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Buongiorno Milan

Welcome to Italy

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We arrived at Milan's Malpensa airport at 7am (1am NYC time) after a little over 7 hours flying time. A trail of floor-mounted plaques led us to the Malpensa Express and we enjoyed a lovely view of the sunrise on our way to Central Station.
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We walked rather blindly our of the station, bought a map, and walked our way to the Mercure Milano...without the address. Meant to be. Despite arriving four and a half hours early our room was ready and waiting. Again, how perfect.

After a much needed nap we ventured out into the city and down towards the Duomo.
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The Duomo in all it's glory...
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...plus the market full of goodies that surrounds it! Oh, the prosciutto!
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Serious porky goodness.
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Holy. Cannoli.
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The plaza!
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The Duomo is huge, check out those doors.
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Gorgeous stained glass inside the giant Duomo...
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Grand pillars and arches...
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Unfortunately this pic is fuzzy, but the detail is still insane.
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After all that walking we enjoyed a nice piadina....mmmmm.
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We made our way back to the hotel and regrouped for dinner, later fighting the rain for veal osso bucco and risotto Milanese (with saffron!) Quite possibly the best risotto I've ever had.
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Posted by Allie and Sam 08:22 Archived in Italy

Firenze

Like walking around in novel.

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We headed over to Garibaldi Station on Sunday morning and waited for our train to Florence,
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little did I know I'd booked the high speed italotren that reached 300km/hr!
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We were there an hour and a half later.

We felt at home almost as soon as we arrived in Florence, meandering about ten minutes through cobblestone streets to our hotel. So beautiful.
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The ponte vecchio
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Posted by Allie and Sam 13:36 Archived in Italy

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