Milan is always worth a visit. From Vienna it’s quite easy to reach the beautiful italian metropole even for just one day. There is a 7AM flight, which brings you in a bit more than one hour to Malpensa Airport. 9AM sharp you should take the Express Train to Cadorna, and you will arrive at the central station at 9.30AM.
The right time to have a italian breakfast with Espresso and Dolce. My favorite place after arriving is the Caffè Milano (Via Dante 13), as it is just a 5 min. walk from the train station and the direct way the Duomo, and they offer free Wifi, which allows me to quickly check my messages and post some nice first pics on Instagram.
It was a first that I explored this wonderful city in rainy weather. A new experience after all those visits with italian sunshine and laughter on every corner, but it had one big benefit: no pickpockets and no queue with people, who wanted to climb the 250 steps to reach the roof of the Cathedrale.
Worth every step. You can walk around the rooftop terraces and enjoy the gothic details of the guglies (spires).
(I will post a rooftop feature in one of my next posts.)
As mentioned the weather was not that perfect and so we stayed a little longer in the Palazzo Reale, which is located right next to the Cathedral, where you can see 3 outstanding exhibitions right now, besides the permanent collection: Warhol – Kandinsky – Pollock
Pollock and The Irascibles displays paintings from the collection of the Whitney Museum in New York until February 16, 2014, and was a true art highlight for me.
Pollock’s Number 27 (1950, made by dripping paint directly from the can onto the canvas lying on the floor, is quite the masterpiece of the exhibition, which shows works from his fellow members of The Irascibles like Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler from the group of American abstract artists, that protested against the conservative bias in the selections for a national contemporary art competition in 1951.
After all that culture a lunch break was the next point of interest. And NO we didn’t eat on the street in front of Luini’s. Please don’t go to the so called insider tip. There are many more places, that are much more italian and where you can eat your meal in a more friendly atmosphere than being driven like a flock from a bouncer into the right queue to get your food.
We chose the Juicebar (Via Agnello 18, freeWLAN) for a lovely italian lunch, which is a short walk from the Cathedral through the Gallerias Vittorio Emanuele II.
How I wish I would have the possibility to go to such a bar near my home! The concept: 100% fresh from producer to consumer.
Produced in Garbagnate Milanese, where the best vegetables, fruits, meat and fish available on the market are selected. The food is cooked without addition of seasonings. Vegetarians and vegans will love the fresh offerings as well as people who just want to enjoy the Take Away service.
My Juice (unsweetened) of Green Tea with lemon gave me just the right kick accompanied by a Paninello and a raw Cookie with an Espresso. I could have had more, but we had some plans for the afternoon: Exploring the fashionable design district BRERA (similar to St. Germain in Paris).
See my next 2 postings with a rooftop-feature of the Cathedrale with my matching new scarf as well as the afternoon in Brera. Meanwhile you might enjoy the postings of my previous Milan posts. In the streets of Milan