Our reserved seats
We woke up at 6:00 in order to make our 6:51 bus on the way to Milan and it was FREEZING at the bus stop. We actually go to fit everything (clothes, toiletries, blankets) into Alida’s backpack and trucked out to the train station Kussnacht am Rigi. Unfortunately the train reservations cost $16 each way and each leg. So one way down was $32 and then back up was $64, and it was worth the money. Our train to Milan Centrale was 2 ½ hours and surprise, surprise I slept on the train, and after the 2 ½ train ride we hit the ground running. First we bought an all day Metro ticket for $3, not this $3 one way in some cities.
And we hoped on the metro toward Durmo, Home of the Durmo Cathedral. When exiting the Metro stop at Durmo there are musical steps, the make the note sound as you step on the steps. Unfortunately when we arrived there was a riot taking place and we wanted nothing to do with that, so we found some off the tourist path shopping and then we saw some rioters dispersing, so we made our way back to Durmo. The Cathedral was gorgeous, stained glass statues and just the structure was breathtaking. After Durmo we hit the famouse shopping building Galleria Vitterio Emanuele II. Which would be one of the only places in the world with a Louie Vitton next to a McDonalds. We walked around some more streets until we found the main shopping area, which actually had a very large Armoni Store and on top of the store they were building an Armoni Hotel, CRAZY I know.
Alida on the train
While walking around we also found a statue of Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni and Leonardo Da Vinci. We made our way back to the Metro to go see Castello Sforzesco. This Castle was build and demolished many times and taken over by many a people. Today the Castle holds 3 museums, has a fountain out front, a courtyard and now belongs to the city of Milan. Once inside the castle this was a great resting spot to peel back the heavy coats because the Italian weather was cold that morning and in the afternoon it was the high 50's. There was another fountain/artwork piece inside the courtyard that was supposed to be crying out of his eyes but instead he was crying out of his forehead. On the other side of the castle was a small carnival set up with rides and booths called Luna Park. And behind that was a beautiful park with an arch in the distance. We enjoyed the scenic view of the park and made our way back to the Durmo Cathedral for gelato and to catch our train to Rome. Dinner was on the train and consisted of a ham and mayo sandwhich, pringles and a coke. We arrived in Rome at 11:00pm and was in our Bed and Breakfast room by 11:10pm safe and sound at the Christina Hotel Termini.
On the Train