With only four days in Milan (two at the start and two at the end of our five week visit to Northern Italy) we wanted something special for our last full day in Italy. Based on reviews in this forum, we arranged a morning tour with Alice and she was a delight to deal with by email in planning our tour of some of Milan's highlights.
Unfortunately, after five weeks of over-indulgence in Italy, my wife was more enchanted by the prospect of sleep and recovery than a three-hour walking tour so I went solo. I met up with Alice (quite an attraction herself) nextdoor to the church of Santa Maria della Grazie at 8.45 and, at 9.00, we went in for our 15-minute viewing of The Last Supper (see separate review). The church and its adjoining courtyard and garden were beautiful.
We then wandered over to the Castello Sforzesco for a general view before heading into the Brera area for a rest stop at a cafe to discuss places of interest in Milan. Following that, we headed for Piazza La Scala to see the famous opera house. From there, it was a quick jump to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for a walk through before spending quite a bit of time inside and outside the Duomo. Alice's knowledge of the Duomo is comprehensive. The tour seemed to end quite abruptly here until I realised that we had been going for 3 hours and it was noon. The time had flown.
This is an interesting tour in that it is really a good, long introduction to Milan and sets you up for a more detailed exploration of the areas covered. For that reason, I believe that it's something that should be done when first arriving in this great city rather than the last thing (as I did it). Alice's passion and enthusiasm for Milan and its history is infectious and, apart from anything else, she is good company. I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Milan, notwithstanding that I did it the wrong way around at the end of the trip.
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