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    The Home for Elderly Musicians

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    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.

    Home for Elderly Musicians
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    Alfa Romeo Heaven

    by Rixie Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    ***MUSEUM CLOSED FOR RENOVATION ON FEBRUARY 7, 2011. Rumor has it that the closure may be permanent. :( ***

    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.

    At one of the world's hidden museums
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    The Crypt of Basilica S. Giovanni in Conca

    by leics Written Mar 5, 2011

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    Milan was, of course, a Roman city....Mediolanum...and although it has far fewer obvious remains than other Italian cities it has more than you might expect.

    I came across this little collection quite unexpectedly. spotting an interesting ruin in the middle of a bus traffic intersection I made my way over to it, to find that the restored crypt below had many historical and archeological points of interest.

    S Giovanni in Conca was built on the site of a 3rd century Roman residential district. It dates from the 5th century, but was deconsecrated in the mid 1700s, used for storage and gradually dismantled over the subsequent centuries. All that now remains of it is the curved section of apse wall in the photo (deliberately crested to look like a ruin) and its crypt.

    The crypt itself is a marvel of pillars and barrel vaulting, and one of the few examples of its type to be found in Italy. But it also displays various Roman artefacts found on the site....statues, inscriptions, sections of mosaic.....as well as the open excavation of a Roman water cistern.

    It was within the crypt that I spotted a map of various Roman sites within the modern city, with route marked and information about each site in Italian and English. I'm sure you can get this in the form of a leaflet from the tourist information office and, if you are a Romanist, it would be well worth seeking out.

    If you are in the vicinity of Piazza Missori, it's worth visiting this site. From the Duomo walk south along Via Mazzini and after about 500m you will come to the Piazza.

    Open Tuesday to Friday 0900 -1300, Saturday 1430-1830.

    S Giovanni in Conca Crypt The Roman trail Roman water cistern Roman statue
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    Go to the market.

    by penny_g Updated Feb 20, 2011

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    Local markets are an integral part of the every day life. I found one on Piazzale Segrino and it was on Saturday morning; I am not sure if they organise it on any other week day. On this market, they offer a wide variety of foods - from octopus and fish until spices. Those markets offer a possibility of bargains. They are held in most of the districts of Milan, for sure in the following:

    - Fiera di Senigallia - Via Calatafimi, Milan, Italy
    - Mercato di Viale Papiniano - Viale Papiniano, Milan, Italy
    - Via Armorari - Piazza Cordusio, Duomo, Milan, Italy
    - Mercato di via Lorenzini - Via Lorenzini, Milan, Italy
    - Via Fiori Chiari - Near Via Brera, Milan, Italy
    - Mercato dei Fiori e delle Piante - Piazzetta Reale, Milan, Italy
    - Mercato di Abbiategrasso - Piazza Mercato Abbiategrasso, Milan, Italy
    - Mercatone dell'Antiquariato del Naviglio Grande - Alzaia naviglio Grande, Milan, Italy
    - 'Oh bei, oh bei!' - Fiera di Sant'Ambrogio - Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Italy
    - Lunedì dell'Angelo - Piazza Sant'Angelo, Milan, Italy

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    Fiera Milano

    by Rixie Updated Jan 9, 2011

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    Before you get to Milan, check out the calendar of events at Fiera Milano. There are multiple exhibitions and fairs going on concurrently, and you can get there via the Metro.

    We attended a trade show that was free to people in my field (I registered online before leaving home), and we found that it was an interesting way to spend an afternoon, and a fun way to mingle with Milanese families.

    The horse sculptures in the photo were advertising a horse exhibition.

    Metro tickets to Fiera Milano cost 1-2 euros more than a regular ticket, but on the other hand, your admissions badge is good for a 10% discount at 200+ participating restaurants in the city. Download a list on the Fiera Milano website.

    Note: The ticket machines at Rho seem to be for trains rather than Metro, so buy your return tickets from a snack shop in the Metro station.

    All the pretty horses
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    Taking the frustration out of Milano

    by dinobertini Written May 25, 2010

    Milano is one of my favourite cities. I have been there maybe 100 times. There is lots to do and see. My tip is if you are there for a few days consider not sleeping there. it is expensive and the air is ..well...
    Instead do the things you wish in Milano then, in the evening catch the train to Leeco (not Como) on Lake Como. There are good hotels. (eg Hotel Alberi is clean and modest, there are others too), right on the lake and in the centre of town. Lecco has better air, scenery and the wonderful lake. The train trip back to Milano in the morning is not long or you can if you wish stay on the lake if the weather is inclement. Dinobertini

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    Americanite Milan

    by draguza Written Apr 22, 2010

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    An International Social Group for people of ALL NATIONALITIES in the Milan area.

    We usually have a get-together on Wednesday evenings at Fiori Oscuri Bistrot for anybody who wants to get involved, meet new people, get a chance to speak English, enjoy a drink or some tasty food (hamburgers!), and keep up with international events. Movies and Sky TV in English also shown.

    Meet-ups most Wednesday evenings: 7:30pm - Midnight.

    Special events typically about once a month

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    ATMOSFERA TRAMS

    by draguza Written Apr 22, 2010

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    Many restaurants have a fine view, but only a handful can provide a close-up view of all the major monuments in their city. One such unique experience can be had in Milan, the fashion and business capital of Northern Italy, where the local public transport company (ATM, short for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) has launched exclusive moving restaurants set in some of the company's historic tram cars, each stylishly adapted with vintage furnishings and fine linen to accommodate up to 24 diners.

    The tram-restaurant is called ATMosfera, combining the company's acronym with the idea of an 'atmospheric' setting, combining the magic of relaxed sightseeing by night, the sophistication of a vintage Orient Express-like setting and the pleasure of savouring excellent food and fine wine.

    The Tram
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    Artigianato in FIERA

    by draguza Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    “L’artigiano in Fiera” is the most important international event dedicated to craft manufacturing, and it aims to celebrate and revives a traditional way of working: centered on the worker, on a personal and creative production, on the attention for the details of the final object.

    This means beauty and quality of all the products exhibited, even if they are of many different kinds: clothing and accessories, furniture and furnishing accessories, and even typical wine and food products will be on show!

    The exhibition is divided into 3 main areas, on the basis of a geographic pattern: Italy, Europe, Countries of the World; 106 countries will in fact be present, each one with its peculiar craft traditions and abilities, which will create a sort of “melting pot” of the craftsmanship.

    In addition, two more sections are scheduled: Ecoabitare, dedicated to eco-friendly home architecture show, and Econavigare, to promote the craftsmanship in nautical sector.

    More than 3 millions people visited the past edition of “L’artigiano in Fiera”. With more than 3.000 craftsmen on site, 8 pavilions in an area of 100.000 square meters of the exhibition center, and low prices of the products on sale… you’ll surely find the perfect objects for you!

    Inside the Fiera Handcraft
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    Eat the best icecream in town

    by orangetree28 Written Jul 24, 2009

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    absolutely one og the bests in all italy
    closed on mondays
    definetely suggest Ecuadoriano which was 70% chocolate from Ecuador and mellon

    Il Massimo Del Gelato (Di Travani Massimo Augusto)
    Via Castelvetro Lodovico, 18 – 20154 Milano (MI) – Tel 02 3494943
    Public transportation: Bus 43/57 or Tram 29/33 go semi-close

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    Antiques Market

    by draguza Written Apr 12, 2009

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    'Il Naviglio' has its open air antique market at the end of every month. The last Sunday of each month except for July and August, the canal turns into one massive shopping area. It's called the "Mercatone dell'Antiquariato" and is packed with antiques, great finds, and loads (loads!) of people

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    Papiniano Market

    by draguza Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    If designer shopping is upsetting the bank balance, head to the popular Saturday market, Mercato di Viale Papiniano by the canals. Get there early (it opens at 8.30am) and bag the first load of designer stock. Aim for the Piazza Sant'Agostino end for the best stock. You'll also find good quality leather goods and cool clothing. There's also a Tuesday-morning flea market at the same spot.

    On Tuesdays 7.30-13.00
    On Saturdays 7.30-17

    Adress: viale Papiniano

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    Fauchè Market

    by draguza Written Mar 5, 2009

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    This street market is very appreciated by the fashionistas.
    You can find discounted clothes and shoes of the most prestigious italian stylists.

    On Tuesdays from 8.30-13.00

    On Saturdays from 8.30-17.00

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    America Bookstore

    by draguza Written Mar 1, 2009

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    The bookstore sells all kinds of novels and publications and its offer covers everything from academic and scientific titles to children literature, from books on cooking to poetry and books on art. Of course, the shelves in the fiction section are full of the greatest authors in the history of American literature from classics such as Poe or Twain, through the rebels of the beat generation like Kerouac or Kesey, or the funny and often provocative Vonnegut or Bukowski. Furthermore, you can purchase periodicals from the United States.

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    Eataly food hall

    by fgfi Written Sep 21, 2008

    In the basement of Coin Department Store you can find the Eataly food hall, a concept devised by Oscar Farinetti inspired by the experiences of the Slow Food movement, with a very wide selection of DOP products from the best Italian food traditions. The main shop is in Turin.

    P.zza 5 Giornate 1/A
    Tram 29, 30, 2, 27 - Bus 60

    Lun.-Mon/Ven.-Fri.10 -20 h.;
    Sab./Sat. 10-20.30 h.;
    Dom./Sun. e festivi/holidays 11-20 h.

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