With skiing still off the menu for my pegleg, my poles and I, we decided a change of scenery - mountains to city was in order. Italy is bang on our doorstep (15 minutes through the Mont Blanc tunnel) so last weekend we headed to Milan to grab some city culture. I'll be writing in more detail about the highlights of the city but for now let me take you on a photo tour of Milan.
Milan is a relatively small city and easy to get around on foot. Most streets radiate off the most famous sight in town - the Duomo. The 5th largest cathedral in the world, the Duomo (meaning 'cathedral' in Italian) is smack in the middle of the city and definitely THE first place to visit during your stay. The Piazzia du Duomo is a buzzing throng of activity rammed with tourists, hawkers, polizia and pigeons! And the perfect place to eat gelato!
Milan and fashion are synonymous. But architecture? We were blown away by how simply stunning the architecture is. A mash up of ancient Rome, renaissance, gothic and neoclassical architecture, Milan is a wonder to wander around. Gaze up at elaborate facades, symmetrical stone pillars and elegant arches. Divert along many of the city's side streets and you'll find imposingly high buildings punctuated with grand giant sized gates. Occasionally we'd spot one open and spy inside. We were surprised to see quadrangles, lush and green. Each one a tranquil oasis inside the hustle and bustle of the city. Fabulous!
We LOVED the Italian transport. Italy oozes style but it's not the legions of boutiques or fashionistas that have us hooked - it's the stylish vehicles! Piaggio's, classic trams and vespas all brought a smile to our faces, although we surprisingly didn't find our favourite - the classic Fiat 500. The tram system is exceedingly easy to use & kids travel for free.
Milan is home to the Leonardo Da Vinci's famous masterpiece 'The Last Supper' which we would have loved to have seen. Tickets need to be bought though months in advance so on this visit it wasn't an option.
However, we were absolutely thrilled to get press tickets to the world famous Scala Opera! It's a little known fact that they perform children's operas a handful of times a year. The performance, sung in Italian to Mozart, was outstanding. The girls were spellbound at their first taste of opera!
Geek out at the Museum of Science and Technology, the largest of it's kind in Italy. Super kid friendly it has loads of interactive exhibits and workshops. Check out cool transformer art, assemble lego robots, nerd out on particle physics or explore space. This museum is so vast you could lose yourself inside for days.
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far