~ Il Duomo ~
I have had the chance to see Italy twice already and although my list of places requiring even a first visit is pretty long, there is something that keeps pulling me back to the country of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Verdi and Miuccia Prada. Following the Gothic thread of the week, my thoughts travel back to Milan and its exquisite cathedral, Il Duomo. Built over no less than 600 years, Il Duomo is a unique example of Gothic architecture, casting towards the sky an impressive number of 135 spires and housing some of the most wonderful stained glass windows that I have ever seen.
Il Duomo is the heart of a city, and yet Milan draws its magnetism from an extensive collection of treasures, among which the Sforzesco Castle which houses the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo, the Theater Museum of La Scala, and the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper can be viewed.
I like to discover a city without a map and without a clear destination in mind. I take a left or a right mostly based on the esthetic of the street and allow the flow of the place to guide me. This is how I found La Brera, my favorite place in Milan, and this is how, eventually, I landed in the square of Il Duomo.
Stay: The Gray
Eat: Da Claudio (seafood), Bagutta (traditional Italian) , Cucchi (pastries), Jamaica (bar)
See: Il Duomo, Sempione Park, Via della Spiga (luxury fashion mile)
~ Inside Il Duomo ~
~ Sforzesco Castle ~
~ Via della Spiga ~
~ La Brera ~
Until next time,