We’ve just spent 4 days in Italy, a day in Milan and 3 in Rome. I feel that Milan has less to offer than some of the other cities like Florence and Venice which we visited last year. Maybe that’s because the rain made our experience of walking around Milan uncomfortable… I’m not sure. We still saw as much as we could though. Supper was at a restaurant, Rosso Mattone, just a few metres from our hotel. They make HUGE pizzas and we had ordered one each! The pizza with grana and truffle oil was delicious and was the highlight of Milan for me…
Milan Cathedral (Duomo), one of the largest in the world
Inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a shopping mall
Tiramisu and coffee
Rome was amazing, to say the least, even though we’d been there before. You see pieces of ancient roman buildings among modern ones and can’t help but awe at this majestic city and its history.
Along with visiting sights we’d been to before this time we climbed the Spanish Steps, visited the Pantheon and even came back with a few paintings from Piazza Navona. Palatine Hill, we discovered, was like a little city on its own with palaces, a stadium, gardens and baths and was home to several emperors… On one side of the hill is Circus Maximus which is not much more than grass now but was once spectacular and used for chariot racing (the chariot race scene in Ben Hur was filmed here) and on the other side is the Roman Forum which houses the ruins of ancient government buildings.
Castel Sant ‘Angelo
Inside the Pantheon
Fountain at Piazza Navona
Paintings at Piazza Navona
On Palatine Hill, Colosseum in the background
Severan Arcades on Palatine Hill
The Roman Forum
Rome is a beautiful city and I would definitely visit it again to see the Colosseum, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the Trevi Fountain, everything basically and to have more Italian gelato and delicious pizza and pasta.
Inside the Colosseum
The stunning Vittorio Emanuele Monument
The Trevi Fountain