We took a high-speed train from Venice to Milan for a quick day trip. We got there in the morning and flew to Paris in the evening. (I’m blogging about our trip backwards–hopefully it’s not confusing!)
When planning the trip, I hadn’t originally planned to stop in Milan, but Waldir wanted to go, so we worked it into the plan and I’m glad we did because we enjoyed it very much. (Thanks, Waldircito!)
First, we headed to the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. I wasn’t sure what to expect since many people are frustrated that most of original is gone and it’s so heavily restored. But we are glad we went! It’s beautiful–restoration and all–and for us it felt very special. (Heads up if you plan to go: you must reserve tickets a few months in advance. Sadly even with a reservation, you’ll only have a 15 minute time slot to see the painting. I could have looked at it for a long time!)
We stopped for lunch and then went to the famous duomo, a remarkable cathedral dedicated to Mary. The beautiful golden statue of Mary inside is a copy of the statue on top of the cathedral, and it captivated us. After visiting inside, we climbed up to the roof, where we enjoyed both staggering architecture and a great view of the city (if you visit the cathedral, I recommend going up on the roof!! Worth it!).
After visiting the duomo, we traveled out to the San Siro Stadium, home of AC Milan and Inter Milan. We had fun taking a tour of the stadium and visiting its little museum. Fun fact: As a teen living in Mexico, Waldir played semi pro soccer. He says he’s “old” now, but even though he’s not in his prime soccer shape, he’s still got some skills. 😉