Milan Journals

Church hopping in Milan

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A June 2003 trip to Milan by Elginah

Hotel Marconi Photo, Milan, Italy More Photos
Quote: Cheap airfares directed us to Milan and we squeezed in Venice. I'm now addicted to gelati and my feet still ache -- walked ourselves silly. Milan was a bit confusing, but it has a big city attitude with proud, fashion conscious locals. And the food . . . hmm!

Church hopping in Milan

Overview

Gelati Photo, Milan, Italy
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The inside and the outside of the Duomo, Da Vinci's "The Last Supper", and eating straciatella, fragola, and limone gelati. Quick Tips: A lot of the museums were under repair during our stay, so prepare to be disappointed. You have to call and make reservations if you want to see "The Last Supper", which requires patience as the phone was engaged for a long while when we tried to call. And it's worth renting an audioguide when you see it -- I gained much insight from the audioguide analysis. Our first meal in Milan was disappointing, but what do you expect from a touristy hang out in the main tourist area? Eat where the locals do and away from the main tourist areas. Buy water in the s...Read More

Hotel Marconi

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Hotel

Hotel Marconi Photo, Milan, Italy
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The Hotel Marconi is 10 minutes from the Pirelli building and 15 minutes from the Central Station. It's also about 10 miutes to the Repubblica underground station. The staff are very friendly and most seemed to speak English - except for the breakfast attendants. We basically walked through a minor maze to get to our room. Which turned out to be small but comfortable. With the standard bed, desk and chair, cupboard, TV (supposed to be satellite, but mostly Italian and German channels), and minibar. What was supposed to the open air breakfast area was under construction, but no construction was under way (or keeping us awake). The indoor breakfast nook was charming,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2003

Hotel Marconi
VIA F FILZI 3
Milan, Italy 20124
39-2-66-985561

Ristorante Limone

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Restaurant

Ristorante Limone Photo, Milan, Italy
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The restuarant is next to what was previously an erotic films cinema, a 10 minute walk from the Pirelli building, and two doors from our hotel (Hotel Marconi). We ate here two nights in a row, mostly for its convenience and it's name (Limone just rolls off the tongue). The non-smoking seating area was rather cramped and the waitress kept bumping into my bag when squeezing past to get to another table. It was cramped yet cozy. Simple decor with the entre buffy and fruits dessert being the first things you see. It was full on both nights so we were 'smart' and ate early the second night. The menu is available in English and was my first encounter with what seemed like a restaurant for Hobbits-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Ristorante Limone
Via F. Filzi number 3
Milan, Italy

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

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Attraction | "Duomo - Milan"

Milan Cathedral (Duomo) Photo, Milan, Italy
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Firstly, I'd like to warn people that only the front facade is currently under reparation, so all you'll see on that side is scaffolding. But . . . there's still LOADS to see. Construction of this ancient church began in 1386, but not completed until the 19th century - when Napoleon was crowned king of Italy. We walked around the entire Duomo to get our bearings . . . more like gazed wide eyed and open jawed and somehow managed to move one foot in front of the other. Totally amazing . . . you have to see it to truelly understand. The statues and the spectacularity of the details is truelly astounding. Everything seems to tell a story even the doors. And the whole time, I felt as if I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan, Lombardy
02-864-63456

Tram Turistico

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Attraction

Tram Turistico Photo, Milan, Italy
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This is a great way to get an overall view of the 'city highlights' if the guidebook has left you scratching your head when making a 'Must See' list. The Tram Turistico is a restored tram from the 1920s, which rolls around the central districts of Milan making its way past the city's highlights. For EUR10 each we were entertained for 1.5 hours. We would have been even more eager to listen and be entertained had we not woken up at 5am to catch our flights to Milan. That combined with the rhythm of the tram and the day's heat left us both a bit drowsy. *sheepish grin* Our tram ride started outside the Sforza Castle. The ticket allows you to get on and off at any time all day, along the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Tram Turistico
Across the road from the Sforza Castle
Milan, Italy