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    Milan has its own Dolce Vita

    by Roadquill Written Dec 22, 2013

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    As we wandered the streets of Milan we found many "sweet" shops that had the delicious looking cakes, cookies, and all sorts of yummy goodies. My appreciation of Milan increased marketly. This shop was just one of many....

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    St Bartholomew Statue in the Duomo

    by Roadquill Written Dec 22, 2013

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    Located inside the NE portion of the Duomo is the statue of St. Bartholomew, draped in his own skin...Muscles, veins are all exposed. While rather gruesome, it is an amazing statue representing his martydom where he was skinned alive.

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    Audutorium di Milano

    by bonio Written Dec 19, 2013

    Apparently mostly a venue for performances of the works of Verdi, The Waterboys onoffer for us. A good music watching venue, comfortable with good sound, and, of course, a great performance from Mike Scott and the boys!

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    Epiphany. January 6, Every Year Corteo dei Re Magi

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 5, 2013

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    Hours and time of event: The procession leaves Piazza Duomo on January 6, every year, at 11.45 and arrives at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio at 12.40. Although in January 2013 procession left Piazza Duomo fifteen minutes ahead of time.
    time of event: 12.15: a stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo for the meeting between the Wise men and King Herod.
    time of event: 12.30: departure from San Lorenzo.
    time of event: 12.40: arrival at Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, offering of gifts at the living nativity scene and participation of the city authorities.

    Well, it was wonderful and cheerful celebration although “Corteo dei Re Magi” (Procession of Magi Kings) started fifteen minutes ahead of time. This event is worth to see and it is much better than shopping! Maybe I will visit Milan on next Epiphany again!
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    Milano - Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio
    piazza Sant'Eustorgio , 1
    20122 Milano (MI)
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    telephone: +39 02 58101583

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    Epiphany. January 6, Every Year Corteo dei Re Magi

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 5, 2013

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    Hours and time of event: The procession leaves Piazza Duomo on January 6, every year, at 11.45 and arrives at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio at 12.40. Although in January 2013 procession left Piazza Duomo fifteen minutes ahead of time.
    time of event: 12.15: a stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo for the meeting between the Wise men and King Herod.
    time of event: 12.30: departure from San Lorenzo.
    time of event: 12.40: arrival at Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, offering of gifts at the living nativity scene and participation of the city authorities.

    Well, it was wonderful and cheerful celebration although “Corteo dei Re Magi” (Procession of Magi Kings) started fifteen minutes ahead of time. This event is worth to see and it is much better than shopping! Maybe I will visit Milan on next Epiphany again!
    Additional information would be obtained here:
    Milano - Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio
    piazza Sant'Eustorgio , 1
    20122 Milano (MI)
    Contact us
    information
    telephone: +39 02 58101583

    Address: Milan,
    Directions: Piazza dell Duomo-Via Torino-San Lorenzo Maggiore-San Eustorgio
    Phone: +39 02 58101583

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    Epiphany. January 6, Every Year Corteo dei Re Magi

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 5, 2013

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    Hours and time of event: The procession leaves Piazza Duomo at 11.45 and arrives at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio at 12.40.
    time of event: 12.15: a stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo for the meeting between the Wise men and King Herod.
    time of event: 12.30: departure from San Lorenzo.
    time of event: 12.40: arrival at Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, offering of gifts at the living nativity scene and participation of the city authorities.

    Well, it was wonderful and cheerful celebration although “Corteo dei Re Magi” (Procession of Magi Kings) started fifteen minutes ahead of time. This event is worth to see and it is much better than shopping! Maybe I will visit Milan on next Epiphany again!
    Additional information would be obtained here:
    Milano - Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio
    piazza Sant'Eustorgio , 1
    20122 Milano (MI)
    Contact us
    information
    telephone: +39 02 58101583

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    Pirelli Building

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    One of the few office towers in Milan that is visually appealing, the Pirelli building also became a part of history itself when some crazed pilot decided to fly his small plane into the top floors and commit suicide shortly after 9/11. This caused the death of a couple of office workers, and also set the world on edge as they braced for the news of another 9/11 style suicide bombing. The Pirelli building has now been almost fully repaired, and it stands proudly just outside the Central Station's main exit on Piazza Duca D'Aosta. Despite its sleek modern lines, it was actually completed in 1959.

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    Classic Streetcars

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    American visitors to Milan may be forgiven for feeling that they've just stepped into a time machine when they see the quaint old orange trams trundling about the city. Milan has a wide range of trams, both old and new, but there are many of old Peter Witt streetcar still running. These trams were designed by Cleveland transit leader Peter Witt, and ran in many US cities earlier in the last century (although never in San Francisco as is commonly believed in Milan). In 1928 Milan built hundreds of Peter Witts and put them into service, and many still remain in service. The source of the myth of San Francisco's famous Muni using the streetcars may have been the result of a gift of ten of the Peter Witts from Milan to that city, as these distinctive orange streetcars can now be seen running on the west coast of California.

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    Bastioni di Porta Venezia

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    At the end of Corso Buenos Aires are two huge bastions, built on either side of the road on Porta Venezia. These two towering, solid square structures straddle the traffic, and stand in the place of the original bastions of the city gates.

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    Mozart in Milan

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) traveled from Cremona to Milan on January 23, 1770, four days before his fourteenth birthday. He was traveling with his father, Leopold Mozart, on their first (of three) long journeys to Italy from their home in Salzburg.

    Milan's opera house at the time was the “Regio Ducal Teatro”, which was located next to the Cathedral at the site of the present Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace).

    In the next three years Wolfgang wrote three operas for this opera house:

    • Mitridate, Re di Ponto had its premiere on December 26, 1770, with Wolfgang himself conducting and playing the keyboard for the first three performances. This opera was a huge success, and they kept playing it for months on end.

    • Ascanio in Alba was just as successful the next year, 1771.

    • Lucio Silla, his third and last Milan opera, was performed twenty-five times at the Regio Ducal Teatro starting in November 1772.

    We had a beautiful production of Lucio Silla in Frankfurt am Main from 1993 to 1995, and I'm listening to the CDs as I write this -- amazing that Mozart was only sixteen when he composed this fantastic music!

    Update: In 2012 I saw another fine production of Lucio Silla at the opera house in Aachen, Germany. As I wrote at the time on my Aachen intro page, this was “part of a series of four Mozart operas all involving rulers who at first seem to be vicious tyrants but turn out to be lenient and kind-hearted in the end. This was a common ending for opera plots in the 17th and 18th centuries, since the local rulers were often the ones who paid for the operas -- but today it's very hard for the stage director to make the ruler's sudden change of heart appear plausible on stage!”

    Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart left Milan for the last time on March 4, 1773. Three years later the Regio Ducal Teatro burned down and was replaced by the Teatro alla Scala, a short distance away on the other side of the cathedral.

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    Piazza Duomo

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jul 12, 2013

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    Piazza Duomo has to be the most heavily traveled through area of Milan. The piazza itself is huge. It encompasses the Duomo, Victor Emannuelle II Galleria, Royal Palace and several other buildings. Several of the busiest shopping streets also jet off of the Piazza.

    As with other central piazzas in Italy there is always something happening on Piazza Duomo. Groups of students visiting from areas of Italy, groups dressed up in festive costumes, or protestors saying what is on their mind. There seems be no shortage of interesting things happening on the Piazza Duomo.

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    Walk Via Dante

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jul 5, 2013

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    Via Dante is a vibrant street between the Piazza Courdusio and the Sforzero Castle in Milan. The street is very wide and free of automobiles. Along the street are charming shops, restaurants and a wide variety of street actors and artisans. The street artisans were different from areas of Italy and Spain. In one case there was an excellent marionette show, a man carving flowers out of fruits and vegetables, and a very good singing of an Italian opera. T

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    Climbing To the Roof of the Milan Duomo

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jul 4, 2013

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    While the Milan Duomo is a magnificent site to view, climbing it is even more exhilarating.

    First off you have two choices for getting to the roof of the Duomo. Take the elevator for the price of 11 euros which will let you off at the lower of the two viewing points. Or climb the stairs for 7 euros. The climb is not a difficult one and even though the steps can be a tad slippery when it is raining it is by no means a dangerous climb.

    Once you ascend on the roof level there is also little danger. Walking on the roof is easy and there is little chance of falling. Views from the two roof levels are great. It feels amazing to see the detail in the spires. Just a great amount of detail at the roof level.

    TIP: To avoid the long lines for tickets, purchase your ticket across the way at the tobacco shop. You will then be allowed to go to the head of the line saving many minutes of waiting.

    Definitely worth the cost to walk on the roof and see the great detail.

    At the time we went the line opened at 9 am and the last trip up the stairway ceased at 1720. Everyone had to be off the roof by 1800 the day we were therel

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    Ricordi and the Fantastic Five

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    The one thing I really messed up on my visit to Milan is that I didn't see the exhibition "RICORDI E I FANTASTICI 5" -- and why not? Because I didn't notice that little sticker saying it had been extended, so I thought it was all over before I even arrived in Milan.

    The Ricordi music publishing company was founded in Milan in 1808, and for four generations it was run by Ricordi family members who managed to buy up the complete archives of La Scala (in 1825) and went on to be the publishers of the "Fantastic Five" opera composers: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini.

    (Have you ever noticed that the Italian word fantastici sounds a lot more fantastic than its English translation?)

    Second photo: The full poster for the exhibit, including the little sticker that I overlooked.

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    Museo Archeologico /Posthumous reconstructions

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 25, 2013

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    Museum of Archeology is situated at the same address as a church San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. You just should by a ticket. Museum possesses some collection on Ancient Greek Colonies in Italy and Rome. There are some excellent examples of ancient helmets. The main part of exhibition dedicated to the Germanic tribe known as Langobards. These people gave their name to province of Lombardy. One Langobardian settlement and one military camp near Milan were excavated by the archeologists. That’s why there are a lot of Langobardian weapon and defensive equipment in the museum. Using all necessary modern technologies Italian scientists reconstructed Langobardian merchant, warrior and pregnant woman of VII-VIII c.c. A.D. using their sculls and bones excavated by archeologists.
    Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed.

    Hours and tickets:
    From Tuesday through Sunday: 9.00 -17.30
    Closed on every Monday, January 1, May 1, August 15, December 25
    Full ticket € 2,00; reduced € 1,00; Annual ticket € 10.00; reduced € 5.00

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