|Thursday, September 2 – Sestri Levanti – Malpensa - We pack up our dreamy relaxing hotel room and head off to the Milan area. Again, we are so thankful for our GPS system. Getting on the Autostrada around Milan was a little confusing, but the GPS system kept us right on track. We made it to the hotel, which was in a very odd place in the little village named Somma Lombardo, next to the airport. We get settled in and have the hotel shuttle take us to the airport to catch the Express train into Milan. We exit the train station and find our way to Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see if just maybe there is an opening to see the Last Supper, but there is not, so we did our own last supper hype and made believe by taking a photo of the advertisement of it outside the ticket office. In my opinion, it’s way overrated anyway, so there!! I saw the church that houses it. We took the metro to the main square – Piazza del Duomo. I was more impressed with that than I thought I would be. Milan seems to get billed as a not too interesting city, however, I didn’t find it that way at all. The Duomo was quite impressive – the third largest in the world. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele was beautiful – I had my picture taken in front of Prada (no it’s not the original store, which was in another section of Milan). I did the spin on the bull’s testicles for good luck and had an aperitif and aperitivos at Bar Zucca – the former haunt of Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Arturo Toscanini who used to stop in after their performances at La Scala - Once called the Campari café, this is considered the birthplace of the famous Campari bitter, now their signature drink called Zucca. And speaking of La Scala – it’s well known for its performances, but not too impressive as far as architecture goes, however, there were other beautiful buildings around the city. We ended the day by having an early dinner at one of the restaurants under the glass dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, did some people watching and found our way back to the train station to catch the express train back to the Malpensa Airport and our hotel.