Buongiorno Milano! (and Lake Como)

JUNE 2009:

A little Sister’s weekend in Milan…

Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end dining and shopping. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

Milan wasn’t what I expected – I was thinking as it’s considered the fashion capital it would be very cosmopolitan, stylish and modern – but it wasn’t like that in my opinion, although I suspect it may be like that but only in certain parts (and they weren’t the parts that I visited). As a city it was nice but there was nothing particularly special or memorable about it. However I am sure other people would disagree…

The transport network in Milan seemed good. Metro’s, sub-urban trains, trams and buses cover you across the city, with some night buses running all night. There are 3 airports of varying distances from Milan, but all are accessible quite easily. We travelled by train to Lake Como for a day visit. It’s only an hour by train and costs around €13 for a return trip and you find yourself at the middle of the lake. From here, you can take the ferry to Bellagio (at the tip separating the two southern points of Lake Como). The ferry costs around €9 per person return and takes around 15 minutes.

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery. The namesake lake’s deep-blue waters are set against the rugged, forested foothills of the Alps. All along the coast are luxury hotels, some with swimming pools that float in the lake. Mediterranean villas with formal gardens, some open to the public, dot the shore.

Lake Como is stunning and very classy looking. Having lunch at the side of the lake with the sun shining was amazing. If I go again, I would skip Milan and just spend a few days around Lake Como.


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