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Milan Grows Greens

On 29th October 1955 some aristocrats – six Italian (Umberto Zanotti Bianco, Pietro Paolo Trompeo, Giorgio Bassani, Desideria Pasolini dall’Onda, Elena Croce, Luigi Magnani) and one Italian-American, (Hubert John Edward Dominic Howard) – sat down in the baroque heart of Rome, between the Tiber and Trinità dei Monti, and devised a constitution for an association […]


New Lights For Milan

More than six centuries have passed since the first stone of Milan’s Cathedral was laid in 1386, yet its construction cannot be considered completed. That explains why the Milanese love to say “it’s taking as long as the building of the Duomo!” when referring to all those jobs that never seem to come to completion. […]


Winning Projects / Smart Cities

Sharing Cities, a European urban redevelopment project, has been launched south of Milan near via Ripamonti, in the Porta Romana-Vettabbia district. It is part of an important European research and innovation program called Horizon 2020 (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/what-horizon-2020). As written in http://www.sharingcities.eu/,”the demonstration districts in ‘lighthouse’ cities Lisbon, London and Milan will implement replicable urban digital solutions […]


Design, past and future

Over the last seventy years, Italian design has expressed ‘Made in Italy’ brand excellence in a wide range of fields, and nowadays its products are often recognized the world over not only for their quality but also for their ability to cater to people’s needs, ambitions, dreams and … contradictions. On Monday 15th October, an […]



Milan Makes Music

In Milan, during the month of September, all music lovers will be able to enjoy a major event: throughout the month, from the centre to the suburbs, the city will resonate with the widest possible range of international musical genres. This event actually started out in Turin. The ‘Festival Torino Settembre Musica’ began in 1978 […]



Summer is here – let’s us play

Summertime is the ideal time to play outside and have fun on outdoor adventures, but it’s not so easy to find the right places if you live in a big city – also considering the fact that the over 400 outdoor sports facilities and swimming pools in Milan are usually overcrowded. Lots of public and […]


How a Horse Fulfilled an International Dream

After the death of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, in 1466, his son Ludovico il Moro asked Leonardo da Vinci to create the largest equestrian statue in the world, in memory of his father. The commission was paid in advance by the court treasury superintendent, and Leonardo’s workshop, which was located where the Palazzo Reale […]


How to savour Milan: in small sips

Milan’s great masterpieces are often hidden away: they are best discovered strolling around unhurriedly and keeping a watchful eye for hidden details. One of these masterpieces is the millennial bell tower, still in operation, built next to the Romanesque church of San Celso. Its long story starts in 374 AD, when Saint Ambrose (the beloved […]