We departed the beautiful lake Como this morning via train and arrived in Milano around noon.  It was a free day for us so we set out to walk the city’s important areas.  Milano is a big cosmopolitan city where fashion rules.  There are not a whole lot of sites to visit and what is there is all in one general area.  Makes it easier for we tourists!  We were able to navigate the Metro system (thanks to London and Paris) and got ourselves to the Piazza del Duomo – Milan’s main square.  In this general area is the Duomo, the shopping Galleria, and La Scala.  We will be going inside the Duomo tomorrow so I will save information on that till then.  We walked around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele for awhile.  It is a huge 4-story glass-domed arcade built in 1870 and visited frequently after the opera performances by Guiseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini.  Going in all directions is a shoppers delight with all kinds of up-scale stores on traffic free streets and borders along side the Duomo.  At one end of the Galleria is the Piazza della Scala – a traffic-free square dominated by a statue of Leonardo Da Vinci.  He spent many years working in Milan.  The famous La Scala opera house is across the street from his statue.  After our mid-day cappuccino stop in the Piazza del Duomo (while watching all the people) we visited the La Scala Theater.  It is arguably the world’s most prestigious opera house which opened in 1778 with an opera by Antonio Salieri.  There is also a great museum with interesting artifacts from past operas.  The ballet “Minon” was having rehearsal at first with the lights down and we could just look in the theater through a glass window.  But we hung around long enough for the rehearsal to finish and the glass windows came down and the lights went up for us to get another look at the inside of the theater.  It was so thrilling for us to be in the La Scala Theater!  Tomorrow we have reservations for a city tour which includes Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.  Can’t wait.

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