Friday, July 27, 2012
After Venice on Wednesday, we decided to stay in Torbole for a relaxing hike yesterday. As it turned out, the hiking trail that was described in the brochures as suitable for all and with a duration of 1h20, in reality took us 2h30 and sour calves to complete. The views of the lake's valley and its school of windsurfers defying the wind were worth the sweat though. Arriving at the endpoint, and discovering that we had to wait over an hour for the bus to take us back, we stumbled upon one of the best hidden lake side terraces we've seen yet.
Since the days of our dolce vita are numbered, we made our last big trip today: Milano. We parked our car in the suburbs, where you pay only a quarter an hour and have a direct metro-connection to the Duomo. While we've had it with churches in general, we couldn't let this one slip. The Milanese Duomo is the third biggest church in all of Christendom and could easily host a Metallica concert. The entrance to the church is free, but if you want to visit the rooftop, you pay 7€ on foot (250 stairs) or 12€ if you want to take the elevator. Although the panorama wasn't as striking as the one we had seen yesterday, the architecture and craftsmanship of the rooftop details are worth to see up close. After that, we continued the 'Old City' itinerary of our travel guide, which includes the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Teatro alla Scala.