Italy

Che Bella Milano!

Che Bella Milano!

This is probably one of the few words I learned during my 3-4 days stint in Italy. We visited a couple of other places in Italy, but let me first tell you about this city, I first got to know through a romantic drama movie in the Philippines.

Duomo in Milan, Italy
Duomo in Milan, Italy

I didn’t know much about Milan when I got there except that,…

  1. One of my good friends is Italian and she lives in this fashion capital.
  2. The city has a lot of Filipinos living there (and yes, I saw some of them singing Filipino songs in the metro, and my friend checking one of the guys out)
  3. This big Milan Cathedral people call Duomo which I usually associate to the line from the movie: “Kailangan mo ba ako kaya mahal mo ako? O mahal mo ako kaya kailangan mo ako?”

BUT! Milan proved to be much more than what I knew of it. And my discovery went something like this:

My first stop was the big Castello Sforzesco which is beside the Parco Sempione in the city center of Milan.

Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco

This big old castle that stands in the city center was apparently something Victoria Beckham would like to buy and turn into her own nest. I was told she wanted to buy this castle but was not successful in her endeavor. Guess even the rich and famous cannot have everything.

Castello Sforzesco
Since the castle is surrounded by the park, there are some activities that are held here from time to time.

The castle is used as activity or events place from time to time, so you can sometimes see something going on here when you visit.

Next, we go along the along the road to the famous Piazza Duomo, and before I get the urge to re-enact a part from the movie, we stop by some stores along the way and witness the streets of Milan.

Street of Milan
The street of Milan going to the Duomo is lined with different souvenir shops. Most of these, obviously are where what tourists frequent.

On the way, of course we stop by some other famous spots in the city which, again, I have only read about in books and saw in movies.

Teatro Scala
Teatro Scala

Teatro Scala. I have only read about this theatre in books to describe great actors and opera singers. It felt so surreal that I finally get to see the actual theatre. I didn’t go inside though. It was too expensive to watch a show here so I contented myself in looking at the great theatre and it’s magnificent design from the outside. I would have loved to see the inside.

Now for the main act: PIAZZA DUOMO!!!

Piazza Duomo
Piazza Duomo

This magnificent building is as conservative as it could get. You cannot enter the cathedral without being dressed properly and covering yourself, just like the other churches in the country. After all, Italy is Catholic.

Just look at the magnificent architecture preserved in years… my jaw literally dropped to the floor of the plaza. There were so many fat pigeons going around this place. And whatever they showed you in the movie, DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS. It gets bloody.

Next stop is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. If you’re facing the Duomo, just look to the left to see this beautiful gallery.

Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

This happens to be one of my favorite part of the city because of its beautiful architecture. It is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Now, I didn’t go shopping here but I tried my luck with the Bull’s balls (if you know what I mean). And to see my friend’s dream man.

Inside the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II
Inside the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

Its one of the most beautiful shopping malls I have ever been in!

Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II in Milan
Who will not fall in love with this?

Now here comes my friend’s dream guy…I believe she’s been staring at this for years.

Some handsome bloke preserved in stone
Some handsome bloke preserved in stone

Now in this gallery you will find a drawing of  bull on the floor. It is said that if you step on it with your heels and turn once (I did it a couple of times) , then you will get good luck. So I did it!

After the whole day tour, we had to go on a night tour. We visited some streets along a canal in Milan, and checked out some bars and restaurants. And yes, it was awesome and beautiful to see the city lighted up at night.

Night time in Milan
Night time in Milan

But the best part of the trip was GELLATO!!! And of course, if you find gellato in Italy, that should be the best gellato in the world. And since we found the gellato in Milan (which apparently is the best in the country) we had the super duper best gellato in the whole universe!

Do not ever miss the Gellateria della Musica in Milan. It’s not easy to find, but if even at 10PM-11PM the place is full of people, then there is no doubt in the world, I have tasted the best gellato ever!

Gellateria della Musica
Eating some gellato at the Gellateria della Musica

So that wraps up my tour in Milan!

Milan Travel Information

When to go: June to September
More Information: Milan Tourism
Visa: Ministero degli Affari Esteri

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