Milan is probably the best place to shop for men's wardrobe. All the local men were so fashionably dressed they made the women look drabby! I didn't like the public transportation here; the trains are always late, for the life of me I simply couldn't understand their underground Metro and above-ground tram systems. Once we were stopped by a tourist looking to get to his hotel. And another time we must have looked very touristy and lost because at one point a local came to us and gave us directions. LOL! The friendly locals made it worth the trip. But by now, having had enough of European summer I think we would plan our trip during fall/autumn.
The Cenacolo Vinciano where the Last Supper painting is at, as well as the church next door where the actual event happened
Notice the small yellow squarish building on the left of the church? That's the Last Supper office where you purchase your tickets for the tour, and some part of the church is under renovation so its off limits
The lesser known Pinacoteca di Brera
The church ceiling
So what does it say on the floor?
So what do you do when you're in Milan? You go see the Last Supper of course! We booked and bought our tickets to Piazza Santa Maria delle Graziemuseo cenacolo vinciano way ahead of time, like 1 week before we left for Europe because I know how fast Last Supper tickets sell. You will have to call their call center to know if they still have tickets because on their website it shows fully booked. They have quotas for online tickets and if luck is on your side you can still purchase tickets offline (call them!) They will ask for your name, country of origin and residence and your credit card number because you will be charged on the spot (it's only 6 Euro each) and you will get an Italian e-ticket emailed to you which you will have to bring with you to get your actual tickets. Because of the number of tourists, they break each group into 25 people with 15 minutes of viewing, and no photography is allowed. However, me being me I did manage to take a couple of pictures. Here's the link to the government's official website where you can purchase the ticket for 6.50 Euro, anything more than that is a RIP OFF. The number to call is +390292800360 and press on 2 for English (Mon-Sat, 8am-6.30pm)
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where name brands are housed
The inside of the Duomo. We didn't know that photography was not FREE! It was charge able at 2 Euro, and they give you a pass for it. When someone stopped us is when we realized they had a photography fee but by then we had gotten what we wanted so we just exited
Duomo's massive door
We checked out the Duomo (Milan Cathredal) and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is like 5 minutes away from Duomo. Also, there were plenty of scams going on in front of Duomo. The blacks were running the I'll take a picture of you with the Duomo and threaded bracelet scams while the Romanians were running the feed the pigeon scams. We sat there for 20 minutes just observing the scams and tourists. I was keeping an eye on them and never noticed them pick-pocketing but they were adamant about tips and intimidated tourists that didn't tip enough. Two or three of them will crowd you if you don't pay up and some tourists which were physically bigger than the scammers got away with it. These scammers are rampant, some of them throw the bracelet on your arm and expect you to pay for it. It was funny to watch because some tourist just shake their arms off. You got to be careful of your surroundings and your bags around Duomo area and bring your own bird seeds/bread crumbs to feed the pigeons and get your friend/partner to take picture of you with the pigeons, not the local scam artists
Typical hotel breakfast
The Milano Centro Station
There were plenty of Gelato shops in Italy to cool you off. And the taxis are cheap-make sure they run on meter.