Our final destination in Italy was the northern city of Milan. Our stay here was only short – we came here to visit Federica, a student we hosted at our house in Perth last year, while we passed through on the way to Switzerland. We were also keen to look around as it was somewhere we had never been before.

Milan is well known as the fashion capital of Italy and perhaps even the world. It may be a bit of a cliché, but there is certainly some truth in it. During our two day visit, we could not avoid noticing many of the Milanese people were impeccably dressed, at all times of the day.

Milan Catholic University

Beautiful styles, all very unique, from young to old, even the shoes. Sparkly shoes are all the rage in Europe at the moment. We even saw a dog with shoes on!

There were clothing shops everywhere we walked, Clare was in heaven, but at the same time frustrated, all the brilliant styles and colours, but with prices beyond us budget travellers.

Louis Vuitton bag

The high end shopping arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is a spectacular building itself. We didn’t even bother to look inside the luxury shops such as Prada and Louis Vuitton.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Clare managed to escape the family to squeeze in a couple of hours of kid-free window shopping, but really needed more time…as always!

Style doesn’t stop at clothing…
Even the Gothic style Duomo looked stunning. However, we didn’t have time to look inside this time (the kids were happy about that).

Milan cathedral

The train station is a really beautiful building too, such a grand structure!

Milan central railway station

We also visited the Sforzesco Castle, which had some lovely museums, and a large beautiful park, something rare in Italy.

Sforzesco Castle

Milan had a bit of everything for us, and was a fitting finish to our tour of Italy.

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