After a long and scenic train ride from Nice to Milan via Ventimiglia, we arrived in Milan in the late afternoon. The first thing we did was check into Park Hyatt Milano, our hotel near Duomo. We could have taken a taxi for around 10 Euro, but we wanted to figure out the metro so it will be easier for us to get to Lake Como the next day.
As we emerge out of the metro and come face-to-face with the magnificent Duomo, we were simply in awe:
We walked through the equally magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emaniele II to our hotel. The extravagance of the mall could only be matched by the price-tag of the designer bags under its grand dome ceiling. It was fun for us to window-shop but we never venture inside any of stores.
Our hotel, Park Hyatt Milan (which we paid for with free night certificates from Hyatt Visa cards) blends in perfectly with Galleria Vittorio Emaniele II. The high ceilings, elegant yet simple decor, massive marble bathroom make it the most luxurious hotel we have ever stayed at. Upon check-in, we were given two drink certificate, which we used at the hotel’s decadent bar the next night after dinner.
After we checked into our room, we went back to Duomo and lined up to go inside. Right outside the Duomo were a group of protestors. Apart from chanting loud slogans and drumming, they kept a distance from the Duomo and didn’t interfere with the tourists. The line to go inside Duomo was short, but the security guard would not let us in because I was wearing a dress. Apparently, you are not allowed to show bare legs inside the church. No Problem! Hotel was only a 5 min away through the mall. We just took a nice stroll through the grand mall again and was back in 15 mins.
After a brief look inside, we were ready to hike up to Duomo rooftop. There was also an elevator with a shorter line but higher entrance fee. A brief wait in the line and a short hike later, we were walking on the roof of the church and admiring the stunning view of Milan rooftops.
Then we took the metro to Navigli for dinner. Along the canal of Navigli were restaurants, charming cafes and creameries. It has a more rustic feel than the Duomo area. We had an Italian dinner at one of the resturants along the canal, then got a giant cone of gelato at a creamery for a couple euros.
At night when we once past through the mall to the hotel, it was a completely different scene. Once the mall security guards are gone and the stores close their doors, vendors selling counterfeit designer goods took over. However, they weren’t overly insistent and we simply ignore them.
This ends our first night in Milan. Tomorrow, we will head to Lake Como for cruise and some town-hopping.
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