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The Milan City Journal

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…