I recently spent a day wandering the streets of Milan, Italy, soaking in a few sites and savoring delectable Italian food. Strolling along Via Montenapoleone – one of Europe’s most expensive streets – I slipped into the Zegna menswear boutique to find a special gift for David, which was easy to do with the multiple floors overflowing with the newest trends. I spent a bit more time window shopping past favorites like Gucci and Bottega Veneta, and after rain shortened my stroll, I discovered the Pasticceria Cova. I was delighted with my tea and sampling of scrumptious sweet treats.
With the rain ending, I continued my walk through the Brera art district lined with small artisan workshops and quaint stores. For any visitors to this eclectic area, I’d recommend a full day to explore this neighborhood alone. But onward I went, passing the Teatro Alla Scala – one of the most famous opera houses in the world – then through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and on to the Piazza del Duomo, which boasts the breathtaking Duomo di Milano. As one of the largest Catholic churches in the world, this grand cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It’s also home to more statues than any other building in the world (3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures to be exact).
My day in Milan ended with a fabulous meal overlooking the cathedral with my friend Antonella. We feasted on tasty salad, delectable pasta and of course, plenty of wine. Note to self, allow more time to wander and explore on my next trip to Milan. Ciao!