Exploring Milano CityLife District

Exploring Milano CityLife District

Probably the most interesting thing about the three skyscrapers known as “le Tre Torre” (the three towers) of CityLife is something that you can’t see from the ground – and which you might easily neve...

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Daily Habits

Managing Holiday Stress by Managing Daily Habits

Here we go again…the holidays!  For some, it really is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, it’s more of a mixed bag: holiday stress, added expenses, family (with all the good and ...

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

In 2009, Mexican artist Elina Chauvet introduced the powerful symbol of red shoes. Red shoes were initially intended as an art work that condemned femicide and the mistreatment of women. Since then, t...

Essential Tips for Driving in Italy

Essential Tips for Driving in Italy

Like many aspects of living in Italy, driving a car requires navigating the country’s notoriously complex bureaucracy, as well as a few of its characteristic cultural peculiarities. In this article, w...

The Story of Saint Andrew

The Story of Saint Andrew

According to Christian tradition, Saint Andrew was born in 7 or 6 BC in Galilee. In 30 AD, Andrew and his brother Peter were summoned by Jesus to give up their trade as fishermen to become “fishers of...

Italian Halloween Traditions & How to Celebrate in Milan

Italian Halloween Traditions & How to Celebrate in Milan

Halloween, celebrated October 31st, is a fairly new entry on the Italian festivities calendar. All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1st is a recognized holiday, therefore, shops, schools, banks and...

Milano Skyline: the Ever-Changing Landscape

Milano Skyline: the Ever-Changing Landscape

This is the first in a series of articles about the most exciting modern architecture in Milan. Milan’s best-known building is its statue-encrusted Gothic cathedral, the Duomo (started in 1386 and com...

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Thanksgiving Day or Jour de l’action de grace is an annual Canadian holiday held on the second Monday in October. It has been officially celebrated since November 6, 1879, when Parliament declared a n...

Balzare all’Occhio: Italian Style and Eyewear

Balzare all’Occhio: Italian Style and Eyewear

The Italian expression balzare all’occhio means to attract someone’s attention, to be noticeable. Italians are known for having a great sense of style, and their eyewear is no exception. Italy has a l...

Milano 18th Photo Festival

Milano 18th Photo Festival

Photofestival 18th Edition Milan and Lombardy | 15.09 – 31.10.2023 Opening Up the World: Photography as a Civil Commitment Dedicated to photography as a civil commitment, the 18th edition of Photofest...

Jimmy Nelson Exhibition ‘Humanity’ Comes to Milano

Jimmy Nelson Exhibition ‘Humanity’ Comes to Milano

From 20 September 2023 to 21 January 2024, Palazzo Reale, Milan, will be hosting JIMMY NELSON. Humanity, a photography exhibition promoted by Comune Milano – Cultura, produced by Palazzo Reale and Ski...

Back to Reality: the “Rientro”

Back to Reality: the “Rientro”

The holidays are over and everyone is returning to work, school or whatever they were doing before the break. In most countries, it’s a pretty straightforward affair, but in Italy, it’s so traumatic t...

The Milan Scottish Country Dancers Start a New Year

The Milan Scottish Country Dancers Start a New Year

Our financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June, so given that we don’t do anything in July and August (except for those who flee the heat to attend the RSCDS Summer School in much cooler St Andrews, S...

Italy: Are Rents Going Down?

Italy: Are Rents Going Down?

As many of the stories written about Italy often focus on doom and gloom, such as rising public debt, high unemployment, and an economy that is essentially struggling, I am often asked if this has aff...

Dress Italian Style with these 7 items

Dress Italian Style with these 7 items

The key to Italian style is to strike a balance by incorporating bright colors without excess. Italians are known for their chic style, which is immediately recognizable. But how is it that they alway...

Driving in Italy: A Little Wisdom Goes A Long Way

Driving in Italy: A Little Wisdom Goes A Long Way

Sometimes, wisdom is simply having the good sense to just listen to valid information so that you can save yourself a lot of major issues and headaches. Let me explain: a few years ago, I relocated a ...

An Amazing Year for the Milan Scottish Country Dancers

An Amazing Year for the Milan Scottish Country Dancers

The main reason why this has been an amazing year for the Milan Scottish Country Dancers (MSCD) is obvious: 2022-2023 was the first complete period of normal activity after the tiresome Covid restrict...

Travelling with Pets – to and from Italy

Travelling with Pets – to and from Italy

Travelling to and from Italy already requires doing a certain amount of homework – especially if you are arriving from outside the EU (and that now includes post-Brexit Britain). But if you are travel...

Italian Holiday: Ferragosto, August 15

Italian Holiday: Ferragosto, August 15

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on 15 August in all of Italy. It originates from Feriae Augusti, the festival of emperor Augustus, who made the 1st of August a day of rest after the weeks of...

Movie Locations in Milan to Explore this Summer

Movie Locations in Milan to Explore this Summer

While the streets of Milan may not be as familiar to international cinema audiences as those of New York, London or Paris, there are still plenty of places that have been used as the setting for Holly...

American Fashion Brands That Italians Love

American Fashion Brands That Italians Love

This month, American expats in Italy will be commemorating the 247th year of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. As much as we love to integrate into our adopted culture, on close assessment, ma...

The Secrets of Italian Women – revealed in Alessandra Repini’s book ‘The Italian Lady’

The Secrets of Italian Women – revealed in Alessandra Repini’s book ‘The Italian Lady’

As Alessandra Repini’s great hero, Desmond Morris, once observed, “Biologically speaking, if something bites you, it is more likely to be female.” Having spoken to Alessandra and read her book The Ita...

<strong>Single and Ready to Mingle in Milan</strong>

Single and Ready to Mingle in Milan

Milan is just the place for first dates, and a second, and a third, of course! With all of the options to choose from on where to go, you never have to worry about going to the same place repeatedly o...

CIG Arcigay Milano Announces Milano Pride Month

CIG Arcigay Milano Announces Milano Pride Month

On the occasion of World Day Against Homophobia, CIG Arcigay Milano announces Milano Pride Month Milan, 17 May 2023.  “ILGA, the international and non-governmental organization that fights for the saf...

Looking Forward to the Coronation: a View from Milan

Looking Forward to the Coronation: a View from Milan

The UK is gearing up for the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on Saturday, 6th May. All the familiar pageantry and pomp that Britain is famous for will be on display, but this time with the ...

Step by Step Guide to Italian Immigration

Step by Step Guide to Italian Immigration

Every year, Italy is always among the top ten countries that foreigners would like to move to. There are many reasons for this, including the country’s rich history, culture, and art scene, beautiful ...

How to Plan the Best Serravalle Designer Outlet Shopping Day

How to Plan the Best Serravalle Designer Outlet Shopping Day

How to get the most out of a shopping excursion to Serravalle Designer Outlet near Milan Are you looking for a great shopping excursion and day trip from Milan? Look no further than Serravalle Designe...

Cosmopolitan Identities

Cosmopolitan Identities

“In an era where global vision and cross-cultural competencies are critical to business success, multicultural upbringing can be far-reaching. Multilingual, highly-skilled and international experience...

<strong>Gerard Logan Makes the Audience’s Hair Stand on End at the Menotti Theatre</strong>

Gerard Logan Makes the Audience’s Hair Stand on End at the Menotti Theatre

It’s been a while, but it was well worth the wait. Watching Gerard Logan on stage again in Milan in “Night Terrors” at the Teatro Menotti was as much a treat as it was last time, when he played Oscar ...

The Significance of Mimosa on March 8th

The Significance of Mimosa on March 8th

Since 1977, March 8th has been celebrated as International Women’s Day, a United Nations sanctioned day of observance celebrating women’s contributions to society. In Italy, it is traditional to give ...

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