Milan – Italy Part 7 of 7!

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Last stop at Milan! I found Central Station to be a very impressive building. It is possibly the most elegant and extra-ordinary train station in the world.

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1) Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) – AC Milan Stadium Tour

The stadium is really bigger than I expected. Though I’m not that big a fan of football, my friend was very excited about the history and teams 🙂 – y.a.w.n.  We saw the trophy and changing rooms, went into the stands and sat in seats next to the VIP area. Our guide was fantastic and gave us a lot of information using gestures. We got off at the Lotto metro station and walked along the ViaFredericoCaprilli. It’s about a half hour walk and we saw some fabulous street art along the way!

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2) Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

Amazing – This Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in the Italian state. We were surprised at being welcomed by the magnificent sight of the cathedral after we exited the metro, there are 5 metro stations surround the Duomo!

However there are many swindlers and thieves hanging around the area. Some of them even have a map on their hands to pretend they are travellers and the cheek to throw bird food to distract us – surely this doesn’t really work on anyone!. All their eyes are watching travellers’ pockets which made us felt unsafe,  and we kept close watch on our camera and bags, even at McDonalds!
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3) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – a beautiful little shopping centre!

The Galleria was part of our Milan visit. Around it are many nice places to eat, but VERY expensive and it ended up being a bit of a let down as we hoped to shop on our last lap before returning to London.

Nonetheless this is a destination that can’t be missed if visiting Milan, it even connects the Duomo and La Scala! It may be the only place in the world where you can walk in a straight line from inside one Prada store, across the Galleria’s centrepiece, and right into another Prada store on the other side.

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4) Next we saw the Sforzesco Castle. It’s a beautiful ruin set in a wonderful park. I loved it. Outside the front of the castle there was a large fountain. Inside there were courtyards, museums, statues. We did not visit the museum, we mostly just wandered around the courtyards.

History: “In 1358 the first Duke of Milan built a fortress. In 1447, during military upheaval, the Milanese people destroyed it. Then military leader Francesco Sforza declared himself Duke of Milan and hurriedly rebuilt the castle. Later the castle was neglected and turned into a barracks.

In 1861 the castle was in a sorry state and in danger of being demolished, but architect Luca Beltrami saved it by suggesting it was used as a public building.”

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5) Arco della Pace – Arch of Peace

The Arco della Pace was not something we set out to see. However leaving Sforza Castle and walking into the lush Parco Sempione; the arch is hard to miss. The bronze chariots on the attic of the arch are particularly impressive!

History – “Started in 1807 by the architect Luis Cagnola, the arch was intended to celebrate Napoleon’s victory in Italy. However numerous delays and issues caused the arch not to be completed until 1838 under the Austrian rule of Milan. At one time the plan was to link the arch in Milan with the central boulevard of Paris. Unfortunately of course that never happened.”

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Thus, we come to the end of my adventures in Italy. Thanks for stopping by my page. I hope you enjoyed it =) and I hope that the travel tips I’ve discovered along the way inspire you for your next trip.

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