A scientific genious
We stopped by the Museo Nazionale della scienza e della tecnica (science and technology museum). It is located in the sant Ambrogio district and when we got there it was more or less empty. We wanted to go there because there was supposed to be a special Leonard da Vinci exhibition. So we paid the 6.20 Euro to get in and we walked around for a couple of hours. The drawback once again, is that a lot of the information in the museum is only in Italian and hence it is not easy for the ones that don?t know the language. But it is a large museum and it houses models of boats, engines, power production, photography, watches, mining, radio and so on. The Leonardo da Vinci exhibition was OK but we didn?t see any of the hands on exhibits that we had read about. But quite a lot of wooden models had been built to display some of Leonardo?s ideas.
The museum itself is actually located inside an old monastery and surprise, surprise ? it too was undergoing a face lift. It turned out that this would become a repeating "problem" during our trip. You can read more about the museum on http://www.museoscienza.org/
Italian Breakfast: cappuccino e cornetto
For the ones used to a copious English breakfast, Italy is the wrong country.
The usual Italian breakfast is based on sweet things (cake, biscuits, and croissants) accompanied by coffee or cappuccino.
A real Italian will drink cappuccino only in the morning, as it is considered an appropriate drink during the day.
The Home for Elderly Musicians
The Home for Elderly Musicians, erected in the Venetian style in 1899 and enlarged after the Second World War, is a foundation set up by Giuseppe Verdi o shelter elderly impoverished musicians.
The crypt contains the mortal remains of Verdi and his second vife. In the courtyard is a monument to Arrigo Boito by Secchi.
The Home is situated in Piazza Buonarroti with Enrico Butti's monument to Giuseppe Verdi.
For a cold beer with lot of girls
Good Fellas is a small pub named after the famous maffiamovie with Al Pacino. It's a calm place, but with a lot of people both inside and outside the bar. The best time to be there is during sunny days and evenings when the bar is crowded, normally with a lot of beautiful girls. But even during a rainy evening in november the place is great to just sit down, take a beer, and relax with your friends. The beer is also cheap, just euro 4,20 for a big beer. Aperitivo from 7 pm every day, closed on sundays. Nothing special, just dress as normal in Milan.
Hop Onto The CiaoMilano!
For a first-time visitor to Milan, don't forget to hop onto a typical Milanese tram called CiaoMilano for a wonderful sightseeing experience.
The tram departs daily, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm from Piazza Castello.
(Note: From November to March = No tram rides at 3pm).
The tour should last approximately 2 hours and this very same ticket also allows you to get off the tram for a walk and then get on the next one.
Tickets? No worries, you can buy them as you board the tram.