A tiny garden

More and more forlorn patches of ground, too tiny to be built upon, are being turned into tiny public gardens. This one is located in the equally tiny center of Sesto San Giovanni. When one carefully plans a city, it is easy to find use for basically any bit of ground. When the the city […]

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A free guidebook to Milan

A downloadable free guidebook created by SEA (the Milan airports) and the Milan local adiministration describes 100 places you can visit in the city. Get it today! In case you are planning a visit to Milano you are likely to already own at least one other guidebook, but you could still download this one and […]

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Sheltering outside at the station

If you happen to be in a medium-sized station hat hasn’t been recently update you mat hapen to spot these outdoor completely enclosed shelter areas on the platforms. Most are closed off by now. I spotted this yellow one in Busto Arsizio, one of the towns between Milano and the Malpensa airport. It is mostly […]

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Nanni Svampa, he who sang Milan

Nanni Svampa, who died just a couple of nights ago, was one of the most relevant Milan voices, who kept traditional milanese song alive through the 1970’s and 1980’s. Nanni Svampa found his success as one of the four members of comedian-musicians group “I gufi” (the owls), who in the 1950’s were the most cutting […]

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Carrelli 1928 tram cars

While most of the trams crossing Milan belong to much newer generations, a few services still run the old 1928 “carrelli” cars. These wooden jewels area fascinating way to travel the city and connect to its history. Crossing Milan in style is way simpler and cheaper than what you may expect. Just get yourself a […]

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The Milan zoo

Up until 1992 Milan did have a zoo, smack in the city center. Now the way too tiny cages that hosted the animals are empty and make up part of the “Giardinetti Pubblici”, the green area in Porta Venezia. When I was a child a trip to the Milan zoo was a rare treat. It […]

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Redefossi Canal

It’s hard to imagine that Milan used to be as full of canals as Venice, except when a waterway suddenly pops up in the most unexpected places. The Redefossi is part of the ancient Navigli system, that extended far beyond the current. Today, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese are amongst the Milan attractions, with their […]

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Foodwalking in Chinatown

Milan has its own Chinatown: with my friend and fellow food lover Ivan, I took a walk there to try some of the new street food places that have opened in the last few months. Milan’s chinese history is long. The first Milanese of Chinese origin settled here, in the via Paolo Sarpi area, about […]

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