Day 15 - Sat 27 Oct 07
Up for breakfast at 08:00 it the usual affair of bread and cheese, I'm ready for a fry up when I get home! Had a quick look around Genova and got my ticket for Milan from a machine in the train station. There was a huge queue at the counter and the machine had a English option. €15 for second class or €21 for first. So I went for first!
As soon at the train leaves Genova we climb into cloud so sight seeing wasn't an option. The train was about 20 minutes late getting into Milan at just gone 13:00. I dumped my bag in left luggage and headed into town. But none of the roads matched the map I had, so I popped into a big hotel and they gave me a map. How kind. I soon realised that my map didn't have Milan Central on it, it was showing another station.
Anyway made it into the centre of town and found the famous shopping arcade, and then headed off to see the Duomo. The whole facade is covered in scaffolding - just my luck. Went in and had a poke around, and found that you can climb up to the roof. Paid my €4 and started the climb. You really do get out onto the roof, and you can just wander around up there. Some people were even sun bathing. Got some good photos and it's amazing that there is so much detail in the stonework up here where only God would normally get to see it.
Next stop is the museum which I get into for free, as it's the hour before closing. Cool! Then it's back up to the station, I try to find an Internet cafe, but no luck. Next point it to get something to eat. I locate a Chinese place selling Italian, strange, but good food - with lots of locals appearing to get takeaways. It was 21:30 by the time I got back to the station, and 22:00 by the time I collected my bag.
The most disturbing thing I've learnt (from the station's advertising boards) is that Kevin Costner is playing a concert here (two nights in fact) later this month, so now we know what he's been up to.
The train arrived at the platform a half hour before departure and was quite full, all other berths in my cabin of four where taken.