On Wednesday the group spent the day exploring Cinque Terre, five towns along the coast. We all hiked thru vinyards, over stone bridges, and up many steps from the first town to the second town. The hike took about 2 hours. The views of the ocean were amazing! Some people continued to hike from town to town while others enjoyed relaxing at the beachs. Many cooled off from the hot sun by swimming in the salty water.
Thursday we traveled to Milan, a fashion captial of Europe. After settling into our four star hotel we had a tour of the Duomo by the head of the Museum of the Duomo which was very interesting. At the end of the tour we were able to climb to the roof top for some great pictures of the city.
Friday morning was filled with a tour of the Engineering School of Milan and a lecture from a professor there on the Duomo. We had a group lunch at a pizzeria with some of the engineering students at the University. Friday afternoon everyone was free. Some went to the Castle and were able to see paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and a pieta by Michaelangelo while other went shopping or window shopping. The class was divided into three groups for our scheduled visit to see The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
The group again had lecture on Saturday morning, this time by the U of M professors. After the lectures the group was again set free to explore Milan. Some met in the afternoon to go to mass at the Duomo.