We spent a week in Ireland in the spring of 2009 and then flew to Milan to begin a three-week tour of Italy. We stayed in Milan for four days and in this post I will show you a dozen photos from our tours of the city. Some of these photos were recently converted to monochrome. Others you might recall from some Monochrome Madness posts of years ago.
We found a nice, inexpensive hotel just a few blocks from the train station and after settling in decided to walk around the neighborhood. We came across this building with its interesting reflections just a few blocks from our hotel.
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And here is our hotel.
A two-block walk and a ten-minute subway ride brought us to Milan’s most magnificent building, the Duomo di Milano.
There must be a thousand statues on the external walls of the cathedral.
One more view of the statues.
I originally posted this photo of the Duomo’s main door for Monochrome Madness 4-22 back in 2017 (see here).
I have been posting for nearly ten years now and this post from 2017 is one of my most popular single postings, thanks to Google. Go to Google search and type in “Milan Cathedral door” to find out why.
A busy intersection in central Milan. The Duomo is in the left background.
We were told that this is the oldest building in Milan. It’s near the castle.
One of the corner towers of Sforzesco Castle. Leonardo da Vinci spent many years working for Ludovico Sforza, who ruled Milan during the last two decades of the 15th century.
This is another view of the building across the street from the castle (you can see a bit of this building on the right in the previous photo).
The courtyard of Santa Maria della Grazie convent. The highlight of our city bus tour was being able to view Leonardo’s The Last Supper on a wall inside this convent.
The Duomo at night. I first posted this photo way back in the early days of Monochrome Madness — January 19, 2015 (see here).
On our third day in Italy we took the train to Stresa on Lago Maggiori and it rained the entire day and I got soaked and spent the next day in bed, venturing out only for a meal at a nearby McDonald’s. The next day we took the train to Venice for a four-night stay. It rained there for one day, too, but we encountered wonderful weather in Florence and Rome.
Milan was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic this spring and at one time more than 12,000 patients were hospitalized with the disease. That number has been reduced to less than 300 lately and it looks like the battle is being won in Italy, unlike in the United States where Covid-19 is raging and the number of deaths has reached 150,000.
There will be more monochrome photos on our travels in Italy in future posts.
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I feel that monochrome images are best suited to display the beauty and clarity of statues. I remember the photo of the main door of the Milan cathedral from your Monochrome Madness entry.
I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Peter, and you have a good memory!
Even though we flew in and out of Milan a couple of times, we never spent any time in the city. But, we did stay at a hotel near the airport. Villa Malpensa. Got me some great photos there (back in the days of film), one of which we framed (and will do again).
Great choice of B&W for this series.
Look for some photos of Stresa soon!
One of my ancestors came from Milan so interesting to see your photographs. Particularly like those of the cathedral; that sort of thing is so difficult to photograph well.
I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!
it really is quite the town!! lol. I remember it!
Thanks for commenting, Cybele! It’s nice to hear you have happy memories of Milan!
Great monochrome series. The last image, wow…!!
Thanks, Amy. Glad you liked it!
Really great content !
The photo of the main door is just spectacular! The human element serves as a nice contrast to the marvelous door. No wonder why it is so popular 🙂 Thanks for sharing this photo essay!