With an extra day before we returned stateside, Linda and I decided to take a quick afternoon day trip to Milan, squeezing in some shopping and pastries along the way.
Stop 1: Prada Foundation & Bar Luce
First stop was the Prada Foundation, a new art center which just opened two years ago. There wasn’t much on while we were there, but I was shocked by how much of their exhibitions were centered around film. The exhibitions they had on while we were there included two in their massive underground cinema sections and another one on Alejandro G. Inarritu (the Oscar award winning director of Birdman and The Revenant),
Despite the lack of art available, one of the major highlights was our stop at Bar Luce, their bar and cafe designed by none other than director Wes Anderson. Stepping into the cafe felt like entering the Grand Budapest Hotel, with all of Anderson’s signature pastel colors.
Stop 2: Il Duomo
No trip to Milan is complete without seeing Il Duomo. Could we really call ourselves art history majors if we didn’t see the most famous cathedral in Milan. The church is awe inspiring just by its sheer size, the largest in Italy. It feels so surreal every time I see a building I’ve had to study some many times in lectures through slides, and finally be able to see the real thing in person.
Stop 3: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
But of course, we came to Milan for the shopping. The galleria is the oldest shopping mall in the world, so naturally Linda and I were racing to get through LV and Bocca, the mecca of books for art lovers.
Stop 4: Marchesi
We had one last pastry stop before returning to Venice. There is no better place to relax than Marchesi 1824, one of the most elegant pastry shops in Italy. Sitting inside the shop almost feels like stepping back in time. There was almost too many things for us to choose from. We settled for a cappucino, some cream puffs and a slice of their world famous cakes.