Issue 18 - Fall 2010

The holidays are quickly approaching and the city is in a turmoil preparing the giant Christmas tree in front of the Duomo Cathedral and other decorations and events amidst approvals and disapprovals from the local authorities, the church and its residents. In spite of all this, there are definitely going to be some exciting and luminous Christmas markets in various areas of town. The start of the celebration is on December 7th the day of the patron saint of Milan, Sant’ Ambrogio. The traditional Oh Bej Oh Bej markets are in the area all around the Castello Sforzesco, and last till Sunday. This market is very popular with the Milanese and it is a great chance to get some of your Christmas shopping done.

Other Christmas markets will be set up in characteristic locations including the Loggia in Via dei Mercanti (old market square), in corso Europa as far as San Babila, in the Brera area the stalls will be in Via Maddonnina, Via Brera and Via Fiori Chiari.

Don’t miss this year’s Christmas Village in the public gardens at Palestro across the street from PAC – The Contemporary Art Museum. Small wooden houses, colorful lights, and the magic of the trees and quiet footpaths makes this village a real enchanted place for both young and old. From crafts to food products to antiques all are on display during the holidays.

There is more to shopping in Milan so take advantage of the public and private museums. Here are just a few suggestions. There are several great exhibitions going on in Milan at the moment which are well worth a visit. Don’t wait till the last moment or you will risk loosing them.

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the Nativity by Filippo Lippi at Museo Diocesano in corso di Porta Ticinese 95. Open from 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. It is one of the most interesting masterpieces by the artist realized presumably around 1456. On exhibit till January 30, 2011.

See Caravaggio’s Milan by participating in the free guided tours in various locations in Milan. You have just a few more weeks before it closes on December 11. The tours will include some of the most important churches and museums in Milan and will enable visitors to become acquainted with great masterpieces that were admired and studied by Caravaggio during his period in Milan. For information and reservations call Ad Artem Tel: 02 6596937 – 02 6597728.

We have heard great reviews about the Dali’ exhibit “ Salvador Dali’ – Il Sogno si Avvicina” (Salvador Dali’ – The Dream is Approaching) at the Palazzo Reale so if you are a fan of Dali’ catch it before it closes on January 30, 2011. The exhibit includes portraits and self-portraits by the Spanish artist.

So what is new on MY-MILANO.COM?

My-Milano.Com has added several new categories as well as some appealing new speciality shops, a dressmaker and boutique, a new play space with craft workshops for children, new services, and a new category: English Nursery Schools.

Looking for that special cocktail dress, elegant suit, or the "classical" black dress? SPAZIO MILANI offers you not only a wide selection of ready-made clothes in the finest Italian fabrics, but they are also specialists in the "tailored" solution for your every need no matter how tall or petite you may be.

Let the expert dressmakers help you design the outfits for that special ceremony, wedding, or your next cruise. Call SPAZIO MILANI for an appointment, or just drop by to see their lovely shop in Via Caminadella 16, a few steps from Sant’Ambrogio. Starting on Monday, November 22nd they will be having a special pre-holiday sale of knitwear, cashmere accessories, and gifts at fantastic prices. You can order them now in the color and style you want and they will be ready and wrapped for Chirstmas!

Looking for something to do with your kids to entertain and stimulate their creativity? FUNLAB was started by two young women: Alison and Donatella, who had the desire to keep kids busy and happy while promoting the development of their artistic capabilities. Take a look at the website for their calendar of weekly workshops in English, special themed craft days and holiday craft events where fun is guaranteed!

Wondering where to plan your child's next birthday party? Come to FUNLAB where the entire party can be planned around a craft session, or a special theme. Funlab is an adventure land where weekly workshops are organized to develop your child’s creativity and imagination. It is also an online shop for exclusive American craft and art supplies and toys which cannot be found elsewhere. Come visit their play space and toy-shop in Via Gorani 5, and discover how much fun it is to create your own crafts.

Love fresh pasta, lasagna, home-made cakes and other culinary delights but don’t have the time (or expertise) to make them. The solution is just a few steps away. Visit BUONGUSTO in Via Caminadella 2, for the finest and freshest pastas, sauces, and desserts to take home. There are a few tables here as well, so you can even enjoy a pleasant lunch or romantic dinner, without worrying about the house cleaning. Buongusto also provides a catering service, so leave the entertaining problems to them while you just relax with your guests.

Do you want your children to speak English as they play? Enroll them in the HUMPTY DUMPTY NURSERY CLUB which offers an exceptionally high standard of childcare and education for children from the age of 6 months to 3 years old. Children will experience a happy family atmosphere in a home environment. The nursery is about 200 square meters and consists of three main rooms, in accordance to their age and development. Whether you require full-time or part time childcare for your child, the nursery staff will do their utmost to accommodate your requirements.

Under the same direction you will find IL NANO GIGANTE the fantastic indoor playground with amusement for all ages since 1997. Don’t miss their new “Build-a-Bear” workshop where your child can make his/her own stuffed animal, dress it, give it a name, and get an “official” birth certificate for it. Check out their website for events, plan your next party with them, or enroll your child in one of their pre-school, elementary or middle school English courses.

We are happy to say that we have a new Marketing & Communications Manager, Elisabeth Del Pero, who has just joined our team.

The My-Milano Team is scouting Milan to find new shops of all kinds, restaurants and bars, interesting things to do and services to be rendered in Milan. If you would like us to know about you, please Contact Us We would be delighted to speak to you.

Do you live in another city? Are you a good reporter and scout? Our project My Insider's Guide for various cities around the globe is growing fast. Do you want to be our next “Director” for your city? If you are interested in becoming our “Insider” please contact us and we will give you full details.

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New service categories: Dressmaker & Fashion Atelier, Short Term Rentals.

We have added two new categories on our services page:

Dressmaker & Fashion Atelier – where you can find the perfect solution for a truly tailored and flattering outfit in the finest Italian fabrics.

Short term Rentals has been added to our Real Estate page because many of our readers are interested in renting fully furnished and equipped apartments in Milan for a brief period of time.

If you are coming to Milan, or even live here, you can book some fantastic events through us, access services and get excellent advice through our specialists. See our SERVICE PROVIDERS listed on MY-MILANO.COM.

Why not give a gift or treat yourself to a day with a Personal Shopper What better place than Milan to get that new wardrobe from head to toe of the most fashionable Italian brands. Your personal shopper will guide you to the some of the finest atelier and showrooms and will give you advise on what suits your style the best.

You can experience some unique Culinary Experiences, like a coffee ceremony on an island in Lake Como, or a special exotic meal in Milan.

What is Italy without wine? We can offer you Your Personal Sommelier to help you select from Milan’s finest enoteches for your own wine cellar. We can also arrange for a trip to the Piedmont region, for example, where you can visit the wineries themselves and taste the finest red, white and sparkling wines.

Our Photographers & Artists are at your disposal for a portrait of your family or a special request for photographic services or paintings for your home, office or business.

It is easy to shop and order special events and services through the MY-MILANO.COM shopping cart provided by the internationally accepted PAYPAL circuit. You can use your credit card or pre-paid card on this safe-site, without giving out your private credit card information.


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Other exhibits going on in Milan that we would like to mention are a photography exhibit called LA TERRA DEI MILANESI (The Land of the Milanese) Water and Earth Milanese Agriculture, open till January 14th 2011 at the Palazzo Isimbardi, Via Vivaldi 1. Admission Free.

If you like the Italian Renaissance period, you must see the exhibit of Botticelli’s works taken from Milanese and Lombardian collections being exhibited at the wonderful private home museum a few steps from La Scala theater, called Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Via Manzoni 12. Closed on Tuesdays and on display till February 28, 2011.

Contemporary Glass Art 1960 – 2010 from the Milanese collection Bellini-Pezzoli is on exhibit at another private museum house in the center of town called Museo Bugatti Valsecchi in Via Gesu’ 5, until January 30, 2011.

Take advantage of the free entrance at the Pinacoteca di Brera every last Tuesday of the month from 7,30-11,30 pm. The museum has one of the most important collections of including such masterpieces as the The Wedding of the Virgin (Lo Sposalizio della Vergine) by Raffaello, Madonna with Child (Madonna col Bambino) by Giovanni Bellini and the Crucifiction (la Crocifissione) by Bramantino.

Go to the area a bit early and sit down in one of its sidewalk cafés for the “Happy Hour”. Buy a drink and then help yourself to the buffet of delicious tidbits from cheeses to focaccia to rice and pasta dishes and much more.

Happy Holidays to all