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Milan Madness

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A May 2007 trip to Milan by pointofnoreturn

Riding the train Photo, Milan, Italy More Photos
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Milan Madness

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Riding the train Photo, Milan, Italy
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Milan is Italy's fashion capital - for it is trendy and posh. It is completely different from Florence and Rome where there are many popular galleries and sights. The three biggest draws in Milan is the Last Supper, Santa Maria della Grazie, and the Duomo. Provided that you are lucky to have booked tickets in advance for the Last Supper, you only need a few hours to see Milan. I enjoyed the Last Supper tremendously and was lucky enough to score tickets during Culture Week, meaning that my ticket and the booking fee were free. Milan is expensive and needs no more than 1 or 2 nights' stay!Quick Tips: 1. If you really want to see the Last Supper painting, book tickets over the ph...Read More

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

Attraction | "Duomo"

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This church in Milan is one of the largest in the world and took just over 500 years to complete. The inside of the cathedral is a sight to behold for there are hundreds of statues and gargoyles. It is hard to describe this cathedral in words - it is so ornate and beautiful that you are at a loss for words. You can climb (250 steps) or ride to the roof in which the view is absolutely stunning. Take the stairs to get more of the experience and when you get to the top, it'll be worth the strenuous effort!Getting to the Duomo is easy for it is accessible by two metro lines (Lines M1 and M3, stop Duomo). From there, it is a simple short walk. Metro tickets cost €1 apiece. The ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

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

Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Attraction | "Last Supper"

Santa Maria delle Grazie Photo, Milan, Italy
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The Last Supper is one of Da Vinci’s greatest works. It depicts the scene of Jesus and his disciples as taken from the Bible in which Jesus announces to his compatriots that one of them will betray him in the end. Over the centuries, the fresco has deteriorated quite badly due to lack of care and poorly carried out restoration works. During the war, the church was bombed but miraculously, the fresco survived. To see this, you must have pre-arranged reservations and booking is often frustrating and difficult for it is very popular. There is an official website where you can buy tickets (2-3 months in advance) but it is better to call them directly because the operators speak English. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Santa Maria delle Grazie
Corso Magenta
Milan, Italy 20123

Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Attraction | "Santa Maria della Grazie"

Santa Maria delle Grazie Photo, Milan, Italy
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Santa Maria della Grazie is Milan's most famous church and convent for which it is the home of Da Vinci's Last Supper painting which is in the refectory of the convent. The church was completed in the late 1400s and was meant to be a convent. The architecture is stunning and the apse is the most striking part of the church. The church was bombed during World War II and much of it was destroyed although the Last Supper mural wall miraculously survived thanks to the protection of the church's devotees.Inside the church, it is breathtaking and almost a spiritual experience and this is coming from a non-spiritual person! I was deeply disappointed to see that many people were attemptin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Santa Maria delle Grazie
Corso Magenta
Milan, Italy 20123

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There are several ways to get to/from Milan Malpensa airport. Keep in mind that this does not refer to Milan Linate or Milan Bergamo - two completely different airports. Malpensa is 30 miles away from the city centre of Milan whereas Linate is much closer.Methods of transportation (listed from cheapest to most expensive):1. Malpensa Shuttle - A coach travels to/from Milan Centrale Train Station to Milan Malpensa Airport and vice versa. The shuttle leaves every 20 minutes and it is a comfortable ride that takes an hour. The shuttle stops at all the terminals. Tickets can be bought online, at any booth in the Centrale train station, or at the airport. It costs: €52. Malpensa Expr...Read More

Sleeping in Malpensa Airport

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We couldn't find a decent hotel to stay in the night before our flight to Athens. We looked into hostels but 99% of them had terrible reviews and the cheap hotels were far out in the city with no access to public transportation. Milan isn't cheap when it comes to lodgings so we decided to suck it up and sleep at the airport to save money.We had a few hours stopover in Milan after arriving by train from Florence. After visiting the Last Supper and Duomo, we returned to Centrale train station, where we took the Malpensa Shuttle (€5) to Malpensa Airport - some 30 miles away. The ride lasted about an hour due to traffic and we were dropped off at Terminal 2 (budget airlines). The bus then proceed ...Read More