Magnificent Milan 🇮🇹
|The exquisite Milan Duomo glowed its beauty against the Royal Blue evening sky...
We arrived at Milan on September 4th. For me, that has been the most exciting day of my life. It was my very first out-of-the-country vacation, and everything was just about to begin.
Our initial plan was to have St. Moritz of Switzerland as our first stop, but I told my sister that Milan Duomo seems more tantalizing. Although leaving the border for another country is equally exciting, I believe that the Swiss border was meant for another time.
So, yes. Milan Duomo, here we go!
But before we officially begin our vacation, we needed a few hours of rest to acclimatize to the new surroundings. We stayed at Arles Hotel in the suburbs of Milan.
|Outside our window at Arles Hotel
The view from our room already had the quintessential Italian landscape. Though it was one of the simplest we've seen in Italy, it was still more elegant than most homes here in the Philippines.
Even just the sight of those red bricks piled on top of the buildings already makes me feel the Italian vibe, like we're already near the Mediterranean Sea, which, at this point, we haven't been to, yet (wait for the Venice entry for that 😅).
Coming out of the hotel made me feel what a temperate climate must be for the very first time. It wasn't hot, it wasn't humid. It was cool enough to be cozy and fresh. At low 20s, the weather reminded me of Tagaytay, which, for me, is the city with the best climate in the Philippines.
For the rest of our vacation, we were smothered by cool winds and temperate climate, something that was denied of us for most of our lives.
Into the streets of Milan, we saw plenty of trees providing shade to locals and tourists. Oh how I wish we'll have more of this kind of planning in tropical Legazpi where most roadside trees were uprooted to give way to road widening projects.
|My sister and my aunt were comfortable on their seats.
It wasn't so difficult to find Milan Duomo. The train systems were organized and easy to comprehend, and the seats were plenty.
Before too long, we saw the marvelous Duomo. It was exactly as I thought it would be, and even more. All the exquisite details were there for us to see and gaze at.
|The Milan Duomo
Though there were many tourists, the square was not crowded. There was enough space for everyone. They say that September is the best month to visit Europe as most tourists have flown back to their homes getting ready for autumn and school, and it was neither too hot nor too cold. It was just cold enough to be cozy (again, imagine Tagaytay weather 😅).
|Myself, my sister, and my aunt, enjoying the piazza.
Daytime Milan Duomo was magnificent enough. What we didn't know is that it transforms its look as nighttime comes, and we're delighted to see the cool change. She reminds me of Mayon who changes her proverbial clothes as she deems fit 😅.
We had no tour guides, but luckily, it's 2023, where everything you need to know about a certain place is already revealed on the internet. Based on my research, the duomo began its construction in 1386 but was completed only in 1965 or after six long centuries!