Cornel loves the lake region in Italy especially Lake Como. This is one of the reasons that we decided to begin our trip through Northern Italy. After leaving Torino we took the quick drive to Lake Como and we could not have asked for a better day.
We took a walk around the water's edge and even let Nathan enjoy the waterfront playground while we enjoyed the amazing view of the mountains and houses that surround the lake.
We wanted to take the ferry to the other cities along the lake, but decided to sightsee a little bit more in Como. We ate lunch at an amazing rooftop restaurant that overlooked the Duomo (Cathedral). Since most tourists wanted to eat on the sidewalk cafes - we had the place nearly all to ourselves and the prices were almost half of what they were charging downstairs.
By the time we finished lunch and the rest of our walking tour we decided to start taking the drive to our next stop - Milan. Before we could do that however, I couldn't leave without visiting Bellagio. We drove through the mountains getting spectacular views of the city. By the time we reached the city, Nathan had fallen asleep so we skipped the planned sightseeing and decided to just take pictures and enjoy the view.
We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and had time to enjoy the beautiful Duomo (Cathedral). It was so breathtakingly beautiful and we let Nathan chase around the pigeons in the Plaza outside. The weather was gorgeous.
We decided to splurge on dinner that night and eat a nice restaurant right in the middle. Sadly by the time dinner was over there it was rather late and we decided to head back to the hotel rather than continue the sightseeing.
The next morning we woke up early and finally saw the inside of the Duomo before heading over to the Scala di Milano, which is one of the most famous opera houses in Italy - although you would never know it by how plain it looks on the outside.
Cornel has been to Milan many times and had never been inside so we took the tour of the theater. There are no pictures allowed inside - but it is absolutely gorgeous. The first words Nathan said as he walked into the balcony was "wow" and it echoed throughout the room. I can only imagine what it must be like to watch a performance there.
Since we were there on a Sunday, there weren't many things that were open and I was afraid that I would not get to fulfill my life long fantasy of shopping in Milan! On my list was a pair of shoes from Tod's but Tod's was closed and I thought I would have to leave this dream for next time.
Not one to disappoint Cornel took me to a La Renicesente which is an upscale department store that has everything you can possibly imagine - including my beautiful shoes. Cornel bought them for me as a birthday present and I was so happy to leave with my little orange bag!
Since our trip to Milan was more of a pit-stop in an already full itinerary - we didn't get to visit the original Last Supper, but since I love Italy so much there is no doubt in my mind that once my travel restriction is lifted we will be back with plenty of time to see it all!