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A short break in one of Italy’s famous cities
Milan, Italy
28-29 August, 2007

Why not go to Milan on a whim one Tuesday?

I had some time off work towards the end of August and on a whim, I decided to have a look on the net to see where I could go for a few days. It was a last minute decision and part of the fun. Within a short period of time, I had picked one of three places - Amsterdam, Oslo or Milan. While all of these places were on my To-See list, I decided on Milan for two reasons - it’s not really a tourist destination but more of a base albeit being one of Italy’s largest and most important cities but also, I’d recently returned from Kati and Manu’s wedding in Sirolo and thought another trip to Italy was in order!

So I headed to Gatwick and before you knew it, I was on the train heading towards Milano coming from Malpensa airport. While heading towards the hotel, I passed through the Piazza del Duomo seeing the magnificent Cathedral (Duomo is the Italian for head Cathedral) and the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Milan is an industrial city with the obvious associations with finance, football and fashion ... but as I was to discover, it’s actually so much more.

From the splendid La Scala Opera House to the Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, Milan opened up some real gems ... and it was all topped off by meeting some new friends from the wedding - Bex, Lorenza, Claudio, Euphemia, Stefano to name but a few. And thanks to Rebecca, I got to visit Il Cinghiale Rosso (Claudio’s out-of-town restaurant) one evening too! Really good fun, a really nice place and some great people!