And here we are, at the square near Duomo Cathedral. Of course everybody want to go inside of this majestic place, but seeing the huge queue near the entrance we gave up, as it might take around 2 hours just to wait for a ticket. Next time need to consider this and go much earlier, right after the dawn, to admire with the sunrise and be the first to get in. But not everybody was here for Cathedral. There were many people around, feeding the pigeons, which were thousands here. All the people, young or old, had some bread pieces in hands for birds. But there were also some locals (but not Italians), that were offering their help to “call” pigeons to sit in your hands and take corn from you, putting this corn seeds into your hands. But don’t take this help, as after this they are asking.. no, insisting on paying them for this, and not more not less, but for 20 eur! Of course, after some bargaining you can give them only 15 eur, but still, be aware and avoid them, as the same corn seeds, but 20 times more, you can buy yourself at the supermarket around for just 2-3 eur per package!
Finally it’s time for some museums, and the first one we went was the Museum of National History (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale). The museum is located inside one of the nicest city parks in Milan, “Indro Montanelly”, where many museums and art galleries are located nearby. The museum we went shows exhibitions of human and animal biology. This was an amazing place to spend time, especially with kids. It the museum you may see all kind of exhibits, all shown in the most real environments. Museum is quite big, separated with the ages and regions. The great collection includes mineralogy, paleontology, zoology, human natural history and all in details. Definitely, this is the best place to be and see how the evolution happened and how the world is now. Much recommended!
|Inside the Museum of National History|
Another impressive museum we had luck to be was the Science & Technology Museum of Milan (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia). This was the one, that we wanted to come on January 1, but it was closed on that day (told in one of the previous stories 😉 ). But not today. Today it was already open, as all the museums and everything in general in Milan. So we bought the tickets and entered. This museum also was quite big, with different sections, showing the evolution of technology, how things looked and worked before and how they are nowadays. A whole section was also dedicated to works of Leonardo da Vinci, where you can see the models of helicopter, moving bridge, the copy of “The Last Supper” and many more. Another section was dedicated to Space. It has some tools to “watch” the space, models of rockets, etc. Another section was showing the history of telecommunication: the cables, phones, computers… One of the best parts of the museum was the fact that many exhibits were in interactive mode, means everybody could touch them, play, make their own planet model and many more. One of the most recommended places to go as well, while in Milan!
There are still a lot of places that we missed because of the limited time. But I still have a list of things to do and to see for the next time, when back to Milan. But for the next visit I will choose more sunny and warm days, sometime between spring and fall, with no holidays, no more closed places and wasted time. See you next time 😉