Arrivederci Italy!

Although I’ve been home for ten days, I thought it fitting to close my Italian blog posts with how I began … in Milan. We embarked on our journey at the beginning of September with three days in the fashion capital of Italy. Although a metropolitan city, Milan is still walkable with many sites to enjoy. With an eight-hour time difference to contend with, our first days were spent adjusting and trying to get enough sleep! But in three days we managed to tour the magnificent Duomo di Milano, several other churches, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Castello Sforzesco. Then is was off to Bolzano!

At the end of our Italian trip, we boarded our last train from Verona, arriving back in Milan. With only an afternoon left, we opted to view a retrospect of Chagall’s paintings at the Palazzo Reale, have a final stroll around the Piazza and conclude with a light dinner and our favorite bottle of wine. Ahhh … the entire journey was a memorable adventure!

Thank you to all for reading my blog and following my exploits in Italy! Our next posts will return to family genealogy. Enjoy the following photos of Milan …

Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is one of oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. Look closely between the Louis Vuitton store on the left and the Prada store on the right. Yes, that is a McDonald's!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is one of oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. Look closely between the Louis Vuitton store on the left and the Prada store on the right. Yes, that is a McDonald’s!


The Duomo di Milano is incredible inside and out. It is one of the largest churches in Europe and took almost 500 years to complete. The floor is composed of three different colors of marble and each square is pieced together as a mosaic.


We booked a roof-top tour of the Duomo. This is the view looking down at the Piazza.


From the Duomo roof-top you can see so much more! The entire outside is covered in carvings and statues. Plus many little secrets are hidden within obscure corners. So glad we took the time to do this!


Milan’s Duomo at dusk.


This is a copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper (or L’Utima Cena in Italian). Only 30 people at a time are allowed into the specially conditioned room to view the masterpiece. It was awe-inspiring standing before the Renaissance fresco which takes up an entire wall. Absolutely no photos are allowed! To get tickets, you must book online several weeks ahead of your visit.


Ciao a tutti da Milano! It has been fun. Hope you enjoyed my photos and posts. Until next time … Arrivederci e buona fortuna!



  3 comments for “Arrivederci Italy!

  1. Frances " Kathleen" Mc Cormick Lamb
    October 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. It brought back many nice memories to me.

  2. Patti Bott Redden (221)
    October 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I enjoyed all the information of family, culture and country you shared with us. Your photos were excellent. The perspectives and framing show great talent. Great eye for seeing these spectacular views. Thanks for all your painstaking work, which you obviously enjoy. Your enthusiasm is conveyed very well. Patti

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you for the kind comments. Yes, I do love where genealogy has taken me and sharing it with others. Mille grazie!

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