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Milan Day 2   7 comments

The sun had gone in leaving us with a hot and humid day. Time to explore the west of the city and its churches. This is the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio.

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A huge building with what I was recognising as the northern Italian style of red brick and white fresco exteriors. I rather like the look.

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This is the Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper (the painting not a leftover sandwich and packet of Jaffa Cakes)

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Even bigger and more impressive and seemingly very unspoilt and quiet, off the tourist tracks.

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We wandered the pleasant and wealthy looking streets back to the Castello Sforzesco.

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We were heading back to the Parco Sempione with a idea to climb this, the Torre Branca. Sadly it doesn’t open in the morning. 😦

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We wandered about the park as its rather nice, up to the Arco Della Pace, and then decided we were hungry and needed to eat.

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Onwards to the modern Piazza Gae Aulenti (more on that in a minute) and then down to a luxury food store called Eataly which had a fine cafe for lunch.

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Milan has a few old trams like Lisbon.

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Back to the Piazza. I’m a big fan of tall buildings and glass and steel skyscrapers so I liked it here. This tower block seemed be sprouting a forest. It was really odd.

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The Unicredit Tower is the centrepiece and a striking sight. I rather liked it, as you’d expect.

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We’d walked a long way so everyone wanted some R&R. I on the other hand wanted to explore some more so I was soon out beating the streets again.

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I wanted to see one of Milan’s more unusual sights, the Torre Velasca.

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It divides opinion in the city, some think its a unique and arresting example of contemporary modernist architecture, others just think it’s plain ugly. It appeared derelict and pretty much ready to fall down. Worth a walk though.

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I got thoroughly lost on the way back although I did find a few more interesting buildings while I searched for a way back.

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Another wonderful meal out to end our stay and a last lingering look at the courtyard of our apartment block.

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And the grandiose Milan Central station before we hit the tracks to the South of France.

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