Issue 12 - December 2008

The Christmas spirit has officially come to Milan with the celebration of the patron saint, Sant’ Ambrogio (Saint Ambrose) on December 7th. The famous Christmas market of “Oh Bei Oh Bei” has been an enormous success as thousands of visitors crowded the streets all around the Castello Sforzesco to see the outdoor stalls selling artisan crafts, Christmas decorations, and holiday foods. The lights are lit on the enormous Christmas tree donated to the city by the Swedish association, standing in the main square of Milan in front of the Duomo Cathedral. The tree will have its own special celebration on December 13th – Saint Lucy day (Santa Lucia), which is the day children in Sweden receive gifts. December 7th is also the “official opening” of the opera season at the renowned La Scala theater. All of this is, of course, ONLY the beginning of the holiday season which will continue till January 6th, Epiphany Day.

So what is new on MY-MILANO.COM?

On November 23 the Milan City Marathon took place and Ann from the MY-MILANO.COM Team had the pleasure to meet Danny Ferrone an extraordinary young man who is running marathons in spite of having cystic fibrosis and having only 50% of his lung capacity.

BikeMi Milan’s rent-a-bike program was finally launched. After the first attempt had to be postponed because of snowfall, we could see Mrs. Moratti, Milan’s major riding the first BikeMi bicycle through Milan in freezing temperature and from this moment on you can rent your bike in different places of the city and drop it off at destination.

The MY-MILANO.COM team is nearly ready to launch the online shop and in spite of freezing temperature and snow we did hunt for new shops and location for our diretory.

When you are in Milan don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the many fabulous exhibitions going on in Milan now and throughout the holiday season: Netsuke-sculptures in the palm of your hand- at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, an incredible exhibit of 80 "Netsuke" - from the Lanfranchi Collection and other prestigious international Collections, George Seurat and Paul Signac - two founders of the Neo-Impressionist movement started in 1884, at the Palazzo Reale, and if you are a rock and roll fan, don’t miss the Rock 'n Music Planet exhibition dedicated to rock' n' roll music from 1954 to today, you’ll find it in a big red temporary structure in Piazza del Duomo.

And when you're done with all the Christmas shopping and you find some time you can read a few new posts in Barbara's Blog.

We wish you all a very happy and serene holiday season


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