Milan En Vogue

If you’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, it’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, it’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.

Michaelangelo’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 Michaelangelo’s unfinished pieces. You might think why see something not finished, 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. You could save some time looking for Michaelangelo’s Pieta Rondanini if you book a taxi in Milan to take you straight to the spot.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: While I’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 McDonald’s.

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