When we were discussing where to go in the buffer days of Athens, there were a few candidates.
Albania, Croatia, Turkey, then………Italy.
Milan and Venice was the main points of interest.
For me, it was Rome’s Colloseo and only that. Pisa maybe.
So then we started challenging ourselves to hit most major attractions in Italy with about 24 hours each.
We had to organize our flights due to lack of daily flights. Should we fly Santorini to Athens and then to Rome? It’s too long a travel and would waste time.
Then, via Easyjet, a direct flight from Santorini to Milan. Perfect. We would then travel by train after a day in Milan to Venice.
And that’s what happened. A whilrwind tour of Italy that would brin gus to Milan, Venice, Pisa, Rome and the Vatican.
We left the idyllic island of Santorini and landed in Milan at 1pm. Since we were coming from an EU country ( Greece ), no passport chop. That was a disappointment.
The train to Milano Centrale was uneventful bar a 10 minute argument between the conductor and some locals who did not buy tickets and didn’t want to pay the fine.
We checked in to Andreola Hotel, some 300 meters away from the exit of Milano Centrale.
Then to the Duomo. The main reason we were here.
Peaking thru the exit of the Metro station.
There were so many people. We had no interest to go up nor go in.
On the left of the Duomo, is an entrance to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is the world’s OLDEST shopping mall constructed in 1865!
We were done. What else is there for us to see in Milan?
There was the Castello Sforzesco.
We then walked thru the gardens to Arco della Pace.
It was sunset hours and the day was winding down.
We took the tram back to Duomo, about 15 minutes ride away. We did not want to walk.
The food around the area was qutie expensive. So into the metro we went to Castello, again.
My first pizza in Italy. Apparently, they eat a pizza per person.
The dough was of a chewy texture. Not too bad.
Of course, some gelato.
We finised dinner and called it a day. Back to Milano Centrale and Andreola Hotel.
The next morning, with time on our hands after a huge breakfast spread at the hotel, we left our luggage at the hotel and went out.
Our train to Venice would depart at 245pm and that gave us about 3-4 hours.
We went back to the Duomo to see it one last time.
Then I decided that we should just go to the San Siro since it was a metro ride away.
It was only later that I found out, in Venice, that it was the Milan derby day. AC Milan vs Inter Milan and it was a hell of a game that ended 3-2.
We spent about 5 minutes here and back into the metro we went, to grab out bags and head to Milano Centrale.
Onwards to Venice!
We had spent 25 hours in Milan. From airport arrival to train station departure.