If youâ€™re thinking about trying to get away for the winter and prices are too high / availability too scarce for the Mediterranean coast, how about Milan? Although it can be chilly, itâ€™s certainly better than bleak skies of northern Europe.
Most people when they think of Milan think of fashion or football. But the city has some real treats that I consider some of the best in Italy:
The Last Supper. Yes, itâ€™s a fading watercolour painting on a cracking wall inside a church. But this picture has such a powerful history. Did you know that the small church it is in was bombed during the war and only this wall remained intact? You get 15 minutes in the near-hermetically-sealed room, but it will be some of the most memorable 15 minutes of your life.
Michaelangeloâ€™s Pieta Rondanini: I had a hard time finding this, but it was certainly worth looking for. Back in a corner in the Castello Sforzesco, this is one of Michaelangeloâ€™s unfinished pieces. You might think â€˜why see something not finishedâ€™, but to see the face of a human melt into the hard stone is pretty incredible. It will bring you a new understanding of how this master worked.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: While Iâ€™m admittedly not into fashion and couture shopping, this glistening shopping arcade is a stunning example of architecture. Although I find it humorous to find upscale shops in an upscale setting across from a McDonaldâ€™s.