Milan..not quite Italian

Trip Start May 14, 2009
Trip End Jun 12, 2009

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Sweet Hostel

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Our night trained arrived from Barcelona around 10:00 a.m and we were well rested to tackle the busy city of Milan.Milan is the most un-Italian of all the Italian Cities. It has a towering centralized church, which acts as a starting point for much of the city's dowtown, but Milan lacks the old world charm and beauty of cities like Venice, Rome and Florence. Milan is the fashion capital of Italy if not the world, its obvious when you take the subway to the Duomo- one of the world's most iconic churches and it is surrounded by international stores like Guicci, Prada, Armani etc.
Our first stop in Milan was to the top of the Duomo. We climbed the stairs to the top of Milan's most iconic church. The churches  interior was dark and there were no grand frescoes on the wall or elaborate stained glass windows, the beauty of the church was left for the outside. We then climbed the hundreds of steps to reach the top and we were literally walking on the roof of the church you could see the Italian Alps to the North and the City to the South, it was literally a gargoyles perspective on Milan, as there were hundreds of gargoyles adorning the church. The view was outstanding but Milan had little too offer besides its grand church, the waiting list the see Leonardo's Last Supper extends until 2010 they let 15 people in an hour for 6 hours out of the day. This is a way to preserve the painting. We went to the church that houses the Santa maria Della Grazie and tried to see if we could wait around in the even that anyone cancels and they  told us absolutely not. The day subway pass in Milan was just 3 euros which made hopping on and off the train easy to do. We stopped into a restaurant for a quick bite to eat, some ziti with olive oil basil and fresh tomatoes for 4 euros was a nice option. Refreshed we decided to head to the shopping streets which are allegedly the most expensive streets in Europe, with hundreds of designers well known and little known trying to sell their overpriced goods to the few people in the world who can actually afford them. We windowed shopped for the better part of the afternoon before heading back to the hostel to get cleaned up, which took us to after 8 and almost in time for the Euro Cup Championship between Barcelona and manchester United, it is sort of like European soccer's version of the Super Bowl, and the game was not broadcasted on the huge tv located next to the Duomo which was a big dissapointment. It was actually difficult to find the game, I suppose since there wasn't an Italian team playing than most Italian fans were uninterested. The game ended with Barcelona taking the cup and ooh do I wish I had stayed in Barcelona another night to be able to witness the party that happened there after they won. So we hit the sack with Venice in the morning and the feeling that Milan is far from the Italy that would  expected of "Italy's Northern Capital" other than a beautiful church and overpriced shopping it is a city with a pulse that may belong in America or England  rather than in Italy.
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