Sitting at Il Bar, a rooftop cafe on the top floor of la Rinascente (a shopping mall, of course!) and looking at Milan’s Duomo, I was finally able to reflect on my first day in Italy. My arrival became unexpectedly fun when I met Afsoon on the train into the city. Even though she is an intrepid traveler from Germany, we bonded over being lost, and decided to start the day together over cappuccino and pastries.
Milan actually seems pretty compact, and we easily found and meandered through the upscale stores and indoor malls. To get a better view of the city I took the lift up to the top of the Duomo and clambered around the gargoyles, then walked through the old castle at the other end of Dante, a pedestrian street that connects the two.
So I’m ending the day early but satisfied that I had a little taste of Milan.