From Pescara to Milan we took a Frecciarossa - Italy’s high-speed train. [Word of advice - book these early online to save a considerable amount. We did not and learned this lesson.] The 4.5 hour ride was comfortable and scenic. We were glad we brought snacks. Our stay in Milan would be just one night so we could meet up with our nephew, Patrick, who was coming to Italy for the first time. We chose our accommodations for their proximity to the train station and price, but our stay at Guest House Brianza Rooms was better than expected - small and modest, but clean and comfortable.
En route to the Duomo - a 40-minute walk - we stumbled upon beautiful courtyard gardens, architecture with a twist, and Christmas Italian style.
The best part of the Duomo visit was the “Archeological Area” - an ancient baptistery that was uncovered in the 60’s when they were digging for a new Metro station.
Window shopping doesn’t get better than the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
The reward for our long walk after rising at 3:30 AM for a 5:00 train ride was a nice Milanese lunch at Bar Gatto - a half-bottle of Fontodi Chianti Classico, a caprese salad with a creamy Buratta and drizzled with EVOO and a red grape reduction (like a balsamic glaze), Risotto alla Milanese (of course), and a Prosciutto and Mushroom flatbread.
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