Italian Photography Exhibits in Milan, Fall 2016

This time of year is great for filling up on cultural activities: the days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and we haven’t hit the crazy winter holiday/exams period yet.

To get your fill, why not make the most of your time studying abroad in Milan focusing on Italian culture and history? We highly suggest a good photography exhibit to do so. Photography combines both art and history: each picture is a snapshot of a particular time, frozen forever.

With that in mind, we’ve put together some info on 4 great historical Italian photography exhibits that will be in Milan this fall (with some going on into the winter months too). Check out each exhibit’s website for opening hours.

Read on, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Black and white group of ducksToni Nicolini Photos 1960s-2000s
What: If photography could be poetry, Italian photography Nicolini would be one of the modern period’s best realist poets. His photos span several decades and several areas of Italy and beyond. Learn a little about what was happening in Italy during the second half of the last century through the eyes of this poet-photographer.
When: 16 September-23 October 2016
Where: FORMA, Via Meravigli 5 (M1 Cordusio)
How much: €8 – €6

Young woman headshotFederico Patellani Photos 1945-1946
What: A little further afield (you’ll have to go to Cinisello Balsamo, a Milan suburb, to see it), this exhibit focuses on the specific period right after WWII and specifically when the Republic of Italy was founded on 2 June 1946. That was also the first time women were given the vote in Italy. A mix of everyday life and photos focusing on the birth of a new country, 70 large-scale photos are included in the show.
When: 18 September 2016-15 January 2017
Where: MUFOCO, Via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo (M5 Bignami, then tram 31)
How much: Free admission

Two women with reflectionItalian Women Photographers 1965-2015
What: This unique exhibit features around 50 Italian photographers, all women. With the emergence of feminism and social change in the ’60s, women in Italy began stepping behind the camera to capture a before-unseen point of view. The show also features a multimedia installation that includes interviews with photographers along with their works of art.
When: 5 October 2016-8 January 2017
Where: Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6 (M1 M2 Cadorna)
How much: €6

La Scala after bombingMilano, Story of a Rebirth 1943-1953
What: Another exhibit focusing on the time around WWII (during and after), this one doesn’t open until mid-November. You’ll see lots of images about the destruction from the war and the reconstruction after it was over. There are also posters, objects and mementos from the time period.
When: 10 November 2016-12 February 2017
Where: Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6 (M1 San Babila or M3 Montenapoleone)
How much: €10 – €8

Movies in English in Milan Oct. 2016 – Feb. 2017

A group of mostly strangers in a dark room, all watching the same thing at the same time. This is part of the movie theater experience. But you’re a study abroad student in Milano and your Italian might not be quite good enough to enjoy a full-length feature film. So what can you do? Don’t worry, a series of films in English is screened in cinemas in Milano each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (i.e. English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Sound & Motion Pictures flyer4, 6 October
ME BEFORE YOU
directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin; 110 minutes

10, 11, 13 October
ELVIS & NIXON
directed by Liza Johnson, starring Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey; 86 minutes

17, 18, 20 October
WAR DOGS
directed by Todd Phillips, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller; 149 minutes

24, 25, 27 October
CAFÉ SOCIETY
directed by Woody Allen, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart; 96 minutes

31 October, 3 November
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt; 132 minutes

8, 10 November
INFERNO
directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Ben Foster; 121 minutes

14, 15, 17 November
AMERICAN PASTORAL
directed by Ewan McGregor, starring Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly; 126 minutes

21, 22, 24 November
I, DANIEL BLAKE
directed by Ken Loach, starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires; 100 minutes

28, 29 November, 1 December
GENIUS
directed by Michael Grandage, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law; 104 minutes

5, 6 December
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal; 115 minutes

13, 15 December
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
directed by David Yates, starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller; 120 minutes

9, 10, 12 January
ARRIVAL
directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner; 116 minutes

16, 17, 19 January
ALLIED
directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard; 120 minutes

23, 24, 26 January
SULLY
directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart; 96 minutes

30, 31 January, 2 February
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant; 111 minutes

6, 7, 9 February
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
directed by Matt Ross starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay; 118 minutes

Champions League Final Match and Festival in Milano

Football fans unite!

It’s almost time for one of the most important football matches of the season. And it will be played right here in Milano! The UEFA Champions League final match will be at San Siro this Saturday. And the city is getting ready to welcome all the fans (many of whom are Spanish supporters of the two competing teams, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid) who want to be a part of the action.

Stadium with Champions League bannersIf you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the match, you can get into stadium as early as 5:45pm. Just head to the San Siro Stadio stop on the purple line of the underground. Be sure to get there early to get through security and find your seat. The match starts at 8:45 and Alicia Keys will be performing before the whistle blows during the opening ceremony.

If you don’t have tickets, there are plenty of other events around the city, starting at 10am on Thursday 26 May. The first event is a concert of the Italian Gospel Choir in Piazza del Duomo (who will be also perform on the same day at 9:30pm).

Cathedral with bird and Champions League structureMost of the action Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May will take place in the area between Piazza del Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. Events include live music in Piazza del Duomo and football matches and workshops in the Castello Sforzesco area. You can also win special prizes and meet past players from important Champions League teams. For the latest info on events, see the Turismo Milano website.

If you want to see the trophy itself, it will be on display before the match in front of the Duomo. There’s also a museum of sorts set up in front of the castle, with official jerseys of the 32 teams in this year’s tournament and lots of photos of important moments in the history of the tournament.

Finally, if you want to watch the match with other the fans who didn’t make it to the stadium, you have two options. For Real fans, head to the Pagano stop on the red line, where jumbo screens and street food will be set up. Atlético fans should go to Piazza Duca d’Aosta (Centrale stop on the yellow and green lines) to watch the match on jumbo screens and hang out with fellow supporters. And, depending on which team is victorious, happy fans will be celebrating late into the night!

Bienvenida Madrid!

App Review: VisitMilano

You’re new to the city and want to see all the best tourist attractions as you settle in to your daily life. Or you’ve already been in Milan for a few weeks but you need a little help navigating your new city. Or you’ve been here months but you want to take advantage of the many events happening around town. Or you’re practically a local but you have friends or family coming to visit, ready to see all the sights.

You could surf the web for all this info, sometimes running into roadblocks if you don’t speak Italian. And right here on MilanoZine, we have a quick guide to sightseeing in Milan, which we highly recommend!

Main menuBut now there’s a one-stop solution to all these scenarios: VisitMilano. It’s the official tourism app that was recently released by the city of Milan.

Main Functions
The VisitMilano app is available for Android and iPhone – we reviewed the Android version. The main screen has several of the main features you can scroll through, with the @turismomilano Twitter feed at the bottom (with tweets in both English and Italian). You can access the menu (as seen in the screenshot) from the upper left-hand corner.

One event in this sectionThe app’s most important functions include:

  • Events: Info on events in the city
  • Attractions: Top tourist spots
  • Itineraries: Several different topic-based itineraries
  • Getting Around: Information on public transport and purchasing tickets

The other sections on the app’s main menu don’t seem to be very helpful: The “Favorites” section is simply a questionnaire, in Italian, about who you are; “Creative Milan” had just 5 design-related events and exhibits; “Chosen for you” only listed one random exhibit on my phone (even after I updated the info in the “Favorites” section); the “Milan for you” section allows you answer a questionnaire about the app and send pictures and information to Turismo Milano; and of course the Credits provides info on who developed the app.

Map view of eventsEvents and Attractions
These two sections are the backbone of the app, with lots of useful info for both tourists and longer-term residents. Events and attractions are available both as a list and on a handy map of the city, so you can get an idea of where they’re located. There are descriptions of each item, but, in our opinion, the English text could be improved upon. However, descriptions are good enough for users to understand and learn more about the city.

Both sections are divided into various categories based on your interests. Events can be searched by date and can also be saved to your phone’s calendar. Another cool feature is that some events and attractions are located outside the city, in case you’re interested in taking a day trip.

One area with room for improvement is there is no location-based list functions: that is, events and attractions can’t be listed based on your location, as is available in other apps (e.g. TripAdvisor and Swarm).

Itineraries
The app has a good selection of itineraries for various kinds of tourists. Whatever your interests, from fashion and design, to history and art to food and sports, there’s a cool itinerary for you. And, again, locations outside the city center are often included.

Menu for Getting AroundGetting Around Features
In the Getting Around section, you can purchase tickets for public transport, find out the best way to get from point A to point B (Trip planner), get info on bike sharing and parking. The “Public transport” section is supposed to give you info on the closest stop to a certain location, but it wasn’t working when I tried it (it kept pointing me to Piazza Fontana regardless of what address I inserted).

The purchase tickets functions seems to work. If you want to buy tickets, you’ll be charged using mobile phone credit (tickets can be scanned directly from your phone). Your phone can then be scanned as you go through the turnstiles to get on the subway.

Map of itineraryTrip planner can be pretty helpful to someone who’s not familiar with the city. However, it’s not very user-friendly because it just shows you a map, with no written instructions on what tram or subway to take and which direction (as you can see in the screenshot). And it can be confusing because you need to use a specific address (i.e. Piazza del Duomo, Milan) instead of a landmark like “Duomo” when you search.

The Bike sharing function works well: you’ll see where the bike stands are located and how many bikes are available at each location. It will also show you how to get to a specific bike stand, if necessary.

 

Data Usage
If you’re worried about international roaming charges, no need for concern: this app is not a data hog (though we always suggest using local WiFi whenever possible when traveling abroad!). And on our Android phone, it only takes up about 34MB of memory.

Pros
Lots of info on events, attractions and several good itineraries for travelers. The bike sharing and purchasing tickets for public transport sections can be handy.

Cons
The English used in descriptions for events and attractions is not the best. Some functions, like the Trip Planner and Chosen for You sections, need improvement.

In Short
A good app for newcomers to Milan, but let’s hope for updates soon to fix the various problems we found!

The Best Art Exhibits in Milan in Spring 2016

You’ve chosen to study in Italy, a country famous for its food culture, its stunning landscapes and its art history. But as soon as you land in Milan, you realize that it’s a city famous for fashion and design, yes, but also business, finance and… maybe soccer. What about the art? Compared to other Italian cities like Rome and Florence, it might not be as blatant, but art is definitely an important part of Milan’s identity, as long as you know where to look.

In fact, there are so many choices in a city like Milano, it can be overwhelming. So we’ve selected a few of the best temporary art exhibits you can visit around the city… right now! They all feature Italian artists, focusing on restored artwork, urban paintings, futurism, art in Milan in the early 20th century or contemporary art, take your pick!

Rediscovered BeautyPortrait of Malta Knight by Caravaggio
To showcase recently restored artwork, the Intesa Sanpaolo Foundation has put together an exhibit of a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, other objects and archaeological artifacts from museums all over Italy (and one museum in Slovakia). Artists include Caravaggio, Perugino and Lotto, with a total of 140 works restored and brought together in Milan. Definitely worth a visit!
When
: 1 April-17 July 2016
Where: Gallerie d’Italia, Piazza della Scala 6; M1 M3 Duomo
Admission: €5

Mosè Bianchi: Lost Milan
Ever wonder what Milano looked like in the 1800s? From the Duomo, to the Colonne di San Lorenzo to the Navigli, many monuments were the same, but the details surrounding them were very different. Check out this exhibit of paintings of the city by an Italian artist from Monza.
When: 18 March-26 June 2016
WhereGAM Manzoni, Via Manzoni 45; M3 Montenapoleone
Admission: €6

Umberto Boccioni: Genius and MemorySelf-portrait of Boccioni, 1909
Futurism was an art movement that took over Italy at the turn of the 20th century. And one of the most famous and influential futurist artists was Umberto Boccioni, who passed away 100 years ago. Find out more about this very Italian style and see 280 works of art by Boccioni, including drawings, paintings, engravings, photographs, books, magazines and documents.
When: 23 March-10 July 2016
WherePalazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12; M1 M3 Duomo
Admission: €13

Milan Galleries Between the Two Wars
Between WWI and WWII, the city of Milano was fertile ground for artists and intellectuals, who often met in the galleries around the city. A number of artistic movements were born or matured, including futurism, chiarismo and aeropittura. This exhibit brings together 100 works of art, including paintings, sculpture and related documents, for a complete look at the art of the time.
When: 25 February-22 May 2016
Where: Fondazione Stelline, Corso Magenta 61; Mi M2 Cadorna
Admission: €8

La grande scacchiera installationBonus 1-day art event:
BAG-Bocconi Art Gallery
Did you know you can see a wide range of contemporary works of art right here on the Bocconi campus? Every year, the campus opens its doors to the public during Bocconi Art Gallery, offering guided tours, talks with the artists themselves and live music. It’s a fun evening, especially for anyone looking to find out more about the Italian and international contemporary art scene.
When: 12 May, starting at 5:30pm
WhereBocconi University, Via Sarfatti 25; M3 Porta Romana
Admission: Free

Leonardo’s Vineyard in Milano

The Renaissance master tends his garden, examining the plump grapes just before harvest. Later, while taking a break from painting the Last Supper, he oversees the winemaking process as his workers press the grapes and ferment and age the juice and pulp.  After it has been aged, he tastes the finished product and enjoys what his very own vineyard has produced.

Gate and vineyardThis is the image that a trip to La Vigna di Leonardo evokes. Experience a tour of the Renaissance villa where Leonardo Da Vinci stayed while in Milan. Then wander around the villa’s beautiful courtyard, including a small vineyard that once belonged to Leonardo himself.

This unique museum opened last year, just in time for the Expo. Leonardo’s vineyard was destroyed during WWII, but researchers recently started working on identifying the variety of grape that had been planted there. After testing the soil, the same vines were replanted in the same location as the original vineyard.

Stone well in green settingSo, if you’re curious about the Renaissance painter’s life when he lived in Milan, first go see the Last Supper. Then go to La Vigna di Leonardo.

La Vigna di Leonardo
Corso Magenta 65
+39 02 4816150
Admission: €10 full price; €8 students
Opening times: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (last tour starts at 5:30pm)

GETTING THERE
Metro: MM1/MM2 Cadorna, MM1 Conciliazione, MM2 S. Ambrogio
Train: FNM Stazione Cadorna
Tram: 16 e 19
Bus: 18, 50, 58, 94

Movies in English in Milan: March-June 2016

The smell of popcorn, the darkness, a room full of people all focused on the same thing at the same time. What’s not to love about going to the cinema? If you don’t speak Italian, you might think this is something you’ll have to forgo during your time studying in Milan. But never fear! A series of films in English is screened in movie theaters each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (read: English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Film Fest flyer7, 8, 10 March – 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
THE REVENANT
directed by A. González Iñárritu starring L. DiCaprio, T. Hardy: 156 minutes

14, 17 March – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
15 March – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
JOY
directed by D. O.Russell starring J. Lawrence, R. De Niro: 124 minutes

21, 24 March – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
22 March – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
THE DANISH GIRL
directed by T. Hooper starring E. Redmayne, A. Vikander: 119 minutes

29, 31 March – 3pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
directed by Q. Tarantino starring S. L. Jackson, K. Russell: 167 minutes

4, 7 April – 1pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10:30pm
5 April – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
SPOTLIGHT
directed by T. McCarthy starring M. Ruffalo, M. Keaton: 128 minutes

11, 14 April – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
12 April – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
HAIL, CAESAR!
directed by J. and E. Cohen starring G. Clooney, J. Brolin: 106 minutes

18, 21 April – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
19 April- 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
TRUTH
directed by J. Vanderbilt starring C. Blanchett, R. Redford: 125 minutes

26 April – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
28 April – 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
TRUMBO
directed by J. Roach starring B. Cranston, D. Lane: 124 minutes

2, 5 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
3 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
ROOM
directed by L. Abrahamson starring B. Larson, J. Tremblay: 118 minutes

9, 12 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
10 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
RACE
directed by S. Hopkins starring S. James, J. Sudeikis: 100 minutes

16, 19 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
17 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
BROOKLYN
directed by J. Crowley starring S. Ronan, E. Cohen: 111 minutes

23, 26 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
24 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
CRIMINAL
directed by A. Vromen starring G. Gadot, R. Reynolds: 100 minutes

30 May – 1pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10:30pm
31 May – 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
LEGEND
directed by B. Helgeland starring T. Hardy, E. Browning: 132 minutes

6, 9 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
7 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
THE DRESSMAKER
directed by J. Moorhouse starring K. Winslet, L. Hemsworth: 118 minutes

13, 16 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
14 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
LOVE & MERCY
directed by B. Pohlad starring J. Cusack, P. Dano: 121 minutes

20, 23 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
21 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
FREE STATE OF JONES
directed by G. Ross starring M. McConaughey, G. Mbatha-Raw: 100 minutes

Top 5 Packing Tips for Study Abroad in Milano

It all started a few months ago when you went to the study abroad fair. You were overwhelmed by the number of incredible options. Then you finally narrowed down your choices and applied. After weeks of wondering, hoping and calling on help from a higher power, you received your acceptance letter. Now, the moment is finally here: you’re about to leave for study abroad!

Amidst all the excitement, this is also when you realize one important detail: you’re not just embarking on a new adventure in a new country with a new language, you also have to… pack! That means fitting all the worldly possessions you’ll need to survive the next few months into just a few suitcases.

In addition to the usual advice for airline travel (be aware of weight limits and carry-on restrictions), here are the most important tips and tricks to keep in mind when packing for study abroad in Milano.

Students studying in common room1. Pack light!
Our number one, most important piece of advice for packing is to pack light. Though you may be tempted to bring your entire wardrobe and everything you might possibly need during your semester abroad, resist all temptations. When packing your bags, it’s a good idea to leave about half of what you originally wanted to bring.
Keep in mind that Milano is a cosmopolitan city, so you should be able to find whatever you may need in or around town. And looking for where certain things are sold can be a bit of an adventure!

2. Pack for the Milanese weather
The Milanese climate is famous for grey skies and fog in the winter, but summers are generally hot and humid. And throughout the year, you can experience pretty much everything in between. So be sure to pack an umbrella for rainy days, sunglasses for sunny ones, and a winter coat and hat/scarf/gloves for the blistery winter months.

3. Pack to look nice, but also comfortable
Milanese style is usually very put-together, even for students – so be sure to pack more than just sweats and t-shirts. Looking nice is not just for the fashionistas in Milano. That said, you should also think about comfort, especially for your feet. If you’re planning to travel or even just go sightseeing near Milan, you’ll probably do a lot of walking, and that means comfy shoes are a must!

4. Pack your travel gear
Many study abroaders take advantage of being in a new part of the world to see as much of it as possible. So be sure to leave some room in your suitcase for everything you need to be a good tourist: a good camera to capture memories, good footwear (as mentioned above), a journal or sketchbook and anything you may need for transit. Don’t forget things like power adapters, and of course your passport and visa paperwork!

5. Pack something from home
Last but not least, we suggest you bring something unique to your home town or region. With an increasingly globalized world, it’s nice to remember that there are still objects or traditions that can only be found in certain parts of the world. You could bring something that reminds you of home to help you on days when you get homesick. Or you might bring a gift for your future friends or roommates, your host family or someone who helps you out as you get settled into your new surroundings. It’s a fun way to share your home culture in a new setting.

So, what are you waiting for? Get packing!

6 Made in Milan Brand Museums

Fashion, the automotive industry, cocktails, design and football. These sectors are all essential to Milan’s identity and business community. And each is represented by a company based in the city with their own museum. Find out more about where you can learn about each company’s history and brand. all Made in Milano.

Bodice of embroidered garment1. Armani Silos: Fashionistas should head to this museum, focusing on 40 years of Armani fashion. Sections focus on different topics, including Stars, Daywear, Esotismi, Cromatismi and Luce. Come to browse 600 outfits and 200 accessories from Armani collections. Get an inside look at the designer’s aesthetic and how it has evolved over the years.
Address: Via Bergognone 40
Getting There: M2 Porta Genova
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-8pm; Thurs and Sat open till 10pm
Admission: €12

2. Fondazione Pirelli: The automotive industry in Northern Italy is world-famous, with brands based in Maranello (Ferrari), Torino (Fiat) and Sant’Agata Bolognese (Lamborghini). But most of these cars get their tires from a company based right here in Milano: Pirelli. To find out more about the history of the company and their communication materials, visit the foundation.
Address: Viale Sarca 222
Getting There: M5 Ponale
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

Stand with Campari logo3. Galleria Campari: A brand known around the world for its pre-dinner cocktails, Campari is also based in Milano. Check out their cool multimedia exhibit featuring their communication campaigns, especially from the belle epoque era. With 150 years of history, their image and design identity are still very relevant today.
Address: Via Gramsci 161, Sesto San Giovanni
Getting There: M1 Sesto 1 Maggio
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: tours at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm; first and third Saturday of every month: tours at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm
Admission: Free

Façade of Kartell Museum4. Kartell Museo: Milano is known around the world as a design capital. As one of the most famous Italian design brands, Kartell’s museum does not disappoint. Located outside the city (so you’ll need to take a bus to get there), great collections of 8,000 objects, 5,000 designs and 15,000 photographs are available. You can learn more about the brand’s history, production, materials used, technology and communication strategies.
Address: Via delle Industrie 3, Noviglio
Getting There: Take the Rosate or Motta Visconti bus from the M2 Famagosta stop and get off at the Noviglio Santa Corinna stop
Opening Hours: Contact the museum to make a reservation
Admission: Free

Cup and exhibit from AC Milan museum5. Mondo Milan Museum: For soccer fans (and especially AC Milan fans), this is the museum for you. Learn all about the team’s history, spanning over 100 years, with a focus on famous players, trophies and memorabilia. There is currently a temporary exhibit included in the price focusing on the FIFA World Cup and how its made.
Address: Via Aldo Rossi 8
Getting There: M1 Lotto or M5 Portello
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm
Admission: €18 full price, €12 for Cuore Rossonero cardholders

6. Museo Branca: With a history dating back to 1845, Branca’s museum has been open since 2009. Located in the 1913 factory, it focuses on the brand’s advertising history and the production of the digestif. And if you want to find out even more, head to the Torre Branca (admission cost €5), designed by Gio Ponti and towering 108m above Parco Sempione.
Address: Via Resegone 2
Getting There: M3 Maciachini, Passante Lancetti
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-3pm; reservations required
Admission: Free

25 Reasons Why We Love Living in Miano

There are weeks when Milan is dull and grey, and it always feels as if the rain starts to fall on Saturday morning and the sun shines brightly every Monday afternoon. However, although we love to complain about Milan, the truth is that we actually do love it very much. Here is a list of reasons to remind you why you love living in Milano:

25) In restaurants, a salad costs more than a plate of pasta or a meat dish, and yet you choose to order the salad every time.

24) There is a gelateria around every street corner, but you still walk for miles just to go to your favorite one.

23) You also do the same thing with your favourite pizzeria, and you can argue about this for hours with your friends.

22) It’s worth living here for the rest of the year just to experience the two weeks of Fashion Week.

Tree in park21) Lounging in Parco Sempione on summer afternoons, after trying (and failing) to study for your upcoming exam in the park.

20) You need four cups of coffee to sustain yourself through an average day.

19) There is no dearth of places where you can get good coffee.

18) You know the exact difference between a caffè, caffè lungo, caffè macchiato, caffè corretto, latte macchiato, cappuccino, marocchino and at what time of the day each drink is appropriate. You also look down on people who drink a cappuccino after 11.00am in the morning.

Cadorna sculpture close-up17) You use BikeMi to go everywhere even though you own a bicycle that you haven’t used in years.

16) Bumping into someone you know when you are out in the evening because there are just three main areas in the city where most people hang out.

15) Standing in the middle of the night with at least 15-20 other people waiting for the last tram to pass by.

14) You can’t help but support either Inter or Milan once you start living here even if you don’t actually follow football!

13) You start following football regardless of whether you like it or not, and you know better than to go out on the eve of a match.

12) You also know better than to leave your supermarket shopping for a Sunday evening.

11) You can take the metro, change lines twice and still manage to reach your destination well before a direct bus journey.

10) You have a complicated relationship with the public transportation system of the city. You love to complain about it all the time, but get very defensive when you hear other people trashing it.

Exterior and roof of La Scala9) Darsena on a Saturday night.

8 ) You proudly boast about La Scala to tourists and people you meet abroad, while never actually having been to a performance yourself.

7) Hearing the phrase Panzerotto da Luini automatically makes you nod in agreement.

6) The quality of your day is directly related to whether it’s raining or not.

Side view of Duomo cathedral5) Crepes and cocktails in Porta Ticinese right in front of the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

4) The Duomo takes your breath away every time you catch a first glimpse of it, even though you pass it almost every day.

3) Your love for the city can be expressed in just one word: APERITIVO.

2) It’s the only place in the world where everyone is on holiday for the entire month of August.

1) You can’t wait to leave when you live there, but when you are away you miss it and want to come back!