Sesto Calende is the name of the little town where we stay. On very clear days you can see the Monte Rosa. On my first trip there was also a small skating rink set up. I wasn't able to skate along the river last year, but I hope I can on one of my future trips.
|Monte Rosa from Sesto Calende|
|Unzoomed Monte Rosa from Sesto Calende|
|Skating rink in Sesto Calende|
|Interesting trees in Sesto Calende|
From what I have read, many people will advise you against going to Milan in favor of other cities like Florence and Rome. I can't say that I would disagree with that advice and I wouldn't spend a week in Milan, but I think skipping it entirely would be a mistake. Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, if not the world and the Duomo (cathedral) is very impressive. During my first trip I was fortunate to stay at the Hilton Milan and got upgraded to a club level room. The appetizers and drink selection in the lounge was very nice.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is a large, open air "shopping mall". Many of Milan's top designers have a storefront in the Galleria.
|Golden Madonna statue|
|Galleria Vittorio Emanuele|
|Duomo from a side street|
|Intricate stone work on the Duomo|
|Rear stained glass windows of the Duomo|
|Statue of Leonardo Da Vinci|
|Frozen fountain in front of the Sforza Castello|