Sunday, January 1, 2012
We had our little adventure in Milan after Christmas during Tyson's break. Milan is so different from Bologna. It's more industrial, the streets are a lot wider, and it looks more like London to me than Italy (in most parts). I love that Milan has a great Metro system and I actually prefer it to bus riding. We had a great hotel right arcoss the street from Santa Maria della Grazie, which houses the "Cenacolo" , "L'Ultima Cena", or "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci.
We checked in, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed to pick up our tickets 20 minutes before our English tour started, as directed. It was a wonderful experience to see The Last Supper again for me and Tyson loved seeing it for the first time. I was surprised how much I learned about this painting again and was amazed at what Tyson pointed out to me as we listened to the tour guide. The tour only last for 15 minutes and they are very strict about "No Photo" and the duration of time you have in front of the painting. Tyson told me if that was all we had done in Milan it would have been worth it.
Before your tour begins, there is a little waiting room where you can read about the long process of Restoration and a little behind Leonardo's methods of capturing this specific event. The Last Supper is in a separate room form the beautiful church.
After our tour it was already getting dark so we walked around the city, found a place for dinner and then headed back to the hotel to put Taryn down for the night. It was fun to explore a new part of Milan for me!