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Duomo’s entrance was heavily guarded. I wouldn’t want to mess with the security.
We left the inside of the cathedral after a quick tour. Our main purpose was to visit terraces (access is on the right of the building) instead. It cost €7 to take the 250-steps stairs and €12 to use the lift. Being
misers strong and healthy, we chose the former.
We discovered that the elevator didn’t take one all the way to the top; there was still several flights of stairs to climb. I was sure that those who paid €5 more would feel ripped off.
After 250 steps, we finally reached the terrace. Like our accommodation, it was underwhelming as most of the area was out-of-bounds. Only a small portion was open for visitors. I thought that there would be more impressive stuff to see for €7,
Despite the complaints, the view wasn’t bad.
We spent some time hanging around the terrace before going down. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is located next door and I helped a friend to check out some Prada purse. The color that she wanted wasn’t available there but it was available at San Babila. I would go there two days later to get it for her.
We somehow stumbled onto it without realizing but we thought that we deserved some good fortune after a rather disappointing day.
After having the gelato, we walked in the general direction of Sforza Castle.
Seeing Garibaldi’s statue reminded me of the following joke (heard on a Taiwanese variety show):-
Q. Which three books are the thinnest in the world?
A. An British cook book, a German joke book and a book on modern-day Italian heroes.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was probably the last Italian hero.
It was already nightfall when we reached and the castle was closed for the day. The next order of the day was to find dinner and we found ours at Da Puccini.
The place seemed kinda fancy and the prices matched it. Italian restaurants came with a compulsory cover charge which added to the cost of our meal.
The total cost of the meal (inclusive of cover charges) came to be €34, easily one of our most expensive meals for the trip and one hit out of two dishes wasn’t good enough. We went back to our accommodation full but not entirely satisfied.
So far Milan and Italy had been disappointing. Could our next destination Cinque Terre redeem my perception of the country?