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As the train stops in the station, our “chronometer”, immediately, starts the count down: we only have 12 hours to spend in Milano, so… HURRY, BABY!… After leaving our luggage at the station, we took a first look at the map: the Duomo is our first stop. On our way to the metro, in each passing step, we were making a picture of the city… and, I must confess that, at first sight, the feeling wasn’t good: there were too many people harassing, pickpockets trying its luck… but, luckily, this was the only negative point and, quickly, we fell in love with Milano

In the train, we heard some women talking that the rain would come, “il diluvio, il diluvio” they were saying and we thought: “Oh, these Italians are so passionate and exaggerated” but… guess what?! They’re not! And we would only find that out when leaving (finally!) the milanese “depths” and, in a row of stairs… WOW… the Duomo, magically, appears in front of our amazed eyes under a “biblical” rain!… But who could resist to getting closer to such a magnificent view?!

And now, imagine us, facing the Duomo, alone in the middle of the huge ‘piazza’, with this tiny umbrella, just wishing (and crossing fingers) to get some nice shots, while our feet were gradually soaking in this kind of “holy” water falling from the sky?! Unforgettable!

The surrounding arcades were embracing all tourists running away from the rain, leaving the Duomo alone… – a picture that we’ll always remember – while in the near Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is rising a new line of business: street vending umbrellas, beating, undoubtedly, the selling of renowned brands spotted there.

The rain still increasing in the outside and we were forced to stay in for more than a while and experience some shopping (cof, cof) …and walk, walk, walk and walk: that’s the best option when you’re not into spending money! 

At the end of the Galleria we meet the famous Teatro la Scala, an unavoidable landmark in the milanese culture… but we do have to avoid the visit… to avoid being all wet! With this perspective, the best we can do is to have lunch… but, as the vox populi tell, after the rain… comes sun and, happily, this was what really happened! 

So, quickly, we made our way through Via Dante till the Castello Sforzesco: an impressive citadel that houses some of the city museums and art collections with an impressive gardened surrounding – the Parco Sempione – dedicated to european writers immortalized on the name of its streets looking at the beautiful and symbolic Arco della Pace.

Passing the Palazzo della Ragione – with a shy sun trying to pass trough the clouds – we are back again to the Piazza del Duomo… where now, contrasting to the picture taken earlier, is perfectly crowded with locals and tourists seizing the moment of facing one of the most impressive gothic buildings in Europe.

The streets are now full of life and the shops in an unstoppable rhythm… The Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II is our witness…and this is Milano! In a last call for consuming, we see ourselves involved between shopping bags (and, just between you and me, it feels so good!)… The SWEETEST goodbye to the capital of fashion!

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 Assim que o comboio pára na estação, o nosso “cronómetro” pessoal, imediatamente, começa a contagem decrescente: temos apenas 12 horas para passar em Milano, de modo que… TOCA A CORRER!… Depois de deixarmos a bagagem na estação, damos uma vista ao mapa: o Duomo é a nossa primeira paragem. No caminho para o metro, a cada passo, íamos tomando contacto com o sítio e fazendo uma imagem da cidade… e, devo confessar que, à primeira vista, o sentimento não foi muito bom: um assédio de carteiristas tentando a sua sorte que nos mantinha alerta a todo o momento… mas, felizmente, este foi o único ponto negativo e, rapidamente, apaixonamo-nos por Milano.

No comboio, algumas mulheres falavam que viria a chuva, “il diluvio, il diluvio” diziam e nós pensamos: “Oh, estes italianos são tão exagerados”, mas… conseguem adivinhar?! Não, não o são! E nós só o saberíamos ao sair (finalmente!) das “profundezas” de Milão quando, após uma linha de escadas… Uau… o Duomo, magicamente, surgiu em frente aos nossos olhos espantados sob uma chuva “bíblica”!… Mas quem poderia resistir a aproximar-se desta magnífica vista?!

E agora, imaginem-nos, apreciando o Duomo, sozinhos no meio da enorme ‘Piazza’, com um minúsculo guarda-chuva, apenas desejando (e cruzando os dedos) para conseguir algumas fotografias, enquanto os nossos pés estavam ficando gradualmente encharcados neste tipo de  água “benta” caindo do céu?! Inesquecível!

As arcadas circundantes abraçavam todos os turistas que fugiam da chuva, deixando o Duomo sozinho… – uma imagem que vamos recordar SEMPRE! – enquanto na Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II aparecia um novo ramo de negócio: a venda ambulante de guarda-chuvas, superando, sem qualquer dúvida, as vendas de marcas de renome presentes nesse espaço.

Enquanto a chuva continuava a aumentar no exterior, nós vimo-nos forçados a permanecer por mais tempo na Galleria e fazer algumas compras (cof, cof)… e andar, andar, andar e andar: que é a melhor opção quando não se está em maré de gastar dinheiro!

No final da Galleria encontramos o famoso Teatro la Scala, um marco inevitável na cultura milanesa… mas cuja visita vê-se limitada para evitarmos ficar completamente molhados! Com esta perspectiva, o melhor que podemos fazer é ir almoçar… mas, como reza a voz do povo, após a chuva… vem a bonança e, felizmente, foi o que realmente aconteceu!

Assim, rapidamente, percorremos a Via Dante até o Castello Sforzesco: uma cidadela impressionante que abriga alguns dos museus da cidade e colecções de arte com uma impressionante envolvente ajardinada – o Parco Sempione – dedicado a escritores europeus imortalizados no nome de suas ruas, com vistas para o belo e simbólico Arco della Pace.

Passando o Palazzo della Ragione – com um sol tímido tentando passar através das nuvens – estamos de volta novamente para a Piazza del Duomo… onde agora, contrastando a imagem tomada anteriormente, está perfeitamente lotado com os habitantes locais e turistas, desfrutando o momento de apreciar um dos mais impressionantes edifícios góticos na Europa.

As ruas estão agora cheias de vida e as lojas num ritmo imparável… O Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II é a nossa testemunha… e isso sim é Milano!

Numa última chamada para o consumismo, nós vemo-nos envolvidos entre sacos de compras (e, só aqui entre nós,  sabe tão bem!)… E assim foi a despedida PERFEITA à capital da moda!

(travel diary) DAY 5: Milano, us and… the ‘diluvio’!

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30 Responses to “(travel diary) DAY 5: Milano, us and… the ‘diluvio’!”

  1. Molte grazie! C’e molto divertente.

  2. Grazie a voi, Clara!

  3. I passed by Milan when I traveled to Italy. I stopped in the Duomo, skipped the lines to see the Last Supper, strolled through la Galleria, and went straight back to the train station. Milan wasn’t my favorite city, but from your photos and your presentation of the city, it is absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for dropping by on my blog!

  4. Wow, what a lovely experience. I’d love to see it in the rain and take some pics! 🙂

  5. …it was a unique experience! Thanks for visit our blog!

  6. Nice to see your latest post after quite a bit of time … I thought you had given up! Thankfully, not! As you know, I have been to Italy quite a few times, but I have never seen such an overcast sky as in your Milan photographs! We have only been in Milan once, and that was getting off the TGV high speed train from Paris. We didn’t have time to stop at all, as our connecting bus was leaving very quickly! The weather however, was roasting hot with a stunning blue sky. Maybe you will get that next time you go! Enjoyed your narrative and photos as usual!

    Cheers

    John

  7. One of the most beautiful Duomo I saw in Italy. Did you go up to the Dome? Stunning close-up too!

  8. Thanks for your support, John! We are working right now in our next post, we are counting with your comments…as usual!

  9. An impressive Duomo for sure! We didn’t went up to the top… The extreme rain, literally, washed our plans, but that turns to be a perfect excuse to go back again!

  10. I love when rain drives the crowds away! Beautiful shots.

  11. Although, at first sight, the rain is an uninvited guest… Turns everything so poetical!

  12. It was raining when I visited Milan too! The Duomo is absolutely breathtaking and the Italian language is beautiful! Love your pics!

  13. I love your blog! Are you Portuguese?

  14. You’re pictures are amazing!

  15. 12 hours spent with every minute worth remembering! As usual, your photographs make me want to go to the places you visited! They are beautifully captured! Who knows the rain makes your photographs look even nicer🙂

  16. Great pictures and a fabulous post of a country I would love to visit someday! Thanks for the “like” on my post! Love the passion for travel🙂

  17. Robin, your comments are ALWAYS memorable, thank you! We don’t know if the rain made our photos look better… What we do know, is that the rain turned our day into an unforgetable experience! 

  18. Thank you!

  19. Thanks for visiting our blog, Emily! Yes, we are portuguese!

  20. Completely true: raining or not, the Duomo is breathtaking! Thanks for your comment!

  21. Thanks, Rich! Italy is such a great country to visit…

  22. Such wonderful images, you’ve really captured the atmosphere. I really enjoy your blog so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award.

  23. Hope your journey is still going well! You have a fantastic blog here, and the photographs are truly spectacular… Happy travelling!

  24. Great photos and bilingual to boot! Now I have even higher standards to aspire to.

  25. Thanks, Mike! Is good to hear that!

  26. I like the images you create with your words and your collections of photos. What an impressive blog!

  27. Thanks, Lynn!

  28. Loved the post!!! Yeah italians love some drama too like us brazilians😉
    Looking foward to check more posts!!! I m loving wordpress!!😉

  29. Thank you, Emanuela! Soon you’ll have news from us!

  30. Hi
    Thanks for your like on our post. I thought I would come take a look at your pages, and found Milan, which interested me as we have just had a couple of lovely guests from Milan staying with us for 2 days and only left today. What style they have!

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