My excitement as we got to Milan can not be masked, as my Frommer’s Italy book described the city to be “the most sophisticated and high tech metropolis, devoid of the dusty history that sometimes paralyzes modern developments in Rome and Florence or the watery rot that seems to pervade Venice.” I have to say, I agree with how the book described the four cities. I saw it with my own two eyes, something that even my friends who have been to Italy ahead of me, warned me about.
While on the cab to the hotel, my husband and I can’t help but say almost in unison: “this place resembles the better areas of Manila.” And I tell you, as we were passing the streets, there were Filipinos in almost every corner. I never thought, I would see as many Filipinos in Milan. We knew there was not that much sights to see in Milan as compared to the first three cities that we visited, but if only for shopping, I was more excited. We originally planned to go to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore but ditched the idea at the last minute. We were determined to make our last stop a tad more relaxing. In fact, two days of our stay believe it or not, all we did was stay in the hotel, of course, my husband spent a lot of time in the gym, and me sleeping.
Piazza del Duomo was our first stop, the day after our arrival. It lies in the heart of Milan.
Il Duomo is Milan’s lacy Gothic cathedral, which they say ranks with St. Peter’s in Rome and the cathedral in Seville, Spain, as among the world’s largest. As you can see, the exterior is an imposing structure of marble and is considered as the grandest and most flamboyant of the Gothic style cathedrals in Italy.