Spring time in Switzerland and Italy ( part 2 )

Day 5, 11 May
Took Train from Milan to Rome

The first thing that we did is check it hotel Hilton Milan and after that we took subway to Duomo.
 
Milan is a city that put the international super branded to a ancient and historical building, friendly speaking, I love it, near by Duomo is a shopping district named Corso Vityorio Emanuele ii You may find super brand at here. 
 

Milan Cathedral-Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola.

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II-

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.

Exit at other side  will be a small garden, when I saw this statues, I only can think about Ninja Turtles… now I only realize why Ninja Turtles like to eat Pizza.. HAHAHA !!! 


Imust recommamd a ice cream house named cioccolat taliani is just some where around Duomo , you may see a super long “Q” that is .. I ”Q” for 1 hr plus to collect my ice- cream. You may chose you degree of chocolate and favours.
Cioccolati Italiani
Via San Raffaele 6

20121 Milan
Italy Centro Storico

“It is very conveniently located near the Duomo, just off one of the side streets.” , The gelato has excellent flavour, I brought a rose water flavours and the taste like the childhood milk candy taste, I love it..  don’t miss this is good!! I am pretty sure your will swim back, just one bite..

By the way, I think the unemployment rate in Italy is quite high so u may see a lot of people ( darker skin color) to sell the flower and souvenir to you, they are super terrible, please take caution on them. Lucky have a lot of police.. If anything happen you just run toward police lo.

We having our diner at here, this is highly recommamded by our hotel manager.. Somewhere around duomo also named Fresco, the pasta was good you must try but pizza Soso only.

Fresco & Cimmino

we meet a American guy and Germany lady at this restaurant, all of us was tourist, and we chit chat and having a great diner at there.

Day 6, 12 May

Sforza Castle -Sforza Castle is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification.

this is the first time I used this, in beginning I though this just for hand wash, but I saw a little boy, stop the water from the tap, and the water shot up … Oh!! now I only knew this tap was drinking tap, Milan are very near to the mountain so in here are rich in Mineral water..
Hahaha !!! I am bumpkin on this.
took Train from Milan to Rome – Normal fare sold out, we can only travel via First Class :~~~

This serve beverage and snack, but I only took plain water.

We reached Rome -Capital of Italy, Rome is a city and special commune in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the Province of Rome and of the region of Lazio. I love Rome so much not just because of their Mythology but also with their culture, food and ice-cream.. and finally I came to discover this beautiful place.

Colosseum – this is one of the building must see !! combined this with a guided tour of the Palantine Hill after an earlier dry run.it is as impressive in the flesh as it is in the imagination notwithstanding the crowds.

Temple of Venus -I want to see this for doggie years, finally I saw it… I thought I will not able to see this in this trip. but the beauty of Temple of Venus really attract me… I didn’t enter in so, I only can fell the beauty of this temple from outside.
Trevi Fountain – Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci.

Pantheon -The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment.

Day7, 13 May
From Rome to Florence

what can I say for this cycle country ?? Expensive!!!  the food/Stuff/Thing /Souvenir in side this cycle will be 3x expensive than outside… ok this is what I felt.
there is no doubt, prefect view at here, a peaceful and rich country, all the art work, painting and crafting inside will be prefect, can you imagine the luxury of this ”place”

Castel Sant’Angelo -The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family.

Day 8, 14 May

Took Train to Florance

The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world’s 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8m visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

the first thing I want to do in Florence will be shopping -I plan to go to The mall, will I crazy shipping until I forgot to take any picture. any where is a shopping paradise for woman, if u don’t mind your Prada and Gucci will be pass seasons stuff. if you compare the price is super worse to buy it. the variety have goods will be same with Space, I am sure that you able to find your lovely stuff here.

How to Go to The Mall, will be rather easy, just go to Florence bus Station and buy return bus ticket and then you will definitely see a long Queue, just follow the ‘Q’ for the black bus will bring you there.

The Mall
Address: Via Europa, 8, 50060 Reggello Firenze, Italy

Phone:+39 055 865 7775

 Open today · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
 Florence Cathedral
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothics style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.
We having our Diner at the most famous restaurant at Florence:-
Buca Mario
P.zza Ottaviani 16r, Florence, Italy
The and pasta and dessert was awesome !! The services was good, while. Eating the waiter even sing a love song for us. And suddenly we are out of black and the restaurant celebrated birthday with customer we enjoy so much.
My advise you make a reservation before you go to avoid disappointed.
The price will be a little high but I think is worth to go. We order one langsania, fungi pasta and all in one dessert the waiter special make for us.. We are so happy with this..
Day 9, 15 May

we visited the space on second day . You need to buy the ticket from news agent, you need to buy train ticket there.

Prada Outlet (Space)
Via Levanella Becorpi | Localita Levanella, S.S. 69, Montevarchi, Italy

You need to take train to montevenchi, and take 10 minute cab to space.
We share around 7 person I person pay Euro 5.00
this is the bigger Prada outlet in the world and besides are Prada Factory, so you may spend a lot of time inside.
When you Queue and get inside you will get a small pieces of card with number, what item you want and you just scan the code will do, and the Daily limit per person will be Euro 3K
I am so sorry, I didn’t took any picture, I am just too busy shopping !!!
Took Train to Piza towel 
by the way, there have a lot of souvenir shop along the way, so we enjoy window shipping and I found a lot shop selling hand made natural soap, I am not sure good or not, so I didn’t buy  
Day 10, 16 May
took IC back to Zurich
Here we have a very important for tax return for you buy branded stuff at EU and bac from non EU countryWe need to travelled back to Switzerland is not part of EU (although they use Schengen visa), we were advised from Global Blu (tax refund agent), that the swiss custom stamp is useless for tax refund of all merchandises bought in EU countries. We need EU stamp!!! Normally, Custom office is located in all airports but If we travel by train, we need to get custom stamp at the border train station. In my case is “Chiasso”.We have direct train ticket from Milano to Zurich so we have to get off the train at Chiasso station in order to get the custom stamp, we bordered 1 hr early train, and alight at Chiasso. ( no need to buy extra train ticket, if u have sited somebody sit, you just find other sit will do). so you must look for Italy custom offer in order to get the stamp, It took around 30minute and after that you just border for next train will do.After you get the Eu Stamp, you may collect money at the Global Blue counter at Zurich Train station, which is located at the money exchange counter..Day 11, 17 May
11.30am flight back to SingaporeCost Chart for 2 person

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