Milan is basically the city of shopping. Of course, we didn’t actually shop at all except for at the local grocery store down the road from our apartment. We did go to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and went in all of the fancy purse stores like Gucci. The sales people were all dressed up like they were going to a royal wedding and they offered the actual customers sparkling and flat water. I think they knew based on the muddy hiking boots that Dad was wearing that we weren’t in the store to make any purchases.
Since we weren’t able to do the shopping part of Milan, we wanted to go to some famous museums in the area. The first day, we winged it by taking the metro to a city square, to browse around. After browsing in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, we didn’t know what to do. We found the Leonardo Museum. It was a new modern museum that showed life-sized versions of Leonardo de Vinci’s ideas for flying contraptions, war weapons, etc. There were screens showing what the painting Mona Lisa would look like when it was painted, and how the colors were deeper and brighter and the lines were more defined. I loved the display, and I’ve always had an interest for Leonardo de Vinci. I have a big 500 paged book on him at home.
The next day, we went to The Sforza Castle Museum. The interesting thing about the castle is Leonardo de Vinci worked there for over 20 years, and he has painted lots of the ceilings. We didn’t have time or the endurance to go into all fourteen museums in the castle, so we only went into two of them, Museum of Ancient Arts, and my favorite, Museum of Musical Instruments.
The Museum of Musical Instruments was amazing, especially being a violinist. There were so many different violins and violas that we saw, some even dating back to the seventeenth century. The bow used to be made with horsehair and the baroque style of the bows I had never seen before. I have always known that the baroque bows were shorter and looked different, but seeing real ones was really amazing as a musician.
It the exhibit, we also went into an old recording studio. It was huge and all of the wires and buttons and switches made me dizzy. Nowadays we can fit the whole huge thing into one free app that can be downloaded to a tiny smart phone.
In all, I really liked Milan, even if we didn’t do the shopping portion of it. The exhibit on Leonardo de Vinci made me realize how much of an imagination he really had, and how he was probably from the future or another planet. I liked walking around the city, and finding a live band playing on a side street and going into a small costume shop. The small market we went to was good for desserts and getting a new bright green soccer ball. I recommend Milan if you like museums, or can afford expensive hand bags, or even if you like looking around the first indoor mall, and biggest open-air mall in the world.
Thanks for visiting our blog!