0549 Milano is not Overrated (Ita 068â€”new)
Milan Travel Blog› entry 174 of 201 › view all entries
After 67 Italian towns cities, countless beautiful cathedrals, plazas, ruins, fountains castles and monumentsâ€¦ I think that Iâ€™ve run out of superlatives to describe what Iâ€™ve seen. But now Iâ€™m going to visit
Itâ€™s dark as I approach Milan and as we pass one dingy graffiti covered station after another, I start to wonder if itâ€™s really such a good idea to show up in this big city late at night with no hostel reservation.
But when we reach the glorious Stazione Centrale, I temporarily put my concerns behind me to enjoy the magnificence of the buildingâ€¦ With its super high, arched, intricately decorated ceiling, it might actually match Washington DC Grand Central for grandeurâ€¦
I decide to break with protocol and grab a subway to where this hostel should be out on the west side of town instead of walking there.
Unlike the sprawling dormitory style hostels Iâ€™ve gotten used to, this one is crammed into the 6th and 7th floors of an apartment building, you take an antique elevator with swinging wood and glass doors to get up thereâ€¦
And once again I get luckyâ€¦ theyâ€™ve got a roomâ€¦ And they tell me that in two days the hostel will shut down for goodâ€¦
Next morning I set out to explore grand city.
With its narrow stone streets, very classy shops, baroque architecture and streetcars, it has a classy 19th century aura to it-- different from the Renaissance or Medieval feel in most Old Towns.
My first priority is to check
It is. It immediately shoots its way to the top as my Most Favoritest Cathedral in the World. It outshines both Saint Peterâ€™s Basilica and the Sagrada Familia in
The area around the cathedral is pretty cool as wellâ€¦ thereâ€™s the luxurious gallery/shopping area with arched glass ceiling and murals high up on the wallsâ€¦
Yes, I am impressed by
For a change of pace, I continue on east to the edge of the old town into an enormous park where I take another clip with an interesting sculpture sculpted right in a rock formation.
I pull out my guitar and a couple fellows come over to listen. One Sicilian fellow asks to borrow my guitar for a bit. Heâ€™s sixty years old, retired and just started learning to play the guitar a 4 months ago!
Itâ€™s quite inspiring to see an old fellow excited about learning to play guitar for the first time. Iâ€™ve tried to teach a lot of people guitar, and Iâ€™ve rarely found someone older than 25 who has sufficient discipline and passion to stick to it until he learns to playâ€¦
I head on back towards town, up towards the Stazione Centrale, through a modern business district that feels more like London or New York Cityâ€¦ then on west down some quaint cafĂ© lined pedestrian streetsâ€¦
The map says that thereâ€™s a big castle not far from here, so I have to check it outâ€¦
The museums are quite interestingâ€¦ thereâ€™s a museum that shows the evolution of home furnishing century by century-- an interesting glimpse in from another angle into the change in culture and priority and art appreciation from the Middle Ages until the presentâ€¦ Thereâ€™s a Rennaissance art museum and an Egyptian displayâ€¦
But my favourite museum is the musical instrument museum where you can see the great-great-granddaddy of the guitarâ€¦
On back towards the west, I come across a fascinating church that was first built in Roman times. It has be rebuilt and reworked multiple times, leaving traces and fragments of every era of the last 1500 yearsâ€¦
And thus my