Milan (Milano): Our Gateway to Italy
Trip Start May 09, 2009
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The next day we saw the Duomo, Milan's cathedral - the 2nd largest in the world
We also went to Galleria which is an open shopping area under a glass dome. The stores are in centuries-old buildings, with mosaic floors and statues throughout the Galleria. Being on our newly limited retirement budget, we didn't partake of the shopping there (all high-end designers) but loved the surroundings.
The lasting impression of Milan is the congestion in the streets - we have never seen so many cars and scooters (Vespa-type) all contending for the same space. All the cars are small - Smart Cars or Mini-Cooper sized cars - since gas prices are so high there. Motorcycles and scooters in Italy apparently have no rules to follow - except that the driver must wear a helmet which given the traffic is an excellent rule. As a pedestrian, you have to look sharply before crossing any streets. A little too crazy for our liking!
The next day we traveled to our first stop of the tour - Lugano, Switzerland (see next entry)...