To me, Milan is a nice, clean and charming city with a special pulsing atmosphere as well as majestic architecture. In my last post, I told you the reason for my stay: IFIS’s World Computer Congress and I promised to show you the city from a Norwegian prospective – so of course I’ll keep my words; From my hotel it took me 15 min by taxi to get down town, so let’s start with my observation on the traffic (click all pics to enlarge and enjoy:

Milan City traffic #1
The city was obviously built before architects start planning for the car invention. The streets are narrow, the cars are small and the most effective vehicles are their scooters.


Milan is one of the largest cities in Italy, located north, in the plains of Lombardy, the capital in the Province of Milano. This municipality has a population of 1.3 million. The city is renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion. The English word milliner is derived from the name of the city. The Lombard metropolis is famous for its fashion houses and shops like at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo (reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall). The city hosted the World Exposition in 1906 and will host the Universal Expo in 2015. So of course I asked the driver to go to the Piazza:
Milan City Plaza Duomo #1

The first thing to notice is of course Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano): Built from the late 14th well into the 19th century (and in a sense, never completed as work continues), the Duomo di Milano is one of the world’s largest churches, being second in size within Italy only to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and being the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world, after the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.

I came there around 7PM and while walking around to capture the atmosphere, I also noticed how soon it gets dark, but it was still beautiful:
Milan City Plaza Duomo #3 Milan City Plaza Duomo #5
Then I spotted the entrance of the only ‘mall’ in the world, I consider beautiful:
Milan City Plaza Duomo #2 Milan City Plaza Duomo #4

On both pics to the right: The oval opening to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele; A large and elegant arcade, lined with shops, bookstores, cafés and restaurants. Designed to join the Piazza della Scala and Piazza del Duomo, construction started in 1865. The gallery was opened just two years later by the king, Vittorio Emanuele II, its namesake. It features a 47 metre (155 foot) high glass dome, standing above the central octagonal area and also some beautiful mosaics on the floor. Let’s walk inside:
Milan City Galleria #1 Milan City Galleria #2
Left: The golden pulse atmosphere. Right: Concerto Musica Classia
Milan City Galleria #3 Milan City Galleria #4
Left: The shopping street with mosaic floor. Right: Ristorante Galleria.


At that very restaurant, I had the most wonderful dinner:
Milan City Galleria #5
As a Norwegian, I chose seafood pasta of course, with scallops, shrimps, calamari and mussels. Wine: Michelle Chiarlo from Dolchetto D’Alba.

Milan City Galleria #6
For dessert I order wild berries: Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with vanilla cream and of course double espresso and Italian brandy: Wecchia Romagna.


So this was some glimpse of a Norwegian’s adventure in Milan and around Piazza del Duomo. I hope you got a clue of the lovely atmosphere and enjoyed as much as I do sharing with you.

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