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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. BOSSIRelated to:
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Fiera - Trade Fair
Favorite thing: The Fiera Milano City is located near the Amendola-Fiera and Lotto tube stations. This is now considered the "old" Fiera. The "new" Fiera is located out of the city, it is huge and closer to the airport at Malpensa.
The Fiera holds numerous exhibitions throughout the year, including many business, commercial and technical ones.
However, there are also a fair number of "fun" fairs that anyone can pop round to:
1) Artigiano in Fiera - usually held for a week in early December at the Fiera Milano City. On display are artisans from all regions of Italy, Europe and outside Europe selling arts & craft, food, furniture, etc. There are the occasional eye-sores like vacuum cleaner and printed t-shirt stands which are not very "artistic", but nonetheless, generally a good time to be had for tasting different foods, etc. Can be very crowded as entry is usually free... so try to go on a week day. A link to the 2005 edition - http://www.fiera-artigianato.com/artigiano_fiera/af2005/index.html
2) Expo dei Sapori - usually in November, and you pay for entry. Lots of food and wine to try out
3) Salone del Mobile - this is a gigantic furniture trade fair, held at the Fiera in Rho. It is open to the public for only one day usually. It is expensive to get in for just a visit, but well worth it. You will get to see hundreds of companies displaying their products, many of them prototypes.
4) Shoe expo - can't remember the name for this one, but it is usually held in early September... and you find lots of, you guessed it - shoes!!Related to:
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Ideas for tourism in Milan
Favorite thing: Hi!
About quick city tour in Milan I'd suggest "Piazza del Duomo" and "Castello Sforzesco" (about 1km North West far from "Piazza del Duomo").
I usually suggest to reach "Piazza del Duomo" by underground "Line 1 (red)" or "Line 3 (yellow)" depending on where you are located. Underground is not so dangerous but it's better you take care of your wallet.
These are the most wanted sites in Milan by tourists anyway, depending on time you want to spend in Milan, I'd suggest to take a look on
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Favorite thing: Piazza DUomo: I never bored everytime I spent weekend at this piazza. You can see two differents tings here...Duomo with Gothic Age, and VE II more modern but classic building. What is Gothic? By the name.you already noticed. Get inside of church..you can feel the 'gothic'. Remember a dialogue from Da Vinci Code? 'why feel scared every time enter a church?' aha..dats Gothic! come to Milan..and feel it. Travellers prefer Rome, Venice and Florence...but Milan, many things to see!Related to:
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Favorite thing: Deliberately located in the restructured Castello Sforzesco area in order to provide a stable home for festivities and celebratory events for the Repubblica Cisalpina and the new Regno d'Italia, the Arena Civica was designed by The neoclassical architect Luigi Canonica in 1805 at the north eastern end of the Parco Sempione. Built with materials taken from the castle ruins and modelled on Roman amphitheatres, the Arena has an elliptic floor with four main entrances: to the south-east stands the Triumphal Arch in granite framed with two pairs of golden columns; opposite this is the Porta delle Carceri flanked by two towers, as found in roman models. On the north eastern side is the Porta Libitinaria and on the south west the Loggia Reale which has a monlithic Corinthian column in granite. Now used as a sports ground, the elegant construction has seen some changes this century to increase spectator capacity, transforming the terraces.Related to:
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Stadium San Siro
Favorite thing: Inaugurated in 1926, San Siro Stadium is one of the most recognized football stadiums in the world. The world-class stadium hosts two major Italian Football League Teams: A.C. Milan and Internazionale, most commonly known as Inter. It is officially named Giuseppe Meazza in honor of the Milan player of the 1930s and 1940s, but is still commonly known as San Siro. With a capacity of over 85,000, football fans from around the globe make their way to the stadium for intense national and international matches. Stadium tours are available M-Sa from 10a-5p, except during match days.
Things To Do
Favorite thing: From the Duomo, check out the adjacent mall called the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. There are upscale stores here as well as cafes & restaurants. Close by is the world famous La Scala. If you do not have time to see a performance here, make sure you stop by their museum. To me, La Scala is not to be missed when in Milan. Walk a little bit more, and you will find yourself in trendy Brera district where you will have famous art collections at the Pinacoteca. If you have more time from here, walk by the Sforza Castle, and do a quick stroll of nearby Parco Sempione.
Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Milan!
Fondest memory: Eating TONS of gelato, shopping, and taking in its rich culture.Related to:
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Guidance for Milan
Favorite thing: This is guidance for Milan and the mixed blessings (not necessarily the correct category)
As the plane was coming to land, I saw nothing but a grey landscape. England is often wet and overcast, but nothing prepared me for this. I had seen one review on a site, that mentioned Milan being grey, and many others not mentioning this. I left a dry yet cold England, to face rain in Milan during the entire weekend trip. Everything looked pretty grey. I was glad to arrive at the hotel Crowne Plaza City, which is a new hotel. The superior rooms are just 10 euros more than the standard rooms, and are quite big. The airconditioning was a bit fierce, so the windows opening wide was a god-send. The sound proofing is good, it was nice and quiet, and a haven from the centre of Milan. However, it can get expensive in Taxi and/or driver fares. Unless you can read in Italian, and/or speak it, the Metro can be confusing. There are people that, at a push, will help you, but in the end I resorted to hiring the services of the hotels driver. This was after leaving the Duomo and being unable to get a taxi, due to the large amount of people waiting. I combined taking the metro (which if you read italian - is quite straight forward), but the location was still quite a way, and I was rather wet by arrival at Joia resturant. This was the next "let down". The atmosphere seemed exclusive at first, you cannot just "walk in", you have to press a buzzer. The menu is set out more like Feng Shu, with meals by the name of "Happiness" and "Turning Point". As I took a long time to choose, the Chef came out to advise me. This can seem ok or obtrusive. There is a window where you can see the chefs at work, of which the head chef continually looks to ensure everyone is enjoying his food. I felt pushed and rushed by this, and did not like this at all. The bill was 65 euros for 2 courses and one drink. I was still hungry by the time I arrived at the hotel, and it felt like a waste of money. I was disappointed. I'm vegetarian - and was looking forward to a resturant dedicated to this, but the food was not fantastic, in fact, it was a bit strange. There was froth on the plate, part of the meal, and this was a bit disconcerting. The portion sizes are too small to feel full on this "meal", it is more like art. Not food. The next night I dined at the hotel resturant, of which I had a salad, which was quite nice,but not spectacular, but at least the portion sizes were normal. Also prices not as high. Skip the breakfast at the hotel, the croissants were stale. I had breakfast the next morning at one of the lovely patisseries. They are a highlight of Milan. As was one of the main reason for my visit:- The Last Supper Painting. This was as beautiful as I expected. As was the sighting of the outside of the Duomo.
Flights are quite cheap from Gatwick by Easyjet, flying in to Linate is closest to the city.
For shopping, I found two extremes from top fashion houses such as Valentino, to the cheaper labels such as Zara. Unless you can afford Valentino and similiar prices, you can find the other cheaper labels in London. The street itself is quite and cobbled, and it is wonderful to see the beautiful dresses in the windows. Also they have "Fay" which is by the same house as Tods - but has some lovely coats in beautiful colours.
I think the Christmas lights took away some of the greyness, so go at this time, or in the height of the summer.
Some of the people can be very nice and friendly.
There is a very good massage shiastu, and I also experienced the hairdressers there!Related to:
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A short stop in Milan
Favorite thing: We only had a few hours in Milan, but decided that before we left Italy we would at least see a little bit of Milan. It is a large industrial city and the tourist attractions are NOT close to the central train station where we came in from the small city where we had our accomodations for the last night in Italy. What we did see were broad avenues and many shops and of course the sellers of "copies""takeoffs""junk" of the big name fashions. There were purses from DG for only 10 Euro (the girls told me that DG=Dolce Gabbana, and yes, I had to ask).
At least the city is friendly, as you can see in the photo they rolled out the red carpet for us.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Meeting New People and Seeing New Places
These tips are based on my last 8 weeks of traveling in Europe/Africa:
1. Buy/pre-order as many museum/attraction tickets online as you can.
2. Ask the taxi fare before taking off in a taxi, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.
3. Charge your camera batteries every night.
4. If you have a Eurail pass and need to make reservation make them in Europe. It’s a lot less expensive.
5. If you’re climbing a few hundred steps up a tower, monument, etc. go only a clear, sunny day.
6. Learn at least Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye in the foreign language of the countries you are visiting.
7. Turn your cell phones off inside churches, museums, etc. If it rings and you must take the call, do it outside!
8. If there’s a running commentary (live or recorded), be polite and be quiet.
9. Dress appropriately and be respectful in churches.
10. If you’re traveling with children, don’t let them disrupt others around you. If they cry or throw a tantrum, take them outside.
11. If you have a complaint, do it reasonably without yelling and cursing.
12. Regarding pictures:
a. If there are signs saying “No pictures”, don’t take pictures! There’s a reason for the signs. Do you really, really need that picture of Mona Lisa to prove you’ve seen it?
b. Learn how to use your camera before the trip. If there are signs saying “No flash”, make sure you know how to use the camera without it.
c. If you see a couple or family with one person taking pictures of the other(s), offer to take a picture of both/all of them. Maybe they’ll reciprocate.
13. Check local holidays. Since many museums and stores will be closed, you’ll need to have other plans for the day. (Most stores throughout much of Europe are closed on Sunday.)
14. Don’t try to do too much. Leave some open time to just explore.
15. You’re on vacation so relax and have a good time!
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The beginning/ending of our Italian adventure
Favorite thing: The planning for this trip took about 6 months to complete and our introduction to Italy started and ended with stays in Milano. I had been to Italy in 1992 but didn't stay in Milano, so I wanted to get a feel (vibe if you will) for the city. I have to say that our experience in Milano was awesome made better with the fact that we could carry on and understand a conversation in Italian.
Fondest memory: Ah, wow, there are so many things we miss about this city. The ease of transportation to anywhere you wanted to go, the history, the people, the food, so many things about the city are unforgettable.Related to:
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Arco della Pace
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 ParisRelated to:
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When in Italy, don't miss the pizza, gelato
Favorite thing: 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: it's a very lucky day when you see a bright blu sky - it doesn't happen often especially during the winter period.
The business of newspapers
Favorite thing: have you noticed that Italians love to buy (i'm not saying read) newspapers, magazines and all "special editions for collections"?
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