Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Milano: we begin our visit with opera at La Scala
It was back to Milano Centrale but this time to board the Metro. This was a very easy straightforward task since we could buy our Metro tickets at the hotel. A few stops later we were catching our first view of the Duomo di Milano, Milan's magnificent Gothic cathedral, one of the world's largest churches. Its dazzling white front facade, arguably the world's most beautiful, dominates the cathedral square. The Duomo is literally at the centre of Milan. Streets radiate from the cathedral and giant square. We took this in quite quickly as we were looking for a late lunch which we found in one of the buildings right on the square.
Several floors of this building were a market restaurant with areas serving different types of food. For only €5 I had the most delicious pasta i pomodori — pasta with sweet cherry tomatoes — I have ever tasted. Why do tomatoes in Italy taste like nowhere else?
Since it is one of Milan's most popular attractions, the Galleria is constantly crowded with locals and tourists, the latter often snapping pictures or gazing at the spectacular architecture. Others window-shop at the upscale stores or take a break at one of the Galleria's cafés.
Since we were a little early we decided to find the bar. It was down one floor in a massive ballroom. Not too many people were in there before the performance. Nevertheless we enjoyed our €12 glasses of prosecco with some nibbles. After all, we were at La Scala.
The first opera was Cavalleira Rusticana and the second Pagliacci. Both were extremely well received with Pagliacci receiving a standing ovation. We enjoyed both performances.
It had been a very busy, long day for us full of unexpected surprises. Tomorrow, Expo.