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2 days in Milan; "not to be missed" places?

2 days in Milan; "not to be missed" places?

Old Sep 3rd, 2003, 06:14 PM
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2 days in Milan; "not to be missed" places?

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My wife and I will be in Milan next week for 2 days and wanted to get advice on not to be missed "finds" or sites that others have experienced. Also, where is the furniture district if there is such an area? Thanks all for your help!!
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Old Sep 3rd, 2003, 06:42 PM
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You will get many of the regular suggestions but maybe not this one. Taking the elevator to the top of the duomo and walking the roof with all of its spires, nooks and crannies, etc. is a wonderful thing to do. Something you will remember and many travelers do not even know about this.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:28 PM
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Don't want to dampen the enthusiasm for Janelp's suggestion, but I think the Duomo in Milan is covered in scaffolding. I'm not sure you can walk on the roof at this time or whether it would be as interesting with scaffolding blocking the views. Definitely check it out, though.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2003, 10:40 PM
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I have just returned from Milan. The front of the Doumo is covered in scaffolding, but this does not prevent you from going up onto the roof. In fact I did just that, and it is a very worthwhile experience. I climbed the stairs to the top, while my wife took the elevator. If you are reasonably fit, the stairs will present no great problem. Best wishes.
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Hi

My wife and I spent a few days in Milan in June. The Duomo front is covered but you can still go in and you can still go to the roof top terrace and it was great Apart from that you can chack out the Last Supper. Remember that you have to book ahead. I have posted a long trip report with pictures on my homepage www.gardkarlsen.com. Maybe you can find some useful information there

Have a great trip

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Also, visit the Galleria, which is adjacent to the duomo. If the LaScala Museum is open (the opera house is closed for restoration), it's worth a visit. Also, spend time sitting in an outdoor cafe in the duomo piazza area and just people watch.
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Old Sep 4th, 2003, 05:59 AM
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Forgot one more suggestion: Peck's Market.
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Old Sep 4th, 2003, 08:09 AM
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An enthusiastic second for Peck. Its what Dean & DeLuca wants to be.
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If you go to the galleria, for good luck you must spin on your heel on the testacles of Taurus the bull.
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Hey, Giovanna, don't scare them. You should have told them that the subject in question is a mosaic on the floor!
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Howard you are so right! Guess I could also have mentioned that "the area" is an inverted cone several inches into the flooring caused by so many people spinning on their heels seeking luck!
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Yes - Peck!! Absolutely not to be missed.

I'm laughing about the Taurus in the Galleria. The first time we went to Milan, we went looking for him, so we could take a spin. Well, so many had spun before us, that the tiles were worn straight through to the cement underneath. We spun anyway for good luck. A year later we were in Milan again and went back to see Taurus. His "bits" had been replaced with nice shiny new tiles!
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KirRoyale: I'm pleased to hear that Taurus has been "repaired." We were last there two years ago. Look forward to giving it another whirl!
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Do you like museums? The Brera has some wonderful paintings, and the Poldi-Pezzoli is a lovely little museum in a formerly private mansion. There's also the Ambrosiana and the Castello Sforzesco.
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thanks all for your suggestions!! As I am a Taurus myself, I will definately have to spin for luck! Any not to be missed restaurants?
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Can't comment on restaurants, but I had a terrific cappuccino (actually two) and fresh squeezed "blood" orange juice at Il Salotto in the Galeria.
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i don't know when you're going but the brera area flea market can be fun. it's jazzy with some funky little cafes en route.

i personally think, from a purely aesthetic standpoint, that the duomo upper walk is a waste of time. the duomo is much more appealing from ground level: as a whole archetectural entity.

for food, i'd try "bruscetta" about two blocks north and the the same west of the duomo more or less. ask, all the locals know it. perversely, it's better to reserve for this "everyone at one table" restaurant.

milano is a city i've first had to come to grips with, subsequently, accepted and now appreciate for what it is...but that'll be your discovery.
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tdry going for a 1 hr bus ride north to the town of bergamo go to the ancient upper city via tram. remember they observe the noon siesta so plan acccordingly
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See "Leonardo's Horse," the largest equine sculpture in the world.
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