August 22 at 22:00 – Arrival at Malpensa Airport. Ciao Milano! Buona Sera!
We were so lucky to have some relatives in Milan, thus it means free accommodation and free tour guide 🙂
My cousins picked us up from the airport and it was almost an hour drive going to their home which is located at Via Eugenio Villoresi. We were so tired and sleepy as we haven’t gained energy yet from Dubai to Vienna trip plus the 10-hour layover in Vienna which we used to explore the city. But since I haven’t seen my cousins for quite a long time, we had some catching up chats and ended up sleeping at 02:00 in the morning.
09:00 – Buon journo! I woke up feeling refreshed and recharged. More even, it was such a wonderful feeling knowing that I have waken up in a different bed and inanother side of the world. We had a heavy meal breakfast (that means with rice) then got ourselves ready. Too bad we can’t start our city tour just yet as it was raining heavily. We had to wait for a couple of hours for the rain to subside before we can go.
11:00 – thank God my prayer was answered, the rain had finally stopped and we headed to the tram station which was very close to their house.
11:20 – Duomo di Milano & Piazza del Duomo
Words are not enough to describe the impressive Gothic designs of Duomo dil Milano. For me it is the grandest, most charming cathedral I’ve ever seen. It is said that it took nearly 6 centuries to complete it, thus, every detail has been taken cared of to get the perfect design of the church.
our family photo in front of Duomo
one of the scultures on Duomo walls
interiors of Duomo
You will find a lot of tourists and a lot of doves in Piazza del Duomo. They even bring in some bread to feed and attract a lot of doves. We rested for a while near the horse statue when Ian (my cousin’s son) fell hungry and asked for Mc Donald’s which is just opposite the Duomo. So off we go to Mc Donald’s.
Piazza del Duomo
view of Piazza Del Duomo from La Scala
tourist feeding the doves
12:30 – Lunch at Mc Donald’s
I had to ask my cousin once again if there are any charges in using the toilet at Mc Donald’s just like Vienna. Good to know it’s free here.
13:15 – walked through Teatro Alla Scala, one of the world’s most popular Opera House.
my grandfather’s statue – I mean Da Vinci 🙂 along Piazza dela Scala
13:30 – Shopping time at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a massive, elegant and extravagant shopping complex located just next to the Duomo. This where you can shop most of the branded luxurious items such as Gucci, Prada, Chanel and others. However, being wise and practical, my cousin took us to the almost end of the shopping complex where we can buy nice and affordable items.
stunning interiors of Galleria Vittorio
By the way, Milan is hosting Expo 2015 which is already next year and so the government of Milano is very busy in its preparations. They have already put up a lot of stalls for the Expo when you head towards Castello Sforzesco. Millions of tourists will definitely fly to Milan next year for the Expo. The next city to host the Expo in 2020 will be Dubai. Government as well as the residents have already started the necessary preparations. Let’s see how it goes here. I am also excited.
16:00 – a walk through the ages of Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle)
tramway towards Sforza Castle
panoramic shot of Sforza Castle
Sforza Castle is a historic fortress that houses Milan’s great museums and art collections. According to our tour guide (my cousin), the palace was originally built as a palace residence of Sforza Family, but the government made a Proclamation to destroy it as people saw it representing the Visconti regime. Then on the new republic one of the leaders was Francisco Sforza who made himself Duke of Milan rebuild the castle. Then under the Spanish domination, the castle was used for military purposes and became a citadel. When Italy was unified, the castle was luckily converted as a civil building, from which they made renovations and reconstructions.
inside the castle
important sculptures on the left and right photos. Fortress tower at the centre
19:00 – a lovely, sumptuous dinner with the family at Xier
dinner at Xier
21:00 – On our way home, we stopped by Parco Milano Mac Mahon to have a taste of Filipino foods in Milan and to relax as well. We were surprised to see a lot of Filipinos here selling Pinoy street foods such as kikiam, fishballs, balut, fresh Filipino vegetables such as eggplant, ampalaya, kangkong, kamote, etc. There were also ready to eat Pinoy specialties such as arroz caldo, kare-kare, goto, adobo, and others.
23:00 – Home sweet home