Hello my lovely and ever so loyal readers! This is, unfortunately, my last post from my travel diary in Milan, Italy. On my next to last day I – F I N A L L Y – got to go inside the grand Milanese landmark, the Duomo (which I am pretty sure just means Cathedral in Italian). Okay, yep I just google translated it does so it is the Milan Cathedral, now that our language lesson is done I’ll get back to what I was saying. I mentioned in a previous post from my first day in Milan (see it here) that I was not allowed to enter the Milan Duomo as I was not dressed “accordingly.” I had no idea but, basically I needed to have my knees and shoulders covered completely to enter the cathedral. We meant to just head back the very next day but, it was far too too damn hot for both my love and I to wear pants and longer sleeves. So we left our visit to the Duomo for one of the last days as there was no way we’re going to leave Milan without going to see the beautiful inner workings of the cathedral and surprisingly they didn’t even make me take my hat off!
We had to wait in a short line and go through a bit of security but in minutes we were in the cathedral gazing up at all of the innate sculptures, pane glass windows and carvings. We took a moment to light and candle and say a prayer, read what we could from the guide as all the placards were obviously in Italian or Latin plus in the day of smartphones I can look up and read any fact about literally anything in the cathedral within seconds — language barrier no more. After a stroll through the cathedral we found that there were some sort of catacombs a level down so we thought that we would take a peek before heading up to see the terraces and take in panoramic views of Milan. We weren’t quite sure what was going on down there but it seemed to be a sort of shrine to an old Cardinal and his grave I suppose, honestly it’s a mystery and we think it must (obviously) have something to do with the real life Da Vinci Code as I couldn’t even figure out what it really was down there on the internet. Long story short I am pretty sure it has something to do with Leonardo Da Vinci and The Illuminati (please sense sarcasm through text). We made our way out and up to view the terraces and take in the Italian Summer air from the top of the world. When they say terraces they actually really just mean the roof, honestly you are walking on the marble tiles of the Duomo roof. Of course there are ledges and walls but it is a sort of ornate maze that you can climb up and down to see views of Milan from every possible angle. This is something you should definitely miss when visiting Milan if you want to experience some everyday magic.
My look today was dictated slightly by the very strict dress code of the Milan Duomo. When visiting you must pretty much cover yourself up mostly if not completely. The first time on my trip that I attempted to visit the Duomo I was wearing the outfit seen here, so beware if you are visiting! I went for a flowy and breezy sort of look since it was very hot out in this Italian Summer. I paired some extra flair pants from Pixie Market with a ruffle tiered blouse, from H&M, tucked into the pants. As you may have noticed I have been pretty obsessed with baker boy hats recently which you may have seen on IT-Girls such as Bella Hadid who is often caught wearing her Chrome Hearts label baker boys and looking VERY enviable. So with this look and on an admitted bad hair day I wore my new one that I picked up in a little random boutique in paris. I bought this one specifically because it was very structured and the one I already have is floppy and honestly teeny tiny and squeezes my head, when it comes to baker boy hats I much prefer the more structured look for a more put together and styled look. The hat then makes the outfit look a lot more stylish and very well thought out. It was a walking day and we were playing tourist so I grabbed my E X T R A tourist gear aka some over the top embellished Miu Miu sunnies, my Louis Vuitton Palm Springs backpack and Adidas originals then I was all ready to go explore the Milan Duomo and its terraces.