Apr 22

Quirky Travel Photo: girl with red umbrella outside Il Duomo, Milan

by in Europe, Personal, Photography

Girl with umbrella - Milan Cathedral in the rain Il Duomo Italy

Girl with red umbrella

During a heavy rain shower, the huge Piazza del Duomo cleared quickly as people rushed to get into Il Duomo, Milan’s cathedral, or nearby uber-fashionable shopping mall Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to shelter from the storm. I was being shown round Milan by Italian travel blogger Simon Falvo, who directed me into the gloomy splendour of the cathedral. When we came out, I spotted this young girl, texting on her phone, oblivious to the world around her. The red of her umbrella reflected brightly against the wet stones. I took a quick snap with my iPhone before we walked over the piazza to have a campari at Camparino and watch the fashionistas go by …

Milan Cathedral Il Duomo Italy

After the rain

Italy is famous for its big, ornate churches and this one is huge. Mark Twain was seduced by il Duomo’s beauty, “What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!” Oscar Wilde was less enamoured, “The Cathedral is an awful failure. Outside the design is monstrous and inartistic.” I’m with Mr Twain. You can find out more about Il Duomo here in my article for Laterooms.com,

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5 Responses to “Quirky Travel Photo: girl with red umbrella outside Il Duomo, Milan”

  1. From Zoë Dawes:

    I only saw a little of Milan and the area around the cathedral is lovely. It’s a commercial city and also Italy’s centre of fashion. Italians are so well-dressed with innate style and so very attractive 🙂

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 10:12 am #
  2. From John MacBeath:

    Eye-catching photo – the reflection in the water gives it extra depth.

    Posted on May 2, 2015 at 11:38 am #
  3. From Zoë Dawes:

    Thanks John – just a spur of the moment pic that turned out well 🙂

    Posted on May 2, 2015 at 11:44 am #
  4. From Chiara:

    It’s always a pleasure reading about people’s experiences of Italy, and it reads as though you had a really great time.

    I have recently published a post all about the Duomo in my hometown of Florence, which I hope you will enjoy reading as will readers of your blog.

    You can find the page here:

    Warm regards,

    Posted on March 16, 2016 at 10:58 am #
  5. From Zoe Dawes:

    Yes, Chiara, I loved that brief visit to Milan, especially having time to look round the cathedral. Also enjoyed reading your article about Florence Duoma – I must visit one day! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    Posted on March 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

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