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!

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

Guide to Milan’s Outdoor Swimming Pools

Young man in fountain in front of Castello SforzescoSummer 2015 has been a scorcher for Milan, Italy and many parts of Europe, with many days seeing temperatures reach the mid- to upper-30s. It’s not easy to get used to sweating amongst locals and tourists on the subway, on the trams and just simply walking down the street. A cold gelato or an icy drink usually helps, as does entering any shop or coffee place with an excellent AC system in place. But there’s an even better way to beat the heat: go swimming!

If you don’t have the option of traveling to one of Italy’s many beautiful beaches, there are quite a few public pools around town. Check out our list of Milan’s outdoor pools below. All you need is a towel, a bathing suit, insect repellent, sunscreen and lots of water! 

Lido di Milano – This swimming pool and sports center dates back to 1931 and its cool retro architecture has worn well over the years. It also happens to be the largest outdoor pool in Milano. While you’re there, you can play other sports like tennis and soccer, gyms, beach volleyball and waterslides. M1 and M5 Lotto, Piazzale Lotto 15.

Piscina Argelati – This public pool is located in the cool part of town near the Navigli. There are three different pools located on different levels surrounded by a green area. If you’re thirsty and hungry after a day of sunbathing, remember that an aperitivo is served at the bar by the pool. M2 Porta Genova, Via Segantini 6.

Piscina Cardellino – Located in the Lorenteggio area of the city, this sports area has a large outdoor pool. It’s about a 15-minute walk from M1 Inganni, but several buses have stops closer to the pool: 49, 50, 58, 64 and 78, Via del Cardellino 3.

Piscina Romano (Ponzio) – Another historical pool complex, it was built in 1929. It’s located near Città Studi, which means you’ll probably be swimming with other students. M2 Piola, Via Ampère 20.

Piscina Saini – This sports center has the largest number of activities and services in Milano, along with lots of classes. It’s near one of Milan’s big parks too, which makes its location very green. It’s not very close to the city center, however, and not even easily accessible by subway. Bus 38, Via Corelli 136.

Piscina Sant’Abbondio – This pool has nice facilities that were built in 1976 and have been recently renovated. The outdoor pool has lots of space to lay out and enjoy the sun. M2 Abbiategrasso, Via Sant Abbondio 12.

Piscina Scarioni – Built in 1957, this sports center has 3 outdoor pools, including one Olympic size pool. It has also been renovated recently. M5 Ca’ Granda stop, Via Valfurva 9.

Idroscalo – Looking for a place with lots of shade, lots of sun, a place to take a dip and cool off and a few options to dance the night away? You could go to the seaside in Liguria or the Adriatic, but if you’re in the city, just go to Milano’s very own lake! You can rent loungers and go swimming, or play one of the 20 different sports available. Be aware that Idroscalo isn’t located near a subway stop, but it’s very close to the Linate airport. Take the 73 or 183 bus to get there.

Remember that all outdoor pools will be open until 30 August.

Bonus tip – Lots of other public pools have sunbathing areas, even if the pools are indoors. So if there’s a conveniently located pool that isn’t on our list of outdoor pools, check to see if you can soak up some rays before doing a few laps!

What’s Happening in Milano in September 2014

September is a time for new beginnings. Students come back to school classrooms and university lecture halls, workers filter back into town after spending a few weeks at the beach or in the mountains. And the city of Milano comes to life with tons of cool events, from music to film to soccer to fashion. To find out about the biggest fests and happenings, read on!

MiTo logoMITO Music Festival
4-21 September
A yearly event held in both Turin and Milan, this festival brings music to the streets and halls of the city. Mostly focused on classical music, there are also jazz performances and other events like lectures, book presentations and exhibits. A closing dance party is also on the program, set for 21 September, at the Mercedes-Benz Center Milano. Ticket prices are different for each event, and can be purchased online or before the performance, if available. Don’t miss it!

Milano Film Festival
4-14 September
This annual movie fest has feature films, shorts, animated flicks, events and movies for kids lots of other side events. Films are from all over the world so lots of languages are represented, check out their website for more info. Ticket prices range from €4-8 and can be purchased before each screening. It’s a must for film lovers and a great way to enjoy the outdoor venues as the Milanese return to the city after summer break!

AC Milan logoSerie A Soccer Games at San Siro
14, 20, 24 and 28 September
AC Milan or Inter fan? The Serie A tournament kicked off at the end of August, which means the city’s soccer stadium will be packed whenever a game is scheduled: they’re typically on Sunday evenings, though games can also be on Sunday afternoon or Saturday evening or the occasional Wednesday evening game. The next matches will be:
– Inter-Sassuolo, Sunday 14 September, 3:00pm
– Milan-Juventus, Saturday 20 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Atalanta, Wednesday 24 September, 8:45pm
– Inter-Cagliari, Sunday 28 September, 3:00pm
AC Milan tickets can be purchased online, at a Banca Populare di Milano branch or the AC Milan offices, near Portello. Get more info on the team’s website. Inter tickets can be purchased online or at one of the many Best Union sales points located in Milano and around Italy. Get more info on the team’s website.

Fashion's Night Out logoVogue Fashion’s Night Out
16 September
This event was created by the world-famous fashion magazine in NYC in 2009. It gradually expanded to include other fashion capitals and now events are organized in tons of cities around the world. What can you expect if you’re out on the town on the 16th? Lots of people hanging out in designer shops after-hours, some freebies, limited edition items, a fun look at the fall/winter fashions and maybe some celebrity sightings. What’s not to love to kick off fashion week?

Milan Fashion Week
17-22 September
Each fall after New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, fashionistas head to Milano to see  lots of great designers sending their newest looks down the runway. If you’ve got an “in” with the fashion world, you might be able to snag in invite to one of the shows. If not, you’ll have to settle for people watching outside the venues or watching live or taped fashion shows on the jumbo screens scattered around town.

Watching the World Cup in Milano

Will you be rooting for the Azzurri this summer? Or maybe The Three Lions? Or La Celeste or Los Ticos instead? For the uninitiated, these are all nicknames for national soccer teams that will face off during this year’s World Cup matches. 32 countries from all over the world are sending their men’s soccer teams to Brazil this year for the biggest championship in football. Don’t worry, you can still keep tabs on the action, even if you’re thousands of kilometers from the sunny coasts of Brazil in hot and humid Milano. Here’s how.

Students playing foosballOutdoor jumbo screens
Big-screen viewings of all the Italy games are scheduled in open-air piazzas around the city. But, before you make plans to watch some of the games outside, remember to check the weather forecast for possible rain or super-hot temps.

For the first game on Thursday at 10pm, Brazil vs Croatia, the first Italy game on Saturday at midnight (technically 12am on Sunday morning) and several other big games, jumbo screens will be set up at the following locations:

  • Alzaia Naviglio Grande – 3 screens will show the games, along with several related activities and stands. This is a cool location that will use the water creatively, and it’s right next to Milan’s biggest nightlife spot.
  • Piazza Castello – In the new pedestrian area near the castle, which has been home to food and souvenir stands for the past few weeks, a big screen will be set up to watch a different soccer match every day.
  • Idroscalo – Located on the outskirts of the city (take the 73 bus to Linate, then bus 183 or 930), this man-made lake is surrounded by a huge park and a few bars and clubs. It will host World Cup games on a 50m video wall, in addition to other related activities for sports fans.
  • Carroponte (Bicocca) – This is another locations that’s not close to downtown (Via Granelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni), but it’s not far from the Sesto Marelli/Sesto Rondò and the Bignami subway stops. Located in a large area with food stands galore, they will be showing all the Italy games and a few of the other big teams during the first round of matches.

TV options
If you’d rather watch the games in the comfort of your own home, Italy’s public TV station RAI1 will be showing one game per day, including all the Italy games. The schedule (available online here) is out for the first few days:

  • 12 June, 10pm: Brazil-Croatia
  • 13 June, 9pm: Spain-Netherlands
  • 14-15 June, 12am midnight: England-Italy
  • 15 June, 9pm: France-Honduras

And, if you or a generous friend happens to subscribe to pay TV channels (i.e. Sky or Mediaset Premium), you can probably catch all the other games too, even the teams that aren’t as popular in Italy.

Pubs and bars
The other option is, of course, to find a good pub with a TV or two that’s showing the game you’re interested in. And you can drink an ice cold beer and enjoy some pub food during the game. There are a few good sports pubs around town, and even regular pubs and bars often have a TV hooked up with premium channels for all the games. Remember, though, that for big games it’s always a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation.

Enjoy watching the games while you’re in Milan. And may the best team win!

Relax in a Tram Sauna Surrounded by Medieval Walls

Feel like relaxing a after a day of classes and studying? We have a fabulous idea for your relaxation – a couple of hours spent at the spa, thermal baths and hot tubs outside (and a sauna built into an old tram), right in the city! You probably imagine that such places are well outside Milan, but there’s actually one amazing place just next to the Porta Romana arches, (Porta Romana metro stop and tram 9 stop) that can offer you such things at reasonable prices every day!! By paying admission to TermeMilano you have access to all its facilities, you can enjoy a light and tasty buffet and you are also provided with a cosmetics kit, so you are totally carefree during your visit!

Moreover, various types of massages are available at an additional cost .You don’t need to book in advance, just loosen up, enjoy, have a nice snack between different treatments and relax your body and your mind! You can also pay your entrance online and/or give it to someone as a gift, who will surely like this gift! However, keep in mind that it can get busy during weekends at this spa!!!

It’s open from 10am to 10pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you enter before 5:30pm on weekdays, you will pay 45 euros and 50 euros for such entrance on weekends. In both cases you are allowed to stay until it closes! On the other hand, if you enter after 5:30 pm on weekdays, the price is only 38 euros!

To get an idea of what this magical place has to offer and to get additional information about their different fees and services, check out their website.

Have a wonderful time at TermeMilano!

The Football Empire Stadium

History
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan, Italy. On 3 March 1980, the stadium was named in honor of Giuseppe Meazza, the two-time  Word Cup winner (1934-1938) who played for Internazionale, and briefly for AC Milan in the 1930 and 1940s. It is the home of two clubs: AC Milan and Internazionale. It held UEFA five-star stadium status which has since been superseded by a new system of classification.

The construction of the stadium began in 1925 and with the new stadium originally named “Nuovo Stadio Calcistico San Siro” (New San Siro Football Stadium). The idea was to build a stadium in the same district as the horse racing track and to create a real new stadium where you are directly on the field by erasing all the protection established for containing football supporters. The architects designed a private stadium only for football, without athletics tracks.

The inauguration was held on 19 September 1926 when 35,000 spectators saw Internazionale defeat Milan 6-3. Originally, the ground was home and property of AC Milan, but in 1947, Internazionale became tenants and the two have shared the ground ever since.

As well as being used by Milan and Inter, the Italian national team also plays occasional games there and it has also been used for the 1965, 1970, and 2001 UEFA Champions League finals, and is set host the 2016 final match as well. The stadium was also used for Internazionale’s UEFA Cup finals when played over home and away legs but has never featured since the competition changed to a single final structure in 1997-1998.

The stadium underwent further renovations for the 1990 Word Cup with $60 million being spent, bringing the stadium up to UEFA category four standards. As part of the renovations, the stadium became all seated, with an extra tier being added to three sides of the stadium. Four of these concrete towers were corners to support a new roof which has distinctive protruding red girders.

My personal statement/personal experience
I’ve been inside the stadium a few times and it was extremely amazing because it feels like being on the field and playing with the football players. You are like the 12th player of your soccer team! If you get a ticket in the first rows, you have the sensation of being able to touch the players. The stadium has three rings which shows your position in the stadium. The first ring is the nearest because you are really close to the field. By the way, the second ring is good as well because you are farther from the field but you have the right elevation allowing you to see the match much better. The last ring is too far away from the field and honestly I don’t advise you to go there. During the winter, it’s very cold and sometimes you freeze as your skin turns to ice. That’s incredible but it could happen!

Where can you buy tickets?
All info on how to get tickets can be found on the AC Milan and FC Inter websites.