Re-allocation of urban space
Though Milan does have a long pedestrian zone in the city center (from the Cathedral to the Castle, almost), it still has a lot of scope for future re-allocation of urban spaces in other parts of the city. (Not that this seems to be a big priority so far.)
In the Via San Marco (first photo) there is adequate space that could easily be used for pedestrians, cyclists and trees, but in fact non-motorized human beings are squeezed into a narrow gap between rows of parked cars.
Second photo: Via Vitruvio, near the Central Station, is a typical Milan street with narrow sidewalks, no bicycle lanes, space-wasting on-street car parking and unnecessarily wide automobile lanes. At least they have tram tracks here, but the trams are liable to be blocked by cars during the rush hours.
Third photo: There are a few places in Milan where re-allocation of urban space has begun. Here in Corso Garibaldi they have recently made a limited traffic area by removing one of the two automobile lanes and using the space to widen the sidewalks.
Palazzo Anguissola was built between 1829 and 1830 according to the plans of Carlo Felice Soave and Simone Cantoni.
The ground floor is made in granite and the adornments of the facade in Saltrio stone.
The inside is made in neo-classical style, while in the romantic garden can be still found antique fountains.
Palazzo Anguissola is accomodating today offices of the Italian Commercial Bank (Banca Commerciale Italiana).
Located in the heart of the city, from Piazza de Duomo to Castello Sforzesco, Via Dante is inevitably attracting the tourists willing to spend some money in Milan.
Similar to other shopping areas in Milan, the street has on both sides numerous shops, but also restaurants and coffeehouses, although big names are not present here.
Unlike Corso Vittorio Emanuele and even Via Torino, Via Dante is not necessarily focused on women and men clothes, thus many types of shops can be found here (e.g. home-made cosmetics and soaps or glasses shops).
But the ones who want to buy something from here have to be prepared for "tourist" prices.
Milano - Torino Train
I will be taking the train to and from Milano. I made my reservations on Monday for a Friday departure and Sunday return. On Friday I will be taking the Eurostar, which advertises itself as a big time saver, but in fact saves only ten minutes versus a regular inter-city train. The cost for Eurostar is €15 in second-class, the cost for inter-city is about €14.50... However, inter-regional trains take over two hours to reach Torino from Milan, are reservation-free and tend to have a less... classy... crowd. Avoid if possible, ESPECIALLY late at night when you are a woman alone!
It is best to make reservations when travelling on a busy train, this way you will definitely get a seat. In the morning trains are full of commuters, on long weekends they are full of families on holidays.
We come to this restaurant everytime we stay in Milan. The food and service is always excellent. There is a lovely cosy vibe in the back of the restaurant, and the glass of Prosecco on arrival is always more than welcome. Favourite dishes are mixed grilled seafood, the salted fish and always leave space for the Apple pie desert...unbelievable.
The Rosso di Montalcino Nardi is a beautiful wine at €22.