Friday morning I met my art and architecture class at the train station for a field trip to Padua, or Padova. The city itself really caught me by surprise, or maybe its just because Venice is so unreal
Basilica San Antonio- built in the 13th century
Shrine to St Anthony- the saint for finding lost things or people
5 million people visit every year making it one of the most visited churches in the world
Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel- certainly the most impressive set of frescos I've ever seen. Visitors are only allowed inside 15 minutes at a time in small groups and aren't allowed to take pictures...oh well
After a pleasant 2 hour and 45 minute train ride 3 friends and I arrived in Milan.Although there wasn't a ton to do aside from window-shopping, we really loved the city. Everything was so “modern,” compared to Venice, Rome etc. It actually reminded me more of Paris than any Italian city
Duomo Di Milano- 5th largest cathedral in the world
Lauren and I got a little adventurous
Another short train ride Saturday night brought us to Lake Como. Unfortunately it was dark when we arrived so we didn't get much of a view of the lake until the next day.
We woke up at 6:15 to watch the sunrise. Worth it.
Funicolare that brought us to Brunate-715 m mountain
Made my list of favorite spots in the world
those Alps though...
A view well worth the hike
After our hike in Como, Lauren, Heather, Marina and I crossed the border to Switzerland for some over-priced lunch in the sun and some wandering around
photo credit to Heather
Lauren, Marina and I
Most importantly- managed to find some green Irish beer on St Patricks day!