Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Our last day in Italy was spent in Milan visiting 4 very impressive sites.
We started at the Cathedral which is the 4th largest in the world and took nearly 6 centuries to complete. Built in the Gothic style, it was started in 1386 and the main spire was topped with a statue of the Madonna in 1762.
 This is a copy that sits behind the alter.

There are still some uncarved blocks of stone waiting to be carved into statues.
It was built to hold 40,000 worshipers and has 52 hundred foot tall sequoia size pillars representing the weeks of the year.

The La Scala Opera House opened in 1778 as a replacement for an earlier house destroyed by fire. It is the world's most prestigious opera house. We visited the museum and had a peek  into the theater catching a glimpse of the huge bohemian crystal chandelier.

I'm sure nearly everyone has seen a copy of the Last Supper by  Leonardo da Vinci. We can now say we have seen the original, painted on the refractory wall in the Church of Santa Maria Del Grazia.

Our final stop was the courtyard of the Sforza Castle which was built in the late 1300s as a military fortress. We didn't go inside which now houses several museums one of which contains Michelangelo unfinished Pieta Rondanini. We satisfied ourselves with seeing a picture.

We walked more than 10,000 steps again today and tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner together. Then time to pack up our bags and get ready to fly home tomorrow. Like all good things trips must come to an end and I think it is fair to say that we are all ready to come home, see our friends and family and sleep in our own beds.

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