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The Milan City Journal

History of Milan: The Roman Era

In 222 BC the Romans conquered the Celtic settlement and in 286 BC Milan, then called Mediolanum, became the capital of the Western Roman empire under Diocletian. In 313 AD the emperor Constantine the first, through the Edict of Milan guaranteed to the Christians freedom of religion. In 374 AD Ambrosgio became the archbishop of Milan by acclamation. The people wanted him to lead the Milanese church and he became priest on the 7th of December. This day is still a local holyday for the city of Milan. During his mandate Ambrosius commissioned the construction of three churches: the Basilica…

Restaurants for fashion week 2016

If you happen to be in town for the fashion week 2016 and you are looking for a restaurant in Milano here below there are some suggestions. No matter if you just need to grab a bte or if you wanna have a full dinner: Milan has everything you are looking for. Restaurants in Milano Luini – $ A few steps from the Duomo there is this little store which opened its doors in 1888. If you fancy some typical Italian food don’t miss the chance to try a panzerotto which consists of a sort of salty donut stuffed with…

Urban Outfitters takes Milan

Urban Outfitter takes Milano or at least takes a part of it. The US retailer headquartered in Philadelphia has chosen Milan to open its first store in Italy. It is not a proper store like those big ones that you get to see in the Big Apple. For the time being it is a so called “shop in shop“. A dedicated corner within the Rinascente department store. The selection of items and goods is the exact same one of the stores overseas and in the UK. Brand like Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry and Clarks are made available and sold at…

Pink flamingos in the city

If you think about the pink flamingo the first city that comes to your mind is Las Vegas for sure. This is the name of one of the first casinos that settled in the middle of the Nevada’s desert in 1946. What you probably don’t know is that the city of Milan is also known to be the host city of a small colony of Pink Flamingos…real ones! If you happen to be in Milan and you would like to look for these big pink birds standing on one leg avoid to explore the parks of the city or the…

The best skyscraper of the world is in Milan

It’s official! The best skyscraper of the world is in Milan. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat  in Chicago has elected the “Bosco Verticale(vertical wood/forest)” as the most beautiful skyscraper built in 2015. The building was designed by Milanese architect Stefano Boeri who has recently declared through twitter “I am happy for Milan, I am happy for Italy, I am happy for our architecture”.  The Bosco Verticale is actually composed by two different buildings of 111 and 78 meters. The two massive residential skyscrapers feature almost a thousand trees and plants spread throughout their entire height. The construction…

Shopping in the galleria!

This astonishing building was officially inaugurated in 1867 by the King of Italy,Vittorio Emanuele the II and to the King it was dedicated as written above the main entrance.  The Galleria is 105 meters wide and 196 meters long and connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala. The roof and the cupola are entirely made of iron and glass while the ceiling vaults are decorated with mosaics representing the four continents: Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The floor features the representation of the coat of arms of the three capitals of Italy: Florence (the iris), Rome (the she-wolf), Turin…

Las Vegas city guide

The Milan City Journal has recently spent a few days in the city of Las Vegas. Here below a few tips if you plan to organize a trip to this amazing destination. What to do Well this is kind of a good question! Las Vegas is well known to be the capital of gambling and if you happen to be in the city you must sit at least once at the green table. If you are not that much into poker or card games I believe that learning how to spin the roulette won’t be hard. Just sit there and…

Grab a bite at Mercato al Duomo

Maybe it’s the EXPO effect but Milan is now offering plenty of opportunities when it comes to food and food culture. The most recent opening is the “Mercato al Duomo” right next to the Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo.  It is a modern space on 4 levels for a total amount of 5.000 square meters. The architect Michele de Lucchi has designed a new space which allow visitors to  experience the whole Italian food tradition: from the raw materials to the finished product. The “Mercato al Duomo” features five different areas: The Bar Motta: for a real Italian breakfast. This…

Trattoria Il Marinaio: seafood at its best!

If you are looking for a good restaurant in the city and you fancy some good seafood the Trattoria il Marinaio in Milan is a good option. The menu offers courses of the Apulian tradition in a small restaurant fully packed with thick wooden table. A dinner here should start with a mixed plate of raw seafood like oysters and scallops which can be purchased by the piece so that you can actually compose your customized antipasto. A dedicated section of the menu describes how to eat mussels. A bowl full of these black shells with hot pepper and garlic…

Apple Store to open soon in Milan

It seems that the endless story of the Apple store in Milan has finally come to an end. The decision has been taken. The capital of fashion will have its own Apple store.  It was a few years ago when the management of the Cupertino’s most iconic brand came to the city looking for a space where to build the store. The final choice was the Galleria, the most elegant shopping mall in downtown Milan. The municipality then evicted a McDonald’srestaurant which was at that time renting the space that Apple was willing to acquire. But Prada came and put…