Milano’s magnificient cathedral is only a few subway stops from the central train station. With only one sad look at the overly long queue at the luggage deposit, we took the chance to visit the duomo and the splendid Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II during a short stopover on the way to the Alps.
There is a range of different tickets for the duomo. Since we were a bit short in time, we chose the cheapest, which granted access to the interior of the church for just 2€. With more time and money at hand, you can also visit the terraces which offer a better view of the statues on the roof (11/15€ wihout/with elevator access). And if queuing in the hot Italian sun is not your thing, you can also buy these tickets on-line.
Right next to the duomo is a roofed shopping mile which offered a welcome escape from the heat and met all our prejudices about Milano as a luxurious and superficial shopping capital. If you ever wanted to (pretend to be) a high-end shopper, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the place for you. And even if not, it’s still fun to walk through it.
Ironically, we also saw this little flag in the capitalist shopping mile:
Back on the train towards the mountains, we saw that Milano is not all divine and luxurious; next to the tracks were many abandoned industrial sites. Being on the train, it was hard to take pictures of these but we especially liked this skeleton hall:
Time of visit: July 2015