Day 9 Milan

Tuesday  Dateicon  06.08.2013  Tigericon  0km

We where pretty beat since yesterday so we sleep in until 9AM and dig in on the breakfast buffet before hitting town with temperatures that almost made the skin sizzle.

We hadn't made any grand plans for Milano, it just happened to be within a practical distance of Stelvio but the Milan Cathedral seemed like the obvious destination.

On the way we cool ourselves with some icecream.
This being Italy they thankfully had sorbet so at least I'd only have to worry about the brainfreeze and not any violent repercussions from my milk-sensitive stomach.
The lemon sorbet was both soothing and delicious.

The Duomo turned out to be the only major tourist attraction we saw in Milano but I have no regrets, it is without a doubt the most magnificent building I've been in (and on).
You feel pretty humbled in a building with a roof height of 65 meters.
Since we usually only manage to do just a few things per town on our trips I persuaded the Bear to go all in on the Duomo and we got every option in the catalogue including the crypt and the extortionate entry fee of €12 to get on the roof that turned out to be worth every single cent.

We had planned to visit the Santa Maria del á Grazie to see Da Vincis The last supper mural but upon arrival it turned out that they didn't accept more visitors that day even though it was well before closing time as they where "fully booked".
How a mural can be fully booked is beyond my understanding but then again I'm not Italian.

From there we make our way back to the shopping district surrounding the Duomo and stumbles upon a Ferrari-store where you can amongst other things can buy yourself a pushbike for the bargain price of €13500.

When we got tired of (window)shopping we sat down outside a restaurant overlooking the Cathedral which completely destroys the town hall at Mariannenplatz in Munich as the best view I've ever had over a dinner.
The Bear did as one should and ordered a pizza but I couldn't bring myself to it since the main ingredients of an Italian style pizza is mozzarella and olives.
Mozzarella I can't have because I'm allergic and I hate olives with such a passion I might as well be allergic to those too.
So instead I got roast beef with salad and tomatoes.
I'm not usually very fond of tomatoes but these where delicious (placebo-tomatoes?).
We broke the most expensive beer record by paying €9 for a bottle of domestic but considering the view it was worth it.

We picked up a few beers at a convenience store on the way back to the hotel where we planned for the next leg of the trip and booked the hotels for Venice and Ljubljana.

 

Duomo




The stuff of nightmares. A statue by Marco d'Agrate showing St Bortolomeus wearing his skinned flesh as a toga.

The catacombs

Roof of the Duomo, It's amazing how much detail they put into things that aren't even seen under normal circumstances.



Castello Sforza

Impressive trick.

That's why Schumi lost races, he simply ran out of coins!

The best view I've ever had over a meal.