Anyways, back to Milano, the Duomo is like the Dundas Square of Toronto, or the Times Square of New York. It’s where it’s at. All the events, protests and spectacles take place around here. There was actually a large protest demonstration there on Sunday, but I couldn’t tell you what for. Alot of people holding signs, alot of green smoke, and alot of Italian polizia.
Moving on to the second thing to do in Milan…The shopping is obviously one of Milan’s biggest allures as it is one of the fashion capitals of the world. You walk through the streets and see every name: Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Valentino. But this is the same as every other major city, so who cares? I only went to my usual stores anyways, which are nowhere near that calibre, so Milan’s shopping wasn’t that glamorous to me.
I’ll go on further to suggest that if anyone is visiting Italy in the future, just stick to the “tourist trio”: Rome, Florence and Venice. Or if you want to be more adventurous go to the Cinque Terre (which is my favourite place in Europe) or Naples to eat some pizza or Capri to drink Limoncello. Anywhere but Milan.
It’s not that I didn’t have a fantastic weekend, and I don’t mean to complain. I went with some amazing people and had some amazing times. I also ate alot of incredible Italian cuisine: gnocchi, panino, bruchetta, spaghetti, pizza and apperitivo. Apperitivo is this amazing Italian tradition, like eating over drinks. Most local bars and restaurants offer this. It’s when you pay for a drink (in our case it was 8 euros) and then you are free to eat an all-you-can-eat buffet style appetizer bar. The options were endless: (prosciutto, bruschetta, pesto penne, charcuterie platters, potatoes, vegetables, etc.) So, the drink I ordered was the Capiroska, which is a tall glass just filled with vodka and crushed ice accompanied with a lime section and a bunch of sugar. Sooo strong but soooo good!!!
But you can experience this incredible apperitivo evening anywhere in Italy, so go somewhere more lovely!!! Like Roma!!!