With a 12.00 noon checkout and a train to catch to Milano at 14.02 we were able to fit in a little bit more sightseeing this morning. We completed most of our packing and then walked into the old city again to visit Castelvecchio. The Old Castle was built by the Scalinger Dynasty that ruled Verona during the Middle Ages. Construction was carried out between 1354 and 1376 and included a fortified bridge across the Adige.
The building now houses the Castelvecchio Museum which consists of a number of Romanesque statues, an impressive collection of ancient weapons and an EXTENSIVE collection of mediaeval religious art. Never before have we seen so many renditions of the Madonna and child.
After our visit to the interior of the castle we crossed the Ponte Scaligero to photograph the bridge and castle from the other side of the Adige. We returned to the south side of the river and took some more photographs from that side of the river before wending our way back to the hotel to make sure we checked out just before 12.00 noon.
After checking out we ordered drinks from the hotel bar and drank them at the
seats out the front on Corso Porta Nuova. Bernie had a beer and I had a hot chocolate. The hot chocolates here have been amazing; like drinking liquid chocolate! They are so thick that it is hard to know whether to drink them or eat them like a hot chocolate mousse.
With the 'Wings For Life World Run' due to come along the Corso Porta Nuova and then turn left onto the Circonvallazione Alfredo Oriani we were a bit concerned about being on the station side of the event so as not to get caught on the wrong side of the road and have 100,000 runners prevent us from making it to the station on time! We made sure that we were on the station side of the event before 1.00pm and then waited to see all of the runners go past. It didn't actually take all that long for 100,000 participants to run/walk/wheel past us. Mind you at only a couple of kilometres into a 100 kilometre event some participants didn't look like they would last much longer before they pulled out!!
We ate take-away pizza slices on the platform while we waited for out train. Once
again Trenitalia delivered us to Milano efficiently. We are staying in B&B accommodation again in Milano and it is a lovely, leafy courtyard oasis in the city. Bernie has done a great job finding us some really great accommodation on this trip.
As we negotiated our way to the Le Favre we passed a laundromat and a supermarket. They were both literally just around the corner so could not have been more convenient. We decided that we should take to opportunity to do a load of washing. With plans to leave quite early in the morning for a day trip to Lake Como we realised that we would miss breakfast at the B&B so we bought some fruit and yoghurt and croissants so we could do our own breakfast before heading off.
We went to dinner at a local restaurant 'da Martino'. The menu was all in Italian so we asked what would be traditionally Milanese. Ah, the Cotoletta, we were told, with salad. So we both ordered the Cotoletta which turned out to be a pork schnitzel served with rocket and cherry tomatoes dressed with olive oil and basil. The schnitzels were huge, but thin so we
even had room for dessert. Bernie ordered the apple pie (more like an apple cake) and I had the marscarpone mousse. There was an option to order the apple pie with the mousse so we shared both desserts and, rather surprisingly, the cheese-based mousse was really good with the apple cake!
Steps for the day 15,574 (10.66 km)
Tot: 0.101s; Tpl: 0.05s; cc: 11; qc: 25; dbt: 0.0164s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.2mb