Italy

Railtrip through Italy: Milano

20/08/2017: MILANO

Our journey was coming to an end with the last city we were going to visit: Milan. We spent the morning in Venice, due we got the tickets for the first hour of the afternoon, thinking that we would like to stay more time in Venice. But the scorching heat and the fatigue made us desire to take the train earlier.

To arrive to Milan in fact we had to take two trains, due it was cheaper to travel from the other Venice's train station: Venezia Porto Marghera.

Milan welcomed us with a grey sky and raining, something we were glad for after a hot week. We arrived at Stazione di Milano Centrale and we headed to the hotel that it was in the next corner, and decided that this afternoon we were going to visit a little the city to see what we will do the following day, the last one in Italian lands.

After the colorful Venice, walking by Milan was like turning back to Barcelona, in the good and the bad sense. Perhaps it was because of the weather and the empty streets, but it was not what we expected. As it was raining, we decided to make a quick recognition of the city, grab something to dinner and rest on our comfy beds.

20/08/2017: MILANO

We woke so early for our last morning buffet (I'm not going to lie, is the best part of travelling) and started to walk by a sunny Milano, quite different from the day before.  

Before going to Milan's cathedral, we stopped by Il quadrilatero della moda and all its expensive boutiques. Then we were on a lift ready to see the details of Il Duomo terrace. It was impressive to see closer how detailed the sculptures were, and they were plenty of them! 

We spent the whole morning inside of the cathedral, discovering every corner and also its museum (the entrance was free with the ticket we bought) with tones of history and sculptures.

I remember the afternoon walking without knowing where we were going and wishing to be sit on the plane going back home after one week going from one place to another. So I can't tell you so much more about this last day.

Italy surprised me for the best. After seeing countless times on television the Colosseum, the Venice's canals, the Duomo... I thought I was not going to be so surprise to stand in front of them, but there's nothing as seeing things with your own eyes. The food, the colours, the dimensions of everything. In general terms, the four cities were so beautiful and worth-seeing, with art in every corner, and thanks to that I developed a huge love for sculptures. Also for Italian gelato!

Railtrip through Italy: Venezia (vol.2)

19/08/2017: VENEZIA

We woke up early and we had the chance to see Venice completely empty. The boats started to take away the laundry and the garbage, and floating fruit shops selling to the early risers. It looked like a different city: quiet, big and beautiful. Something that I highly recommend seeing.

Our plan for the day was to buy a vaporetto ticket (Venetian taxis) and discover the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. It was cheaper than we thought and was valid for the whole day. They recommend us to visit Burano firstly, due it was the most beautiful and that way we were going to avoid the tourists. And so we did.

The day opened as we were sailing the sea, seeing unknown spots from Venice and half an hour later an small and super multicolour isle appeared in front of us. There was no doubt: it was Burano, the most colourful village I had ever seen. 

It was like walking in a dream: all the colours you can imagine dyed the facades of the tiny buildings and there was almost no one in the streets. Those kind of places that give you the sensation that you are going to return soon (or at least I hope so!).

 

Burano was as quiet as small, so with the first huge wave of tourists that came, we decided to go to the second island: Torcello.

It was so tiny and there were just a few fancy restaurant with prohibitive prices, a small church and little more. We ate in a small restaurant risotto and local fish (not bad at all!) and waited under the scorching sun until the vaporetto came for the last destination.

 

Murano, the most famous of the islands known by its glass production, similar to Burano, but changing the colours for tiny shops with glass figurines. 

After leaving Murano we decided to take advantage of the whole day ticket and visit another parts of Venice, like Giudecca, a group of islands placed in front of the city center. Then we took a vaporetto and see the city from the big canals.

It was quite good to rest our feet while seeing Venice with the sea breeze. Suddenly we realised that we were going to Murano again, but luckly we jumped off in the last stop in Venice, right on the other side of the city. This part of Venice was completely empty, there were no shop, no tourist. It was nice to end the day like that and with a huge slice of pizza, of course.