Italy's tallest skyscraper has just been completed. On Saturday, October 15th the final point was placed on the top of the new Varesine Tower designed by Cesar Pelli at a total height of 230 meters making it Milan's (and Italy's) tallest building.

I know it is kind of "cheating" when you get the record by making a tall spire on the top of the building, but this has been the case for the past 100+ years as the race began to construct the highest tower. Whether you count the top of the roof or the highest decorative architectural element, Milan and Italy still linger behind when compared to such structures as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 828 meters, the Taipei 101 at 449 meters or even the beloved Empire State Building at 381 meters. Milan, of course has the charm and beauty of the rich historical overlay of its architecture, a characteristic which can not be found in cities like Dubai, Taipei or even New York city.

The city of Milan is undergoing a series of urban developments. The Porta Nuova Project, where the new tower is located, covers a vast area of the ex-Varesine and extends from Porta Garibaldi to the Stazione Centrale and has redesigned the urban, institutional and residential patterns in the area known as "Isola".

Another area of Milan which is undergoing a complete transformation is the area called City Life, where the Milan Fair used to be. Here three towers and several low-rise residential buildings are being built along with Milan’s new Museum of Contemporary Art: “MAC”. Although a slowdown was felt with the change of the local administration in Milan, it seems that the project is soon to be completed.





So what is new on MY-MILANO.COM?


My-Milano.Com has added some new specialty shops, restaurants & bars, boutiques, museums and new places to visit, just to name a few.

ROCCO & ROLL is a new American owned pet store where you can find all the latest in pet accessories. The staff is friendly and can help you find the perfect gift for your "4-legged friend".

THE BAGEL FACTORY is a bagel lover's dream come true. If you don't know what a bagel is you must go to the bagel factory to taste their hand-rolled and freshly baked products. Here you can find sandwiches just a like a New York deli. See our blog entry:

DESIGN CAN - is the "democratic design showroom". Find the latest in Italian design for your home or office at discounted rates. Their professional staff will help you choose the right furniture and lighting for your home.

DOP & DOC is a tiny shop, chock-full of delicious foods and beverages. Whether it is to treat yourself or as a gift for others, you will find the most remarkable wines, champagnes, cakes, chocolates, jams, tuna, olive oil and more. Take advantage of their special My-Milano Coupon offer.

FUNLAB has a new toy shop in Corso San Michele del Carso 2, around the corner from Corso Vercelli and Piazzale Baracca. Birthday parties and the holidays are coming up and you will be sure to find the greatest toys and craft kits here.


EXCELSIOR - EAT'S shop & Bistrot cafè a gourmet and organic selection of foods in the center of Milan is just a few steps from the Duomo. Located in the new Excelsior shopping mall at Galleria del Corso 4, this fantastic food complex is a bar & restaurant, plus an almost "boutique grocery store" where you can buy fresh meats and fish, vegetables and fruits and packaged foods or ready-to-eat dishes.

Just browsing through the shop is a delight for the senses, and how can you resist not picking up something to take home!





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NEW EXHIBITIONS

CEZANNE at the Palazzo Reale

Come and enjoy the south of France – the area around Aix-en-Provence where Cezanne was born. This exhibition of paintings by the artist is focused on the various "Atelier du Midi” where he worked in the beautiful area around the Mont Saint Victoire.

Cezanne, one of the most important French artists, was not recognized as such till very late in life. Only in the last few years of his life was his pictorial research acclaimed by the art critics of his time.

When you go, be sure to get the audio-guide of the exhibit on a special Ipod which will give you detailed information about the works of art and the life of the artist. It is well worth the extra fee.
The exhibit is open until February 26, 2012.




ELEPHANT PARADE

Catch the Elephant Parade in Milan before it ends on November 15. Organized in Milan this year, its mission is to raise awareness and financial support to prevent the extinction of the Asian elephant. 80 artistic elephants are located in various points of the city.

Check out the map on the official Elephant Parade website.




Triennale - O'clock exhibit

The Triennale di Milano has inaugurated a new exhibit on the theme of "TIME" called O'Clock

Good news, you can now purchase a single combined ticket at the Triennale for Euro 10,00 so that you can visit all the exhibits at a discounted rate.
The price for a single exhibit is Euro 8,00, so this new offer is a bargan!


New "MY-MILANO.COM Coupon" Campaign


We have started the My-Milano Coupon campaign. Look for the page of coupons to download and print. There will be monthly discounts and specials exclusively for our My-Milano.Com readers from our shops, restaurants and service providers, so don't miss it.






WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for your "Insider’s tips" about Milan.

We look forward to getting your suggestions for places to visit, new shops, schools, services, or travel tips. Just fill in the Form on the READER’S TIPS page, we will review the content and then publish it! Your name will be mentioned as author of the tip.
We would love to have YOUR contributions, so please send us your discoveries.
Your name will be posted alongside your insider’s tip.

the MY-MILANO.COM Team




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BEYOND MILANO

The My-Milano Team has been traveling on short weekend trips to bring you the most exciting places to visit just a few hours from Milan.

Langhe & Roero region


Have you heard of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera? Well, we can assure you that hearing about them is one thing, but visiting the region to visit these beautiful towns and taste their wines, truffles, chesses, sausage and other delicacies is a real treat.

Read more about the town of Bra, home of the Slow Food movement, as well as host, every two years, for the famous international Cheese Fair and what to see in this area of Piedmont.


Isola della Scala - Fiera del Riso


It is not a island as the name might lead you to think, but a lovely town in the Padana plane (Pianura Padana) south of Verona which hosts every year the Fiera del Riso where rice is the "star".

We learned how rice is grown in this area and how it is harvested and prepared for our culinary needs. We can suggest a weekend of good food and recipes for your next rice dish.






Looking forward to hearing from you!

The MY-MILANO.COM Team