September 2016 / 2 posts found

The Marriage of the Virgin

A great city for a short break? Come to Milan!

If you’re looking for a great city for a short break, follow the Telegraph’s advice: pick Milan!

The Marriage of the Virgin

The Marriage of the Virgin

In a recently published article, the British newspaper strongly recommends Milan not just for its shopping and food, but for its cultural sights.

What you can’t miss is the Pinacoteca di Brera, “one of the great museums in Italy, chock-a-block with paintings of the very highest quality”. Highlights include masterpieces such as The Marriage of the Virgin by Raffaello and seminal works by Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Caravaggio just to mention a few of them.

Brera’s new director, British-Canadian James Bradburne, has injected further energy into the museum “organising new exhibitions and, adding much more detailed and prominent labelling”. Rooms are even painted in the distinctive colors of specific artistic periods, and paintings appear to jump off the wall due to the contrast and the enhanced lighting.

With a 10-minutes walk from Brera you may visit the Sforza Castle, which houses 8 collections including no less a masterpiece than the last sculpture by Michelangelo.

Did we mentioned also the Ambrosiana Library with Leonardo’s notebooks?

Book a walking tour with a local guide such as we are and you’ll fall in love with this city.



How can Milan be so clean?

How can Milan be so clean?

This is a question that we are frequently asked during our guided walking tours around Milan.
Wastebins and sewer cleaning trucks are everywhere, this is true, but the answer is more articulate. Milan municipality has developed a system of waste collection and management so efficient that it has drawn the attention of other city administrations around the world.

This very week, Dennis Diggins, NYC Deparment of Sanitation First Deputy Commissioner, is visiting our city to study the “Milan’s model” and maybe find out the secret that makes Milan Europe’s second best recycling city after Vienna.
New York aims to send zero waste to landfills by 2030, but in Milan only 0,1% of waste ends up in landfills. According to AMSA, Milan’s waste management company, recycled waste accounts for 54% of all waste generated in the first six months of 2016, while in New York it is less than 17%.

Whatever the reason – the closeness to super-efficient Switzerland; the attention of the past and present city councils to the topics of garbage disposal and recycling – every time we are asked “How can Milan be so clean?”, a little spark of pride shines in our eyes.