Favorite thing Difficult to think of a favourite thing as it's an incredibly dull place, unless you like shops. There's better places to visit in Italy.
Fondest memory The only thing to brighten up your trip would be to make sure you're there when there's a football match at the San Siro stadium.
Favorite thing ICE CREAM! Believe it or not I am not a major ice cream fan - can always resist it in favour of some Cadbury's chocolate but in Milan I did discover some very tasty ice cream shops. Two places I would reccommend would be a little Kiosk round the corner from central station - its at the end of the concourse where you get the bus to the airport. The guy is only open during the summer and is a Sicilian - the prices are very reasonable and the flavours are beautiful - his speciality is "nocciola" which is nut flavour with whole haszelnuts in it - v tasty,,,,
But my favourite ice cream place of all is on Corso Ticinese and is called Gelato Artigianale - they have a lovely flavour called Nocciolato (combine nut and chocolate) which allows you another flavour for the creamy Yoghurt....am I making you dribble yet?!
Favorite thing If you're in Milan during September, take a trip to Monza and watch the Formula 1 race. That is, of course, if you like this sort of event.
Fondest memory I will never forget jumping on to the Monza circuit after the race and running towards the podium to see the winners up close. Flags waved, everyone was trying to get on national tv and I managed to take a picture on pole position.
Favorite thing This was a very strange experience. I was visiting the Cathedral, and this huge crowd of people started gathering and this guy came out of the bank there. He started making a speak, and I have NO idea what he was saying, but I thought I should get a picture=)
Favorite thing Andare in Valtellina a vedere le cascatelle tra i monti.... come questa!!!!
Non è un piccolo miracolo della natura????
L'altro miracolo a due gambe è Ari ;-)
Favorite thing LinguaDue
italian language school in Cso Buenos Aires (M:Lima)
great school, native italian teach their language in 9 different levels (each level last 1 month) after Services: school activites, pick-up service at the airport, different kinds of accomodation the school will arrange.
Fondest memory beeing in a class with students from all over the world. In my first class we were students from Switzerland, France, USA, Israel, Korea, Japan, Cuba
The progress in the language was amazing- thank you Grazia!
Favorite thing If you want to cut your hair or get another color when in Milan - try
Toni & Guy in via V. Monti 27
tel: 02 48027137.
If you wanna cut your hair ask for Christiano or change the color ask for Andrea
Fondest memory I spent almost 6h in that salong cutting and coloring my hair and had a really fun day! They treat you really nice and as a foreigner and specially as a girl you'll be the main attraction!
Favorite thing find out as many info you can about vernisages, expo, theatre, conferences.... you'll see one of the most update way of express art metropolitan culture.
Milan is not well known for his historic monuments, but try to walk through the city (not in the principals streets): you'll find everywhere romanic ruins and you can even find out farms working in the grey city!!
Favorite thing know a bit of its history: Lombardy, which takes its name from the Lombards, a Germanic people who dominated the region from the sixth to the eighth century A.D., dates back over 9,000 years to the Camuni civilisation, traces of which remain in some 300,000 rock carvings, dotted over 24,000 rocks in Valcamonica; a world heritage archaeological site.
Thanks to its geographical position, as far back as the first Iron Age Lombardy was a crossroads and a meeting point between the cultural areas of the Mediterranean and the continent. During the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. various Celtic tribes migrated into the region in waves. Around 400 B.C. the Insubri people founded Milan after having conquered the Etruscans.
Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, Lombardy fell easy prey to the barbarian hoards invading from northern Europe. In 493 A.D. the whole of the Po River valley came under the rule of Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths. In the second half of the sixth century A.D. the Lombards arrived and established their government at Pavia.
In 774 A.D. Charlemagne’s Franks conquered king Desiderio thus initiating Carolingian rule. In the tenth century, Lombardy was convulsed by a series of struggles between bishops and feudal lords. The era of the communes began with the final defeat of the power of the bishops. In 1176, in the battle of Legnano, the Lombard communes, united under the banner of the League, defeated Frederick I, nicknamed Barbarossa.
The Middle Ages marked a glorious period in Lombard history, with Romanic culture mediating between the classical influence and that of the Christian barbarians. By the end of the twelfth century the administrative framework of the commune had been defined and consolidated. The era of the communes saw the ascendancy of the great dynasties: the Della Torre family, then the Viscontis, who came to power in 1278 when Ottone Visconti was proclaimed lord of Milan, while the Gonzagas, powerful land owners and great builders, conquered Mantua in 1328. The Visconti period was a decisive one in the history of the region due to their expansionist policies, which dotted the Po River valley with castles and huge farmhouses. From 1428 Bergamo, Brescia and subsequently Crema belonged to the Republic of Venice for three hundred years. With the treaty of Lodi in 1454 Francesco Sforza was installed as duke of Milan. The Sforzas brought the formation of a powerful State to completion: this was the golden age of the Renaissance, which began with Leonardo da Vinci's stay in Milan.
Favorite thing I had the photo from the taxi whilst we were struct in a heavily traffic jam. It was so much poetic the neoclassic balcony surrounded the flowers and ivies... I liked it! ;)