Turin, Parma and Milan

There are many great places to visit in northern Italy. On this trip, I visited Turin, Parma and Milan.

Turin is famous for its grand buildings.

Turin

Covered walkways makes it an impressive place for shopping.

Turin

Continuing the Bourne movie theme, this scene appeared briefly in The Bourne Ultimatium to introduce the meeting between Neal Daniels and Simon Ross in Turin.

Turin

A lovely atrium surrounded by shops.

Turin

Another wonderful town in Italy is Parma.

Parma

The town center is great for a stroll or riding a bike.

Parma
Parma

Built in the 12th century out of beautiful pink Verona marble.

Baptistery of Parma

Parma is famous for parma ham and parmesan cheese.

Ham
Lions outside a church
Church door

We also visited Milan and wandered through the castle there..

Milan castle

One of the courtyards inside Milan castle.

Milan castle

Seeing a large statue of a geisha inside Milan Castle was unexpected. It was there to promote a production of Madame Butterfly.

Geisha statue

This theatre in the park was very interesting. It was constructed of old metal chairs embedded in concrete.

Chairs in concrete
Milan cathedral
Milan cathedral
Milan cathedral

The carvings on old churches weren’t there just for decoration, but also served to teach people about the Bible in an age when most people were illiterate. There is something ironic about the Tower of Babel in this context–where man thinks he is greater than God and tries to build a tower to reach heaven.

Milan cathedral: Tower of Babel

These spires do point towards heaven.

Milan cathedral spires

But it is men that is put on top of them.

Milan cathedral spires
Milan cathedral
Top of Milan cathedral
Milan cathedral
Milan cathedral