Italy 2014: Milan, Lake Como, & Messina, Sicily
As I sat upon my bed this morn, surrounded by various pillows in distinctly unique shades of pink & a fluffy, large, coffee-brown throw blanket, my thoughts wandered to the brief trip to Europe my father and I took last fall. I want to go somewhere, anywhere, oh-so badly at the moment… but I suppose writing of past adventures & explorations will just have to be enough for this gloomy, February day.
Ooh, shall we discuss, Italy now? (Could the answer ever be anything other than yes? I think not.)
Our first destination on this itty bitty business expedition was Milan… post-arrival we spent a full day in Lake Como, and then departed for Catania, Sicily (from Milan), where my father met with Italian customers of his.
Magic. Italy is magic. I kind of loved it.
Though I adored Milan (truly!), it was my least favorite of the three Italian cities I had the opportunity to acquaint myself with over the course of our stay. (Ouch- my apologies for that long sentence.)
The atmosphere is remarkably lovely, however, and the architecture! Oh my. Incredible.
Where to Go:
The Milan Cathedral – Milan’s cathedral is utterly stunning. I was unable to capture the exterior with justice, much to my dismay (a sad attempt at photographing it can be found below). Oh, but being in the presence of such a majestic structure – it was simply extraordinary.
Teatro alla Scala – An incredible opera house… someday, I will see a performance in this beautiful place. Someday…
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Shall we shop? (in one of the world’s oldest malls!)
Sforza Castle – Ah, how entirely gorgeous is this castle? Love.
Santa Maria delle Grazie – So pretty-pretty. A sight that absolutely must be seen. (Also: The Last Supper!)
Piazza del Duomo, Milan – I heart this little square. It is just wonderful.
My father and I spent merely a few hours here… we took a train from Milan, you see, as Lake Como was quite close and we had a bit of spare time. This is now (officially!) my absolute favorite Italian city. (I have only visited four, though, so…)
The afternoon in Como was rather dismal – dark & fairly rainy. In spite of this, we had an excellent time. Gelato, expressos, sightseeing, and shopping. It was so fun!
Where to Go:
Lake Como – This large lake is positively breathtaking… walk along the waterfront, if visiting during Como’s peak season, perhaps take a boat ride? So much loveliness.
Como Cathedral – Como’s cathedral is awe-inspiring. You simply must (must!) take the time to see this glorious place of worship.
Basilica of Sant’Abbondio – Yet another delightful Italian church. The structure is magnificent.
Exploring – Explore! Pretty please! There are quaint gift shops & adorable lil cafes… so many pretty things to discover.
Oh, Sicily! Oh my!
Dad and I flew into Catania, and were driven to Messina shortly after arrival . We spent our time there in the cutest, teeny-tiny hotel and met with his Sicilian customers on several occasions.
The atmosphere in Messina was far more colorful & tropical than that of Milan and Como… I totally adored it.
Where to Go:
Messina is home to a variety of stunning fountains, a lovely lake, beautiful churches, & more. We explored the city for quite a while and happened upon the sweetest little restaurants, shops, & works of art. And, ah, the residents are so incredibly friendly! I just love Italians.
As I mentioned earlier, Italy is magic. I cannot wait to return to this darling place.