|A painting depicting Milan. We saw it and many others in the Galleria d'Italia.|
Train travel to Milan from Neuchâtel takes about four hours. Since I was able to get away at about noon, that meant we could be in Italy by late afternoon. Clearly, Milan is a popular destination; the train was packed with people and luggage, but that did not matter - we were on our way to Italy! It had been decades since we had crossed its borders.
|A small part of the Milano Centrale train station|
Our hotel was in the Lotto district of Milan, ten subway stops away. We purchased a 48 hour travel pass and were good to move around freely all weekend. For Friday evening though, we decided to stay in the vicinity of the hotel. We tried a Neapolitan place nearby for dinner; fittingly, we both enjoyed seafood and pasta dishes.
|A toast to Milan - and my lobster-pasta dish.|
|At the Arch of Peace|
|Bridge in Sempione Park.|
|A Juliet balcony at the castle|
|The dome in the Basilica near the Museum of Science and Technology|
|A peaceful quadrangle on the campus of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart|
|The magnificent Duomo|
|Inside the Duomo|
|At la Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele|
After that, it was time to wend our way to the Metro and head home. More designer stores lined the streets, more churches opened their doors to us, but eventually, after some 25 000 steps, my tired legs were relieved to arrive back at our hotel for the evening.
For dinner that night, we tried Sicilian food. Although Milan is in Lombardy, we chose to sample cuisine from other regions of Italy. This served to whet our appetite to return to Italy when we could spend more time there. A weekend is just not enough.
|The exterior of Milano Centrale|
|Interesting face on the wall of the train station.|