Favorite thing: Crossing the Vittorio Emanuele Arcade from south to north, you come out in the famous Piazza della Scala. On the far side of the square you can see La Scala Theater and opposite us is Palazzo Marino, today Milan's City Hall. The monument in the center of the square portays Leonardo Da Vinci sourrounded by his pupils. Galeazzo Alessi was commissioned by the 16th century Genovese merchant Tommaso Marino to design the palace. One of its more striking features is the vast inner courtyard with an unusual decorative scheme of human and animal head sculptures surrounded by carved garlands and geometric patterns.
A famous Italian product coming from Milan is the traditional Christmas sweet cake called Panettone.
Panettone contains candied orange and lemon zest and dry raisins and is served accompanied with sweet hot beverages or a sweet wine.
If you really want to see the most elegant Italians, Milan, as the center of the Italian business and also the Italian fashion life, is definitely the best place to go.
Milan's inhabitants are usually called "Milanese" in English or "Milanesi" in Italian, but informally they are also called Meneghini or Ambrosiani, the last name coming from the patron of Milan, Saint Ambrose.
The economic and moral Capital of Italy, as Milan it is called, has 18 sister cities from all over the world: Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro), Bethlehem (Palestine), Birmingham (Great Britain), Boston (United States), Chicago (United States), Dakar (Senegal), Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Krakow (Poland), Lyon (France), Melbourne (Australia), Osaka (Japan), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China), Tel Aviv (Israel), Thessaloniki (Greece), Tianjin (China) and Toronto (Canada).
It is also said that the English word "milliner" is coming from the name of the city.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: There are several hundreds of Art Nouveau buildings in Milano, among which " Casa Donzelli" and "Casa Dugnani", via Saffi 9, built in 1902; here the Liberty style is evident above all in the upper part of the building: the facade is painted with various flowers on the last floor windows and with ceramic frescos reproducing sunflowers
Situated in via Festa del Perdono 7, The University degli Studi of Milan is a very recent institution, of which it was solemnized a short while ago (1994) the 70th year since its foundation.
In spite of its ancient importance as political and economic centre, Milan never had an University like those of other Italian towns (in Bologna the University was founded in the 13th century, the University of Pavia, near Milan, dates back to the 14th century), but in the past centuries some advanced Institute acted there: Schools of Philosophy (1500) or of Surgery (1600) and the humanistic "Palatine" Schools (from 1600).
In 1924, August 24th, it was subscribed the agreement of the birth of Università degli Studi of Milan, which was composed by four Faculties: Laws, Humanities, Medicine and Surgery, Sciences.
Favorite thing: For those who love "Art-Noveau", you don't have to miss seeing "Casa Galimberti", a whole building in Liberty Style and decorated with many Ceramic Frescos. The building was built between 1902-1905 by architect G:B. BOSSI
Once an unstructured space between Castello Sforzesco and the Magenta district, Piazzale Cadorna has become a new port of entry to the city. Now it is dominated by the ugly mass of the Cadorna station where thousands of commuters are disgorged into the city each morning.
In 1998, the railway company and Milan City Council commissioned Gae Aulenti to reorganise the area. The operation rationalised the road system with traffic dividers created by water tanks, and created a vast pedestrian area for train passengers partly covered by aluminium and glass structures joined to the station facade.
The attractive 'forest' of red pillars, the water that flows from the beams of the platform roof, and the transparent covers bring to mind a 19th century covered market. They are part of a courageous an interesting architectural project initiated by the city and crowned by the majestic sculpture of Claes Oldenburg and Coosije van Bruggen. It is an enormous steel needle 18 metres tall wrapped in a highly coloured glass resin that gives a new vital identity to the square and around which the life of the square revolves
Favorite thing: As I have said, Milan is a world class center for design but this is not a recent development. As you walk around the streets of Milan be sure to look up, down and around the corners. This building was located on Via V. Hugo next to the Peck. It seems to be an apartment or office building but what stuck me was the magnificent art nouveau iron work railings.
I love to cook...and, of course, eat. I knew before I went to Milan that one of the high points would be our visit to "da Peck". It was described in many ways but ultimately I understood it to be the "high temple of gourmet food". Located about a block from Piazza del Duomo on Via Victor Hugo, the building is a very stylish sandstone structure with somewhat art deco ornamentations but the real show is inside. Unfortunately, they do not permit photographs of the the displays or the interiors which is really a shame. The quality, preparation and presentation was just incredible. I wanted to try everything...which would have definitely destroyed the trade deficit. The prices are not for the faint of heart but this is truly a rare experience. The variety and beauty of the food can not be properly described.
We did have a a very nice lunch at Peck (properly not Peck's as I was informed by a taxi driver). We were able to pre-select our choices from the display cases prior to ordering and keep the cost reasonable. It was worth every euro.
One of my favourite thing to do in Milan is eating out.
Fondest memory: I smile when I think of Italian pizza and ice cream, bruschetta and espresso.
Favorite thing: have you noticed that Italians love to buy (i'm not saying read) newspapers, magazines and all "special editions for collections"?
Favorite thing: it's a very lucky day when you see a bright blu sky - it doesn't happen often especially during the winter period.
Favorite thing: Napoleon gave orders to start building this monument in 1807 to celebrate his victories, following the same style of the very famous "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris
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