Planned by Ferrante Gonzaga on behalf of the Spanish crown, the second circuit of city walls was begun in 1549 and completed in 1560. With respect to the Medieval walls, the new fortifications enclosed the new districts that had grown up around the radial streets. This basically military structure, one of the most powerful in Europe, consisted of massive curtain walls and fortified towers, while little emphasis was placed on ornamentation. One of the finest parts of the walls is Porta Romana, designed by Aurelio Trezzi, in which the traditional form of the city gate is given a sober decorative treatment. From the 18th century, the walls began to be converted for uses differing to that of defence, and in the 19th century they were finally demolished to make room for new districts of bourgeois residential architecture.
Alfa Romeo Heaven
This wonderful museum, located in the old Alfa Romeo factory in nearby Arese, includes six floors of Alfas, from the first 1906 prototype to the present day - even Alfa airplane engines and jeeps.
It is out of the way and open only on weekdays, but it is well worth the effort. Children will especially like the top floor, which features glass cases of toy Alfas.
Admission is free. However, you will need to leave your ID with the security guard at the gate.
Driving directions on the website. See my travelogue for more photos and detailed directions for reaching the museum via public transport.
Now, when it comes to Zara, and if you're a guy; don't do the same mistake as I did in Milan. There is a huge Zara store to the left shortly behind the Duomo, but it's not for you. I ran up and down for four floors, looking for some nice men clothes. And the place was packed as a summer sale...
But there are no men's clothes there...
Instead you should continue a bit further on the outside, where you'll find a small Zara shop, also to your left, with only men clothes. Just one floor, much smaller sortiment, but at least something.
Zara is, if I'm not mistaken, a spanish brand, and I actually found the Zara store in Barcelona much better. There I bought a whole lot of things, and for a good price. A jacket, a shirt and some more clothes.
In Milan instead, since the shop for men is so small, there wasn't much to buy, and I got quite disappointed. I did buy something though. A shirt and a cardigan. Somehow some sort of panic buy, but now when I'm home again I'm quite pleased with them.
Should have tried them on first though, sits a bit too tight maybe... ;) More expensive than I remember from Barcelona, but still "only" 80 euro for both the pieces.
Autostradale bus from Bergamo airport to Milano
I found it very convenient and easy and cheap to ride a bus from Bergamo airport to Milano central train station. You can buy the bus ticket (about 15 USD both ways) from the Autostradale booth at the airport,it's very easy to find (on the right hand side after the exit as far as i remember); they accept credit cards;
The bus runs very often-every 30-60 min
for update on fare and schedule check out their website
See the map of the center of...
See the map of the center of Milan.
In this tip you can see the three line of the underground : line 1 - red
line 2 - green
line 3 - yellow
line blue is the railway which connect a part of suburbs (un'espece de RER pour le français)
note : red line underground have near the station's name .Other red line are the main street named 'Regions boulevards' (i viali delle regioni): viale Umbria, viale abruzzi, viale campania, ecc. ecc.
Azienda Trasporti Municipali