1810. The most memorable part of the visit was getting to walk around the roof top. Supposedly you can see the Italian alps from up this high but we struggled to see streets below in the hazy weather. You could climb the stairs to the roof for 4 Euro, or take the lift for 6 Euro. Naturally, we paid the 2 Euro more!
After a quick exploration of Milans famous shopping areas, I felt suitably underdressed, suitably poor and really just not suited to the Guccis and Versaci's of the world! So we headed over to the Brera region, which was more Bohemian and more affordable with brilliant antique and interiors stores. Phew. Now thats more my style!