We spent the fourth day of our vacation exploring Milan! See below to read all about day 4.
Today was out first official day of the Uniworld tour! We began with a guided tour around the city of Milan. None of us had ever visited Milan before, so we were excited to see what it had to offer.
We hopped on the bus with the rest of the people who would be joining us for the rest of our vacation on the river cruise. Our guide for the day was absolutely wonderful! Her name was Chiara, and she was all about Milanese and Italian pride. Honestly, she could have been guiding us around a desert and I would’ve still been entertained.
Our first stop of the day was the visit Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. They only let in a certain number of people at a time, and each group has exactly 15 minutes to get in and out. It’s very methodical and organized, nothing like the chaos of seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. The painting was actually much larger than I expected, and while I’m not the biggest art lover out there, it was obviously a spectacle to behold.
Next we headed to the Sforza Castle. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. The only thing I remember about this castle is that it’s home to hundreds of cats and that there’s a woman who feeds them every single day and spends thousands of Euros a month. I also learned that Chiara is a big Bruce Springsteen fan, and she and my mom bonded over that. Besides that, I got some pictures and some good exercise in.
We then stopped for a nice coffee break, where some yummy croissants and spreads were waiting for us. I tried a macchiato, which was absolutely delicious.
The last stop of the tour was a visit to the Milan Cathedral, or as they say in Italian, Duomo di Milano. It was a beautiful cathedral, and Chiara gave us a wonderful tour. But again, as I’m writing this almost two weeks later, I can’t give you too many specifics.
We then walked back to our hotel to figure out our lunch situation. My mom had found another place on, you guessed it, TripAdvisor called “Piz.” We arrived and were greeted with a glass of prosecco and a small calzone on the house while we waited for a table. Talk about Italian hospitality! Fortunately, we didn’t even have to wait too long, and we were shown a table in their downstairs area, which was very brightly decorated. We received the menus, which only had three options: pizza margherita, pizza bianca (no sauce), and pizza marinara (no cheese). That. Was. It. I had a feeling that if all they were offering was three types of pizza then they must know what they’re doing. My mom and I got margherita, Zach got a bianca, my dad got a marinara, and we ordered a bottle of wine to share. SO DAMN GOOD. We scarfed everything down in just a few minutes and left the restaurant very happy.
After another quick rest, my mom and I headed out to do a bit of shopping in Milan (the boys chose to continue resting, which actually worked better for us). We both ended up getting some nice jewelry–my mom got a fun bracelet from a place called “Figus Designer” and I got a lovely pair of earrings from a place called “Perlita.” We actually bought each of our pieces from the designers themselves! Whenever I travel somewhere, I like to get myself something that is exclusive to that specific place, and not just a throwaway gift. I definitely got that with these earrings!
Then it was time for dinner. The Uniworld employees had recommended a restaurant that was just a short walk from our hotel called “Cantina Piemontese.” It had a lovely outdoor area, and a few other members of our tour made reservations as well. We all four started with gazpacho, which was very delicious. The main courses, however, left much to be desired. Zach’s entree was so bad he had to order something else! I had a mozzarella ravioli, which was fine, but wasn’t anything special. Fortunately, the two bottles of wine we went through really helped.
The boys once again headed back to the room while my mom and I ventured out for a sweet treat: gelato! What could be better to end such a nice day?
And that was our final day in Milan, and our final night on land! Stay tuned for our river cruise adventures!
-Girl in Italy 🙂