Today began with another wonderful breakfast of a croissant and espresso and continued with a metro trip to Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic university in the world. We attended an info session about study abroad opportunities at the university as well as a lecture on fashion business models taught by one of their faculty. After the classroom experiences, we toured the campus and went to lunch with students from the university that have themselves studied abroad.
Lunch at Cattolica was very traditionally Italian and far better than college food in the States. Meals are organized almost like they are at restaurants, with a first and second course followed by desert but without antipasti. While at lunch, we encountered an Italian student who was a Philadelphia sports fan. He was very excited to meet people who were actually from the city. He said that he was initially a fan of Allen Iverson and that this led him to support the 76ers and the Eagles.
After spending time at the University, we ventured to the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. The museum is dedicated to science and technology on a broad scale but also has exhibits focused specifically on da Vinci’s sketches and scientific discoveries. The most amazing part of the museum was its courtyard (see picture). The museum occupies an ancient monastery with foundations dating back to the 4th century.
After the museum, I returned to the hotel to rest before going out to dinner on Corso Como with some friends. I had delicious risotto alla milanese (risotto with saffron and marrow) and carpaccio di spada (swordfish carpaccio). After dinner, we got gelato at Eataly. Unfortunately, the night ended with a walk back to the hotel through the rain. Hopefully the weather clears up for our day at Lake Como tomorrow.