The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 is another public holiday and the Milanese come out to play en masse.We chose that day to visit the Duomo!
The old, the young, the families, they all come out to play and walk and eat and shop. The Milanese obviously love to shop. La Rinascente, the large department store was packed. And I mean packed like nothing I’ve ever seen. Queues of people taking the escalator through the seven floors of the store managed by tall men in beautiful uniforms. And in Milan, your dogs go where you go, cafes, bars, supermarkets and even flash department stores. It was certainly a buzz.
The large queues in the piazza weren’t tourists but Milanese lining up to go to mass. They’re big Catholics and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is clearly one of the most important days of the year. We walked up the 150 stairs of the Duomo and the views at the top were stunning.
It was hard to believe we were actually walking on the roof tiles of the Duomo. We’d left it to late in the day to visit so we captured some absolutely beautiful light as well as awesome views. The intricacy and layers of the building work is phenonomenal.
Inside is equally as gorgeous. Huge tapestries hang between the columns. Even the pattern on the floor is to die for.
Ambrose and I both lit a candle because we could! It’s a custom I remember from my catholic childhood so not something to be passed up. These are our two candles!
We were talking about our highlights so far at dinner last night and this was on the top of all of our lists. It even surpassed the fact Ambrose got schnitzel (Veal Alla Milanese) and chips for dinner. Apparently it was good but not as good as the Austrian version you get at The Brooklyn Deli at home in Wellington!