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The Milan City Journal

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…

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: a shopping paradise

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 Vittorio Emanuele II 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…

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…

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…

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…