Fiera - Trade Fair
The Fiera Milano City is located near the Amendola-Fiera and Lotto tube stations. This is now considered the "old" Fiera. The "new" Fiera is located out of the city, it is huge and closer to the airport at Malpensa.
The Fiera holds numerous exhibitions throughout the year, including many business, commercial and technical ones.
However, there are also a fair number of "fun" fairs that anyone can pop round to:
1) Artigiano in Fiera - usually held for a week in early December at the Fiera Milano City. On display are artisans from all regions of Italy, Europe and outside Europe selling arts & craft, food, furniture, etc. There are the occasional eye-sores like vacuum cleaner and printed t-shirt stands which are not very "artistic", but nonetheless, generally a good time to be had for tasting different foods, etc. Can be very crowded as entry is usually free... so try to go on a week day. A link to the 2005 edition - http://www.fiera-artigianato.com/artigiano_fiera/af2005/index.html
2) Expo dei Sapori - usually in November, and you pay for entry. Lots of food and wine to try out
3) Salone del Mobile - this is a gigantic furniture trade fair, held at the Fiera in Rho. It is open to the public for only one day usually. It is expensive to get in for just a visit, but well worth it. You will get to see hundreds of companies displaying their products, many of them prototypes.
4) Shoe expo - can't remember the name for this one, but it is usually held in early September... and you find lots of, you guessed it - shoes!!
Locals only drink cappucino for breakfast or no later than 1 pm. They like to laugh at us tourists ordering cappucino for dinner or anytime later than 1 pm. Also, butter only comes with bread at breatfast, not served for lunch or dinner. I think Italians are very careful with what they are supposed to eat for each meal. I was surprised to learn that myself even though I had read something about their customs. Very interesting! :o)
The square gets its name from the distinctive equestrian statue dedicated to General Giuseppe Missori.
The lawn area contains what is left of the apse and crypt of the church of San Giovanni in Conca. The church, probably originally built during the Early Christian period was rebuilt in the 11th century , destroyed by Barbarossa, and once more rebuilt so that the Viscontis could make their family chapel there. Bernabo Visconti was given burial in the church in a tomb decorated with a monument built by the celebrated sculptor Bonino da Campione.
Alicia Keys - LIVE!!
There was a free concert taking place in the Piazza del Duomo over the weekend that we were there. There were many Italian stars performing but there were a few familiar names on the bill: Stereophonics, Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys.
We actually flew from England on the same plane as Amy Winehouse (English jazz singer) and actually saw her perform on the Saturday afternoon whilst we were sitting outside a cafe sipping cava. It's a shame she didn't behave on the plane as well as she can sing............
On the Sunday night we made our way back to the Piazza to join a few thousand Italians who were gathered there to watch the gig. We had a blast and Alicia was excellent!! We were right at the back and couldn't see a thing but it didn't matter as we spent the evening dancing and singing and generally being minxy!!
(if anyone was there, we were the girls at the back of the crowd who were the only ones dancing and singing and drinking warm cans of Heinekin uggghhh - "crazy English girls")
the metro is meant to be great, we didnt use it cos we like to walk.
Getting there - we flew, as usual with ryanair, this time just £21 return, although they actually fly to bergamowhich is 1 hour away by bus, costing 12 euro for a return and they leave every hour to central station.