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La Magnifica Fabbrica

THINGS TO DO IN MILAN THIS WEEK – JAN 30-FEB 5

Things to do in Milan this week – January 30-February 5.
The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera

SUNDAY AT THE MUSEUM – As on every first Sunday of the month, most of museums of Milan (and the rest of Italy) will be open free on Jan 2. Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Picture Gallery), Museum of Natural History, Museo del Risorgimento, Sforza Castle… there is a wide choice for everybody, but  this month we definitely recommend Galleria d’Arte Moderna, where at 6 pm your visit will be accompanied by the music of Divertimento Ensemble. According to weather forcasts, it may rain on Sunday: there is no best excuse to spend a day walking from one room to the other amongst artistic masterpieces.

ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET – On Saturday 2, in front of the ancient Basilica of Saint Eustorgio, the bi-monthly Little Market will welcome you with stalls full of quality handmade Art and Craft: antiques and vintage furniture, handmade accessories, fancy jewels. A treasure trove for everybody. From 9 am to 7 pm.

Chinese New Year in Milan

Chinese New Year in Milan

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 – Milan is the only Italian city with its own Chinatown, and a very peculiar one: along the busy Sarpi street, Chinese and local people have been living side by side for almost one century. Chinese New Year is on Feb 5, but celebrations will start from Sunday 3 and continue for the whole week. The epicentre will be of course in Sarpi street, but this year, for the first time, also the Fashion District will be involved in it: shop windows will be flooded with the red colour, and along corso Montenapoleone a special exhibition by the artist Liu Bolin, including photographs and performances, will surprise you. On Sunday 10 the climax: the traditional parade in the heart of Chinatown.

THE STORY OF LA SCALALa Scala Opera House is celebrating its 240-year-long life with an exhibition entitled “La Magnifica Fabbrica”. Videos, interactive screens, wooden models, Augmented Reality experiences: visitors will dive into the rich, past of La Scala and catch a glimpse of its future (that is, the new building at the back of the theatre which is being built in via Verdi). La Scala Theatre Museum, every day 9 am to 5.30 pm.

MUST DO – A private guided walking tour in Milan with us! This week we recommend the Cafés and Coffee Tour: come and discover our unique coffee tradition!

Milan in movies

THINGS TO DO IN MILAN THIS WEEK – JANUARY 16-22

Things to do in Milan this week – January 16-22

The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

East Market

East Market

VINTAGE MARKET – East Market, located in an old aeronautical factory, is the first marketplace  where everyone can buy, sell or swap any kind of stuff: antiques, furniture, vintage, second hand, sneakers, vynil, curiosities, oddities and old collections. There is also a food court, and plenty of stalls where you can taste any kind of food. Next edition is on Sunday Jan 20, from 10 am to 9 pm. Entrance is free. East Market is in via Mecenate 84 (tram 27 from piazza Fontana, at the back of Duomo).

MILANO IN THE MOVIES – Palazzo Morando, formerly the elegant house of a noble lady, is hosting an exhibition about the close relationship between Milan and the movie industry. For decades Milan has played a significant role in the development of cinema as an industry and as an art form, besides being the location of such famous movies as “Miracolo a Milano” by Vittorio de Sica and “La notte” by Michelangelo Antonioni. Palazzo Morando is right in the middle of the Fashion District, in via Sant’Andrea 6. The exhibition in open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.

LA SCALA – La Scala Opera House is, for music lovers, “the temple of music”. But getting tickets is so difficult, and they are so expensive. Yet there is a way to get cheap last-minute tickets, at the cost of 5 to 15 euro depending on the performance. All you have to do is queue in front of the ticket office on the same day of the performance, write your name in the waiting list, be back a couple of hours later for the roll-call and finally, just before the performance, redeem the last-minute ticket. More info here, on the official web site. On Jan 17, 18 and 19 do not miss celebrated conductor Riccardo Chailly directing Gustav Mahler’s Symphony nr. 6, a work that Mahler himself described as “tragic”.

Sant'Eustorgio basilica

Sant’Eustorgio basilica

FARMERS’ MARKET – Lombardy, the region of Milan, is the first agricoltural region in Italy in terms of output. On Tuesday Jan 22, in front of the ancient Basilica of Saint Eustorgio, you will have the chance to taste local products and specialities at the weekly farmers’ market. It is held in the morning, 8.30 am to 2 pm, and includes stalls of local artisans with their typical creations. Do not forget to visit the church itself, a precious example of Romanesque architecture, and the famous Cappella Portinari, entirely frescoed by the Renaissance artist Vincenzo Foppa.

MUST DO – A guided walking tour in Milan with us! This week we recommend the Aperitivo Tour: a taste of Italy in 4 delicious stops.

Pink FLoyd Legend

Things to do in Milan this week – February 22-28

Things to do in Milan this week – February 22-28

The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

Simply the Best 2018

Simply the Best 2018

WINE FESTIVAL – “Simply the Best” is the name of a wine festival that will be hosted in Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia on Monday 26. The top 50 Italian wine producers, chosen among those awarded by the most authoritative wine guides, will offer tastings of their best wines. Ticket: 25 euro, tastings included. In via Olona 6, open 5 pm to 9.30 pm.

PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE – The Italian group Pink Floyd Legend is the only one who since 2012 plays the Pink Floyd album “Atom Heart Mother” integrally, accompanied by a symphonic orchestra and choir (as in the original recording). A two-hour music and light show, made even more impressive by a circular 5 mt screen. Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Monday 26, 9 pm.

ART – A rich exhibition about German painter Albrecht Durer has just opened at Palazzo Reale, in Duomo square. More than 130 works from 40 international museum are on display, including watercolours, oils, drawings, manuscripts, side by side with a selection of works by other German artists such as Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Altdorfer. Open 9.30am-7.30pm, Monday 2.30-7.30 pm, Thu and Sat 9.30am-10.30 pm,

Albrecht Durer, Portrait of a young Venetian woman

Albrecht Durer, Portrait of a young Venetian woman

FREE CLASSICAL MUSIC – Friday 23, 5.30 pm, in Biblioteca Sormani (the public library of Milan), Sala del Grechetto, lecture-concert about Bach. Saturday 24, 8.30 pm, in Tempio Valdese, via Francesco Sforza 12, trio concerts by Beethoven and Schubert. Sunday 25, 6 pm, in Conservatorio, Bach and Mozart music for harpsichord. Monday 26, 9 pm, in Auditorium Gaber, Anna Dmytrenko will play works for piano by Rachmaninoff, Ciaikovskij, Coorelli, Barber.

ANTIQUES MARKET – On Sunday 25, along the picturesque Naviglio Grande (in the Canal district), the Antiques Market of Navigli consists of  over 380 stalls where you can hunt down art, furniture and jewellery. From 9 am to 7 pm. Stop at one of the cafés for a bountiful aperitif or a charming dinner along the quiet waters of the canal.

MUST DO – A guided walking tour in Milan with us! :-)

Affordable Art Fair

Things to do in Milan this week – January 25-31

Things to do in Milan this week – January 25-31

The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

ANTIQUES MARKET – On Sunday 28, along the picturesque Naviglio Grande (in the Canal district), the Antiques Market of Navigli consists of  over 350 stalls where you can hunt down art, furniture and jewellery. From 9 am to 7 pm. Stop at one of the cafés for a bountiful aperitif or a charming dinner along the quiet waters of the canal.

ART FAIR – From January 26 to 28 the Affordable Art Fair offers first-time collectors the chance to buy artworks at a decent price (maximum cost allowed: 6,000 euro). This is the 8th edition of AAF in Milan, involving 85 international art galleries. Do not expect famous names but take this as an opportunity to discover new emerging talents. At Superstudio Più, in via Tortona 27.

CLASSICAL MUSIC – On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Milan will commemorate the tragedy of Shoah with a number of concerts; this is a selection of the ones which are free and located in special venues:

– in Palazzina Liberty, largo Marinai d’Italia, at 2.30 pm a concert of music based on Shakespears’s sonnets;

– in the Gothic church of San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, via San Cristoforo 3, at 4 pm music by Couperin played by an ensemble including flute, clavichord, violin, viola; in the same Church at 9 pm the ensemble “Hornpipe” will performe;

– at Conservatorio, in via Conservatorio 12, a youth choir will sing music by Mozart, Hindemith, Ilse Weber, Ravel, Rodrigo, Hemsi.

JAZZ – A rich weekend lays ahead: Salumeria della Musica, Blue Note, Masada are the places to be. The latter in particular will host guitarist David Torn in a live performance at 10 pm on Sunday 28. Info here.

Shoah Memorial

Shoah Memorial

SPECIAL TIP – Italy has its share of guilt in the persecution of Jews. In the years 1943–1945, fifteen trains left from Milan’s Central Railway Station carrying Jews and other persecuted people to concentration or death camps. Thousands of people were loaded onto livestock cars and taken away to be killed. The recently opened Shoah Memorial is a dramatic reminder of such past tragedy and a warning against fascism. It is located exactly in the area where deported people were gathered and loaded on the trains. Simply breathtaking.

MUST DO – A guided walking tour in Milan with us! :-)

 

 

 

 

Vertical Forest

Milan is growing green

One of our favourite places in Milan, when planning a guided walking tour for our clients, is the business district of Porta Nuova, and the reason for that is its perfect blend of daring architecture and nature, a living proof of how Milan is growing green.

Library of Trees - the project

Library of Trees – the project

Built during the last decade, Porta Nuova skyscrapers have transformed an abandoned area in a hip district bustling with life, with a keen eye on the importance of nature even in the middle of a big city. In the heart of the district, a “Library of Trees” is now being created, a 3,500 square meter green space that, when completed, will consist of 450 trees from 19 species, plus 90,000 plants including hedges, shrubs and climbers.

But this return to nature had already been anticipated by the now world-famous “Vertical Forest”: two residential tower blocks built in 2014 that are covered in 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants. If this forest was planted on the ground, it would cover 20,000 square meters – the size of three and a half football pitches.

Designed by architect Stefano Boeri, the vertical forests concept has proven so popular that similar projects have been commissioned for Lausanne in Switzerland, Utrecht in the Netherlands, and the Chinese cities of Nanjing and Liuzhou. The proposed Liuzhou Forest City is the most ambitious project yet: a new town with homes for 30,000 people, where buildings will be covered by 40,000 trees and 1 million plants. Each year the trees will absorb 10,000 tonnes of CO2 and 57 tonnes of pollutants, and produce about 900 tonnes of oxygen.

Boeri’s team of architects say the plants will also decrease the average air temperature, create noise barriers and boost biodiversity by creating a habitat for birds, insects and small animals.

The whole project is also a feast for the eyes: just walk around Porta Nuova district in early Spring, and you will be delighted by the wealth of colours and shapes and scents from the blooming trees.

With two-thirds of the world’s population predicted to be living in cities by 2050, Milan’s Vertical Forest and tree library might show the world a way to create healthier, happier urban spaces.

For a thorough experience in the area, follow our tips or contact us: we will be happy to guide you around this successful project, revealing you the many stories of the people who made it possible.

Brera market

Things to do in Milan this week – January 18-24

Things to do in Milan this week – January 18-24

The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

Die Fliedermaus at La Scala

Die Fliedermaus at La Scala

OPERA – An extraordinary debut at La Scala Opera House: Johann Strauss’ Die Fliedermaus is performed for the first time in Milan, conducted by Cornelius Meister and directed by Cornelius Obonya. It is such a funny, sparkling, surprising opera, or rather “operetta”, light opera, that in spite of being sung in German it can be enjoyed by really everybody. In any case, subtitles in English are provided. Find here more info about last minute tickets.

FREE – Saturday 20, at 9 pm, the choir “Amici del Loggione” will sing in Palazzina Libery, an Art Nouveau building located in the middle of a park. The address is Largo Marinai d’Italia. Palazzina Liberty used to be the headquarters of Dario Fo’s theatrical company, when the Nobel-awarded writer and playwriter was still considered by mainstream critics as a subversive agitator.

Sunday 21, at 5 pm, organ music is played in a magic location, the church of Saint Simpliciano, whose foundation dates back to the 4th century AD. It is located in Brera district, the fascinating neighborhood of Milan famous for its narrow streets of cobblestones, fine boutiques and cosy cafés.

FOODEataly means good food, and being housed in a former theatre it also means good music: every Wednesday at 6.30 pm, on Eataly stage, a jazz group will play while guests enjoy their aperitifs prepared by the Michelin-starred Alice restaurant. On January 24, the Bublitschki Band will entertain the audience with a mix of rithms from different cultures and traditions: Brazil, the Mediterranean, East Europe.

FLEA MARKET – Flea market may not be the exact definition for the antique-artisan-collectors market of Brera. Stalls will fill up of colours and scents the usually quiet Fiori Chiari, Madonnina and Formentini streets. Sunday 21, 10 am to 6 pm.

SPECIAL TIP – For cinema lovers, Anteo Palazzo del Cinema offers you the chance to enjoy fine food and film in the newly renovated Sala Nobel.  Usually movies in Italy are dubbed in Italian, unless the original version is played. This is the case for “Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 1 pm).

MUST DO – A guided walking tour in Milan with us! :-)

 

 

Leonardo's horse

Where is Leonardo’s horse located?

Where is Leonardo’s horse located?
When we guide our guests around Milan, we are frequently asked a question: “Where is Leonardo’s horse located?“. The answer is a long, articulated story, so follow us in our quest of the famous statue.

Leonardo da Vinci spent decades of his life in Milan, a city that he truly loved. In 1482, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, challenged him to build the largest equestrian statue the world had ever seen in honor of his father, Francesco. Always distracted by the most diverse projects and artistic works, only in 1493 Leonardo presented a 24’ clay model of the statue, from which a bronze horse could be made.
But those were troubled years, and when the Duchy of Milan was engaged in a war against the French, Ludovico Sforza confiscated the 80 tons of bronze that had been set aside for the horse to make weapons. Things got even worse, and in 1499 Milan was invaded by the French army, whose archers used the huge horse model for target practice, reducing it to ruins. Leonardo’s molds and sketches of the original horse were lost, and the project abandoned.

 

Leonardo, Study of horses

Leonardo, Study of horses

Now we have to move forward in time by 5 centuries and in space to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where a retired pilot and collector, Charles Dent, read in 1977 of an extraordinary finding: a few years before, the lost sketches of Leonardo’s horse had been found in the Biblioteca Nationale in Madrid.
He decided he would be the one to complete the project, with the collaboration of Japanese-American sculptor Nina Akamu. The outcome is not exactly what Leonardo had in mind. According to Akamu herself, “the sculpture which I created for the Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse Inc. … is not intended to be a recreation of his sculpture. However, it has been significantly influenced by certain works of art and writings from that period, and specifically Leonardo’s notebooks and accompanying drawings with great emphasis on his involvement with the Sforza monument.“
The final, giant bronze horse was finally installed in Milan in 1999, but unfortunately Charles Dent died before he could see it.

It now stands, proud and bold, at the entrance to the secondary grandstand of the San Siro gallop racetrack in Milan.
If you are interested in Leonardo’s life and works, and want to know more about its closeness with our beautiful city, join us on a guided walking tour of Milan. We have plenty of stories to tell you and places to show you!

Palazzo Lombardia

Things to do in Milan this week – January 11-17

 

Things to do in Milan this week – January 11-17

The best things to do in Milan this week, including Music, Art, Museums, Shopping and Restaurants, chosen by Bella Milano Tours.

Ducati Store

Ducati Store

NEW OPENING – 1.400 square meters the showroom, 700 square meters the repair workshop. This is the new Ducati Store recently opened in Milan. Ducati fans will find accessories and clothings, such as helmets, bags, gloves, jackets, but above all the whole range of Ducati motorbikes, including the latest models.

MUSIC – Museo del Novecento, in Duomo square, is the unusual location for a concert of contemporary music on Sunday 14, at 11 am. Luca Avanzi (oboe), Lorenzo Gorli (violin), Elena Casoli (guitar), Maria Grazia Bellocchio (piano) will play music written by Bruno Maderna. A fantastic chance to visit a fascinating collection of paintings and sculptures by the greatest Italian artists of the XX century. The breathtaking view of Duomo square from the museum is a plus.

EXHIBITIONS – The voice of Maria Callas will accompany you in the visit of an exhibition dedicated to the grand dame of opera, open until the end of January in Museo Teatrale della Scala. Photographs, sketches, jewels used during famous performances, such as “La traviata” directed by Luchino Visconti in 1955.

Bagni Misteriosi

Bagni Misteriosi

LEISUREBagni Misteriori is the leisure area next to a famous Milanese theatre, Teatro Franco Parenti. Built in the Thirties and recently restored, during winter its swimming pool turns into a floating skating rink surrounded by a magical atmosphere. Complete your experience with a glass of vin brulé or a cup of hot chocolate. It is open on weekdays 4.30-7.30 pm, Saturdays and Sunday 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

SPECIAL TIP – Visit the 39th floor of Palazzo Lombardia, where Regione Lombardy has its Headquarters. The belvedere (at the height of 160 meters) offers a 360-degreee view of the city and in particular of the newly developped Porta Nuova district, with its daring and elegant high-rise buildings. No booking is requested. Open 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday 14th. Palazzo Lombardia is in piazza Città di Lombardia, Nucleo 1.

MUST DO – A guided walking tour with Mirella & Valeria :-)