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Milan in one day – the best shopping route with a side of culture (Brera).

For those of you who are only in town for a short visit we have made a mini route where you get all the best Milan has to offer in terms of both shopping, food, architecture and culture. For our first express shopping route we have chosen the area from Piazza Gae Aulenti to Piazza della Scala, from the new and modern to the old and traditional.

  • Start on Piazza Gae Aulenti; Milan’s newest area, where you should see “Bosco verticale (the vertical forest))
  • On the piazza you find the famous Muji,
  • Grom ice cream,
  • Replay store with Italian denim and a nice bar where you can have your morning coffee,
  • and Illy café – the world’s best espresso.
  •  Located under the square is the supermarket Esselunga if you want to shop for specialties.
  • From there continue down Corso Como and check out the famous design store and art gallery at no. 10 – good place for lunch.
  • at the end of Corso Como turn left and check out High Tech with all you can desire for your home and on the square (Piazza XXV Aprile) is food temple Eataly
  • Continue into the Brera area (Via Solferino, Via San Marco and Corso Garibaldi) which is the old artistic neighbourhood of Milan with lots of quirky and chic stores and galleries.
  • If you’re here on either a Monday or a Thursday it is worth your while to visit the open air market in Via San Marco.
  • Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera for a shot of culture.
  • The area is rich on places for lunch and a great aperitivo
  • Continue down to Piazza della Scala with Milan’s famous Scala theater.

 

If you still have energy and time to spare you are now directly behind Piazza Duomo just walk thorugh the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele which links Piazza della Scala and Piazza Duomo and you have Milan’s cathedral right in front of you.

Now you are probably starving and you are close to several good restaurants e.g. Langosteria Cafè,4, Galleria del Corso (find on map) excellent seafood €€€, Piz, 34, Via Torino (find n map) genuine Neapolitan pizza €, I 12 Gatti,11/12, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on the corner of Piazza della Scala (find on map) with a fantasic terrace on the top of Milan €€ and Mama Burger,18, Via Agnello (find on map) good quality burgers €.

Enjoy your perfect day in Milan!

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Milan by night.

Milan is an amazing city for night life and there are lots of clubs and Piazzas where you meet the young, the rich and the beautiful – and perhaps the famous.

The club scene is very young most places. a good rule is that the average age is higher Fridays (20-25) than Saturdays (16-21), because high school students have school on Saturday (!) here. Remember not to go earlier than midnight/1.00 p.m

The hottest area is around Corso Como, see the map here.

The most popular clubs are:
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Hollywood

Cavalli Club – For a more adult crowd (25-40). It’s located in Via Luigi Camoens, right next to Torre Branca and the museum Triennale di Milano (find on map).

Le colonne di San Lorenzo by nightDo you prefer bars to clubs
If you’re not that crazy about clubs, the area around Le colonne di San Lorenzo (here is the map) is full of cool bars with outdoor service and lots of life on Friday and Saturday nights..

 

 

Another great area to go out in at night is Corso Sempione  all the way up to Arco della Pace (see map here). Worth mentioning are:
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\ Living Liqueurs Delights

And of course you mustn’t miss the Naviglio district (See map here) This area is packed with cool bars – just to mention a few:
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One of the classics for nightlife by Corso Magenta (find on map).
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Two fantastic places with great cocktails on a high level in the area around Bocconi University (See the map here):
\ Pravda
\ Zinc 

 

Another area with a lot of night life is the so-called Isola area (see on map)
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\ Nordest Café

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Gallery tickets for La Scala and a visit to Casa Verdi.

You can’t say Milan without mentioning La Scala; opera, Giuseppe Verdi, ballet and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Are you into opera there is a real insider trick to getting tickets at only €12.

IMG_7265Below you’ll find the instructions of how to get your hands on the €12 tickets and perhaps you won’t get the best seats for watching the performanceat at this price, the acoustics up under the roof in the highest gallery are amazing and it’s an incredible experience.You are going to need patience to get the tickets and there are only 140 seats available for each performance:

 

 

Opera and Ballet Evening Performances.
You have to be at the Evening Box Office in 2, Via Filodrammatico (find on map) at 1.00 p.m. (be there at least a couple of hours before then, if the performance is one of the popular ones or on either Friday or Saturday night!) and join the queue, the lucky first 140 (who must bring some kind of official picture ID) will be noted down on a list, every single person who wants a ticket must show up, you cannot book for other people. Then you’ll have to be back at 5.00 p.m. at the Evening Box Office and get your tickets

Symphonic and Singing Concerts.
The list will be filled out and tickets handed out at the Evening Box Office (find on map) office at 5.00 p.m. – remember that every person interested in a ticket must be physically present at this hour.

Matinee Performances
The list will be filled out and tickets handed out at the Evening Box Office (find on map) office at 12.00 p.m. – remember that every person interested in a ticket must be physically present at this hour.

La Scala

Normal admissions range from €18-2,000 depending on the performance you are interested in and where you want to sit, you can get more information about this here. It is a good idea to buy your tickets online in advance in case you already know you want to go, reservations and online purchase can be made here.

Another possibility, for the more impulsive opera lover, who likes to live life dangerously, is to go to the central box office in Galleria del Sagrato, Piazza Del Duomo, Metro Station Duomo (open all days from 12 p.m.to 6 p.m.) and ask whether there are any tickets that have not been picked up for that evening’s performance. (find on map) but you should know that the most popular performances are sold out months ahead.

Casa Verdi.
Giuseppe Verdi built Casa Verdi as a home for retired musicians and he and his wife are themselvs buried in the crypt. The crypt can be visited every day at.8.30 a.m.-6 p.m., and it also possible for groups to visit Casa Verdi itself and its wonderful art collectionbut you need to book the tour in advance. The visit itself is free but it is custom to leave €3-5 as a a thank you. Casa Verdi is located on 29, Piazza Buonarotti (find on map).

Teatro alla Scala Museum.

The museum of the Scala Theatre, amust for all lovers of opera, ballet and classiscal music – . Instruments, costumes, busts and special exhibits.

–> 1, Largo Chiringelli. Piazza Scala (find on map)

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Insider tip no. 7: New Year’s 2017 in Milan.

Happy 2017 everybody and thanks for an amazing year. We will be back with updates in December 🙂

New Year’s in Milan? There’s something for everyone whether you want to celebrate the night together with the Milanese on one of the squares of the city or go clubbing.

img_7142There-s a huge free New Year’s show in Piazza Duomo (find on map) starting at 8.30 p.m. with Italian sing Annalisa followed by internationally acclaimed Mario Biondi and at midnight there are fireworks  – you may not understand everything being said but the Italian New Year’s atmosphere doesn’t need any translating.

Free concert in Piazza del Cannone between the Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione (find on map) starts at 8.30 p.m., perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the city to celebrate the arrival of the new year. There will be fireworks afterwards.

Piazza della Scala

These 2 squares are within walking distance from each other so if it’s cold  – and it probably will be  – you can circulate between them,

These arrangements end shortly after midnight after we have made a toast for the New Year together. For those who go on into the city the metro runs until 1.30 a.m. but the BikeSharing service runs all night.

 

Of course Milan’s hottest clubs celebrate New Year’s with and without supper. Find the list with the various arrangements here

You can also choose a package with hotel, restaurant and party here.

For ballet lovers there is a special performance of Romeo and Juliet on at 6 p.m. on December 31st at Teatro alla Scala.:Book your tickets here.

For Gospel lovers there is a gospel concert with the Angels of Harlem with supper at legendary Blue Note. Book tickets here you can also skip supper and just come for a glass of champagne and the concert – book here.

New Year’s supper on the Tram ATMosfera at 7 p.m. €70 per person. Book here.

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Insider tip no. 13: Ferragosto (August 15th) 2017 in Milan.

Ferragosto is a very important holiday in Italy, shops are closed and it can be difficult to find a table at a restaurant unless you book because, although it is true that most Italians tradtionally go away on vacation in August, more and more people choose other periods and today Milan is no longer completely empty. Ferragosto is a religious holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. According to Italians it is also the hottest day of the year and is celebrated with lots of good food and wine. Below is a list of things taking place on and around August 15th.

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Milan’s newest street food area Allo Scalo at 2, Via Valenza 2 (find on map) is open all evening on the 15th from 5 pm, they’ve got good food and activities for children.

August 15th 9.30 pm there is classical Italian ballroom dancing for everyone with a live 10-man orchestra and dance floor. Come and join the fun in Piazza Castello (find on map).

August 15th from 3-11 pm live music and activities for kids in Piazza Cannone between Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione (find on map).

August 15th from 9 pm there is a free Ferragosto Reggae Summer Party at Carroponte (find on map).

August 15th 10 am-8pm Ferragosto at the Bagni Misteriosi (the outdoor swimmingpool in 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map)) with live music by Barabba Gulasch and free watermelon at 6.30 pm – the price is €18 for the entire day and €12 for the afternoon (after 2 pm).

All the city’s other outdoor swimming pools are open on August 15th, read more about them here.

You can visit all the city’s civic museums free of charge on August 15th. Find out where they are here.

August 15th at 8.30 Milan’s Sympnonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi performs a concert of Argentinian music in the Milan auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler (find on map), get tickets to the concert “Una Noche en Buenos Aires” here.

August 15th 3 pm-3 am and August 16th 7 pm-3 am Beer Festival at Circolo Magnolia at 14, Via Circonvallazione Idroscalo (find on map).

On August 13th, 14th and 15th in the Navigli area of Milan (find on map) you can go on the canal boat trips but you must book your seat by August 12th 5 p.m. (read more here).

Book a table at Milan’s restaurants well in advance of August 15th because everybody wants to eat out on that day. Check out our recommendations here.

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