Thursday, July 2, 2015

Around Piazza del Duomo - Milan, Italy

I have mentioned some of the things to do in the city of Milan in my first trip a few years ago and on this trip I had the chance to go up to the rooftop of Duomo Cathedral, something I didn't have the chance to do before.  Taking the stairs was out of the question, so I got the lifts ticket to the top which included a visit to the main cathedral.  Even though I went in before, a visit in the early morning, a time when the place was tourist free was not to be missed.  So I had plenty of time to check out the inner design.  Going to the top was spectacular, you had a better vision of the gothic detailing of the architecture plus the nice view of the piazza.  There were a few stairs which one had to use to move around the roof and to my delight on the time of my visit there was artisitic sculptures around the premises and especially on the rooftop by the English sculptor Tony Cragg.  

After the Duomo, I went to Palazzo Reale, which was just a few steps away, for Leonardo da Vinci's exhibition, which I have had the hotel concierge book for me a couple of days ahead.  It had some of the Da Vinci's notable works that were found in other museums like the British museum and privately owned pieces like the one the Queen of England owned.  Exhibition will be on display until August 23rd, 2015.

Later, while in nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, I got some great guides from Rizzoli bookshop, then head to nearby smaller piazza, Piazza della Scala, where there are benches that were arranged around the monument of Leonardo da Vinci.  The moument faced La Scala Theater.  

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