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Milano – An Intro to Italy

After our less than ideal experiences in Morocco, our welcome to Italy could not have been better. We arrived in Milan, met up with our Couchsurf hosts, Mattia and Claudia and were welcomed to their home with a pasta lunch and a glass of wine.

On our first day, we headed downtown and saw the Duomo Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and Sforzesco Castle.

Duomo CathedralGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Sforzesco Castle

In the evening, we met up with Mattia to go out for some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. We capped off the meal with a taste of Mirto and Limoncello, delicious traditional Italian liqueurs.

Pizza Big Milano

Our next day, we started off with one of the best cappuccinos I’ve ever had.

Milano Cappucino

Then we made a visit to Luini’s for panzerotti, the ossuary at San Bernardino de Ossa and a Roman colosseum that’s been converted in to a modern-day soccer field/track.

Ossuary at San Bernardino - Milano

Milano

We returned home for a delicious homemade dinner with Mattia and Claudia, including one of the symbols of the city of Milan, the Panettone. This sweet bread is traditionally prepared at Christmas/New Year’s time and although they are now served all over Europe and even sometimes South America, their origin is Milan.

Panettone Collage

Milano Group Photo

We finished off our brief, but wonderful stay in Milan with breakfast, giving Mattia a scrambled egg tutorial while he cooked us the best bacon of the trip.

Just 48 hours and I was in love with Italy!

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