Monday, May 26, 2014

45 floors and counting... City Life

The first of the three tall towers planned for City Life in the area once occupied by the in-town convention and trade fair center (bits of which are still left, don't worry!) has reached 45 floors and counting.

I snapped this shot today at about 9 AM just for your personal non-commercial enjoyment. Aren't I nice?

(Now, if they would just put an official ground plan on their web site, we'd all be happy...)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Looking for something to do this weekend, Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th of May? Look no further! "Chiostro in fiera" is here!

Like to feel all warm and fuzzy when you support local quality crafts? Does your mouth water when you think of specialty cheeses and the like? Flowers and aromatic plants more up your alley? Want a treasure hunt, games and workshops for the little ones (all in Italian, of course!)? Like even more feeling warm and fuzzy because your money is (at least partially) helping a good cause, the cultural and didactic programs of a museum?...More......

You're in luck this weekend! "Chiostro in fiera" (Trade Fair in a, my, how much less poetic it is in English) runs from Friday the 23rd of May to Sunday the 25th in the beautiful and historic courtyard of the Diocesan Museum attached to Sant'Eustorgio whose façade you see, here. The entrance to the museum is around the corner to the viewer's left.

Diocesan Museum
Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95
10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tram 3 stops right in front of the church in both directions

I snapped this shot on the 15th of December, 2013.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Open Courtyards (Cortili Aperti) in Milan, Sunday, May 25

Milan is like a discreet lady, often luxuriously gorgeous behind a simple veil.

Want a chance to go nosing around some of these courtyards? You're in luck!...More......

Sunday, May 25, is the annual "Open Courtyards" (Cortili Aperti) day organized by ADSI, the association of historic Italian homes NOT to be confused with historic house museums. The homes belonging to this association still can be private dwellings, or can have been transformed into B&Bs or hotels.

In Milan, here are the places you can visit (no reservation necessary):

- Casa Sioli – Legnani – via Borgonuovo 5
- Palazzo Orsini di Roma – via Borgonuovo 11
- Casa Recalcati – Taglisacchi – via Borgonuovo 15
- Casa Bigli Samoyloff Besozzi – via Borgonuovo 20
- Palazzo Moriggia – via Borgonuovo 23
- Casa Valerio – via Borgonuovo 24
- Palazzo Landriani – via Borgonuovo 25
- Palazzo di Brera – via Brera 28
- Orto Botanico di Brera – via Fiori Oscuri 4
- Casa Ajroldi - via Fiori Oscuri 13

In some courtyards, you will be treated to music thanks to a collaboration with the Civica Scuola di Musica.

In others, you'll be able to look at historic cars thanks to a collaboration with CMAE, the Milanese club for historic vehicles.

The InfoPoint is in Palazzo Moriggia, seat of the Museo del Risorgimento (via Borgonuovo 23). There are guided tours throughout the day, but they'll be in Italian, and you have to sign up by 7 P.M. on Saturday the 24th. Adults 18 and over pay Euro 10 once there (the price includes the use of the headset...but from previous experience, if you're a little picky about putting things on your ears that have not been sterilized, I'd bring some disinfectant, if I were you), anyone under 18 attends for free. Just in case you want to brave it:

Tel: 347 3661174

I snapped this shot in Via Amedei on the 23rd of December, 2011, at almost 3 P.M.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Google, Maria Gaetana Agnesi and via Manzoni 6

Maria Gaetana Agnesi, a Milanese woman born into a well-to-do family in 1718, dedicated her life first to scientific and humanistic learning of the highest levels, and then to caring for the poor for which she spent even the last pennies of her hefty inheritance, and gave up the family mansion to live in a humble suite of the Pio Albergo Trivulzio, of which she had been nominated director. She died in 1799, and was remembered two decades later in the bust on the far right on the façade of the Brentano-Greppi mansion at via Manzoni, 6. For more info about her and the palazzo, see my earlier post.

Today, she is honored by Google with a lovely animated logo, catch it while you can.

I snapped this photo on the 2nd of August, 2011, around 3:30-4 PM.

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