Milan – our last day in Europe!

This morning Duke and I spent more than four hours getting our covid tests so that they will let us back into the U.S. We spent an hour walking to the train station, we spent an hour waiting in line for our tests, we sent an hour waiting for results and we spent an hour walking back to our room. What a zoo! But we are cleared to travel.

Waiting for our covid test results.

This afternoon we did The Rick Steves walking tour of the Duomo neighborhood of Milan. We went into the massive Duomo.

The Duomo
Inside the Duomo

We went down into the basement under the church and saw the archaeological remains of earlier churches.

Under the Duomo

We took the elevator and then climbed a bunch of steps to get to the roof of the Duomo. Getting an up close look at the spires and getting to see the view of Milan was very cool.

Looking down on Piazza del Duomo
On the roof facing the back of the facade of the Duomo.
The view from the roof with the Alps in the distance.

We walked through the Galleria Victor Emanuele II. And we saw the La Scala opera house.

La Scala Opera House

For dinner we ate at Spazio, a Michelin listed restaurant on the fourth floor of the Galleria Victor Emanuel II, overlooking the Piazza del Duomo. It was an absolutely perfect last supper in Europe. Tomorrow we fly home.

Homemade Tortellini filled with chicken and pepper sauce
Linguine with clams and parsley sauce.
Fish soup
Pandolce with ice cream and sour cherries.
Duke at our table in Spazio

Cornello dei Tasso to Milan

Our trip is almost over. Today we drove to Milan and returned our rental car. It is good we were doing this on a Sunday for a couple of reasons. One, although there was a lot of traffic, it was undoubtedly less than it would have been on a week day. Driving into a big city is always stressful, so it was a huge relief to get the car where it needed to be. The second advantage of arriving on a Sunday is that there was not a big toll for driving in the central city like there would have been on a weekday.

It is quite a relief to have completed 5 car rentals, driving and navigating in four different countries and maneuvering the many narrow roads and tight spaces with no mishaps!

We walked to our hotel but when we rang the buzzer no one answered. We assumed that it was because it was only 1:15 and checking time was 2:00. We shared a pizza at a nearby restaurant while we waited. Finally at 2:00 we figured out that we needed to call a number to be let in. After a few more minutes a guy arrived and we had a room.

Pizza while we wait.

For dinner we ate in a very nice restaurant, La Locanda del Gatos Rossi, located in the Galleria Victor Emmanuel II, one of the world’s first shopping malls.

Pasta with truffles and fried squash blossoms, cheese and anchovies.
Steak and potatoes.
Galleria Victor Emmanuel II. Our restaurant is on the left.
The Duomo on our walk back to our room.
Our room is behind the arched window above the KFC