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Spaghetti al pomodoro: healthy and tasty

Italy is the healthiest country on Earth

When planning your holidays (destination, flight, hotel, guided tours), fun may be your first concern, but if you think about your health as well, there is just one perfect choice: Italy!
Yes, it seems that Italy is the healthiest country on Earth.
The Bloomberg Global Health Index has graded 163 countries according to variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use to malnutrition and the availability of clean water.
Italy ranked first, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore and Australia.
Our country may be plagued by stagnating growth, high unemployment and excessive debt loads, but a baby born here can expect to live to be an octogenarian, with correct blood pressure and cholesterol and better mental health than in any other country.
But what is our  secret? Sunny weather? Relaxed lifestyle? The warm embrace of a traditional Italian mamma? Well, all of the above, probably, but scientists agree that the main key to our good health is food.
Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating,  focused on simple, natural ingredients such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose levels and reduced risk of depression.
USDA Food Pyramid

USDA Food Pyramid

After all, every single Italian, from sun-blessed Sicily to mountainous Trentino-Alto Adige (the region with Dolomites mountains) has access to fresh produce, fruit, lean meats and fish.

So, if you aim for a long, healthy life, Italy is definitely the place to be.
And if you consider carbs as the devil, always remember that starches are at the bottom of the food pyramid as one of the largest portion of food you should consume.
Enjoy pasta, a generous glass of wine, and be happy!
Keith Haring

Milan’s art events in 2017

While planning your trip, keep an eye on Milan’s art events in 2017 – you’ll definitely find something you like in the list below.

– Palazzo Reale will host a retrospective of Keith Haring‘s work from February 21st

– Shoes can be artistic masterpieces, as Carrie Bradshaw would tell you. Starting from January 26th, Palazzo Morando will host the exhibition of over 200 Manolo Blahnik shoes documenting his 50-year-long career

– In Palazzo Reale from March 8th it will be possible to admire Edouard Manet‘s masterpieces coming from Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Toulouse - Lautrec

Toulouse – Lautrec

– The daring Mudec Museum designed by David Chipperfield will house an exhibit of Kandinsky‘s works form March 15th

– Milan is house to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic “Last Supper”, but starting from March 24th, Museo del ‘900 will host “Sixty Last Supper” by Andy Warhol, a reinterpretation of the Renaissance masterpiece made in ’86 by the irreverent pop artist

– April in Milan is going to be the busiest month of the year with the Art Week (March 27th – April 2nd) and the world-famous Design Week (April 4th – 9th)

– Palazzo Reale is definetely a must-see destination for art lovers. Starting from September 28th 20 masterpieces of Caravaggio will be reunited for the first time ever in one exhibition

– Starting from october 2017, 180 works by Toulouse – Lautrec coming from all over the world will fill the rooms of Palazzo Reale

Plenty of reasons, we think, to make your stay in Milan as long as possible :-)

 

 

Street Food

Street food in Milan: a tasting journey through Italy with your local guide

A tasting journey through Italy in just one day. Is it possible? Yes, if you follow your local guide around Milan. This city is a crossroad of cultures, people and traditions and is the only place in Italy where you can find everything that you can desire in terms of food.

Italian culture includes a rich food tradition, as well as an incredible artistic heritage. So while visiting Milan, save some time for a mouthwatering food safari. Your stops should include cafés, deli shops, groceries, bakeries, farmer markets and definitely a feast of street food. 

Speaking about street food, we suggest an ideal travel from northern Italian specialties to southern delicacies. You should start with Sciatt: crunchy buckwheat fritters with a heart of melted cheese. This is a traditional dish from Valtellina, a valley in the Lombardia region bordering Switzerland.

Sicilian Arancino

Sicilian Arancino

For a taste of Tuscany assemble your ideal panino-to-go picking among a wide range of salumi (prosciutto, salame, pancetta, fennel-scented finocchiona, mortadella…), pecorino cheese, pickles and home-made tasty toppings.

Sunny south is warm and scrumptious as an arancino. For the ones who haven’t tried it yet, an arancino is a deep fried rice ball filled with ragù, mozzarella and peas. Arancino’s origin dates back to early Middle Ages, when Sicily was under Arab rule, and its shape is usually round but in Catania, the city at the foot of volcano Etna, it has a more conical shape and it’s so hot that when you bite it a puff of steam comes out.

Are you feeling hungry? Do you want some more? ;-) then ask your local guide for a tailor-made culinary tour in Milan.

Kiefer - Hangar Bicocca

Great photography and contemporary art exhibitions in Milan

10 Corso Como

10 Corso Como

We constantly look for cool tips to give to our readers, and today we talk about where to see great photography and contemporary art exhibitions in Milan.

A dreamy place, a fairy tale…words are not enough to portray the coolest concept store in town: 10 Corso Como. Here, besides the clothes, there’s always a  photography exhibition going on. And what is shocking is that the entrance is free! For the upcoming ones, check out here.

Also the website is full of nice surprises and a special treat for fashion lovers is the printable 2015 calendar you can download here.

Kiefer - Hangar Bicocca

Kiefer – Hangar Bicocca

Another totally unexpected place is the stunning Hangar Bicocca, the ultimate address for contemporary art lovers. In this industrial building are permanently displayed the  Kiefer’s Seven Heavenly Palaces and take place temporary exhibitions, like the current: “Joan Jonas – Light Time Tales”. To check out the upcoming ones, just have a look here.

If you’ve got any other specific interest, just write us and Bella Milano Tours will realize a special Milan Guided Tour designed on you!