If you plan on visiting Saronno on a Sunday, be warned, this quaint little town does not wake from its slumber before 2pm. I arrived (with my umbrella in hand) around midday and I was rather regretful that I had made the trip because all the stores were closed which meant window shopping, however my saving grace was a small market set up in the piazza outside the town church.
I met Emanuella, a friendly lady who works for one of Saronno’s associations, creating clothing and pretty flowered hats reminiscent of the early 1900’s. She gave me an adorable ‘Chiara angeli’ bracelet which she makes to sell, and explained that this piazza often hosts Sunday markets and this particular market was selling all things French, from soaps, hair accessories and scarves to cheeses, meats and herbs. My belly was filled with a spinach and feta pizza so for a sugar fix, she directed me to a Gelateria which I never found. Instead, I walked the suburban streets in the rain and if it was not for my iPad’s maps app, I would have surely spent the night roaming without direction.
Eventually, I found my way back to the train station and since it was too early to return to Novate, I decided to walk down Corso Italia one more time, and to my pleasant surprise, the town’s residents were out and about, and all the shops had opened their doors late in the afternoon
I feasted on the most sensational Mascarpone and Nutella gelato while watching a young lady make crepes.
I then entered the Landini footwear and bag boutique where I tried on these boots which are all suitable for the sidewalks in Milan. I am seriously considering returning for the ankle boots with metal-covered heels.
From the Kammi shoe store, I love these booties which fold over at the top as well as these classic courts in patent red, brown and black.
Getting to Saronno is really easy. Catch a train from Cadorna Station on the S3 line (departs every 30 minutes). A ticket will cost around 2.50 Euros and Saronno will be the last destination so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop. Also, if you need the loo, the Saronno station toilet facilities are squeaky clean and well-maintained so it’s worth making a pit stop before venturing into the street.
Other sights in Saronno that made me smile…