*I don’t just think its only the Milanese that are friendly, but Italians in general are warm and passionate people.
*Salone Internazionale del Mobile is for traders only but is open to the general public on the weekends. Tickets need to be purchased before entry and its cheaper to pre-book them online compared to buying it at the entrance.
Fuorisalone Milano Design Week in Milan takes place approximately 2 weeks before Expo Milano kicks off. The Expo Milano is usually held from May to October. This year’s theme and exhibitions focuses on Food and the well being of the planet. About 140 participating countries took part in this year exhibition. This duration is most likely the only time Milan receives its highest number of visitors that gives the city its buzz.
*Think the best part about this particular Expo is that it was all do to with food as visitors get to taste and sample food from around the globe. Clearly my eyes lit up when I heard this.
- Order coffee
- Strike up conversation with person next to you
- Knock coffee back
- Say goodbye, head to work.
This is how Italians generally have their coffee. The whole ordeal takes no longer than 15 minutes. Coffee is seen as a daily morning beverage shot, made at a perfect drinking temperature that makes it easy to be consumed within minutes.
*Coffee here are of strong and rich body of flavours and they are cheap, nothing more than 1.30 Euros for a cup.
Gelaterias here serve some of the best gelatos I’ve ever had. For the price of one scoop, you get a choice of two flavours. And its not so much a scoop in the literal sense but rather a generous helping of two flavours. Unless you’re greedy, think the one scoop is more than enough. Plus its so cheap that you can have it every day, 3-times a day if you wish!
*The gelato scoops are not the semi-circle scoops you see at the ice-cream parlour but rather mini shovels that ends up being an equivalent to 2 to 3 scoops of the ‘general’ ice-cream scoop. All depends on how generous your server feels that day.
The restaurants and café in the Brera area are some of the best I’ve been to. The food is amazing and the raviolis are to die for. As the book Eat, Pray, Love suggests – when you’re in Italy eat! Have their pastas and even pizza, as it’s where it originates and its simply sinfully divine. Forget the carb free diet, for once be kind to your body and indulge.
*Unless you’re going to be living in Italy for more than three months the rule above does not apply.
*Autopsy or dissection was largely not allowed in the Middle Ages by the Christian world and Milan’s morgue was one of the only few that allowed it for the means of human anatomy study. There are many museums and galleries that exhibit Da Vinci’s work.
Milan from the exterior may not look like much but one would have to dwell deeper to discover its local hauntings and its gems. I would suggest staying in Milan for a minimum of 4 days to really enjoy the city and what it has to offer. Do not rush through Milan, take your time, sleep in, wander through the galleries, indulge in wine and watch people from the cafes. It’s a beautiful-laid back city at heart.
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