Our trip from Ferrara to Milano
To go to Milan, this time we preferred to take a train. We had an Inter regionale from Ferrara to Bologna and we had Eurostar from Bologna to Milano. It took just 1.45 hour to arrive to Central Station of Milan or "Stazione Centrale di Milano".
BENVENUTO CLUB OF MILAN This is...
BENVENUTO CLUB OF MILAN
This is a club which welcomes English speaking women from all over the world. The clubs helps settle people into Milan and fosters international fellowship through various activities. They offer groups like, Bridge Group, Language Group, Cookery Group and a Garden Group. If you live in Milan as we did for some months this is a great place with which to make contact, as the members are very helpful. This club meets 10.00 -- 13.30 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at CIRCOLO A. VOLTA, Via Guisti 16, 20154 Milano. Italy
The porticoes at Piazza Duomo
The complex of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a center for both cultural and mundane activities with its well-stocked book and record shops, giant cafes, and famous spots. On the both sides of it, facing Piazza Duomo, there are long porticoes full of fancy clothing shops. It is easy to get dizzy of all this prices and when you fell down, if not before it, you'll finaly be able to notice beautifuly decorated celling of the porticoes.
A quick (and always growing)...
A quick (and always growing) place list:
Le Scimmie: very typical live jazz (& blues)pub in the navy area, small but with a lot of feeling (and an expensive restaurant ;-)
Blueshouse (via S. Uguzzone, northern city border), the house of live blues in Milan, almost mid-empty during weekadays it becomes incredibly overcrowded in the weekend
Rolling Stone (Corso XXII Marzo): easy access disco (mean: no formal suite or similar) with special nights; live concert for international but not so known artists (ie: Steve Earl in october)
Binario Zero (Farini zone): 3 years old easy trendy club, not too formal and with a good live music program (on 2 floors)
Alcatraz (via Valtellina): mega-disco, the latest attraction in Milan
Plastic (viale Umbria): one of the most trendy club in Milan
Dynamo (Greco): the slogan is 'clubbing is not dead', a very special easy access club on 2 floors with a good kitchen upstairs and a sophisticated atmosphere in the basement ... jazz and new sounds oriented
ATM (around Moscova): absolutely the most trendy place in Milan since 4 years ago; it is essentialy a people-watching bar
Bloom: away from the city-center (close to my home) there's this alternative live-pub; it has born as blues oriented but now it is really a multi-cultural place where meeting different kind of people
Another outside the city (20 minutes away on motorway A4 - exit Trezzo sull'Adda): the Live, a very big club, no trendy people, just pure and powerful live rock !! this is my all times favorite place !
Back to city for Cuore (via G. Giacomo Mora) a typical example of italian 'snob' place, very sophisticated furniture, very trendy people ... nothing to do but drinkin' and people watchin' ... a MUST for a real trendsetter :-)
Another good place for trendy people: Le Trottoir in the Brera area.
For the 'Happy hour' (discounted drinks & lots of snacks) I suggest you Joe Pena (via Savona) but go there in advance otherwise you'll get nothing ;-)
Zythum: I put this in Nightlife cause it is a restaurant AND a disco bar; the restaurant part is very original serving 'fusion food' with one and only one dish from some countries: New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Brasil, Greece & so on ... they made beer on their own and they serve several cocktail beer-based (example: mojito beer). This is not a cheap place (35 euros average), it is trendy but relaxed one and they play some jazz-fusion music while you're eating and drinking.
And now the blues feeling: Nidaba Theatre, a very small and (of course) crowded live music pub in the Navigli zone: pls consider youi have to change your suite after a night spent here: you'll surely smell due to smokers (even if air conditioning is well-working).
In the picture above: the Navigli area by night where you can really find tons of pubs, restaurant and whatever.
Pls, feel free to contact me whatever you need comin' in Milan ...
If you just wanna walk in crowded place choose the Navigli area ... yo'll find at least one hundred bars ... Almost everywhere you can see a friendly entrance (meaning: you can really see inside the bar or whatever) ususally there's no formal dress code required ...
CisAlpine to Milan
We begasn our journey in Stresa. We had a choice of three types of trains but chose this as the fastest. If you opt for the slower and cheaper ones you have to pay extra to use the more expensive! Cis Alpine demand pre-booking.
Few passengers occupy the carriages but we had noted how slow the booking office procedure was. Leaving booking to the day itself would seem to be something not to be done!
A lovely smooth ride around Lake Maggiore soon has us out of the rain and soon only in patchy cloud. It seems the weather is better away from the mountains.
And arrival in Milan is smooth!