I arrive in Milan. As I pull my luggage behind me, walking away from the platform and toward the station proper, the immensity and beauty of the station beguiles.
Milan feels different than many other parts of Italy. Modern, business-like and brimming with sophistication, my hotel, Mennini, is a different matter, rough around the edges and in need of a renovation.
|Center of Milan|
Streetcars deliver passengers around the city. The main square full of fashionable shops with names such as Dior and Versace let visitors know they have arrived in one of the world's fashion capitals.
The Museo del Novecento displays works of the twentieth century. The exhibits, set in chronological order, begin with Italian art produced circa 1900 and ends with works from 1968. Spiralling stairs lead the way into assorted rooms, each one themed with a different era and different style. Impressionistic, abstract and realistic works are explained in historic context and consideration given to influences of the time, and the artistic talents and personalities that went into creating the pieces.