Your Holiday Top Tips – Milan

Marina Spironetti picks a selection of the best activities and events to get involved with during a stay in Milan Hangar Bicocca  This brilliant contemporary art exhibition space opened in 2004 following the conversion of a huge industrial plant. The space now houses permanent and temporary exhibitions that will wow in size and innovation. Take […]

Grand Canal in Milan

grand canal in milan

A summer night’s dusk falls on the Grand Canal in Milan and the cafés that line the waterside prepare themselves for another evening’s brisk trade, but it wasn’t always so peaceful… Today, this is just a beautiful place to be, but these waterways were once the very arteries of Milan, carrying the city’s lifeblood around […]

Sacro Monte di Varese

High in the hills overlooking Varese is one of the most remarkable hidden treasures you could wish to behold – the rarely seen frescoes of the Sacro Monte de Varese As far as hidden secrets go, the Sacro Monte di Varese appears like the central plot focus in a sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Situated […]

Top Ten Italian Holiday Destinations

Mario Matassa reveals his choice of the top ten holiday resorts in Italy. From the mountains to the sea, for food fans or culture vultures, there’s a destination for everyone… In a country synonymous with history, art, architecture, style, fashion, gastronomy – not to mention seemingly endless golden sands, striking and rugged landscapes, grand historical cities […]

Italia! Moments – Weekly Round Up 2

It’s time for our 2nd weekly roundup of Italia Moments submissions from our super talented fans. This week there’s a range of seascapes and delicate flowers, perhaps it will inspire you to send in your own photographic moments captured in Italy… Both of these photos along the Amalfi Coast were sent in by The Blog of Pigeon Voyageur, he explains that a […]

The Grand Tour – Part 2: Turin, Genoa and Milan

In the second part of our six-part series, Jon Palmer continues on the trail of the Grand Tourists by chasing after a few sedan chairs around 18th-century Turin, Genoa and Milan. Few considered Turin an important destination on their Grand Tour. It just happened to be the first city you came to. Back then, anyone […]

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A spectacular example of 19th-century architecture, the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade in Milan had a central part to play in the birth of the modern-day malls in which we shop today… Gazing up through the central octagonal glass dome of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to the blue skies above gives a whole new […]

48 Hours In Milan at Christmas

The city of Milan is readying itself for the festive period, and its shops and gallerias are a glittering display of opulence. Lorenza Bacino goes shopping… Here I am spending a winter weekend in Milan, Italy’s hub of design, fashion and culture, and I can’t wait to visit the luxurious Rinascente department store and savour […]

Diurno Venezia

It’s Milan as you have never seen it before as we explore, Diurno Venezia, below the street with Forbidden Places… These public baths below the streets of Milan were built in an Art Deco style typical of the interwar period. Besides baths, barber shops and sundry recreational facilities, customers had a choice of services ranging […]

Milan: The Realm of Design

Once again Milan is the capital of design. Marina Spironetti reveals where to devour the latest trends and discover the hottest independent designers… If you are a design addict, chances are you will be flying to Italy at the beginning of April to attend the annual Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile). This is […]