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The Milan City Journal

Palazzo Cova, the other castle of Milan

The castello is actually a palazzo and was built between 1910 and 1915 on a project by architect Adolfo Coppedè. It is an astonishing example of the so-called gothic revival architecture which spread around Europe during the late 18th century, in contrast with the neo-classical style. The castello features a tower with a crenellated parapet at its top, typical of the medieval architecture. Built with red bricks and white stones it develops on five storeys and the first floor features a loggia which further enlarges the massive shape of this building. You can see it at: Via Carducci, Milan Underground…

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…

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…