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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 28: Milan’s Gothic Cathedral

Your Virtual Italy Vacation concludes with an overnight stop in Milan as Thor and I visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.

NOTE: Since travel is still iffy with the pandemic continuing, I started a blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos posted on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, I’ve continued every week, with some detours in real time. You can follow this series and other travel adventures at, as I’m still working to restore my archived earlier posts to our new Book View Cafe website. Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

Flying home from Milan was easier than going back to Rome, and it gave us a chance to goggle at the towering extravagance of the Duomo de Milano. It was a work of centuries, starting in 1386 when several edifices were razed for this building site that was the old Roman “Mediolanum.” Milan’s streets ray out from this central focus of worship.

High and narrow, interior spaces also reach for the sky:

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5 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 28: Milan’s Gothic Cathedral”

  1. I have to agree with Rushkin. Detail for the sake of detail is overwhelming. Like a pizza with too many toppings.

  2. I have to admit I adore Gothic. Its frenetic demand for order in a chaotic world reinforces the divine hierarchy of the time, eyes tipped toward Heaven and the hope of a better life.

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