Milan and Bergamo

We left Como in the morning, dragging our suitcases back to the same train station we arrived at.

In Milan, we left our luggage at the station – 5 hours for 18 Euro for 3 cabin bag size items. What a rort. But you gotta do what you gotta do. Our first destination was, of course, the Milan cathedral that is what I have always associated with Milan. It was a lot cleaner than I was expecting. I thought it would be black. We didn’t go in, because the queues were crazy as always. You have to queue to get tickets and then again to get into the cathedral. Um. No thanks. So only outside shots!

The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan
The Duomo in Milan

Adjacent to the cathedral on one side is the Galleria shopping centre – so beautiful! We walked through and had to sit down and have a coffee and let ourselves be tempted by cake as well. Just so we could sit and admire:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan

We walked around the Duomo area – I was shocked by the advertising screen on the scaffolding for the Duomo! What!??!

The Duomo in Milan

The Palace Reale was pretty plain on the outside, but there were a few statues (Leonardo was popular) and so forth around the place:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Statue in Duomo square, Milan
Royal Palace in Milan
Leonard da Vinci statue outside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Leonard da Vinci statue outside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan
Building near Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Arcade, Milan

We decided to see if we could see inside the Palace Reale. There was an exhibition on at the Palace but it was free to walk around the very few rooms that are open to the public:

Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
Inside the Royal Palace, Milan
The Royal Palace, Milan
The Royal Palace, Milan

After that, we made our way back to the station and picked up our luggage and then off to Bergamo. We were supposed to arrive around 6 but were actually there around 3.30pm, but fortunately our hosts at the B&B were OK with that, so we had a coffee at the station (cheapest we’d had in Italy!) and then went to drop our stuff off at our B&B and then headed up to the high old city of Bergamo for a look-see and dinner:

Citta Alta seen from the low city, Bergamo
Around Bergamo low city
Around Bergamo low city
Around Bergamo low city
Citta Alta seen from the low city, Bergamo
Funicular track up to the Citta Alta, Bergamo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo

At the Piazza Duomo, there are a private chapel (no photos of inside, which was magnificent as it was outside) and church (I was gobsmacked and even Eileen found it awesome) and a cathedral (with no front door) all right next to each other. The cathedral was probably the plainest of the lot with its white and gold interior. These three were all well worth seeing! The sun was wrong for photos of the outside, though, so we had to come back the next day:

Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Churches and more around the Piazza Duomo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Inside the Duomo, Bergamo
Around the Piazza Duomo, Bergamo

We weren’t interested in doing a lot of sight-seeing because we’d just done Milan and travelled and hadn’t had lunch and were just tired…still took a few photos though:

Around the Piazza Duomo, Bergamo
Around the Piazza Duomo, Bergamo
Around the Piazza Duomo, Bergamo
Around the Piazza Duomo, Bergamo
St Agatha church by sunset, Bergamo

Dinner had been on recommendation of our hosts, but was a real let-down. Oh well, we knew not to go back there for lunch the next day! We toddled off to the funicular down to the lower city and our accommodation and my blog for me and Eileen crashed early.

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