2009 Athens to Amsterdam travel blog


Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

Shopping district


This morning we took the train to Milan, just under 4 hour trip. We had originally intended to go straight to France, but decided to have a stopover in Milan.

After dropping our gear at the hotel we headed to the centre of Milan, with no real plan. Today being Monday meant almost all the museums in town are closed. The first thing we came across was Sforzesco Castle.

Sforzesco Castle is an amazing testament to Milan's history right in the center of the city. It was home to the mighty Sforza family for years, and hosted Leonardo Da Vinci for a number of years while he lived in Milan. It is now full of museums and is used for cultural occasions.

From the castle we wandered down the street past all the expensive department stores. Milan may be fashion capital of the world, but you wouldn't know from people in the street wear. As we walked along here we came across one of the amazing sights of Milan - Duomo Cathedral - one of the biggest Gothic Cathedrals in the World. This imposing religious building, second only to St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, houses almost 3500 statues that are spread over an area of almost 12,000 square meters. The tallest spire, which has the famous “Madonnina” on top of it, is 108 meters high. The statue of the Virgin Mary is covered in 3900 pieces of gold leaf.

The whole area around here was full of interesting buildings.

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