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The Milan City Journal

Les Pommes: a good choice for a dinner

If you are in town for the Milan’s women fashion week 2016 and you are looking for a nice restaurant where to relax between a show and a party, Les Pommes is surely the place to go. It is a tiny restaurant in the Isola dandy district, just a few steps from the new financial district and its astonishing skyscrapers. The grey colored walls and the old-fashioned jazz music playing in the background welcome the guests in what seems to be a familiar place. The shelves on the walls with their books and wine bottles seem to be the ones in…

Tour of the Monumental Cemetery

It sounds creepy but a tour of the Milan’s Monumental Cemetery is an experience you cannot miss if you happen to be in Milan. The cemetery was officially opened to the public in 1866after two years of construction and was designed by architect Carlo Maciachini who is also responsible of the completion of the façade of the Saint Marco’s church in the Brera district. The main entrance of the cemetery features a building called the Famedio (from the latin words famae aedes – temple of fame) were are buried the most distinguished and notable Milanese. Among the people who are…

The Fondazione Prada in Milan

The Fondazione Prada has recently opened its doors in Milan. The location chosen to display the large collection of works of art is an old distillery dated 1910 in the outskirts of the city. The renovation of the existing buildings has been committed to the architecture firm OMA lead by the worldwide know architect Rem Koolhaas. The aim of the project was nor a restyling of existing building neither a new architecture project. Regarding the vision of this new space Rem Koolhaas says “The Fondazione is not a preservation project and not a new architecture. Two conditions that are usually…

Shopping in Milan: the Excelsior experience

Each shopping capital has its signature department store. Paris has the Galeries Lafayette, London has Harrod’s , New York has Saks Fifth Avenue and Milan has its own one: the Excelsior.  The building has been designed by architects Jean Nouvel and Vincenzo de Cotiis who have turned an old cinema in the city centre into a shopping paradise. It is set on seven floors from the basement to the rooftop. The lower level is a contemporary grocery store where to taste and buy typical Italian products: fresh meat, pasta, pastries and chocolate treats will make your tour on this level…

And now Milan has its “Hollywood” sign

It is an American landmark, standing right there on the top of Mount Hill since 1923 when a real estate entrepreneur put it there to advertise the construction of a new residential district. It is the Hollywood sign. Since then its popularity has grown to become an American icon. Thousands of tourists go there to see what they saw in the movies and to experience the most what the Santa Monica Mountains have to offer.  Throughout the years it became the symbol of the movie industry that vibes in Hollywood, a fast paced environment where dreams come true. The city…

Restaurant “Al Fresco”

“A meeting place with food and dining” this is the motto appearing on the website of the Al Fresco restaurant. Settled in the Tortona district, there where the design week takes place each year in April. The restaurant offers a wide selection of first courses that changes every month or so. The list ranges from vegetable soup to spaghetti, from ravioli to risotto. While the list of main courses of the menu includes: veal, lamb, duck and codfish.  A must of the Italian dining tradition is antipasto: a small course to warm the stomach up before you actually get to…

Verona city guide

In the opening lines of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” William Shakespeare called it “fair Verona”. The city in the Veneto region worldwide know for the love story of the two adolescents belonging to the “two households, both alike in dignity”.  This is the reason why the city is still so popular and it is one of the more visited destination in Italy.  A must see is then the house of Giulietta Capuleti even though  the real last name of the family was Cappelletti.  Above the main entrance of the palazzo there is the coat of arms of the Cappelletti…