Friday, January 15, 2016

Milano Day 2 - Castello Sforzesco


I'm bringing you another Italia installment due to inclement weather. But seriously though, everyday I planned to shoot photos this week has simply been gray and wet. And day was no different! Which mean my outfits posts will be going up sometime next week when hopefully the weather is nicer to me.

So on today's agenda: Castello Sforzesco
Milano's Castle
Walking up to the castle gate was a breathtaking moment for me. Before me stood a wall so tall, so wide, and so old. It's not just a castle, it's a fortress. And you could feel it walking up to the gate.
These are part of the castle defense leading up to the walls.
The seal above the castle entrance.
Once we entered we were greeted by this beautiful sight.
It's quite something isn't it? The original castle dates all the way back to 1368. But it was remolded by Francesco Sforza between 1450-1266. I read that on the little information guide posted near the center!
I also believe this to be called the Courtyard of Arms, but honestly I'm not totally sure.
Soon we headed off into the Rocchetta Courtyard.
If you notice the walls you'll see areas where there is pattern on the wall and other areas where there are not. That's because the patterns are actually fresco paintings and the plain wall is plaster that that was placed over the fresco. I don;t know too much about it but I do know that the city has been performing restorations on tons of rooms in the castle and this courtyard was on of them. They're slowing returning it to its original state.
How cool are the ceilings That I believe is the seal, or coat of arms, of Sforza.
And this fresco is one that they have been working on for a couple of years. Can you just imagine how beautiful the wall will look once all of the plaster is removed and the fresco's show again?
We wandered back out of the castle and into the English Gardens but not before stopping to admire where the moat would have been. Long ago this would have been filled up high with water but now it's grassy and home to so many cute cats!
Bam! Look at that site. This was taken facing the English Gardens with eh castle behind me. It's so green and lush.
Our next adventure was to wander through the huge garden. And when i say huge I really do mean huge. This garden was filled with everything from ponds, to arenas. People were walking their dogs, their children, reading books, having picnics. It was like the Central Park of Milano.
Look there's the castle, not too far away.
And omg, let's pause real quick to acknowledge that this van is so tiny and cute!
Okay back to wandering the garden!
The little mermaid bridge that crossed over the little river filled with ducks. I feel like a fairy tale was written about that.
After wandering around for about an hour or so we decided to head back towards the castle and cut through to the street on the other side.
Don't mind me and my tons of sculpture pictures that will eventually bombard you! Sculptures like this fascinate me.
So we headed back out through the courtyard passing under the Filarete Tower and onto the street.
The weather changed a bit from the morning. If you remember when we visited the Santa Maria delle Grazie the sky was bright and blue. But it was sometime around midday/afternoon now and the sky did the overcast thing. But it was a welcome relief because the temperature and the humidity went down as the sky grew gray.
I'm going to end this post here with me standing in front of the castle fountain. The picture is dark so it looks like I'm wearing a romper but it's actually a black lace tank top and high-waisted shorts.
Next time we'll be finishing up our second day in Milano with the Galleria. It's really beautiful, can't wait to see you there!
Ciao xo

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Milano Day 2 - City Walks


I know what you're probably thinking...ohmygod, Italy. Yes! Italy! I know, I know it's been a while huh? Well I'm back at it. As you may remember one of my goals for 2016 was to finish blogging about my Italy trip. This is not just because I want to share the trip with you but also because I really want to blog about it and have it written somewhere. This was by far one of the best trips I've ever taken in my life and I owe it to myself to write about it so I can read about it in the future.

Alright! Enough mushy stuff, let's get to the good stuff.
(P.S. you can read my last Italia posts here, here, and here)
So Day 2 in Milano started off with the idea that we would try and see Michelangelo's "Last Supper". We weren't really sure if we would get to but we thought "Hey, why not?" So we took the Metro and when we emerged from below grown we came face to face with this beautiful installation.
It's the end of a giant sewing needle with thread looped through!! I was way more excited about this surprise than most would be but I love sculpture and specifically, I love on-site installations. It's something I would love to do one day. So that was a fun moment.
We wandered through the city a bit as we made our way over to the Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Before we get there though, can we pause for a moment and just appreciate how beautiful the buildings are? Corner buildings, lots of windows, and coloured roofs! I'm a sucker for architecture so I was practically drooling everywhere I went that day.
There she is. The Santa Maria delle Grazie. Is this not one of the most beautiful buildings you've ever seen?!

So there was no possible way we were going to get in to see the "Last Supper", apparently you need to buy tickets weeks to months in advance No matter though because we did get to see the courtyard of the Santa Maria delle Grazie, and it was stunning.
Just some outside shots before we step into the courtyard.
The building is truly magnificent. It held such wonder and mystery to me.
Along the walls of the courtyard were large prints of some of Michelangelo's work so we got to look at those!
We spent just the right amount of time there and once we had walked around and saw everything we headed on our way. Our day was kind of a see-where-it-takes-us kind of a day seeing as we didn't really have sure plan of what we were going to do.
We decided that we were going to go see Castello Sforzesco. The Castle of Milano.
So we headed back the way we came and then a little further and there it was.
I'll end this post here because we're going to want to spend some time exploring the castle for sure!
Until next time.
Ciao xo