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The Milan City Journal

Milan: a quest for beauty

How Milan started its quest for beauty? The Belle Epoque The second half of the nineteenth century was a crucial period for the city. The whole Piazza del Duomo was subject to a relevant renovation. Architect Giuseppe Mengoni was in charge of the construction of the Galleria which was dedicated to the King of Italy as well as the equestrian monument in the middle of the square. The first powerhouse…

Most popular brands on Instagram

The most popular brands on Instagram. The top twenty of the most popular brands on Instagram. Every brand has its own hashtag. Whatever we do or wear we tent to identify our pictures using the official or most popular hashtag of that particular brand. Here is the list of the most popular italian fashion  brands on instagram.  The list takes into consideration only the most popular hashtags and does not…

Piazza del Duomo

The Piazza del Duomo This is the heart of this concentric city. It has a 17.000 square meters surface and it is surrounded by several buildings on three sides while the fourth one is occupied by the cathedral. At its centre there is the equestrian statue of king Vittorio Emanuele the II, the first king of Italy. The two porticos on the right and left side were designed by architect…

History of Milan: the Modern Era

The Spanish domination: 12th of October 1492 is an important milestone in the history of the world. Christopher Columbus arrived to what he believed were the Indies and discovered America. This date marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era. While Columbus’s fleet was sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in Milan Ludovico il Moro, lord of the city, was struggling to maintain his power…

History of Milan: the Middle Ages

]It is hard to recap the middle ages in a few lines but we will give it a try. Steady, ready…go! The end of the Roman Empire During the whole fifth century AD Milan was often under attack. The barbarian invasions seriously affected the economy and prosperity of the city. In 452 AD Attila led his people (the Huns) to the city and confiscated goods and properties of the Milanese people. In…

The Tempio della Vittoria, a monument for the Milanese people

The Tempio della Vittoria is a monument dedicated to the Milanese who died during the first world war and its construction begun in 1927 on a project by architect Giovanni Muzio with the cooperation of the famous designer and architect Gio Ponti. Where is it? The area chosen for the erection of this memorial monument is particularly meaningful. It was the cemeterium ad martyres (the cemetery of the martyrs) to…