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Majestic Milan

Arriving into Milan Central railway station you immediately know that you have entered a most elegant  European city.  Modeled after Union Station in Washington, DC the impressive Milano Centrale station was completed in 1931.  Adorned with numerous sculptures, this grand stone structure has no particular architectural style.

Milan, Italy train station

Detail of Milan Italy train station

The city’s principal landmark, the Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano, prevails as a Gothic masterpiece. Soaring over the piazza that bears it’s name, the Duomo, took six centuries to complete and even today is in a constant state of refurbishment and repair.

Duomo di Mlano

The second largest Italian church with a nave height of the nave of over 147 feet, it boasts the highest Gothic vaults of a complete church in the world.

Milan Cathedral interior

Duomo di Milano interior

A profusion of carved statues, stained glass and marble adorn The Altar of San Giovanni Buono, a 7th Century bishop in Milan.

Altar of San Giovanni Buono, Milan Cathedral

Sharing space on the Piazza del Duomo find the shopping arcade known Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.   Pass though the magnificent triumphal arch to a glass covered shopping and dining promenade.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Built in the 15th century on the remains of a 14th Century fortification, the  Castello Sforzesco, was renovated and enlarged in the 16th and 17th Centuries, making it one of the largest castles in Europe.

Sforza Castle Milan

Away from the bustle of the main tourist areas, find the lovely Brera district of Milan.  This upscale residential area is comprised of beautiful town homes, shopping and dining.

Brera district Milan

Nestled in the Brera neighborhood, on the Piazza del Carmine, find The Church of Santa Maria del Carmine.  The church structure was completed in 1446 while the Baroque style facade was added in the 17th Century.

Santa Maria del Carmine

While in Italy, I discovered my new favorite cocktail, the electric orange Aperol Spritz.

Aperol Spriz

Combine 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 splash soda on the rocks.  Garnish with an orange slice.   Molto Bene!

Mr. H says: Do your heart a favor an travel-Enjoy!

Languid Lake Como

Italy’s Lake Como has been a prominent vacation retreat for the fabulous and wealthy since Roman times.  With miles of picturesque coastline, charming villages, and historical treasures tourists flock continue to this Northern Italian gem.  Even after a brief visit, it is no wonder that Como is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.

Lake Como

Handsome Roman villas dot the banks around the lake

Lake Como villa

The waterside villages Menaggio, Verenna and Bellagio form an incomparable trifecta of beauty, magic and grace.

Menaggio sprawls along the Western shore of the lake

Menaggio, Italy

Narrow passageways connects Menaggio’s piazzas

Menaggio, Italy

Nestled below a soaring mountain with a hilltop castle, Varenna’s pastel waterfront is captivating.

Varenna, Italy

The Castle of Vezio, an ancient Roman fortress offers unparalleled views of Lake Como to those that brave the steep climb up.

The Castle of Vezio, Varenna Italy

The fork of Lake Como as seen from the castle’s keep

Lake Como

Beauty is the top attraction as even the ceiling in Varenna’s tourist office conjures an ethereal feeling.

Varenna information office

Bellagio has long been a favorite summer retreat for the Milanese nobility and is known as the “Pearl of the Lake”.  The flower filled waterfront promenade with it’s medieval stone stairs running uphill from the water to the central shopping area is enchanting.

Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio, Italy

Flowers and fruit trees flourish in the temperate climate of Lake Como

Lemon tree on Lake Como

Bellagio lake side dining

Mr. H says: In Italy, they add work on to food and wine-Enjoy!