The Be Charmed group had another nice breakfast before boarding the Cazzaniga bus for the final day trip of the week – to the wonderful city of Milan.
The day began with a tour of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of Leonardo daVinci’s magnificent Last Supper fresco.
After a visit inside the church, the group walked around the corner to the beautiful cloisters – definitely worth a visit!
From there the group walked toward the Duomo Piazza and passed some significant archeological and architectural spots along the way.
The group stopped in at the wonderful Santa Maria presso San Satiro church. As viewed from the entrance, it appears to have a normal scale of sanctuary and apse but on closer inspection one sees that the altar area is only a few feet deep. The architect, Donato Bramante, created a marvelous trompe l’oeil when the “new” church, begun in 1476, was built over the original church (built in 879).
Lunch was on an upper floor of the Museo 900 at the beautifully situated Giacomo Arengario overlooking the Duomo and the Piazza.
After lunch the group walked through the Piazza del Duomo and through the marvelous Galleria, one of the world’s first covered shopping areas. From there they walked to the Museo Poldi Pezzoli and then along some of Milan’s most fashionable shopping streets.
Next was a visit to the wonderful new Gae Aulenti piazza, next to the Porta Garibaldi train station. They watched the extraordinary Panoramico 360, a beautiful surround-video of some of the most beautiful places and buildings and design that Italy has to offer, accompanied by its glorious music. The group then walked up to Corso Como for a peek in the very interesting shops there, passing a photo shoot on the way.
Back at the villa the group celebrated its final night together, toasting the host and hostess and the wonderful Riza!