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The Surprise

Posted by Ben on June 23, 2009

We found out late yesterday afternoon that we’d be taking an unscheduled trip into Milan today.  We left the Villa right after breakfast to catch a train to Como, where we’d switch to one going to Milan.  We got to Como with no problems, but once there, found out that our connecting train was running late.  We waited for about 45 minutes, but eventually it did arrive.  The train was packed when we got on, so most of us ended up standing for the entire ride, even though we theoretically had reserved seats.  All of the trouble was worth it though.  The Milan train station was very cool and had some great relief sculptures up on the walls.


After a short ride on the Metro to the Duomo station, we emerged into the Piazza del Duomo, which had a really cool statue (of Vittorio Emanuele II) nearby:


However, the true draw of the Piazza was the Duomo itself.  The Duomo is a huge Gothic cathedral built over the course of several hundred years.  Construction began in 1386, and wasn’t really complete until 1965.


Here are a couple of close-ups from the front:



Unfortunately, cameras weren’t allowed inside the cathedral, and I didn’t have my handy (and sneakier) pocket sized camera due to pickpocketing concerns, so I don’t have any photos from inside.  To make up for this though, a few of us went up to the top of cathedral.  We took an elevator up and came out right below where the flying buttresses come out of the outer walls.


We were able to make it all the way up to the roof of the cathedral which was really cool and was apparently being set up for some sort of opera performance.


One of the coolest things though was that there was so much sculpture, even up here where no one would be able to see it from the ground


We decided to take the stairs back down, which was quite a trip.  Walking down the street past some of the shops, we came across a Roman sculpture with two Latin inscriptions


One of our last stops of the day was the church of San Babila, built in the 11th century.  It had a cool mosaic above the main entrance:


We all managed to make it back to the train without any trouble and headed back to Riva in time for dinner.

Tomorrow we travel back into Italy to visit Como!


2 Responses to “The Surprise”

  1. Andrew Becker said

    Marvelous pics and descriptions.

    • yim108 said

      Thanks! I’m still enjoying going back through all of these photos: seeing things I missed the first time through or just reliving the adventures again.

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