Hello! I feel like it has been ages since I’ve posted a blog, because there has been so much going on here in Italy. This past week was pretty typical regarding classes, but instead of having class Monday through Friday, we only had class until Wednesday, because on Thursday we left for Milan!
The Accademia organized a trip for us to go to Milan and see a performance at the Piccolo Theatre. The super cool part was that the lead of the show is actually our Commedia teacher, who we officially meet tomorrow when we have our first Commedia class!
The Arch of Milan
The Duomo in Milan
We all hopped on a train early Thursday morning with Monica and headed off for one of the greatest adventures! Our first stop was our hostel, Ostello Bello, which is the most BEAUTIFUL hostel I have ever seen! It has to be the coolest place I have been in, and it is definitely the nicest hostel I will ever stay in for the rest of my life. It was just a really relaxed atmosphere, there was awesome food, and we got to meet so many other travelers. I LOVE OSTELLO BELLO!
After we checked into the hostel, we got to head on over to a tour of the workshop for La Scala. La Scala is a big, beautiful opera house in Milan that is the home for the La Scala Theatre Chorus, the La Scala Ballet, and the La Scala orchestra. This year alone, they are putting on 10 operas and 6 ballets along with tons of other performances. The workshop where we did our tour is a renovated factory on the other side of town that is the home of all the different shops for the theatre. We got to see the scene shop, costume shop, and prop shop, which were all insanely huge and super awesome.
After the tour was over, we had some free time before the performance at the Piccolo Teatro. I spent most of the time just walking around and emptying my bank account (oops). Milan is by far my favorite city I have been to since coming abroad, and I think a big reason for that is the fact that it is so easy to navigate! You can literally go anywhere and not get lost, and there is something beautiful at every turn. (Also it’s super easy to empty your bank account, once again oops)
After a really nice afternoon in the city, we all met at the theatre where we were going to see “Soria di Qu,” the play our professor is currently in. After the show, we went home to Ostello Bello for some much needed rest. The next day, we started out early and headed back to the Piccolo Teatro, because we got to go on a tour of the facilities and see the other larger theatre that is a part of the company. The stage was massive, and the theatre was beautiful! We even got to go into the costume shop where they were prepping costumes for The Adams Family, which is the next show they are doing in the theatre.
The Piccolo Teatro’s Larger Theatre
Costume for the Adams Family
Costume for the Adams Family
That night was just another really fun and low key night in Milan. I actually had dinner at our hostel and hung out with some other travelers that I had met earlier in the day. Some of them had just gotten to Europe and others had been traveling for months, both on their own and with friends. I got to hear so many stories and see pictures from the most beautiful places in the world. It’s amazing how easy it is to travel around Europe, and even though it can be overwhelming sometimes, it is so worth it!
Saturday was our last day in Milan and was originally just another free day, but Monica (our momma over here) has a friend who works at La Scala, and she got free tickets for a couple of us to go and see the final dress of a concert. I immediately jumped at the opportunity, because I wanted to see the inside of the theatre after hearing all about it on our tour of the workshop. We got to the theatre around 1:45pm and were not disappointed. The theatre was GORGEOUS! It was full of marble staircases, red velvet seats, and gold leafing. Not only did I get to go into this theatre, but I actually got to sit in a box. I had my own private little room with super comfy chairs and an awesome view of the stage all while listening to a beautiful concert in Italy. Life is pretty sweet.
After seeing the concert, we all hopped back onto the train and headed back to Florence, where a couple of us actually stayed for the night, but I was exhausted and could not get back to my beautiful Arezzo fast enough. When we got back into town, we grabbed a quick dinner and, of course, some gelato, and then came back home to the villa and got some much needed sleep.
Something I realized during our time in Milan when we were seeing all of the different theaters and performances was how universal theatre is. Everywhere I go in Italy, there is always a language barrier or I feel like a tourist, but when we were in the theaters I felt like I could be anywhere in the world. It was really nice to hear words that I knew the meanings of, and to see spaces that remind me so much of home. Overall, Milan was awesome (despite my now empty bank account) and I cannot wait to go back, hopefully sooner rather than later. Until next time, Ciao!