Saturday, 23 July 2011

Milano...il mio amore!

Milan! Home to many famous and emerging fashion designers, this city offers a blend of historic as well as strikingly new architecture.



We reached Milan around 11 AM and since we had only the day in the city, we quickly took off on a hop on hop off bus ride.


Our first and only stop – The Duomo



The Duomo is the largest Gothic church in the world.


Constructed out of a pink-tinged marble, the massive structure has 135 spires and countless flying buttresses.


I had always imagined that I would absolutely faint the day I will actually see the Duomo.


Well, I didn't faint but I was unquestionably awestruck by the magnificence of this cathedral.


Standing in front of the Duomo, you can actually feel its presence!



Access to the cathedral is through five huge bronze doors that are decorated with reliefs.



This exceptionally large monument is laid out in the heart of the city, with streets either radiating from or encircling it.



The interiors of the cathedral is full of stained choir windows depicting scenes from the lives of saints.



The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is also known as ‘Il Salotto di Milano’ – the living room of Milan; since it became the most favored meeting place in the city.



The impressive building is a five story arcade with a glass and iron roof, home to many designer outlets, cafes, and restaurants.


Enchanted by the beauty of the Duomo and the Galleria, we took our bus ride around the city crossing all major sights and shopping areas in the city.



As much as I wanted to stay another day in the fashion capital, we had to leave as this was our last day in Italy!



Photographs by : Urmita Das