Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 28
very interesting – this my first glimpse of Italy. I had to take things fairly quietly as was still feeling a bit groggy.
The train arrived at Milan (150 kiloms.), my next "port of call" at 7 p.m. and I put up at the Hotel Cavour, via Alessandro Manzoni close to the Public Gardens. After a good dinner I made tracks for the Teatro Lyrico, crossing the Piazza Duomo and getting a first glimpse of the magnificent Cathedral. At the theatre I secured a good seat and saw "Cavalleria Rusticana" followed by a splendid ballet (storica allegorica fantastica) "Excelsior" which lasted fully an hour and a half with constantly changing scenes and magnificent costumes.
The following morning I went first through the Cathedral and down into the crypt, and then visited the world famed Scala Opera