Issue 17 - Summer 2010

The days are long and the sun is hot. Milan is a busy city that gradually slows done in the month of August. If you live here or come to visit, you might be surprised at what you can find. The City of Milan organizes many events including concerts, opera, outdoor restaurants, and sports events. Programs for the summer events: called LA BELLA ESTATE are available online in Italian at
Bella Estate Website

The Villaggio Vacanze, open the entire month of August, will be in and around the Castello Sforzesco and in the Piazza del Canone near the Sempione park. (Subway stops MM Cadorna/MM Cairoli) Music, dancing, sports & recreations, activities for children, and restaurants have been set up for the public. Special Ferragosto (August 15th ) party in the afternoon from 3 – 5 pm and fireworks will be from 11,30 – to midnight in Parco Sempione.

Want to take a night tour of the Castle? It takes you in the crenellated towers, the guard’s barracks and the courtyard. You need to wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight. At 7,30 pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Interested in walking through secret passages in the castle?
Tours on Thursdays & Fridays 7,30 – 9pm.

More info at: Ad Artem Tel: 02 6596937.

Spend a hot afternoon in a museum. Milan has hundreds, some are public and others are private. Some of my favorite include these house museums:
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Don’t forget to visit the “Navigli” Area of Milan. It is the area of the city where two of the many canals that ran through the city are still visible and navigable too. In the summer tables are placed outside the restaurants all along and it becomes a pedestrian area. Remember that the last Sunday of every month, so on August 29th & September 26th there will be the Antique Market along the canals. Come and browse!

So what is new on MY-MILANO.COM?

My-Milano.Com has added some new specialty shops, a children’s boutique, a wonderful ice cream shop, new restaurants and new International schools just to name a few.

Do you want your children to look great and be comfortable with natural fabrics and exclusive “Made in Italy” designs? Come to AMELIA, a wonderful children’s boutique for kids from 0 to 8 years old. It is the perfect place to go for a special birthday gift, you can find not only a fine selection of clothes, shoes and accessories, but you will also find a selection of “traditional” games and toys that evoke your own childhood.

In our International Schools section, you can find the new Bilingual Montessori School of Milan. Starting this September is the Pre-school. Next year the Primary school will start as well as a Summer camp.

Thinking of a nice cool ice cream? Walk along the Navilgio Grande to taste the harmonious flavors at the GELATERIA DELLA MUSICA our new addition under Gelato & Cake then walk over the canal to see the church of San Cristoforo. Take a good look at it, inside and out, and you will discover that it was actually two churches, side by side.

Our Speciality Shops section has two new wonderful additions. The first is a small but complete “gourmet boutique” called DOC & DOP where you will fine the finest in wines, Champagnes, and food delicacies. The other is a regional Italian food shop featuring food products from the “heel” of the Boot: the Salento area. This shop is called DELIZIO SALENTO. Here you can find special food products from local producers not available elsewhere in town.

The project My Insider's Guide for various cities around the globe is growing quickly. Do you want to be a “Director” for one of the new cities? If you are interested in becoming our “Insider” for one of these cities, please contact us and we will give you full details.

Barbara is now in Munich, and is bringing you some “Insider’s Tips” for the city. Look for new entires on Barbara's new Munich blog.
Continue to follow Ann on her Milan Blog.

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If you are coming to Milan, or even live here, you can book through us, some fantastic events, services and experiences in Milan from our SERVICE PROVIDERS listed on MY-MILANO.COM.

Whether it is one of our exclusive Personal Shopping Tours, or special Culinary Experiences like a coffee ceremony on an island in Lake Como, you can book an unforgettable event with us. If you love wine, for example, why not treat yourself to Your Personal Sommelier? Visit some of Milan’s fine enoteches with your private expert, or take a trip to the Piedmont region to the wineries themselves, to select your own collection of special wines.

Want to have your portrait done? We have Photographers & Artists at your disposal. It could be that perfect gift you were looking for.

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. Check it out often as new products and services will be constantly added.

“READER’S TIPS” – Take a look at this page of our website. This is where YOU can add your “insider’s tips”. We look forward to getting your suggestions for places to visit, new shops, schools, services, or travel tips. Just fill in the Form, 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.


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Milan’s Public Gardens
Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli

Take a stroll in the park. Milan’s Public Gardens are full of surprises. Here are just a few of the stops you can make while wandering through this ” cool green paradise”.

The Gardens were designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini and built between 1782 and 1786. (By the way, he was also the architect for La Scala Theater.) His projects were inspired by the principles of the Age of Enlightenment and the rationalization of space, developing a typically “French-style” plan. Over the years changes were made to the original plan with additions and new constructions added. In 2002, the Public Gardens were renamed in honor of Indro Montanelli, an Italian journalist who marked the political and cultural scene of Milan.
Within the park there are several important buildings:

Palazzo Dugnani (now used for civil weddings),

the Civic Museum of Natural History, kids love it!

The Ulrico Hoepli Civic Planetarium
(open three days a week in July & August from 6 to 12 pm.)