Doug and I had a very busy day in Milan - both the financial capital of Italy and the design capital of the world.
Castello Sforza Musem
Fashion Week was scheduled to start in a few days so many of the major sites, including the Castello Sforza Museum, had been rented for parties and designer fashion shows.
La Scala Theatre/Opera House
The 2016-2017 opera season opens December 7th with Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
The largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in the world; the Gothic cathedral took nearly 6 centuries to complete.
One of the world's oldest shopping malls - designed in 1861 and officially opened mid-September 1867 - was developed in the historic area between the Duomo and La Scala; it's sometimes called "the living room" of Milan.
We enjoyed a late lunch at Biffi, located on the main arcade entrance nearest to the Duomo.
The 2 iron and glass covered walkways meet at a central piazza below a 154-foot glass dome.
Outside the main arcade entrance nearest to La Scala, there's a small park (Piazza della Scala) with a statue of Leonardo da Vinci, who for many years lived and worked in Milan.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)