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Milano Centrale station is huge. It took quite some time to actually get out of there. One thing we've learned is that on the local buses you can't buy a ticket, you have to buy from a newsagent before getting on. We wasted nearly an hour trying to find out where to get tickets from. The pensione was only a short bus ride away and after lugging our packs up 4 floors we just wanted to drop them off and head outside.
The area we stayed in was residential with lots of grand old apartment buildings. It looked quite nice with the little balconies. We walked around for a while looking for something interesting and we came across a park so we thought we might just sit down and enjoy the sunshine for a little while. Towards the middle of the park the old men were playing bocci so we sat and watched them. Well we didn't so much watch the game but the characters that played it and their friends that were watching. Unfortunately we had turned up just before the end so we didn't get to see much of it.
We decided to go to a little bar and have our first drink in Italy. Something we quite like about drinking in Italy is that you always get some bar snacks to enjoy at the same time - sometimes it's free and sometimes not. We only stayed for one drink before walking back down the street to a restaurant for some authentic Italian. Thankfully most of the restaurants actually have local food, whereas in Berlin and Salzburg it's hard to find local cooking.
A good pizza and a small wine and that was enough for the night.