Milano & Como: A Race Against Melting Gelato

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My friends and I had our sights set on a trip to Italy’s fashion capital for several months, so we were quite excited when we found a weekend that worked with all of three of our schedules for a ladies getaway. We piled into the car early Saturday morning and less than four hours later — after my first (slightly nerve-racking) experience driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel — we were searching for a parking spot in the packed streets of downtown Milan.

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Unfortunately for us, Saturday turned out to be ridiculously hot. And by ridiculously hot, I’m talking 95 degrees of steamy city heat with a bonus of intense humidity. Somehow, we managed to get through several hours of sightseeing and shopping before becoming total zombies — likely thanks to a very necessary gelato break and a good half-hour spent soaking our feet in a giant Italian fountain alongside other heat-stricken tourists and locals. By early evening, however, we had crashed, so we dragged ourselves to the Navigli district for dinner and drinks before calling it a day. Not to be missed no matter the weather is the white, gothic masterpiece that is the Duomo di Milano. I was quite awed when I laid eyes on it, though I think Florence’s Duomo remains my favorite church exterior from my travels thus far.

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Anxious to escape the heat, we drove up to Lake Como on Sunday morning and spent a lovely day exploring the cute town of Como and strolling along the boardwalk lining the lake’s shore. The weather was overcast and considerably cooler, so we were very happy campers — even if our photos might not be as pretty as they would have been on a sunny, blue-sky day. Highlights included stumbling upon the sandals that my friend and I had been admiring in Milan in our sizes and on sale (hooray!) and feasting on giant gelato sundaes near the lake (see photo below). It was a wonderful weekend, despite the heat, with my only regret being that I didn’t find the time to drink more Aperol Spritz 🙂

Enjoy the photos, and I’ll be back sometime in the next few days with my final posts on our Balkans road trip. Ciao!

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