Exploring Milano NoLo District

Exploring Milano NoLo District

NoLo: Milan’s Coolest “New” Quarter Milan is constantly changing: former run-down and abandoned industrial areas, such as Porta Nuova, Portello and P.ta Genova have been infused with new life and have...

48 Hours in Verona

48 Hours in Verona

Day 1 Itinerary What better way is there, than to spend Valentine’s Day in Verona, Italy’s city of love? Begin the tour at Castelvecchio (corso Castelvecchio 2). This medieval castle with its brick ex...

Italian Style Christmas

Italian Style Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although you may be far from home, make the most of the season with our tips on how to celebrate an Italian Style Christmas. Your beginner’s kit should...

Tracy Roberts talks about new international crowdfunding project

Tracy Roberts talks about new international crowdfunding project

With over 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 48 million visitors per year, who doesn’t love Italy? It is this passion for Italy that has prompted Tracy Roberts fellow expat living in Italy for 33...

Milan: Mixing Old with the New

Milan: Mixing Old with the New

As an American, one thing that strikes on your first trip to Europe is the history. The relative age of North America is nothing compared to that of the European continent. Buildings of historical sig...

The Venice Carnival

The Venice Carnival

When thinking of the Carnival, two cities stand out from the rest of the world, Venice and Rio. Given the cold temperatures in Italy since the start of 2016, my pick would definitely be Rio, but as I ...

Who was Mr. Marino?

Who was Mr. Marino?

Where did the name Palazzo Marino came from? Here is the story… Right in front of the Teatro alla Scala you can see an important building – now hosting the headquarters of Milan’s Mayor and Deputy May...

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Did you know… the Devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana 3?

Among the numerous myths and legends about Milan there is a curious one that says that the devil lived in Corso di Porta Romana n. 3.  Why? From 1629 through 1631, in northern Italy, there were a seri...

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Ezio Barbieri and “La Banda della Aprilia Nera” A long time ago Milan’s neighborhood “Isola” (island) was isolated from the rest of the city – due to the railway crossing it – and it was inhabited by ...

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina was a young girl from the Lake of Como, more precisely from Schignano. At the time and in those areas, according to custom, young brides dressed in black – and not in white as you are used to ...

The Secret Price of History

The Secret Price of History

Most of us would agree that you can consider yourself well integrated into a new country when you stop translating back and forth from your native language and culture. Yet for a handful of assimilate...

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Have you ever noticed that many Italians have the same name and most of them are named after a Saint? It is not lack of imagination, but a strong influence of their tradition. As we all know, Italy is...

How much do you know about St Andrew?

How much do you know about St Andrew?

St Andrew’s Day (or more usually Night) is very important to all Scots around the world as it is when we celebrate Saint Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint. But how much do you know about him? Here’s a p...

Independence Day message from Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

Independence Day message from Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

Dear Friends, Happy Independence Day! Although Americans will celebrate our national day across the globe, Milan is THE place to be this year. The New York Times named Milan as its top travel destinat...

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