After leaving Cinque Terre, we spent the next three nights in Milan.  I had visited Milan with Christian back in January 2013.  We had spent just one full day there, doing a quick tour of the city.  Naomi & I rented an apartment through Airbnb that was only a few blocks from the main railroad station.  From the apartment it was an easy walk into the city center. 

Milan is known for fashion and design, so we spent the first day exploring the shopping areas.  Quadrilatero d’Oro is the place to enjoy window shopping. 


I fell in love with the blue Majolica print dresses in the window of Dolce & Gabanna. 


Realizing we couldn’t afford anything in this area, we continued on our walking tour. 

Piazza della Scala.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an indoor shopping arcade, completed in 1877.

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As you leave the Galleria, you arrive at the Duomo di Milano.  We never went into the church, as once again, we were never properly dressed (arms & knees covered). 


South of the city is a bit quieter and less tourists.  Corso di Porta Ticinese is a long shopping street.

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It runs directly into the Navigli neighborhood.  The Navigli Grande (big canal) was a major transportation way for Milan in the 1200’s.  Now the old warehouses have been converted into shops, bars and restaurants. 

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North of the city center is a small neighborhood called Brera. Along the quiet streets, there were also cute shops and restaurants.


We ended our visit with a walk through the Parco Sempione.  Located on the edge of the park is the Castello Sforzesco.

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We enjoyed our time in Milan but it is more of a modern, business city.  It didn’t quite have the charm of Florence.  I would recommend maybe only staying in Milan for a night for at least two full days of exploring the city.

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