I was excited to stop in Milan for a few days on our way south to Putignano, if only because I had never been to that city. I was also excited because I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and I was looking foward to seeing Leonardo's painting of the Last Supper.
On our first morning, we took the subway into the city and walked to Il Duomo. The church has been under restoration and the front of the building was blocked from our view by scaffolding. The rest of the church, however, was uncovered and this picture actually shows the backside of the church. Angela was impressed with the change in its appearance, having seen it many years ago prior to restoration.
After walking around inside for a while and admiring the beautiful paintings and religious artwork (It seems as if most churches in this country are museums, even the small ones!), we climbed up onto the roof of the church and walked around, which, if you've never seen it, is adorned with many stautes, spires and other ornate stone decorations. It's really quite impressive. I took many other pictures, if you want to take a look at them. We spent the rest of the day walking around, shopping, and not doing much of anything. The sky eventually cleared up, which made for a nice day, although it was still quite cold. In the evening, we met some of Angela's friends for a little wine and conversation, and then returned to our hotel, exhausted.
On our last day, we had made reservations at 9:00AM to see Leonardo's Last Supper and made our way to Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is the name of the church where the painting resides. Here is a picture of it from beneath the courtyard archway behind the church. You must make reservations to view the painting and the curators only allow 20 people in every 15 minutes to view the painting. You'll have to do your own research to view the painting, if you're not already familiar with it.